It’s very common on Tennessee’s roads and highways to see commercial trucks traveling alongside passenger cars, and it can be quite terrifying to consider the destructive power of these huge vehicles when something goes awry. Both the companies who own these heavy commercial trucks and the drivers who operate them are responsible for ensuring that these vehicles are operated correctly and that they’re safe to operate. When they fail to accept this responsibility, they can be held accountable by the unfortunate victims of these serious accidents.
If you happen to be visiting our website today because either you or someone in your family has been seriously injured in a truck accident, we sincerely hope this page can answer some of your questions. However, please know that we’re here to help you and if you need immediate help or you have questions you’d like answered, we welcome your call. One of our highly experienced and competent Nashville truck accident attorneys will be happy to speak with you.
We can be reached online via our contact form or by phone at (615) 205-0904. Schedule a free consultation with our team today.
How Are Truck Accidents Different from Passenger Car Accidents?
Victims of passenger vehicle accidents face various difficulties once they’ve been injured; however, victims of commercial truck accidents are often expected to deal with more complicated legal claims for their injuries.
Some of the reasons truck accident cases differ from passenger car accident cases include:
Heavy commercial trucks do an enormous amount of damage: In general, commercial trucks are larger and heavier than typical passenger vehicles and, when they collide with smaller vehicles, occupants of the car are either fatally or catastrophically injured. Because truck accidents are usually severe and there’s a high cost involved for treating the resulting injuries, both the trucking companies and the victims have a lot to lose.
Professional drivers and trucking companies are involved: When it comes to car accidents, it’s usually only the drivers and their respective insurance companies that are involved. However, commercial truck accidents can involve the trucking company, professional drivers, their insurance companies, their in-house attorneys, and others. This results in one person or one family battling against parties who are more experienced in the legal process and have much to lose if the victim is successful in winning their accident claim.
The trucking companies are fully prepared to defend themselves: Companies that operate fleets of commercial trucks are fully prepared to defend themselves, their companies, and their drivers against compensation claims from accident victims. The insurance company, the trucking company, and its drivers will fight tooth and nail against injury claims because it’s their reputation on the line, not to mention their careers. And, for the trucking companies, it’s also their bottom line. That’s why it’s imperative that victims of truck accidents understand their rights and are prepared to protect themselves. They must be treated in an appropriate and respectful manner and should not be forced to give up their rights to compensation.
We know that cases involving negligent delivery vans and tractor-trailer wrecks are more complicated than typical passenger car accident claims, but there’s some positive news for victims who have suffered extreme losses. Federal law requires trucking companies and commercial drivers to have higher insurance limits, meaning that accident victims may be able to receive more in compensation than they would in a typical car accident claim where liability insurance limits may be lower.
What Kinds of Compensation Might Tennessee Truck Accident Victims Receive?
Compensation available to victims who have been injured in a truck accident in Tennessee is usually broken down into specific categories. These categories must then be “proven” with evidence and documentation during the legal process.
Following a truck accident, typical claims for potential compensation might include:
Pain and suffering
Lost wages and earning capacity
Expected future needs
Trucking companies and their relevant insurance companies are very experienced in protecting their own interests, and although victims have the right to seek compensation under the law, they shouldn’t depend on these companies to support their needs and/or compensate the true worth of their claim. If you or a family member have been injured in a truck wreck, it’s vitally important that you have highly experienced and knowledgeable representative of your own—someone who’ll protect you and your rights. Fortunately, there are some very successful and highly experienced professionals available to help.
Our Nashville Law Firm Handles the Following Truck Accident Cases
The professionals at Jeff Roberts & Associates assist accident victims in navigating their way through various kinds of truck accident cases, including accidents involving:
Tractor-trailers and semis
Heavy work vehicles
Severe spinal and brain injuries
The Nashville truck accident attorneys at Jeff Roberts & Associates are highly skilled and experienced legal representatives, devoted to ensuring that accident victims are treated fairly and that their rights are protected. Jeff Roberts & Associates has handled numerous injury cases over the years and we know how to build a strong case for our clients. Jeff is a former insurance adjuster, so he knows exactly how these companies think and act, as well as what to expect in the most serious and difficult cases. We take on cases we believe in, and our aim is to develop a strong, personal relationship with every client who accepts our help.
Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us! Perhaps you’d simply like to sit and talk with us and get a clearer idea of what we do, or maybe you’re unsure if you actually have a case. Either way, we’re here to help you. Yes, we may be aggressive in the courtroom when defending our clients, but we’re also local, home-grown attorneys who really do care about accident victims and what they’re going through. We’ll do everything in our power to help you.
Truck Drivers Are Not Always at Fault And May Have An Injury Claim of Their Own
We also understand that sometimes truck drivers are oftentimes assumed to be the at-fault driver and therefore the cause of an accident, simply because they’re driving semi-trucks. We understand that, in reality, truck drivers’ years of driving experience and quick thinking have often minimized the injuries sustained and damage caused in automobile accidents. Truck drivers, in general, are cautious drivers; however, they can’t assume to know when a motorist will drive in their blind-spot, take their eyes off the road, or engage in reckless behavior on the road that causes the truck driver to wreck and suffer injuries. When a commercial truck driver becomes a victim of an accident, that driver also deserves good legal representation in order to both protect themselves from being wrongly accused and to recover from their injuries. In fact, Jeff’s father was a commercial truck driver who suffered injuries due to someone else’s fault; he has lived through that experience personally.
Our highly-experienced Nashville personal injury attorneys are available to help accident victims of all kinds, to protect their best interests and help them navigate their way through what can be a confusing and complicated legal process.
If You Need Answers, Call Our Experienced Nashville Truck Accident Attorneys Today!
We understand only too well how difficult and confusing life can be following a serious truck accident. We’re here to help you get the answers you need about what happens next and what your legal rights are. Our office is located near Trinity Lane, where all three major highways connect. We have seen the devastation that results from serious truck accidents, both on highways and at intersections. Our firm is here to help you.
Call our office at (615) 205-0904 or fill out a confidential contact form if you’re ready to schedule a completely free case review.