Nashville Truck Accident Lawyers Help You Protect Your Family
Getting you on the road to recovery from offices in Nashville, Hendersonville and Knoxville
Tennessee is an important port of call for truckers; some of the country’s biggest names in manufacturing are located right here in the Volunteer State. Because of the sheer number of commercial trucks on the road at any given moment, your risk of being involved in an accident increases.
The Nashville truck accident lawyers at Rocky McElhaney Law Firm fight on behalf of victims injured in trucking accidents in Tennessee. Our dedicated team of Nashville truck accident attorneys put their full force behind clients who have been involved in big-rig and 18-wheeler accidents. We use cutting edge technology and a proactive approach to ensure that we are fully prepared for every case, from the moment you walk down into our office. You’re greeted by a friendly and courteous team of staff and lawyers whose only priority is protecting your rights, so you can focus on getting well.
When Should I Hire a Lawyer After a Truck Wreck?
Why do I need to hire a lawyer immediately after a truck accident? If you have been injured in a tractor trailer wreck or a loved one has been killed by a semi-truck you need to hire a truck accident lawyer immediately. If you don't critical evidence could be lost. Crime scene evidence, evidence at the crash site, the information contained on the data modular recorder of the truck could be recorded over and the log book could be thrown away by the trucking company. They only have to keep the data modular information until the truck rolls again. They only have to keep the log book for six months. These elements of evidence could be critical in proving your case. Rest assured after a big truck wreck the insurance company has a team of investigators, attorneys, and adjusters who visit the site to start working against you to minimize your recovery. It's critical for your family that you immediately level the playing field by hiring an experienced truck accident attorney. I'm here to help you. Call me immediately at 615-425-2500 or reach out at Rockylawfirm.com.
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Nashville truck accident lawyers providing passionate representation for accident victims
Trucking accidents are accountable for a high percentage of highway fatalities in Tennessee. Because of their size, semis and 18-wheelers cause untold amounts of damage when they crash. As a result, injuries resulting from these accidents are often life-threatening, including:
- Brain injuries
- Permanent disfigurement
- Severe burns
- Shattered & broken bones
- Spinal cord injuries
- Strokes & heart attacks
We know how severe these injuries can be, and how difficult it is for families to overcome the mountain of medical bills they have incurred. Our attorneys are dedicated to providing clients with aggressive representation in court, and we utilize every resource available to get maximum results in settlements and at trial.
What are the leading causes of truck crashes in Tennessee?
We know that a tractor-trailer accident in Tennessee can lead to some catastrophic injuries; we also know that certain factors are more likely to lead to that type of accident. Here at RML, we work with people just like you who were hurt in a truck-related crash because of:
- Driver error. The primary cause of most auto accidents (no matter how big the vehicle) is driver error. Distracted drivers and fatigued drivers, as well as those who are driving recklessly by speeding or driving drunk, pose serious threats to passenger vehicles.
- Mechanical failures. Truck drivers in Tennessee (and throughout the country) are required to maintain their vehicles, and their supervisors are supposed to provide another round of checks. If a driver gets into a big-rig with worn-out tires, failing brakes or a broken gear shifter, both the driver and the cars around him or her could be at risk.
- Defective parts. Sometimes the mechanical failure of a truck has little to nothing to do with the driver and everything to do with the manufacturer. Our Nashville truck accident attorneys can help you if you were hurt because of a design, production or manufacturing flaw in a truck’s parts.
- The weather. Big rig drivers have a slight advantage when it comes to visibility in bad weather, because they are higher up than the cars – but it does not help when the cars are right next to them, or when fog is rolling in. Slippery or icy roads, debris in the roadway, rain that comes down in sheets – all of these can contribute to a crash with a tractor trailer, which might be too large to stop in time.
Commercial trucks provide minimal protection for their drivers in a crash, and even less to the other vehicles involved. At Rocky McElhaney Law Firm, our Nashville truck accident attorneys investigate all the potential reasons behind your truck accident and document your injuries. Whether the driver was unable to see you while coming around a blind curve, was driving on too little sleep because his boss made him work past the legal Hours or Service requirement, or the truck itself had faulty wiring – or any imaginable scenario that led to your truck accident – our skilled team of Nashville truck accident lawyers is by your side, fighting to protect your future.
Weather-related crashes can be deadly
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that about one quarter of traffic accidents in the United States are weather-related. Weather conditions such as wind, rain, fog, snow, sleet, and ice can make it nearly impossible to control a 10,000 lb. vehicle on the highway. Rain soaked roads are to most hazardous because rainstorms reduce driver’s visibility, they make the roads slick and slippery, and the wind-whipped rain and fog reduce visibility and increases stopping distance for large, commercial trucks.
Truck driver safety in bad weather
When a truck driver is not driving he is not making any money, so they may have a tendency to push their limits rather than pulling the truck over to allow the weather to pass. To be safe in bad weather, truck drivers must be prepared to:
- Slow down when there is rain, sleet or snow falling
- Take wet, icy roads into consideration when slowing down, turning and stopping
- Turn on head lights when there is rain, sleet, snow & fog
Added to the underlying hazard of poor weather conditions, truck drivers who drive drunk, while they are drowsy or drugged, or who are speeding can cause a serious accident where passengers in other vehicles can suffer catastrophic injuries and fatalities.
Why we’re the right choice for victims of trucking accidents in Nashville
Accidents involving 18-wheelers and commercial trucks are complicated; they involve a highly complex web of state and federal laws and regulations for lawyers to struggle with while trying a case. Our Nashville trucking accident attorneys use their familiarity with this body of law to their advantage, speeding up the process for clients while focusing on the core issue at hand in your case — accountability for the accident. Many accidents are due to the driver’s fatigue or recklessness while behind the wheel, leading to serious injuries – even a tragic loss of life – for the any other drivers involved in the accident. Our attorneys utilize this network of laws to hold trucking companies and their drivers responsible for the tragedy they created. Let our Nashville truck accident lawyers help you get the compensation you deserve.
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Involved in a trucking accident in Tennessee? Our Nashville truck accident lawyers can help
Trucking and transportation laws are complicated; choosing the right lawyer for your needs shouldn’t be. The Rocky McElhaney Law firm in Nashville fights for your rights when you’ve suffered an injury because of a truck accident. To schedule a free initial consultation, please call 615.246.5549 or fill out our contact form. We are proud to help clients from all over Tennessee, including Murfreesboro, Chattanooga, Memphis, Columbia, Knoxville, Hendersonville and Kingsport.