Tupelo Tanker Truck Accidents
Big Rig Collision Lawyers Assisting Residents of Tupelo and Surrounding Areas
Tanker truck accidents can be catastrophic. These vehicles often transport highly toxic and flammable materials, meaning any time they collide with something else, an explosion could result. If you have suffered serious injuries in such a wreck, our Tupelo truck accident attorneys may be able to represent you and assist you in recovering for your injuries and losses. In tragic situations, an explosion could result in a wrongful death. For more than 30 years, Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz has represented injured victims and loved ones in truck accident and other personal injury cases. We have recovered over $1.5 billion in compensation for our clients, many of whom have sustained permanent and debilitating injuries.
Serious Injuries After a Tanker Truck Accident in Tupelo
Following a crash involving a tanker truck, it is important to alert authorities to the scene. Police may respond in addition to fire trucks and emergency medical personnel. Many times, the road or interstate will be shut down for hours, if not longer, to prevent people from coming into contact with toxic gas or chemicals.
If chemicals are released from the tank, exposure could result in a victim contracting a dangerous medical condition or disease. If the tanker truck explodes, victims could sustain permanent burn injuries, such as a third degree burn. Intense wound care and surgery may be needed to treat this type of injury. However, evidence of the burn may never completely go away. Damages available in a tanker truck accident case can include medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, disfigurement, and scarring. Proving permanent scarring may be accomplished through testimony or documentation from a plastic surgeon. To understand what damages may apply to your situation, you should consult with a truck accident lawyer in Tupelo soon after the wreck.
Recovering monetary damages often depends on the plaintiff being able to prove negligence against the truck driver or trucking company for the incident. The truck driver could be responsible for driving in an unsafe manner, including speeding or failing to maintain a safe lookout. An example is a tanker truck driver speeding as he merges onto Interstate 22 in Tupelo and rear ending a vehicle stopped in traffic. If this happens, and if the truck driver was acting within the course and scope of his employment, the trucking company could be vicariously responsible for the driver’s negligence and resulting damages. This fact could make a large difference in the victim’s ultimate recovery.
There are certain situations where the trucking company itself could be deemed negligent after a tanker truck accident. One such way is by violating federal trucking regulations regarding the transport of hazardous materials. If the truck driver does not understand how to safely transport these materials, the employer could be liable for negligent training. Proving a trucking company’s direct negligence is typically accomplished through expert testimony. A Tupelo attorney who understands how to handle complex truck accident cases can retain experts when needed to prove liability.
Speak with a Truck Accident Attorney in Tupelo Today
It is well-known that tanker truck accidents can result in permanent injuries such as chemical burns, third degree burns, and visible scarring. Our truck accident lawyers have experience representing victims of truck accidents in Mississippi and understand the importance of investigating all potential sources of recovery for our clients. We employ over 30 attorneys and more than 100 staff members. We represent clients throughout the South in Tennessee, Missouri, Mississippi, Kentucky, and Arkansas, including in cities such as Caruthersville, Hayti, Oxford, Starkville, Grenada, Columbus, Tupelo, Meridian, Jackson, Little Rock, Jonesboro, Chattanooga, Knoxville, Memphis, and Nashville. Call Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz at 800-529-4004 or complete our online form to schedule a free consultation with a tractor-trailer wreck attorney. Let us explain to you 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.