Memphis Truck Accident Lawyers
The average passenger vehicle weighs around 3,000 pounds, and large commercial trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. Because of the significant size and weight difference between these vehicles, occupants of passenger vehicles are at a serious disadvantage in the event of a collision with a truck.
Despite oversight from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the Tennessee Highway Patrol Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division, truck accidents still cause injuries and claim lives each year. If you’ve been involved in an accident with a large truck or commercial vehicle, seek the guidance of a truck accident lawyer.
Whether you or a loved one are coping with serious injuries, medical expenses, lost wages, or diminished quality of life, the team at Gold Law Firm is ready to fight for you. We have been representing Tennessee injury victims for years. When you look for the right lawyer, you need someone that you can trust. We are ready to be fierce advocates for you and guide you through this trying time. For a free consultation, give us a call at (901) 244-5003 today.
Do I Need A Truck Accident Lawyer?
If you are serious about recovering compensation for your injuries, it is in your best interest to reach out to a skilled injury lawyer. Compared to other traffic accidents, truck collisions are unique because multiple parties may be responsible for contributing to the accident. The driver, trucking company, cargo-loader, maintenance technician, or another party could ultimately be to blame for your injuries.
Determining exactly what or who caused the accident and how much responsibility each party bears is critical in seeking the full settlement that you deserve. Once your lawyer thoroughly investigates your accident, they will pursue each source of compensation for your past, current, and future expenses.
Without the guidance of a lawyer, you may be pressured into agreeing to a low settlement from the at-fault party’s insurance company. Often, insurers are quick to offer settlements that, because of sheer convenience, seem reasonable. When you need money to cope with your injuries and lost wages, you may be inclined to agree to the first settlement that you are offered. Unless you know exactly what your claim is worth, then you should not agree to a settlement without speaking to an attorney.
In addition to making sure that you don’t agree to an unsatisfactory settlement, a truck accident lawyer will work to ensure that your claim doesn’t face any unnecessary delays. Though some cases require extra time to resolve, an injury lawyer understands when the at-fault party’s representation is intentionally delaying progress and can put the necessary pressure on them to make sure your claim is resolved in a timely manner.
Why Hire Gold Law Firm to Handle My Case?
The experienced legal team at Gold Law Firm have the required skill set to thoroughly investigate your case, calculate your expenses, and fight for you. When it comes to our clients, we are committed to customer service, communication, and respect. We know that when you decide to hire us, you’ve put plenty of thought and consideration into your decision, and we seek to honor your choice by providing the best possible service.
The expense of a truck accident injury extends far beyond financial factors. In addition to the money you’ve lost, you may also be contending with acute pain, ongoing suffering, and mental anguish. Our lawyers take all of these factors into consideration when we represent you. We know that finances are an important consideration when finding the right lawyer, which is why we provide free consultations.
Truck Accident Cases We Handle
Truck drivers, trucking companies, and third-party services should be held to a high standard to make sure that they are transporting goods safely. The safety of the public should not be compromised by a truck driver’s delivery deadline or a trucking company’s bottom line.
Memphis truck accidents may occur for a variety of reasons. The following are some common types of truck accidents:
- Tractor-Trailer Accidents – Tractor-trailer vehicles often carry loads in excess of 50,000 pounds. For this reason, when they are involved in collisions with passenger vehicles, the occupants of the smaller vehicles are put in serious danger.
- Trucking Company Negligence Accidents – Though it may be your first instinct to blame the driver of the truck, the truth is, negligent employers may ultimately be responsible for your injuries. The trucking company may be to blame if they impose unrealistic delivery schedules, have negligent hiring practices, provide poor training, fail to properly maintain their vehicles, tamper with logbooks, or load cargo improperly.
- Unsecured Load Accidents – Since large trucks carry loads that max out at 80,000 pounds, cargo must be secured properly. An unevenly distributed load can throw the truck off balance, causing a serious accident. A trucking company or third-party may be responsible for loading. The team at Gold Law Firm can help determine and prove fault.
- Dump Truck Accidents – Though they are no less heavy, dump trucks tend to be shorter in length than traditional rigs. Injuries from a collision with a dump truck typically only impact the occupants of the other vehicle. Dump truck drivers are known to speed to construction sites which puts all nearby drivers and passengers at serious risk of injury.
If you have been injured in a trucking accident caused by a driver’s negligence, you have options. With the support of a qualified trucking attorney, you have a much better chance at recovering compensation that accounts for the full cost of your current and ongoing injury-related expenses. The following are common causes of truck accidents:
- Distracted driving
- Failure to check blind spots
- Reckless driving
- Overloaded trailers or unbalanced loads
- Maintenance oversights
- Failure to yield
Accidents happen in the blink of an eye. We know that when you’ve been involved in a serious accident, the memories of what exactly happened are not always clear. The Memphis truck accident attorneys at Gold Law Firm are ready to investigate your case and uncover who is responsible for your injuries.
Frequently Asked Questions
When you or a loved one are injured in a serious accident, we know that you have questions. The team at Gold Law Firm is ready to offer you the comprehensive legal support that you deserve. Reaching out to a lawyer can be a difficult decision for many families, but we are dedicated to making the process as intuitive and rewarding as possible for you. Read over some frequently asked questions and call us at (901) 244-5003 to go over your situation in more detail.
What are “No-Zones?”
“No-Zones” refer to the significant blind spots on each side of a large truck. In order to keep yourself safe when sharing the road with a truck, learn the no-zones and make sure you don’t linger in them or you may end up in an easily preventable accident. No-zone accidents boil down to visibility, so if you can’t see the truck driver’s side mirror, they most likely can’t see you.
What is jackknifing?
A jackknife occurs when the drive wheels lock up and skid causing the trailer to push the tractor which in turn causes the tractor and trailer to turn into each other. Jackknife accidents can easily occur on slick or icy roadways and cause serious harm to nearby passenger vehicles.
When should I call a lawyer?
If your injuries have been caused by someone else’s carelessness, every second counts. It is a good idea to reach out to a lawyer as soon as possible. Taking action quickly will not only help you reach a settlement quickly, but it will also give your injury lawyer much-needed time to dedicate to your case’s investigation. Tennessee law gives injury victims one year from the date of the accident to file an injury claim. So, at the very least, if you want to hold the at-fault party accountable, take action within one year.
What if I’m partially at fault?
Tennessee follows modified comparative fault rules. This means that if you are partially responsible for causing your accident (as long as you are less than 50% responsible), you may still be able to collect compensation for your injuries. It is important to have an attorney representing your interests to ensure that the truck driver, their employer, or their insurer does not unfairly place blame on you.
Contact a Truck Accident Attorney Today
The attorneys at Gold Law Firm care about your health, your family, and your future. We know how overwhelmed victims feel in the aftermath of a serious trucking accident, which is why we are committed to standing beside you and providing you with the support that you need to heal and move forward. Securing a favorable settlement or verdict from the party responsible for your injuries is our goal. For a free consultation, give us a call today at (901) 244-5003.