Meridian Truck Accidents
Big Rig Crash Lawyers Serving Meridian
Drivers in Meridian and surrounding areas must be careful when sharing the road with large commercial trucks, tractor trailers, and 18-wheelers. Trucking accidents can be extremely dangerous since commercial trucks are much bigger than most sedans, SUVs, and cars on the road. If you have been hurt by a truck driver’s negligence, you may be able to assert a claim against the truck driver, employer, or both, for personal injuries and losses caused by the collision. Call Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz to discuss your case with a Meridian truck accident lawyer.
Protect Your Rights After Being Hit by a Truck
Collisions between trucks and cars often produce heavy impacts and significant property damage. If the impact is particularly jarring, the smaller car may flip, roll over, or otherwise get pushed off of the road. Many victims feel instant pain that requires immediate medical treatment, including an ambulance ride to the hospital. Unfortunately, additional treatment may be needed for recovery, including physical therapy, follow up visits, surgery, or other procedures.
To recover damages for these injuries, in addition to non-economic damages like pain and suffering, being able to prove negligence can be critical. In Mississippi, this can involve demonstrating that the defendant failed to act reasonably under the circumstances. In a truck accident case, negligent conduct may include speeding, running a red light, texting while driving, or not paying attention to surroundings. The plaintiff may prove negligence by showing that the truck driver violated one or more regulations set forth by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). These are rules that interstate truck drivers and companies must follow regarding hours of service, scheduling routes, and vehicle maintenance, among others.
Mississippi law recognizes the doctrine of respondeat superior, also known as vicarious liability. Under this theory, a trucking company may be vicariously liable for its driver’s negligence if the wreck occurred within the course and scope of the driver’s employment. This can depend on the facts of the case, such as whether the trucker was making a scheduled delivery, if the route was authorized by the employer, or if the driver was otherwise performing work for the employer’s benefit. One way an experienced truck accident lawyer in the Meridian area can assist you is by thoroughly investigating the accident and analyzing all possible avenues of recovery.
Discuss Your Claim with an Experienced Truck Accident Attorney in Meridian Today
If an 18-wheeler or tractor-trailer crashes into you, it is important to begin taking action as soon as possible to ensure your legal rights are protected. Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz has represented people hurt in truck wrecks for over 30 years. Unfortunately, many truck accidents only occur because truck drivers are not paying attention to their surroundings. Our Meridian truck accident attorneys understand that people injured by tractor-trailers and other large trucks can sustain serious injuries like spinal cord damage, amputations, and brain injuries that have life-altering effects. Many times, the only way to recover for these losses is by asserting a claim against the trucking company for damages. If you need an injury attorney, do not hesitate to call our firm today at 800-529-4004. We have over 30 lawyers and more than 100 staff members ready to get started on your case. You can also contact us by completing our online form to set up a free consultation. NST is the way to go.
Most car accidents are preventable and occur as a result of errors by one or more drivers. To prove liability, you will need to establish by a preponderance of the evidence that the driver owed you a duty of care, which was breached, and that your injuries resulted from the driver’s carelessness. Damages that may be available in these cases often include medical expenses, lost income, mental anguish, loss of consortium, and pain and suffering.
Truck drivers are required to follow numerous detailed regulations, including rules related to hours of service, keeping a logbook, and maintenance procedures. Many of these regulations are intended to protect other people on the road from harm. In some states, if a driver violated a law that was enacted to protect the public, the violation can create a rebuttable presumption of negligence. Trucking companies are also required to follow a number of regulations, including rules related to background checks of drivers and proper supervision. They often may be held directly or indirectly liable for a truck accident.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) evaluates applications for disability benefits. Although many people pay into this system throughout their lives, many legitimate claims are initially denied, and this process may be less straightforward than claimants expect. The SSA uses a five-step sequential evaluation to determine whether to grant benefits to an applicant. Each step is considered in a set order. We can present your case in a persuasive manner and help you appeal a denial of a meritorious claim if needed. This could include representing you in a hearing before an administrative law judge.
Workers’ compensation functions slightly differently in each state. In Tennessee, for example, businesses that employ five or more employees must carry workers’ compensation insurance. If you are injured on the job, you may recover benefits, such as medical costs and disability. Neither your employer’s nor your own culpability for your injuries will prevent you from collecting these benefits. However, it may still be a struggle to obtain benefits from your employer’s insurer. We can help you navigate this challenging process.
If you were harmed by a health care professional’s failure to use the appropriate level of care in providing treatment to you, you may be able to recover compensation. Most medical malpractice lawsuits require retaining an expert to determine the accepted standard of care and explain what the defendant did that fell short of this standard, as well as how the inappropriate conduct caused the patient’s injuries.
When you buy a toy, car, medication, or other product, you do not expect to be hurt. If you are injured, you may have grounds to file a product liability lawsuit. There are three types of defects that may be actionable: manufacturing, design, and marketing (also known as failure to warn). Manufacturers may be held accountable under multiple different theories, including strict liability, negligence, breach of warranty, and concealment. For example, if you take a drug that causes you to develop cancer, but you were not told that a potential side effect of the drug was developing cancer, you may have grounds to hold the manufacturer strictly liable for its failure to warn you of the risk.
Nursing home residents are often elderly or disabled, and thus they are especially vulnerable to neglect, physical abuse, and exploitation by staff members. Unfortunately, many nursing homes are understaffed or employ staff members who are inadequately trained to deal with potentially frustrating situations. Nursing homes are required to protect their residents from physical, mental, and emotional harm by providing a safe environment, as well as adequately training and supervising staff. A failure to do so may be grounds for a nursing home negligence lawsuit for damages.
Property owners have a duty to keep their property reasonably safe. In most situations, this includes an obligation to inspect the property for dangerous conditions and fix them or provide warnings about them so that visitors are not harmed. One type of dangerous condition, which may present a particular problem in apartment complexes or shopping centers, consists of inadequate security measures such as broken locks, poor lighting, or a lack of security guards. A failure to take security measures when appropriate may allow third-party criminals to assault, rob, rape, or otherwise harm visitors and tenants. You may be able to recover damages if you can prove that the defendant knew or should have known about a history of attacks similar to yours and taken appropriate security measures to reduce the risk of further incidents.
Consult a Personal Injury Lawyer in Memphis or the Surrounding Regions
If you are dealing with a devastating injury or medical condition, the Memphis personal injury attorneys at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz can evaluate and explain your options. Our firm has 30 attorneys and more than 100 staff members, and we serve injured people in many areas of Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Missouri, and Kentucky, including Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Jonesboro, Little Rock, Jackson, Meridian, Tupelo, Columbus, Grenada, Starkville, Oxford, Hayti, and Caruthersville. Contact our office toll-free by calling 800-529-4004 or by completing our online form to set up a free consultation with a personal injury, workers’ compensation, or Social Security Disability lawyer. Once you have learned more about our vigorous advocacy for the rights of the injured, you will realize that NST is the way to go.