There are plenty of tractor trailers and 18-wheelers on I-75. While their presence is nothing new, these large transportation vehicles come plenty of risk and danger on the road.
When you’ve been in an accident with a commercial truck, there’s a good chance the truck driver is walking away while you or a passenger have to deal with broken bones, a traumatic or a much worse situation.
Dealing with the aftermath of a truck accident can leave you injured, stressed and financially strained. If this is you, then the truck accident attorneys at Dennis & King can help.
Schedule your free confutation with our team of legal experts. We have years of experience in trucking accident law in Tennessee and will help you get what you deserve.
Who Is At-Fault for the Truck Accident?
It’s easy to think a trucking accident would be handled like any other auto accident. However, there is a long list of unique aspects to trucking accidents.
Unlike a car accident, there could be multiple parties involved in your truck accident claim. Depending on the details of your accident, you may have a case against:
- The truck driver
- Trucking company
- The truck’s manufacturer
- The Truck’s parts manufacturers
- The company who loaded or shipped the cargo
- The company responsible for the truck’s maintenance
With so many parties potentially at fault, you’ll need the help of an experienced Chattanooga law firm. Our truck accident lawyers will investigate your case, and find any and all parties responsible for the accident.
Common Truck Accident Causes
Sometimes accidents happen. Other times, accidents are caused by negligent behavior or a known faulty product.
Truck accidents are no different. Throughout our years of experience, truck accidents are typically caused by one of the following issues.
Faulty Equipment or Hardware
According to § 396.3 of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), it’s the responsibility of motor carriers and equipment providers to inspect, maintain, and repair any and all vehicles they are responsible for.
In short, if there is a system failure or problem with a truck’s hardware that causes an accident, there is a case to be made to recoup losses.
Loading Issues or Negligence
Some trucking accidents in Tennessee result from issues with how the freight was initially loaded on the truck.
Trucks have a certain weight limit that they must adhere to. Overloading can lead to inability to speed up or brake or even cause a truck to overturn. Those situations can result in major damage on the road and harm motorists nearby.
If you’ve ever found yourself driving early in the morning or late at night after a long day at work, you know how serious feeling tired behind the wheel can be.
Driver fatigue is a serious issue. Your reaction time slows; you’re easily distracted, and may make poor decisions behind the wheel. Nationally, the percentage of fatigued drivers involved in auto accidents is almost on par with DUI accidents.
That’s why federal regulations limit a truck driver’s a workday is up to 14 hours, following an off-period of 10 hours. This means that, if a driver is on the road at 5 a.m., they must be off the road no later than 7 p.m. that night.
When truck drivers ignore this regulation, regardless of their rationale, they may cause an accident.
Whether they changed a lane improperly or ran into the shoulder, fatigued truck drivers can cause serious damage to you, your loved ones, and your property.
What Can You Recover?
In the event of a trucking accident, there are numerous damages a truck accident attorney can help you recover.
If you were in a truck accident, you may be able to recover damages for:
- Lost Wages
- Medical Bills
- Emotional distress
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium or companionship
- Wrongful Death
- Funeral Expenses
This list is just a snapshot of what you might be able to recover after your truck accident. If you have questions on what damages you may be entitled to, give us a call and see how we can help.
Contact a Chattanooga Truck Accident Lawyer
Our accident attorneys have more than 25 years of experience in handling cases involving tractor-trailers, 18-wheelers, logging truck accidents, and semi-truck accidents. We understand the physical, emotional and financial strain they have on victims and their families. We’ve handled all types of truck accidents, including
If you or someone you know has been injured in a truck accident, don’t waste time worrying about what to do or how to handle the insurance company. Pick up the phone and schedule a free consultation with the talented truck accident lawyers at Dennis & King Law.