There are hundreds of motor vehicle accidents every year on Tennessee roads, and many of these accidents involve semi trucks. In addition to the potential harm that can result from Tennessee truck accidents, trucking accidents also present complications not typically found in other types of motor vehicle accidents. Tennessee truck accident lawyers note the list below of three things you should know if you are in a semi truck accident.
If you or a loved one has been in a semi truck accident, contact Attorney Group for Tennessee to learn more about your options. We offer free, confidential, no-obligation consultations in which we can answer your questions. If you decide to pursue a claim, we can connect you with an affiliated Tennessee semi truck accident attorney.
1. Liability is Not Always Straightforward.
Determining who is liable after a semi truck accident can be difficult. Responsibility for an accident can lie with a number of different parties, including:
- The semi truck driver
- The owner of the truck or trailer
- The agency leasing the truck or trailer from the owner
- Any manufacturer involved in making the tires, vehicle, or vehicle parts
A trucking accident lawyer can help determine which parties might be at fault for the accident, as well as the manner in which claims should be made.
2. High-Tech Devices Can Provide Information.
Similar to “black boxes” on airplanes, many commercial trucks now have high-tech devices that record information, including the truck’s speed and brake patterns, and how long the driver had been on the road at the time of the accident. It is often necessary to preserve this information after a truck accident, and a Tennessee trucking accident attorney will be aware of the need to do this.
3. Government Agencies Can Be Contacted.
Federal law states that a certified truck inspector must come to the scene of every accident involving commercial trucks to inspect the trucks and report the condition of all their mechanical parts. Contacting a government agency, such as the Tennessee Department of Transportation, to obtain this information after your accident may be helpful.
Injured Drivers and Passengers May Be Entitled to Compensation
Drivers or passengers who are injured in an accident caused by a semi truck may be entitled to compensation for damages, including:
- Medical expenses
- Loss of income
- Loss of ability to work
- The permanency of the injury
- Pain, suffering, and mental anguish from an injury
If a person is killed by a semi truck, his or her family members may be able to pursue wrongful death damages, which may include the conscious pain and suffering of a loved one prior to death, funeral expenses, and loss of a relationship with a loved one.
Contact Us For More Information
If you or a loved one was involved in a semi truck accident, contact Attorney Group for Tennessee for more information. You can fill out the form on this page, call us at the number listed at the top of the page, or email us at [email protected].
When you contact us, an attorney will follow up with you to speak with you about your case or answer questions that you might have. There is no cost or obligation to speak with us, and any information you provide will be kept confidential.
Please note that the law limits the time you have to pursue a claim for an injury. If you think you have a case, you should not delay taking action.
See our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information, and contact Attorney Group for Tennessee today.