Nashville Underride Accidents
Tractor-Trailer Wreck Lawyers Assisting Victims Injured in Nashville
One of the most lethal trucking accidents that can occur on the road today is an underride accident. Underride accidents occur when a standard passenger car collides with an 18-wheeler and part of the passenger car, or the entire car, ends up under the trailer of the 18-wheeler. As you can imagine, an accident of this magnitude can result in severe property damage and injuries. Many times the top of the car is cut off, which exposes the occupants to extreme danger. If you or a loved one has been injured by the negligent driving of a commercial trucker, the Nashville truck accident attorneys at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz may be able to help you bring a claim for your injuries. NST is the largest personal injury law firm based in Tennessee, and our attorneys have helped thousands of personal injury victims for over 30 years. We are ready to speak with you today to devise a legal strategy towards recovery.
Asserting Claims Against Truck Drivers and Their Employers
Whenever an underride accident happens, it is important to look at both the truck driver and employer as potentially at-fault parties. Our attorneys are experienced in handling trucking accident cases, and we understand the many different factors and possible defendants that come into play in these types of accidents. If the trucker was acting in the course and scope of his employment when the wreck occurred, the employer could be held vicariously liable for the negligent actions of the employee, such as speeding. Moreover, the employer could be held directly liable for the accident if it is found that they failed to follow regulations promulgated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) involving subjects like hours of service, hiring, supervision, and vehicle maintenance.
Many times underride accidents occur because of driver fatigue, driver impairment, or improper operation of the big-rig. Under the FMCSA regulations, employers are required to monitor log books so that their drivers are getting enough rest and not driving over the allotted hours set by the FMCSA. Employers are also required to conduct background checks on their drivers and ensure their drivers are properly trained to operate their big-rig. An experienced trucking accident attorney will be able to identify negligent acts and provide guidance on potential theories of liability that may be used to help you recover full compensation for your injuries.
The injuries you may sustain after an underride accident in Nashville are often disabling, leaving you and your family with thousands of dollars in medical bills and a sudden loss of income. If the accident was due to the negligent actions of the truck driver, you may be awarded compensation for the damages you suffered. Compensatory damages are those awards that deal with your economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages generally are your medical bills and lost wages, where your non-economic damages could be your pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, mental impairment, and loss of consortium.
Call a Nashville Lawyer Today
Underride accidents are often devastating, and many turn into wrongful death claims. For victims fortunate enough to survive a crash, permanent injuries may be involved. Moreover, large trucking companies often try to place some, if not all, of the blame on the victim. At Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz, our attorneys have represented injured victims in Nashville and other areas of Tennessee, as well as Mississippi, Missouri, Kentucky, and Arkansas. With over 30 lawyers and 120 staff members, we have the experience and resources to fight back against aggressive trucking companies and their insurance carriers. Call our office at 800-529-4004 or complete our online form for a free consultation with an 18-wheeler wreck attorney. Once you have talked with us, you will understand why NST is the way to go.