Tupelo U-Haul Truck Accidents
NST Attorneys Assisting Trucking Crash Victims in Tupelo
Many people do not own vehicles that are conducive to moving from one place to another, at least in a timely manner. That is why many people use U-Haul trucks to move. Unfortunately, many people with little to no experience driving large trucks insist on driving their U-Haul trucks themselves, which can lead to a devastating collision with another motorist, pedestrian, or cyclist. If you or a loved one has been involved in a U-Haul truck accident, you should contact the Tupelo truck accident lawyers of Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz today to discuss your case and how we may be able to help you. We are a large regional personal injury law firm with over 30 lawyers and more than 120 support staff members. Our firm has been serving people injured in the South for over 30 years.
Recovering Damages from a U-Haul Truck Accident
In Lee County, let us say, for example, that you are driving along Interstate 22 on a day in which it is raining heavily. The bad weather has decreased the visibility of most drivers, so you drive with reasonable care by slowing down and driving with extra caution. Next to you is a person driving a U-Haul truck. Since the driver is unfamiliar with driving large trucks, it is difficult for him to operate the truck. The driver of the U-Haul truck hits a pool of water and begins hydroplaning. Within seconds, he crashes into your vehicle, causing you to suffer severe injuries.
When pursuing damages after a trucking collision involving a U-Haul truck, you must establish the truck driver’s negligence. This can be done by proving that your injuries were directly caused by the truck driver breaching a duty of reasonable care that he owed you. Since the State of Mississippi operates under the doctrine of pure comparative negligence, you should consider retaining a truck accident attorney in Jackson, MS because the truck driver could accuse you of comparative fault. If a judge or jury finds you partially at fault, your recovery can be reduced by the percentage of blame attributed to you.
If a truck accident in Tupelo was caused by a mechanical failure of the U-Haul truck, the rental company may be to blame for negligent maintenance. Mississippi law requires vehicle owners to adequately maintain vehicles that are driven on public roads. Fully investigating the cause of a trucking accident is something your attorney can assist with. An attorney can also address potential insurance coverage issues that may arise between U-Haul’s insurance carrier and the renter’s personal coverage.
Depending on the nature and severity and of your injuries and losses, you may be entitled to economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages can be awarded for monetary losses stemming from a collision, such as lost wages, past and future medical bills, and lost earning capacity – which may require an expert to calculate. Non-economic damages can be awarded for intangible losses, including loss of consortium, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and disfigurement.
Call NST Today If You Have Been Injured in a Trucking Collision
U-Haul truck accidents have the capability to leave victims with agonizing injuries and expensive medical bills. The personal injury law firm of Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz represents victims of truck crashes in Tupelo, Meridian, Jackson, Oxford, Memphis, Nashville, Chattanooga, Knoxville, Caruthersville, Hayti, Starkville, Grenada, Columbus, Little Rock, Jonesboro, and other communities throughout Mississippi, Tennessee, Missouri, Kentucky, and Arkansas. Contact our office by calling us toll-free at 800-529-4004 or by completing our online form to schedule a free consultation with a motor vehicle collision lawyer. Allow us to show 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.