Tennessee Trucking Accidents
Trucking accidents often produce devastating consequences, ranging from catastrophic injuries all the way to death. Large commercial trucks, commonly referred to as semi-trucks and 18-wheelers, are significantly bigger and heavier than the vehicles driven by most Tennessee residents and families. Predictably, it can be quite dangerous when these large semi-trucks travel at high speeds across Tennessee highways and interstates, such as Interstate 40 and Interstate 55. Semi-trucks may side swipe or completely run a smaller vehicle off of the road. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”), 3,921 people were killed and approximately 104,000 people were injured in trucking accidents in the United States in 2012. If a Tennessee trucking accident victim is fortunate enough to survive the accident, he or she may still sustain a catastrophic injury, such as paraplegia, quadriplegia, or loss of limbs.
If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident involving a commercial truck or 18-wheeler, contact the Tennessee trucking accident attorneys at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz (“NST Law”) today. NST Law is large regional personal injury law firm dedicated to fighting for those injured in trucking accidents in Memphis, Jackson, Nashville, Knoxville and across Tennessee. With 32 attorneys and over 100 support staff members, NST Law has the resources to effectively handle semi-truck accident cases involving traumatic injuries.
It is important to hire an experienced trucking accident attorney to handle your case, as trucking accident cases can be among the most complex of all personal injury cases. In addition to Tennessee traffic laws, commercial truck drivers must follow Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (“FMCSR”). These rules regulate the conduct of truck drivers and establish standards that trucking companies must follow. For instance, truck drivers may only drive a certain number of hours each day and must maintain detailed driving logs. Further, trucking companies must inspect their semi-trucks and ensure the trucks meet certain minimum standards. The attorneys at NST Law understand these federal regulations, know how to apply them to the unique facts of each trucking accident case, and stay current with trends and changes in the law.
Proving liability is a key task in each Tennessee trucking accident case. Proving liability often means proving the negligence of a truck driver or trucking company. Examples of truck driver negligence include fatigue, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and distracted driving. Examples of trucking company negligence include failure to follow trucking regulations, inadequate driver hiring, inadequate driver training, and failure to properly maintain and inspect equipment.
Proving liability includes properly investigating and developing the case. In every Tennessee trucking accident case, Team NST will make efforts to immediately preserve physical evidence from the crash, such as documenting and photographing the scene of the accident. NST Law may retain an accident reconstruction expert to evaluate the scene, the condition of the road, and skid marks. In addition, Team NST can retain experts to inspect the commercial truck and analyze the truck’s “black box” to gain insight into how the particular accident occurred.
Under Tennessee law, trucking accident victims may be entitled to various forms of compensation for damages caused by the accident, including compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and permanent disability. NST attorneys take advantage of the firm’s resources in retaining experts to develop and prove the extent of a client’s damages. For example, NST Law may retain medical experts to testify as to the reasonableness and necessity of past and future medical care and vocational economists to testify as to a client’s diminished future earning capacity. These resources allow NST lawyers to pursue maximum compensation in each Tennessee trucking accident case. If you or a loved one have been hit and injured by a semi-truck or 18-wheeler, do not hesitate to contact Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz at 901-683-7000 for a free initial consultation on your case.