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Tupelo Truck Accidents Involving Alcohol and Drug Use

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Mr. Trotz was recognized from 2019-2023 as a Super Lawyers Mid-South Rising Star. Mr. Trotz is also a member of the Young Lawyers Division of the Memphis Bar Association, Memphis Bar Association, Tennessee Bar Association, and the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association where he serves on the Executive Committee. READ OUR EDITORIAL GUIDELINES

Motor Vehicle Crash Attorneys Advocating for Victims in the Tupelo Area

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drunk driving collisions resulted in 290,000 people being injured in 2015 – that is approximately one person being injured every two minutes. Similar reports have shown drug use being the culprit in many motor vehicle collisions. It should be a no-brainer that intoxicated driving can have ruinous consequences, especially if the intoxicated driver is manning a large truck weighing tens of thousands of pounds. If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident involving alcohol and drug use, the Tupelo truck accident lawyers of Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz are ready to discuss your case. We are a large regional personal injury law firm consisting of 30 attorneys and over 120 staff members that has been representing injured victims throughout the South for more than 30 years. Due to our commitment to our clients, our firm has recovered compensation in excess of $1.5 billion for those injured victims and their families.

Truck Accidents Involving Alcohol and Drug Use in Tupelo

Driving while under the influence of alcohol and drugs can cause many different kinds of collisions in Lee County, including rear-end accidents, override collisions , and underride crashes. Often, these collisions leave victims with serious injuries that not only hurt physically, but also financially – due to monetary losses such as medical bills and lost wages. When pursuing damages for your injuries and losses, you will likely need to establish the truck driver’s negligence since Mississippi law places the burden of proof on the injured party seeking compensation; this can be done by showing that the trucker owed you an obligation to drive safely but failed to do so, which caused you to sustain injuries as a result.

A trucking company can be held liable alongside the truck driver under several contexts. If a history of substance abuse was revealed in a trucker’s background check but a company hired him anyway, the employer could be held liable for negligent hiring. The trucking company could also be held vicariously liable if you can prove that the negligent actions of the truck driver occurred during the course and scope of their employment. Just know that many trucking companies will not easily concede liability. Some will even try to hide or destroy evidence that implicates them. Hiring an experienced attorney in the Tupelo area can increase your chances of obtaining evidence from a trucking company.

The involvement of alcohol and drugs in a motor vehicle collision often exacerbates the situation. For example, a truck driver could have been driving slower before a collision had he not been inebriated and consequently unable to properly control the truck. Unsurprisingly, the injuries sustained in a truck accident involving alcohol and drug use are often severe, and depending on the severity and nature of the injuries as well as your losses, you may be entitled to economic damages and non-economic damages – the former compensating you for monetary losses, such as medical bills and lost wages, while the latter attempting to quantify and compensate for intangible losses, including loss of consortium, disfigurement, pain and suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life.

Consult a Skilled Tupelo Lawyer About Your Trucking Accident Case

Truck collisions are inherently dangerous, and that danger is only amplified when alcohol and drugs are a part of the mix. The Tupelo attorneys of Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz know how truck collisions involving alcohol and drug use can leave victims with irreparable injuries and unfathomable losses. We serve injured victims in Tupelo, Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Jonesboro, Little Rock, Jackson, Meridian, Columbus, Grenada, Starkville, Oxford, Hayti, Caruthersville, and other communities in Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas, Missouri, and Kentucky. Call our office toll-free at 800-529-4004 or complete our online form to schedule a free consultation with one of our motor vehicle collision lawyers. With our experience, resources, and commitment to our clients, it is no wonder NST is the way to go.

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Most car accidents are preventable and occur as a result of errors by one or more drivers. To prove liability, you will need to establish by a preponderance of the evidence that the driver owed you a duty of care, which was breached, and that your injuries resulted from the driver’s carelessness. Damages that may be available in these cases often include medical expenses, lost income, mental anguish, loss of consortium, and pain and suffering.

Truck drivers are required to follow numerous detailed regulations, including rules related to hours of service, keeping a logbook, and maintenance procedures. Many of these regulations are intended to protect other people on the road from harm. In some states, if a driver violated a law that was enacted to protect the public, the violation can create a rebuttable presumption of negligence. Trucking companies are also required to follow a number of regulations, including rules related to background checks of drivers and proper supervision. They often may be held directly or indirectly liable for a truck accident.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) evaluates applications for disability benefits. Although many people pay into this system throughout their lives, many legitimate claims are initially denied, and this process may be less straightforward than claimants expect. The SSA uses a five-step sequential evaluation to determine whether to grant benefits to an applicant. Each step is considered in a set order. We can present your case in a persuasive manner and help you appeal a denial of a meritorious claim if needed. This could include representing you in a hearing before an administrative law judge.

Workers’ compensation functions slightly differently in each state. In Tennessee, for example, businesses that employ five or more employees must carry workers’ compensation insurance. If you are injured on the job, you may recover benefits, such as medical costs and disability. Neither your employer’s nor your own culpability for your injuries will prevent you from collecting these benefits. However, it may still be a struggle to obtain benefits from your employer’s insurer. We can help you navigate this challenging process.

If you were harmed by a health care professional’s failure to use the appropriate level of care in providing treatment to you, you may be able to recover compensation. Most medical malpractice lawsuits require retaining an expert to determine the accepted standard of care and explain what the defendant did that fell short of this standard, as well as how the inappropriate conduct caused the patient’s injuries.

When you buy a toy, car, medication, or other product, you do not expect to be hurt. If you are injured, you may have grounds to file a product liability lawsuit. There are three types of defects that may be actionable: manufacturing, design, and marketing (also known as failure to warn). Manufacturers may be held accountable under multiple different theories, including strict liability, negligence, breach of warranty, and concealment. For example, if you take a drug that causes you to develop cancer, but you were not told that a potential side effect of the drug was developing cancer, you may have grounds to hold the manufacturer strictly liable for its failure to warn you of the risk.

Nursing home residents are often elderly or disabled, and thus they are especially vulnerable to neglect, physical abuse, and exploitation by staff members. Unfortunately, many nursing homes are understaffed or employ staff members who are inadequately trained to deal with potentially frustrating situations. Nursing homes are required to protect their residents from physical, mental, and emotional harm by providing a safe environment, as well as adequately training and supervising staff. A failure to do so may be grounds for a nursing home negligence lawsuit for damages.

Property owners have a duty to keep their property reasonably safe. In most situations, this includes an obligation to inspect the property for dangerous conditions and fix them or provide warnings about them so that visitors are not harmed. One type of dangerous condition, which may present a particular problem in apartment complexes or shopping centers, consists of inadequate security measures such as broken locks, poor lighting, or a lack of security guards. A failure to take security measures when appropriate may allow third-party criminals to assault, rob, rape, or otherwise harm visitors and tenants. You may be able to recover damages if you can prove that the defendant knew or should have known about a history of attacks similar to yours and taken appropriate security measures to reduce the risk of further incidents.

Consult a Personal Injury Lawyer in Memphis or the Surrounding Regions

If you are dealing with a devastating injury or medical condition, the Memphis personal injury attorneys at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz can evaluate and explain your options. Our firm has 30 attorneys and more than 100 staff members, and we serve injured people in many areas of Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Missouri, and Kentucky, including Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Jonesboro, Little Rock, Jackson, Meridian, Tupelo, Columbus, Grenada, Starkville, Oxford, Hayti, and Caruthersville. Contact our office toll-free by calling 800-529-4004 or by completing our online form to set up a free consultation with a personal injury, workers’ compensation, or Social Security Disability lawyer. Once you have learned more about our vigorous advocacy for the rights of the injured, you will realize that NST is the way to go.

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