Nashville Truck Accidents
Truck accidents often result in catastrophic injuries that affect lots of people. The causes of these accidents may be simple or complex. If a truck driver, a trucking company, a loading company, a manufacturer, or a truck repairperson contributed to the crash, you may have grounds to file a lawsuit and pursue your losses. At Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz, our Nashville truck accident attorneys can examine the cause of a big rig wreck to determine what contributed to it and decide from whom to seek damages.Assert Your Rights Through a Truck Accident Claim
In truck accident cases, a victim often needs to prove the driver's negligence. You will need to establish the truck driver's duty to use reasonable care, a failure to abide by this duty, causation, and actual damages. A truck driver may breach the duty to use reasonable care while operating a truck by texting while driving, eating while driving, failing to obey traffic signals, or failing to yield to oncoming traffic. Sometimes truck drivers are negligent as a matter of law because they failed to follow federal or state regulations.
Interstate truck drivers must follow regulations promulgated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). These regulations restrict the hours worked by truck drivers and require them to keep a logbook and conduct inspections to make sure that the truck is safe to operate. A truck driver who violates these regulations and causes an accident that results in injuries may be found negligent as a matter of law. Our truck accident lawyers can help Nashville residents and others investigate whether the driver who struck them may have violated a regulation.
In addition to the truck driver, the trucking company may be liable for a truck accident. A trucking company may be vicariously liable for an employee's negligence while operating a truck in the course of their job. Trucking companies are supposed to conduct background checks and make sure that their drivers are properly trained to operate heavy commercial vehicles. They should train drivers who have insufficient training on proper procedures for difficult maneuvers like wide turns and what to do to reduce the potential harm if a tractor-trailer is jackknifing.
Sometimes a truck accident is a result of a manufacturing or design defect in a component. Depending on the facts, companies in the chain of distribution may liable in a product liability lawsuit. In many states, you may sue a manufacturer under a theory of strict liability for a manufacturing or design defect. This means that you will need to prove that there was a defect and that it caused your damages. However, in other states, you will need to establish the manufacturer's negligence or breach of warranty to recover damages.Retain a Truck Accident Attorney in the Nashville Area
Like other cities, large commercial vehicles drive across Nashville streets and interstates throughout each day and night. It is critical for truck drivers and trucking companies to be mindful of federal and state regulations, and they must use reasonable care while operating trucks to avoid causing harm to others. If you were injured in a tractor-trailer crash, you should retain an experienced Nashville truck accident lawyer at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz. As the largest plaintiff’s personal injury law firm based in Tennessee, our firm employs over 30 attorneys and 100 staff members. Call us at 1-800-LAW-4004 or complete our online form to set up a free appointment with a motor vehicle collision lawyer. NST is the way to go.