Nashville Pedestrians and Cyclists Hit by Trucks
Nashville is the largest city by population in Tennessee, according to the United States Census 2016 estimates, so it is no surprise when you see vehicles all over Davidson County. Many companies in Nashville employ commercial truck drivers, so these truckers usually have to navigate through a sea of vehicles in order to get to their destinations on time. However, it is imperative for truck drivers to be cognizant of those around them, especially pedestrians and cyclists. If a truck driver fails to use reasonable care while driving, he or she could hit a pedestrian or a cyclist, leaving them with significant injuries that may render them unable to live independently. If while cycling or walking you or a loved one has been a pedestrian or cyclist hit by a truck, you should contact one of the Nashville truck accident lawyers of Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz today. With over 30 skilled attorneys and more than 120 dedicated staff members, we are the largest personal injury law firm based in Tennessee. Our firm may be able to assist you in recovering damages for your losses and injuries as we have for our clients for over 30 years.Pedestrians and Cyclists Hit by Trucks in Nashville
Let us say, for example, that you are walking along McNally Drive near the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere, located at 3777 Nolensville Pike, Nashville, Tennessee 37211. Driving in your direction is a truck driver whose new medication is making him drowsy, dizzy, and unable to focus. Before you know what is happening, the truck driver has veered over to where you are walking and hit you with his truck, causing you to be seriously injured. Trucking collisions involving drug use, like in this example, often result in the truck driver being held liable for the accident.
While it may appear to you that your case will be ruled in your favor, it is not certain. The defendant could accuse you of comparative fault, which, if a judge or jury agrees, could result in your recovery being reduced based on the percentage of fault that is attributed to you. Fault can be alleged against a pedestrian or cyclist for failing to use crosswalks, for instance. You can still be awarded at least some of your original recovery even if blame is attributed to you – that is, if your portion of blame does not exceed 49%. Since the State of Tennessee operates under the doctrine of modified comparative negligence, you could be barred from your recovery completely if your amount of blame is 50% or greater.
Retaining an experienced lawyer after being injured in a truck accident in Nashville can investigate the accident to minimize allegations of comparative fault as well as help you substantiate your claim of negligence against the truck driver. Establishing the truck driver’s negligence is crucial to you recovering economic and non-economic damages, such as medical bills, lost wages, emotional distress, loss of enjoyment of life, and pain and suffering. In order to establish negligence, you must prove that the truck driver and/or trucking company owed you a duty of reasonable care, breached that duty, and caused you to suffer injuries as a result.Explore Your Options with the Personal Injury Attorneys of NST
Pedestrians and cyclists are extremely vulnerable in comparison to people in standard passenger vehicles, so if they are struck by a commercial truck, the injuries they can sustain may be critical. At Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz, we represent pedestrians and cyclists hit by trucks throughout Tennessee, Missouri, Mississippi, Kentucky, and Arkansas, including in Nashville, Memphis, Chattanooga, Knoxville, Caruthersville, Hayti, Oxford, Starkville, Grenada, Columbus, Tupelo, Meridian, Jackson, Little Rock, and Jonesboro. Contact our office 24/7 by calling us toll-free at 800-529-4004 or by completing our online form to set up a free consultation with a trucking collision attorney. Allow us to show you why NST is the way to go.