Nashville Override Accidents
Override accidents are extremely dangerous, and the occupants of the smaller vehicle usually suffer injuries as a result. Whenever a large big rig truck runs over the back of a smaller car, the smaller car is at such a size and weight disadvantage that it usually ends up being crushed. Even if the smaller vehicle was fully equipped with airbags and other safety mechanisms, the occupants may still be severely injured. If you have been injured in an override accident, call the Nashville truck accident lawyers at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz for a free consultation. Trucking accident litigation is usually complex due to numerous federal regulations governing truckers and their employers, but our firm has more than 25 years of experience representing victims of trucking accidents throughout Tennessee and surrounding states. We are the largest plaintiff’s personal injury law firm based in Tennessee.Assistance for Persons Injured in Override Truck Accidents
Override accidents occur when a large truck strikes the rear of a smaller vehicle in front of it and the truck’s bumper goes over the back of the smaller car. Generally, the truck driver will be at fault in such an accident if the big truck driver was tailgating, speeding, driving distracted or fatigued , or otherwise driving carelessly. If the truck driver was cited for the accident by the responding police officer, the victim may be able to proceed under a theory of negligence per se or negligence as a matter of law. Under this theory, an act is considered to be negligent if it breaks a safety law designed to protect people like the victim.
If you were hit by an 18-wheeler in the Nashville area, you may need to establish negligence to pursue claims for bodily injury or property damage against the truck driver and/or trucking company. The elements of negligence in Tennessee are:
- Duty of care owed to plaintiff
- Breach of duty of care owed to plaintiff
- Causation of injury (direct and proximate)
- Damages suffered by plaintiff
If an accident victim can establish these elements by a preponderance of the evidence, he or she will be able to pursue recovery for losses caused by the wreck, both economic and non-economic. Economic losses normally include set monetary values, such as medical bills and lost wages (past or future). Non-economic losses, in contrast, include pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and loss of consortium, which are more subjective in nature. A knowledgeable trucking accident attorney will be able to help you quantify your damages based on the specific facts surrounding your case.
In some cases, the truck wreck victim may be able to recover damages from the trucking company pursuant to legal theories such as negligent hiring, training, or supervision. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) sets maximum driving hours and minimum break times for interstate truck drivers, as well as training and supervision requirements for employers. If the trucking company encouraged its employees to speed or drive without the necessary breaks in order to carry more loads or make additional deliveries in a short period of time, the trucking company may be liable for an override accident caused by its driver. To prove violations of federal regulations, a lawyer can inspect the defendant truck driver’s log book as well as obtain other relevant evidence to determine all potential tortfeasors and sources of recovery.Lawyers Protecting Your Legal Rights Following an Override Accident in Nashville
If you have been injured in an override or another type of trucking accident in Middle Tennessee, our Nashville attorneys may be able to assist you in getting the compensation you deserve for your losses. To date, we have recovered more than $1 billion in compensation for our injured clients. Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz employs 33 attorneys and more than 120 staff members, and we serve accident victims in Nashville, Memphis, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Jonesboro, Little Rock, Jackson, Meridian, Tupelo, Columbus, Grenada, Starkville, Oxford, Hayti, and Caruthersville, as well as other cities across Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri, and Kentucky. Contact our office toll-free by calling 800-529-4004 or by completing our online form to set up a free consultation. Our truck wreck lawyers look forward to showing you why NST is the way to go.