Memphis Trucking Company Negligence Accident Lawyers
If you have been hurt in an accident resulting from a trucking company’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. Truck crashes can be physically, emotionally, and financially draining – and their victims should not have to pick up the pieces without meaningful assistance from companies that may be at fault.
Due to their size, weight, and various other features, large trucks pose a heightened risk to other drivers on the road. Because of this risk, trucking companies have a special responsibility to promote highway safety. When they fail to do so and endanger others through negligent business practices, these companies can be held liable.
The attorneys at Gold Law Firm understand the many difficulties and complications that can come with a truck company negligence accident. With decades of experience assisting Tennessee truck accident victims, we can help you recover the compensation you or your injured loved ones deserve. Call us at (901) 244-5003 or fill out our online contact form to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation today.
Do I Need a Lawyer if I’ve Been in a Trucking Company Negligence Accident?
If you’ve been injured in an accident related to a trucking company’s negligence, it is in your best interest to consult an experienced truck accident lawyer. Trucking companies are often well-resourced and practiced when it comes to safeguarding their money – regardless of the damages you may have incurred in your accident.
Trucking companies can create unsafe highway conditions through a number of negligent actions or inaction, such as failing to properly maintain vehicles or setting unrealistic delivery expectations for drivers. Nonetheless, despite the many ways that trucking company negligence can directly or indirectly cause accidents, these companies are unlikely to own up to their mistakes if not held accountable by legal professionals. A personal injury lawyer who is well-versed in truck accidents will be able to investigate your case. From there, the lawyer can help determine when and how a trucking company may have acted negligently.
Furthermore, because of their size and commercial status, trucks are subject to a long list of rules and regulations that don’t apply to most personal vehicles. Some of these regulations are federal and nationwide, while others vary from state to state. An experienced truck accident lawyer will help you navigate this complex legal situation to find the best path to compensation in your particular case.
Why Choose Gold Law Firm?
The attorneys at Gold Law Firm have the skillset and know-how to win you sufficient compensation for any truck accident-related damages you may have suffered. We have successfully pursued significant compensation for many truck accident victims across the state of Tennessee. Our 100% 5-star review rating on Google is a testament to our trusted, compassionate approach, and the results we have achieved for past clients. Your Gold Law Firm lawyer will apply the same tried-and-true techniques as well as a deep understanding of the trucking industry to achieve success in your case.
Our head attorney, David Gold, has more than two decades of experience representing clients in personal injury cases. He graduated with high honors from the Nashville School of Law. Since then, Mr. Gold has built himself an incredibly strong reputation in Tennessee vehicle accident litigation. He has represented more than 5,000 motor vehicle accident victims, and has won millions of dollars cumulatively for his past clients. Mr. Gold’s impressive skills strengthen each and every case that [law-firm] handles.
We have the experience and confidence that are necessary to go head-to-head with a powerful trucking company. In fact, due to our confidence that we can earn our clients the money they deserve, we only charge for the cases we win. In other words: if we don’t secure your compensation from a trucking company, you don’t pay for our services.
Types of Trucking Company Negligence Cases We Handle
Trucking companies handle and supervise all aspects of the trucking supply chain – so there are many forms of company negligence that can directly or indirectly lead to a truck accident. This negligence can range from failing to fix defective truck equipment to improperly hiring employees. Even accidents that appear to be a driver’s fault at first glance may prove to have resulted from a company’s negligent actions, either partly or wholly.
Trucking company negligence can be egregious and obvious, but it can also be subtle and hard to detect. In some cases, multiple instances of negligence may lead to or worsen an accident.
In order to pursue maximum compensation from companies that may be at fault, it is important for truck accident victims to understand and recognize different forms of trucking company negligence. Below, we have listed some of the most common types of negligence that can play into truck accidents and related litigation.
Hours of Service Rule/Regulation Violations: Commercial trucks are subject to various Hours of Service (HOS) regulations through the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. This means that truck companies must meet certain federal requirements in terms of their employees’ driving schedules. HOS regulations increase highway safety by limiting truckers’ driving times, such as by mandating that drivers take a break every eight hours or stop driving for the day after a certain number of hours. If a trucking company is found to have encouraged or sanctioned truck-driving that violates federal HOS regulations, the company could be held liable for any accidents caused during the time of the violation.
Poor Maintenance of Vehicles: Trucking companies have a responsibility to inspect and maintain their commercial vehicles according to certain safety standards. For example, these companies must have their trucks’ breaks tested every so often to ensure that they are in good working condition. If a trucking company fails to properly maintain one of its vehicles and subsequently causes an accident, the company could be held financially responsible for its negligence.
Negligent Hiring and Training of Drivers: In the event of a truck accident, a company could be held responsible for negligence even if poor truck-driving was the most direct cause of the accident. This could be the case if the given truck driver was improperly hired, trained, or supervised by the overseeing company. In terms of hiring practices, commercial truck drivers must hold a valid commercial driver’s license, and they must have the proper experience. They must also typically pass a background check to confirm that they haven’t been convicted of any serious crimes or misdemeanors, especially driving-related misdemeanors. If a truck driver is involved in an accident, and if the truck company is shown to have hired that driver despite an invalid driver license or a failed (or lacking) background check, the company could be found liable for negligence.
Negligent Supervision of Drivers: Trucking companies also hold a share of responsibility for their drivers’ behavior, and how that behavior affects safety on the roads. This means that these companies must conduct regular drug and alcohol tests for their drivers to ensure safe, sober truck-driving. If a driver causes an accident while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, a truck accident lawyer can investigate to determine whether or not the driver had been submitted to recent and regular drug-testing by the company at hand. If the company had failed to conduct such testing, it could be held at least partially responsible for the accident and resulting damages.
Poor Cargo-Loading: Trucking companies must ensure that all cargo is safely loaded onto trucks for transportation between pick-up and delivery locations. This includes complying with certain federally designated weight limits for the specific cargo on a truck, since overly heavy trucks can be extremely difficult to maneuver and stop. If an overloaded or otherwise dangerously loaded truck is involved in an accident with another vehicle, the trucking company could be found liable for negligent loading practices.
Poor Cargo-Labeling: If transporting any hazardous or potentially hazardous materials, trucking companies have a responsibility to clearly label any and all such cargo. When improperly labeled objects injure another driver in an accident, the trucking company could be held responsible for its negligence in labeling.
Contact Gold Law Firm
If you have been hurt in a truck accident, do not hesitate to contact Gold Law Firm. Our Memphis truck accident attorneys understand how difficult it can be to deal with the fallout of a truck accident, and approach each and every individual case with the utmost compassion. We also have the wherewithal and trucking industry litigation experience to aggressively pursue the compensation you need from a powerful trucking company.
Even if you aren’t sure of whether or not you want to take legal action against a trucking company, call us at (901) 244-5003 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free consultation today. One of our attorneys will review your case and talk you through the options you may have for financial recovery, and you will be under no obligation to continue to work with Gold Law Firm. If you do decide to take action with Gold Law Firm at your side, you will only be charged if and when we secure your compensation.