Trucking Accidents

Nashville Truck Accident Attorney

Nashville trucking accident lawyersRepresenting Truck Accident Victims in Tennessee Since 1977

Negligence on the part of semi truck drivers and trucking companies puts the lives of innocent people at risk. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident with a large commercial truck, it is important to have an experienced attorney in your corner, making sure your voice is heard. At Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge, our Nashville truck accident lawyers have extensive experience handling claims against trucking companies in Tennessee and beyond. We’ve been doing this since 1977, and have been voted “Best Law Firms” in Personal Injury by U.S. News for our efforts.

Call us today at (615) 933-2893 to schedule your free consultation or contact us online.

Types of Truck Accident Cases We Handle

semi truck on roadHighway I-40, Highway I-24 and Highway I-75 are busy thoroughfares for commercial traffic in Tennessee. A fully loaded commercial motor vehicle (CMV) can weigh upwards of 80,000 pounds. In addition to weight, the large size of a semi truck makes it difficult for drivers to brake quickly. Blind spots are also larger. All these factors can contribute to an accident, especially when an element of negligence is introduced.

Our firm vigorously represents people who have been harmed as the result of:

  • Aggressive driving and road rage —truck drivers and drivers of passenger vehicles can engage in these and other types of reckless driving behaviors.
  • Brake failure – § 396.3 of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations states that brakes on commercial semi trucks must be systematically inspected, repaired, and maintained by a qualified brake inspector. If brake failure was caused by a violation of these regulations, the trucker or trucking company may be held liable for any resulting accident.
  • Construction vehiclesRules govern construction vehicles while they are on the road as well as off-road on jobsites. A violation of either set of rules that causes an accident can place liability on the driver or construction company.
  • Delivery truck accidents — In an effort to meet tight schedules, truck drivers may engage in risky or even reckless behavior while out on the road.
  • Drug and alcohol abuse — Drug and alcohol use is illegal for all drivers, but particularly dangerous for individuals operating large CMVs. Truckers must submit to regular drug and alcohol testing. Employers are required to suspend from driving anyone who fails these tests.
  • Fatal trucking accidentsAccording to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), 3,660 people died in large truck crashes in 2014 (the last year for which data is available). 68% of the fatalities comprise occupants of passenger vehicles and 15% comprise pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists.
  • Hours of Service & trucker fatigue – Hours of Service (HOS) regulations dictate how many hours a trucker can drive before they take a break, how much they have to sleep, and how many days they can drive consecutively. Failure to adhere to HOS regulations can lead to drowsy driving and serious accidents caused by falling asleep at the wheel.
  • Jackknife & rollover accidents – The term “jackknife” in relationship to trucking accidents was coined to describe an event where the trailer of the truck swings into a position perpendicular to the cab of the truck. Causes range from improper braking to mechanical failures.
  • Negligent hiring of truck drivers – Trucking companies are required to do their due diligence to hire qualified drivers – those who do not test positive for drug and alcohol use, have not had their licenses suspended, and those who have obtained their commercial driver’s licenses (CDLs) lawfully.
  • Overloaded & improperly loaded trucks – Federal regulations dictate how much weight a semi truck can carry, as well as proper procedure for how that cargo is loaded and secured inside the trailer. Federal law places an 80,000-pound gross weight maximum on semi trucks, unless the state has lawfully issued an overweight permit.
  • Truck maintenance issues—we handle cases involving brake failure, defective tires, deferred maintenance, and other types of maintenance-related negligence.

Although the Tennessee Highway Patrol Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division has six CMV inspection sites throughout the state, established to catch trucking negligence and rule violations, accidents can still happen. When they do, turn to the Nashville truck accident attorneys at Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge.

Truck Accident Statistics

  • In 2012, the last year for which FMCSA data is available, there were approximately 317,000 police-reported crashes involving large trucks. About 1% of these were fatal and 23% involved some form of injury.
  • The majority of accidents involving large commercial semi trucks (63%) involved at least two vehicles.
  • Nearly two-thirds of all trucking accidents occur on rural roads, as opposed to interstate highways.

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What to Do in a Truck Accident

After involvement in an accident with a semi truck, the first thing to consider is medical attention. Not only is this vital for your health, but it creates an instant record of injury caused by the accident. When you can, and within the statute of limitations, get in touch with a lawyer experienced in trucking accident claims.

Learn more about what to do after a truck accident

Handling Truck Accident Cases with Experience, Knowledge & Advocacy

Our Nashville trucking accident lawyers are well versed in the state and federal laws governing truck accident injuries, including the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulations. We have access to a network of elite experts in accident reconstruction, medicine and other fields who will provide an honest evaluation of the case. Contact our firm today to find out how we can put these resources to work for your case.

Why Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge?

  • Trusted Experience

    Our team of seasoned attorneys includes certified civil trial and medical malpractice specialists who have tried hundreds of cases.

  • Proven Success

    We have recovered millions in record-setting verdicts for our clients varying from medical malpractice to catastrophic auto accidents.

  • Dedication to Our Clients

    We put personal attention on all of our cases and fight for the best possible outcome. Our clients are more than a number or a case to us.

Verdicts & Settlements

Our dedication to our clients and our determination to seek justice have lead our firm to record-setting victories. Learn more about some of our most notable cases.

See Our Past Victories
  • $ 3 Million

    A Rutherford County jury awarded damages totaling nearly $3 million in wrongful death and personal injury lawsuits filed in connection with a crash that killed one man and seriously injured another.

  • $ 3.25 Million

    Settlement for the wrongful death of a woman & injuries to her daughter following a tractor-trailer wreck where the tractor-trailer changed lanes forcing the decedent's car off the road.

  • $ 2.9 Million

    Verdict for wrongful death and personal injury lawsuits in connection to a car crash that killed one man and seriously injured another.

Tell Us About Your Case

To schedule a detailed consultation with one of our Nashville personal injury lawyers about medical malpractice, a catastrophic accident, or wrongful death, contact our office today. Let us put our team of respected legal professionals, independent investigators, and medical experts to work on your case immediately.

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