Murfreesboro Truck Accident Lawyer

When negligent truck drivers cause accidents on Tennessee roadways, these drivers and their employer trucking companies may be on the line for negligence. A knowledgeable Murfreesboro truck accident lawyer can discuss the facts and circumstances of your case with you, evaluate your claim, negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf. If necessary, a skilled personal injury attorney can help you litigate your case through the Tennessee court system.

Negligent Tennessee Truck Drivers

Trucks and tractor-trailers are very large, very fast, and very heavy vehicles. When drivers ignore or violate Tennessee Rules of the Road in order to arrive at their final destinations sooner, serious accidents and personal injuries can result. Some common negligence cases a Murfreesboro truck accident lawyer normally sees include:

  • Speeding
  • Reckless, careless, or distracted driving
  • Cellular phone use while driving
  • Texting while driving
  • Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI)
  • Disobeying traffic control devices (including running red lights, stop signs, or yield signs)
  • Failing to yield the right-of-way to other vehicles
  • Cutting curves too sharply
  • Fatigued driving
  • Failing to utilize turn signals
  • Poor brake maintenance
  • Abrupt lane changes
  • Driving too fast for hazardous road conditions
  • Failing to abide by Federal Motor Carrier Regulations (e.g., regarding trailer load sizes, overhang, escort vehicles, warning lights, and warning signs)
  • In order for an injured plaintiff to prove negligence against a truck driver in Tennessee, the plaintiff must show that the driver failed to act as a reasonably prudent driver would have acted (or driven) under the same or similar circumstances.

    When truck drivers drive negligently, they are more likely to cause the following kinds of accidents, which invariably lead to life-altering and catastrophic injuries and damages:

    • Multi-vehicle, chain reaction collisions
    • Tractors and/or trailers overturning in the middle of the roadway
    • Chemical or hazardous waste spills in the roadway
    • Trailer cargo dislodging from the trailer and onto the roadway (or into a smaller vehicle)
    Potential Liability of the Employer Trucking Company

    When truck drivers work for a trucking company, the injured motor vehicle driver may also have a legal cause of action against that company under a vicarious liability theory of recovery. If the truck driver was driving negligently and while in the scope of employment then the trucking company could also be held accountable for all of the accident victim’s injuries and damages.

    A trucking company may also be held liable for negligently entrusting the truck driver to operate a motor vehicle while on the roadway, for negligently supervising the truck driver, or for negligently hiring the truck driver. If the truck driver was previously fined for or charged with negligent or reckless driving and is a repeat offender, the trucking company may be on the line for negligently retaining the offending truck driver.

    Catastrophic Injuries Sustained in Truck Accidents

    Truck accidents usually occur at highway speeds and may involve rear-end, side-impact, or even head-on collisions. As a result of a truck or tractor trailer’s large size and high rate of speed, any impact with a smaller vehicle is likely to result in serious – and potentially catastrophic – injuries and damages.

    The most common types of catastrophic injuries sustained in Tennessee truck accidents include traumatic brain injuries (TBI’s), fractures, broken bones, spinal cord injuries, paralysis, cuts, abrasions, permanent facial scarring and contusions, and death, in the worst cases.

    These catastrophic injuries can result in lengthy hospital stays long courses of medical treatment or physical therapy, future medical procedures, and, in the worst cases, long-term care at a nursing home or other assisted living facility.

    Consult with a Murfreesboro Truck Accident Attorney

    Truck accidents can result in permanent and lifelong injuries and damages. A skilled Murfreesboro truck accident lawyer can be your advocate, both at the negotiating table and in the courtroom. You should feel free to contact a truck accident lawyer at any time, via telephone or email, for a free initial consultation.