Rear-End Truck Accidents
Commercial trucks, tractor-trailers, and 18-wheelers are much larger than the private vehicles driven by most people throughout Tennessee and surrounding areas. The same goes for buses, moving trucks, dump trucks, and others. The drivers of these trucks must pay proper attention to their surroundings and give themselves adequate time to come to a complete stop and avoid a rear-end truck accident. If a trucker is not paying attention, he may rear end the car in front of him. If that car is an SUV, sedan, convertible, or two door car, catastrophic injuries may result because the truck is significantly bigger and heavier than that car. If you have been rear-ended by a commercial truck, the Memphis truck accident lawyers of Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz may be able to represent you to help recover your damages. We are the largest plaintiff’s personal injury law firm based in Tennessee.Assistance for Victims of Rear-End Truck Accidents
When large trucks come into contact with smaller vehicles from behind, many things can happen, most of which will involve injuries to the driver of the smaller car or any passengers inside. The smaller car could get run off the road or pushed into another car in front of it, causing a chain reaction collision. Another result could be the truck driving on top of the other car, thereby crushing it.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has reported that between 23-30% of all truck accidents in a given year are rear end collisions. To succeed in a truck accident case, you will first need to prove that the truck driver owed you a duty to drive safely. Next, you will need to prove the driver violated that duty, which is referred to as breach. Witnesses are often helpful in proving liability. For example, if you were stopped in traffic and a truck slams into you from behind, a witness who saw everything could testify that you were sitting still and did not cause or contribute to getting hit. In complex rear-end truck accident cases, an accident reconstruction expert may be retained to help prove fault.
You will then need to prove that your damages, which could be medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life, were caused by the accident and the truck driver’s failure to drive safely. For victims of catastrophic trucking accidents, the medical costs associated with recovery can be astronomical. If a car gets crushed by an 18-wheeler and the victim is fortunate to survive the accident, the victim may sustain broken bones or the loss of a limb. These serious injuries often require immediate medical treatment and surgery. The rehabilitation costs also add up quickly, as many times a seriously injured person will need extensive treatment for months after the accident, if not years. Since large trucking companies typically vigorously defend claims made against them, it is important for a victim to retain an experienced truck crash lawyer that understands how to properly document and develop these damages.
Trucking companies are required by law to properly train their drivers and make sure they possess the necessary certifications required to drive the truck or 18-wheeler. Trucking companies that failed to take those steps may be held responsible under theories of negligence, inadequate training, or negligent supervision.Hire a Memphis Attorney to Protect Your Legal Rights
If you are injured due to a rear-end truck accident, you should contact the experienced Memphis lawyers at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz. Our firm has over 30 dedicated lawyers and more than 100 staff members. We represent individuals and families injured in Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri, and Kentucky, including in Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Jonesboro, Little Rock, Jackson, Meridian, Tupelo, Columbus, Grenada, Starkville, Oxford, Hayti, and Caruthersville. Contact our office toll-free by calling 800-LAW-4004 or by completing our online form to schedule your free consultation with one of our motor vehicle collision attorneys. Let us discuss your situation and explain to you why NST is the way to go.