Nashville Wrongful Death Truck Accidents
Perhaps no vehicle is more dangerous to other drivers on the road than a commercial truck. Big rig trucks are massive in size compare to most other vehicles, and they can easily destroy smaller vehicles if an accident does occur. This, of course, means that the risk of a wrongful death truck accident can be greater than a fatal car accident. If you have lost a loved one in an accident involving a commercial truck, you may be able to assert a wrongful death claim against the truck driver and possibly the trucking company that employs the driver. The Nashville truck accident lawyers at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz have the experience you need to pursue your claims under Tennessee’s wrongful death law. We have handled many wrongful death claims against aggressive trucking companies and their insurers, so you can rest easy knowing that we have what it takes to fight for your case.Truck Accidents Resulting in Wrongful Death
Wrongful death truck accidents often result from the negligence of the driver of the truck, the company that employs the driver, or both. There are certain types of truck accidents that are likely to result in fatal injuries, including:
- Override truck accidents – overriding happens when the force of an accident causes the truck to ride over the smaller vehicle, possibly crushing or trapping passengers of the smaller vehicle under the truck.
- T-bone truck accidents – T-bone accidents involving trucks frequently occur at intersections. Usually, the truck driver is distracted in some way and either does not notice the traffic light or notices too late to be able to stop. T-bone accidents increase the risk that fatal injury will occur because the side of many vehicles is not as protected as the front or back.
- Underride truck accidents – underride accidents occur when the smaller vehicle goes under part of the truck, usually the trailer. These accidents can be deadly due to the increased likelihood of injury to the head or neck of passengers. Sometimes, the top of the smaller vehicle will be completely sheared off.
- Truck accidents involving hazardous materials – accidents involving trucks carrying hazardous materials can be deadly even if the accident itself is relatively minor. The materials that these trucks carry can be explosive, corrosive, toxic, and even radioactive. Exposure to the materials themselves can sometimes cause serious injury or death.
However the truck accident happened, it is essential that you be able to find evidence of the truck driver or trucking company’s negligence, which often appears through witness testimony. An accident reconstruction expert could be retained to visit the accident scene and analyze physical evidence including skid marks. It is also essential that you follow the procedure laid out in Tennessee’s wrongful death statute when bringing your wrongful death claim. By contacting an attorney experienced in Nashville trucking accident cases, you will have someone at your side who can investigate your crash, gather the evidence you need, and ensure that your claims are properly brought before the court. Many wrongful death truck accident lawsuits are filed in the Circuit Court of Davidson County, Tennessee, 1 Public Square, Nashville, Tennessee 37201.Consult With a Knowledgeable Nashville Attorney
If you have lost a loved one in a fatal truck accident, the Nashville attorneys at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz can help you pursue your claim. Beneficiaries may be able to recover damages including medical bills, loss of future income, burial and funeral costs, and loss of consortium, among others. We have over 30 attorneys and more than 100 support staff who are ready to work hard to obtain the compensation that you deserve. Our firm serves accident victims and surviving family members in Nashville, Knoxville, Memphis, Chattanooga, Oxford, Tupelo, Jackson, Starkville, Columbus, Meridian, Grenada, Caruthersville, Hayti, Jonesboro, Little Rock, and other cities across Tennessee, Mississippi, Missouri, Kentucky, and Arkansas. To begin your free consultation with a skilled trucking accident lawyer, call us toll-free at 800-529-4004 or complete our online form. NST is the way to go.