Tupelo Override Accidents
Big Rig Crash Attorneys Representing Injured Victims in Tupelo
An override accident occurs when an 18-wheeler or large truck runs over a smaller vehicle like a sedan. Many times, these accidents lead to catastrophic injuries or death. When an override accident occurs, the smaller car is often completely flattened or dragged several feet before coming to a rest. Wrecks causing significant property damage may also result in the possibility of more serious injuries. If you or a loved one has been injured by the careless actions of a truck driver, the Tupelo truck accident attorneys at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz are ready to discuss your wreck and how we may be able to assist you. For over 30 years, our attorneys have worked with thousands of injured victims, and we have obtained over $1.5 billion in settlements, judgments, and verdicts. We are available 24/7 to discuss your case.
Holding Commercial Trucking Companies and Drivers Liable for Override Accidents
Commercial truck companies and truck drivers are regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Anyone injured by a truck driver in the Tupelo area would benefit from attorneys who are knowledgeable in these regulations and the particulars of big rig truck accident litigation. Override accidents may be caused by the truck driver failing to maintain a safe lookout. Depending on the facts, the trucking company itself can be held liable for the actions of its driver. Under the legal theory of respondeat superior, a principal is responsible for the actions of its agent performed in accordance with the agent/principal relationship. Respondeat superior is Latin for “let the master answer.”
A trucking company could be found to be in violation of several regulations that contributed to the override accident. For example, commercial trucking companies are required to conduct thorough background checks before hiring drivers to ensure they are competent for the road. If it is found that the at-fault truck driver has a history of unsafe driving or driving under the influence (DUI) charges, the company may be responsible for allowing him to operate the vehicle in the first place. Additionally, trucking companies are required to offer proper training and monitor the hours of all of their drivers. Theories of liability against a trucking company may include negligent hiring, negligent training, or negligent supervision. A truck crash attorney in Tupelo can investigate all potential avenues of recovery on your behalf.
Many times, an override accident results from the lack of experience and improper driving of the truck driver. Drivers failing to yield, speeding, changing lanes improperly, and miscalculating stopping distances often result in drivers losing control of their 18-wheelers and running right into and over unsuspecting cars. Moreover, lack of sleep and driving while impaired are major factors that increase the odds of a truck driver causing an accident.
Retain a Qualified Truck Accident Attorney in the Tupelo Area
Override accidents are serious and could result in severe injuries. Having a law firm behind you with the experience and resources to battle the big trucking companies and their insurers can help ensure that your legal rights remain protected. Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz has a team of 33 lawyers and over 120 support staff ready to start working on your case today. Our truck accident lawyers strive to provide our clients with the individual attention they deserve. Our firm represents people injured throughout Mississippi, Tennessee, Missouri, Kentucky, and Arkansas, including in Oxford, Starkville, Grenada, Columbus, Tupelo, Meridian, Jackson, Memphis, Nashville, Chattanooga, Knoxville, Caruthersville, Hayti, Little Rock, and Jonesboro. Contact our office by calling 800-LAW-4004 or by completing our online form to set up a free consultation with a tractor-trailer crash attorney. NST is the way to go.
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.