Tupelo Rear-End Truck Accidents
Motor Vehicle Collision Lawyers Fighting for Victims in Tupelo
Many of us have seen wrecks involving tanker trucks that have left smaller vehicles severely damaged or destroyed, so it is no surprise that most people will admit that they drive cautiously when in close proximity to a large motor vehicle like an 18-wheeler, commercial truck, or a bus. The same caution should also be used by the drivers of large motor vehicles due to their potential destructive power, which can result in collision victims being left with critical injuries. Sadly, some drivers do not pay attention when driving, resulting in them failing to come to a complete stop and rear-ending other drivers. If you have been injured in a rear-end truck accident, you may have rights to assert. The Tupelo truck accident attorneys of Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz may be able to represent you to help recover your damages.
Recovering Damages for a Rear-End Truck Accident
Devastating consequences can manifest from a large truck making even the slightest contact with the back of smaller vehicles. A smaller car could easily be pushed forward into the back of another car, resulting in a chain reaction collision. A large truck could easily plow into the back of a smaller vehicle and run it off the road. Some cars can even be crushed beneath a large, heavy truck, known as an override accident. Many victims injured in truck accidents in the Tupelo area seek medical attention at North Mississippi Medical Center – located at 830 South Gloster Street, Tupelo, MS 38801.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) consistently collects information and data regarding large truck crashes. A few accident-related factors coded for large trucks and their drivers were:
- Brake problems
- Prescription drug use
- Traveling too fast for conditions
- Unfamiliarity with roadway
- Over-the-counter drug use
All of these factors can contribute to a rear-end truck accident. For example, if a commercial truck driver is abusing one of his prescription medications and that interferes with his reaction time – resulting in him rear-ending you on I-22 – he may be liable for the accident. In order to recover damages, you will need to establish that the driver owed you a duty to drive safely, breached that duty, and injured you as a result. Witnesses at the scene of the accident who could testify to the truck driver’s negligence can strengthen your case. There are also instances in which the trucking company could be held liable for the accident. For example, if proper upkeep of a truck is a trucking company’s responsibility and a truck driver hit you due to the brakes not functioning properly, the trucking company may be liable for improper maintenance of the vehicle.
Another vital element of your case is that you prove your damages, such as pain and suffering, lost wages, medical bills, loss of enjoyment of life, and loss of consortium. Documentation of your damages, which could involve retaining expert witnesses, is essential since large trucking companies usually aggressively defend claims made against them. An experienced truck accident attorney in the Tupelo area could assist in developing your damages as well as aiding in strengthening your claim.
Retain an Experienced Truck Accident Attorney in Tupelo
Being rear-ended by a truck can often be life-changing and result in exorbitant damages for you and your loved ones. If you are injured due to a rear-end truck accident , you should contact the experienced Tupelo lawyers at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz. Our firm has 33 lawyers and over 120 dedicated staff members. We represent individuals and families injured in Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas, Missouri, and Kentucky, including in Tupelo, Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Jonesboro, Little Rock, Jackson, Meridian, Columbus, Grenada, Starkville, Oxford, Hayti, and Caruthersville. Contact our office toll-free by calling 800-LAW-4004 or by completing our online form to schedule your free consultation with one of our motor vehicle collision attorneys. Let us demonstrate why 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.