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What to Know about Tennessee Trucking Accidents

With the 2017 holiday season not too far away, thousands of Mid-South and Tennessee drivers will share the roads with a growing number of 18 wheelers and large tractor trailers. Unfortunately, with crowded highways comes an increase in devastating accidents involving tractor trailers.

These accidents can cause life threatening injuries and millions of dollars in economic expenses. If you are involved in one of these accidents, a proper evaluation of the case is necessary. The Chiozza Law Firm provides a free, no-obligation consultation to determine your rights and legal options as it relates to the accident.

The first part of investigating a trucking claim is to determine what factors contributed to the accident and what other factors could be related.  Some of the common issues we see contributing to fault in trucking accidents, similar to normal auto accidents, are the following:

  • Speeding
  • Texting or speaking on cell phone
  • Distracted Driving
  • Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol/Drugs/Prescription Medication

Unlike normal auto accidents, trucking collisions present complicated issues wherein an experienced attorney can look for contributing factors that could assist your case. Some truck-specific factors are as follows:

Driver Fatigue

An overworked driver typically becomes a sleepy or distracted driver. Trucking companies and drivers are required to keep a driver’s log documenting his or her down time and off-work hours. A company and its driver are negligent if they do not adhere to these laws or alter their log books.

Truck Driver History

Your attorney should specifically study the potential at-fault driver’s previous operator history (both professional and personal). This includes all moving violations and prior accidents. If a vehicle operator has a history of negligent driving, then he or she should not have been on the road. Furthermore, the respective company should not have hired a driver with a poor driver’s history.

Mechanical Issues

Your attorney should also examine the mechanical history of the operator’s truck to see if any previous problems could be associated with the accident.  

Device Recording

Your attorney should see if the tractor trailer in question was equipped with a tracking device that can reveal the speed, direction, and other important information about the vehicle and driver in question.

There are too many unknowns to think about when it comes to a trucking accident.  If left alone, trucking companies will never reveal all, or any, of the factors that may have contributed to an accident and could have saved you from potentially life threatening injuries.

You need the experience of an attorney who thoroughly investigates your accident and all the related facts. Before you hire an attorney, we believe that you should first consider speaking to one of our trucking accident and personal injury attorneys, who provides you with an honest assessment of your case and advise you of your legal rights. All cases are unique and present different complications; therefore, you should choose an attorney who will be there for you each step of the way. That’s what you should expect from an attorney.

Call 901-526-9494 for a free consultation or contact Brian Chiozza, brian@chiozzalaw.com, for immediate assistance. You won’t pay anything for a consultation, but you could pay heavily for it if you don’t discuss your situation with an attorney.

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Posted by Brian Chiozza at 8:31 AM
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