Nashville Cement Truck Accidents
Cement trucks alone usually weigh anywhere from 30,000 to 40,000 pounds while standard passenger vehicles on average weigh approximately 4,000 pounds. It is easy to see that cement trucks dwarf the sedans, SUVs, and convertibles driven by most Middle Tennesseans. If a cement truck was to crash into another vehicle, the result could be catastrophic and leave those involved with significant injuries. A collision could also release the cement a truck is carrying, which can cause even more damage and possibly involve others in the accident. If you or a loved one has been injured in a cement truck accident, you should contact the Nashville truck accident attorneys of Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz. With over 30 lawyers and more than 120 staff members, we are the largest personal injury law firm based in Tennessee. Give us a call today; we may be able to assist you in recovering damages for your losses and injuries.
Pursuing Compensation After a Cement Truck Accident
Cement truck drivers can cause devastating collisions if they neglect to drive safely at all times. For example, let us say that you are driving near the Grand Ole Opry, located at 2804 Opryland Drive, Nashville, Tennessee 37214. Behind you is a cement truck. The cement truck driver is speeding because he is in a hurry to get to his destination. Since the truck driver is speeding, he fails to stop in time when you brake, causing him to rear-end your vehicle. As a result of the collision, you sustain a broken arm, whiplash, head trauma, and other injuries.
Cement truck crashes commonly occur near construction zones. In these areas, truckers must exercise utmost caution behind the wheel. This can involve reducing speed. However, some cement truck drivers speed because they face intense pressure to get to their destinations quickly before the cement can harden. With such a heavy load, even a slight driving or maneuvering error can cause the truck to swerve or roll over.
In order to recover compensatory damages from the truck driver for your injuries and losses, you must establish his negligence, which can be done by proving that the truck driver (or trucking company) owed you a duty of reasonable care, breached it, and caused you to sustain your injuries. Trucking accident cases normally involve a variety of legal theories and causes of action. However, truck drivers and their employers tend to not concede liability immediately, so you may even face allegations of comparative fault made by the defense. Since the State of Tennessee operates under the doctrine of modified comparative negligence, your recovery can be reduced by the percentage of fault attributed to you by a jury.
To defend you against accusations of comparative fault and maximize your recovery, you should hire a skilled truck accident attorney with extensive experience in trucking litigation in Davidson County. A lawyer can also help you possibly hold the trucking company liable in addition to the truck driver. There are numerous theories of liability in which to hold a trucking company liable. For example, a trucking company may be held vicariously liable for the conduct of the truck driver if it can be proved that the truck driver’s negligence occurred within the course and scope of employment. Liability can also be established if the trucking company failed to maintain the truck in a safe manner or ensure its driver knew how to safely operate it and its components.
Retain an Experienced Tractor-Trailer Crash Attorney in the Nashville Area
Often, cement truck accidents can be prevented, but when truck drivers drive without safety as their top priority, the aftermath can be tragic. At Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz, our clients are our top priority, which is why we diligently fight for the compensation our clients deserve. Contact our office by calling us toll-free at 800-529-4004 or by completing our online form to set up a free consultation.