Any collision involving a large truck and an automobile can cause serious injuries, particularly to those people in the smaller vehicle. If you have been involved in a collision with a large truck in Nashville or surrounding counties, it’s important to know what to do next. Choosing the right truck accident lawyer after you have been involved in a collision caused by a large truck can make all the difference in the outcome of your case.
The truck accident lawyers at Bill Easterly & Associates have the experience and commitment to take on big trucking companies and obtain just compensation for people who have been seriously injured by the negligence of truckers and trucking companies. We have more than 25 years of combined experience and have obtained millions of dollars for our clients.
Why Should You Hire Bill Easterly & Associates After a Truck Accident?
Truck accidents are more complicated than a simple automobile collision. The stakes are higher because trucking companies are required by law to carry much higher amounts of liability insurance. Our legal team thoroughly analyzes each truck accident we handle to identify all the potential responsible parties and the potential sources of insurance available. We develop a plan for each case to accomplish the best outcome and quickest outcome for our client.
Through careful preparation and aggressive negotiation we are often able to secure compensation for a client within a matter of weeks after opening a case file. We often represent people who have been frustrated in their dealings with another law firm and did not receive the individual attention they expected.
We understand that you may be struggling to pay your household bills if you have been seriously injured and lost income from missing weeks or months of work. We often seek the Medical Payments portion of liability insurance, which can provide some immediate compensation to help you pay medical bills, while we pursue compensation from the trucking company and their insurer. We also will handle – free of charge – the property damage portion of your claim to get your car repaired or replaced while we are pursuing your personal injury claim.
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Types of Compensation You Could Receive After an 18-Wheeler Accident
Some of the types of damages that you may be entitled to receive after a truck accident in Nashville include:
- Compensation for all doctor and hospital bills, physical therapy, and for future medical care related to the injury
- Lost past and future wages
- The cost to repair or replace your damaged automobile, including the cost of a rental car while your vehicle is in the shop
- Compensation for pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of consortium with a spouse
If you or your loved one has been injured in a truck accident, it is important to contact a lawyer promptly. Tennessee requires that personal injury claims be filed within a certain amount of time in order to have a valid claim. If you wait too long, you may lose your right to recover compensation for your injuries.
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Common Causes of Truck Accidents
Three major interstates pass through Nashville and more than 150 truck terminals are located in the area. Nashville has a lot of truck traffic, and trucks are involved in a disproportionate share of serious accidents. A number of factors may cause a large truck to have a serious accident. Often, a truck driver’s error leads to an accident. Mechanical failures with a truck such as brakes out of adjustment or a defective part also may cause an accident. Improperly loaded cargo may shift or fall onto the roadway and cause a multi-vehicle accident.
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- Speeding – A truck driver may exceed the posted speed limit or drive at an unsafe speed for the existing road or weather conditions and cause an accident. Speeding is a leading factor is accidents caused by truck drivers.
- Fatigued Driver – Drivers may be dangerously fatigued from too many hours and days behind the wheel. They may be exhausted from trying to meet an unreasonable delivery deadline. Our attorneys examine logbooks, toll receipts, and other evidence to determine if a truck driver has acted with reckless disregard for safety by violating the hours of service limits that apply to commercial drivers.
- Distraction – A truck driver who is distracted by an on-board computer or cell phone may fail to see traffic stopped ahead or overlook a vehicle that has moved into the blind spot beside the big rig.
- Steering Maneuvers – If a commercial truck driver makes a sudden lane change, the truck may collide with an automobile that was beside the truck in the blind spot or force the other driver off the road to avoid a collision.
- Taking Curves Too Fast – If a truck driver enters a curve too fast it can cause lateral acceleration of the truck that destabilizes it and leads to a rollover collision. Cargo tankers have a higher center of gravity than other trucks and a partial load can shift suddenly in a cargo tanker if the driver doesn’t take a curve at an appropriate speed.
- Truck Maintenance – Trucking companies have a legal responsibility to maintain trucks in safe operating condition. But companies may cut corners on required regular maintenance to save money and allow an unsafe vehicle to stay on the road, posing a risk to everyone on the road.
- Defective Equipment – Truck equipment manufacturers may be legally liable if a tread on a truck tire separates or hydraulic brakes fails. Manufacturers have a responsibility to manufacture safe products.
What to Do After a Truck Accident
There are several important steps to take after a truck accident:
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- Seek prompt medical attention and a doctor’s assessment of your injuries. Some injuries may not be immediately apparent at the scene, but can be serious. You may wake up a day or too later very sore.
- Summon the police so the police can investigate the accident and prepare an accident report. Insurance companies rely on police reports in determining fault in a crash, though it is important to remember that the police do not have the final say on fault.
- While waiting for the police to arrive, take photos of the accident scene from all angles including skid marks on the road and damage to vehicles. Take a photo of the truck’s license plate.
- Collect the contact information and insurance information for the truck driver and other motorists involved in the accident. Also, collect the names and contact information for any witnesses to the accident.
- Contact a qualified Nashville truck accident attorney who can investigate the case, collect witness statements, and secure evidence and trucking company records before they are lost. At Bill Easterly & Associates, we have more than 25 years of combined experience and are not afraid to stand up to big truck companies.
How Can I Afford a Nashville Truck Accident Lawyer?
Our legal team at Bill Easterly & Associates works on a contingency fee basis. We do not charge upfront legal fees. We understand that with unexpected medical bills, money is tight after a serious accident. A contingency fee arrangement shows our commitment to helping accident victims seek justice and to putting clients first. Clients do not pay any out-of-pocket legal expenses unless we obtain compensation for them through an insurance settlement or court award.
Do not delay in picking up the phone. Contact Bill Easterly and Associates today to get started!
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