Nashville Truck Accident Attorney
Representing 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
Highway 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 vehicles – Rules 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 accidents – According 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
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.