Tupelo Head-On Truck Accidents
When two vehicles go head to head, it rarely ends well for anyone involved. When one of those vehicles is a commercial truck or tractor-trailer, things usually take a turn for the worse. Head-on truck accidents can be extremely dangerous, if not deadly, especially when the vehicles are traveling at higher speeds on an interstate or highway. If you have been hurt in a wreck caused by a truck driver’s negligence, you may be dealing with medical bills, time off from work, and pain and discomfort from your injuries. At Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz, our Tupelo truck accident attorneys may be able to represent you during this difficult time. Our firm has recovered over $1.5 billion for our clients, and we are interested in speaking with you about your case. We are available 24/7 to take your call.
Recovering Compensation After a Head-On Truck Accident
Big rig trucks and 18-wheelers are significantly bigger than the cars and SUVs that most people drive in and around Tupelo. For instance, many tractor-trailers weigh more than 70,000 pounds, while the average four-door car weighs between 3,000 and 4,000 pounds. When a large truck crashes head-on into a smaller car, injuries often result.
Head-on truck accidents may occur if a truck driver crosses over the centerline and into another car’s path. To assert a successful case, the victim will need to demonstrate the trucker’s negligence in causing the collision. Common causes of truck accidents are driver fatigue, distracted driving, and texting while driving. Under regulations set forth by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), interstate truck drivers must follow specific hours-of-service regulations designed to ensure they receive proper rest, and violating a safety rule is often proof of negligence. For instance, if a truck driver was driving for 15 straight hours with no breaks, dozed off, then collided with another vehicle head-on, it is likely that the driver’s failure to get proper rest led to the head-on truck accident.
What if the truck driver (or trucking company) tries to blame the victim for contributing to the accident? Under Mississippi law, while a victim’s own negligence will not automatically bar the claim, the victim’s recovery may be reduced by any percentage of fault attributed to him or her. In complex trucking accident cases, it may be appropriate to retain an accident reconstruction expert to defend against allegations of comparative fault. Proving the defendant’s liability can allow the plaintiff to recover damages allowable under Mississippi law, which may include medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, or permanent scarring.
Speak with a Tupelo Attorney About Your Truck Accident Case
Big truck companies have the resources to defend against injury claims. If you have been injured in a head-on truck accident in the Tupelo area, you should have an experienced attorney on your side to fight for your rights. Our truck accident lawyers can assess the facts of a truck accident, devise an effective strategy for representation, and serve as the victim’s voice throughout the legal process. Contact our office toll-free by calling 800-529-4004 or by completing our online form to set up a free consultation.