Tupelo Interstate Truck Accidents
Big Rig Collision Attorneys Serving People Injured in the Tupelo Area
People are driving through Lee County on Interstate 22 every day. For many drivers, interstate highways can be intimidating. Tanker trucks, 18-wheelers, and commercial trucks tend to only add to the intimidation felt by other drivers. This is in part due to the sheer size and weight of these massive vehicles – not to mention the destructive capabilities they possess. Even the most minor of interstate accidents involving one of these giants may have horrifying consequences. If you have been injured as a result of an interstate truck accident, call the Tupelo truck accident lawyers of Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz for a free consultation. Our firm employs 30 attorneys and 120 staff members, and we have recovered more than $1.5 billion in compensation for clients through verdicts, judgments, and settlements. It just goes to show you why NST is the way to go.
Proving a Truck Driver’s Negligence
Under Mississippi law, the burden of proof is placed on the injured victim, so the plaintiff will most likely need to establish the truck driver’s negligence in order to recover damages. To prove negligence, the person injured must first establish that the truck driver owed them a duty of care – usually meaning the trucker had an obligation to drive safely. The next step is to show that the truck driver breached that duty and that your injuries were caused by the trucker’s failure to uphold his obligation. For example, if a truck driver shifted into your lane without signaling or checking for other vehicles – resulting in a head-on collision with your vehicle – the truck driver may be found liable for the wreck.
Dealing with the aftermath of an interstate truck accident can be difficult and frustrating, considering that large trucking companies may try to hide evidence that could negatively impact them or their driver. That is why it is crucial for you to contact a truck accident lawyer in the Tupelo area right after an interstate collision. An attorney could possibly prevent spoliation of evidence, such as black box data and dash camera footage, by contacting the trucking company. A lawyer can also defend you against allegations of comparative fault, which could result in your total recovery being docked by the percentage of blame attributed to you in court.
If the accident, for example, resulted in you being taken to North Mississippi Medical Center at 830 South Gloster Street and kept there for several days, you may be able to recover economic damages for medical bills. If the time at the hospital caused you to miss work, you may be able to recover damages for your lost wages as well. Non-economic damages may be recovered for intangible losses such as loss of enjoyment of life, pain and suffering, disfigurement, and loss of consortium. If the accident was the result of a trucker’s reckless behavior, you may be able to acquire punitive damages as well.
Discuss Your Interstate Truck Accident with a Tupelo Lawyer
Truck accidents on interstates can have disastrous outcomes – some which may leave victims permanently disabled or even dead. If you or a loved one has sustained injuries from a trucker crashing into you, the Tupelo attorneys at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz are ready to discuss your case. For over 30 years, our firm has been serving people injured in Tupelo, Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Jonesboro, Little Rock, Jackson, Meridian, Columbus, Grenada, Starkville, Oxford, Hayti, and Caruthersville, as well as other communities in Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas, Missouri, and Kentucky. Contact our office toll-free by calling 800-529-4004 or by completing our online form to set up a free consultation with a motor vehicle collision attorney.
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.