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Trucking Accidents

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 among the “Best Law Firms” in Personal Injury by U.S. News for our efforts.

Why Should You Choose Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge?

Our trucking accident lawyers in Nashville 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.

  • We have been fighting for clients across Tennessee and beyond since 1977.
  • We have a proven record of success in complex commercial truck accident cases.
  • We were voted among the nation’s “Best Law Firms” in Personal Injury by U.S. News.
  • Our attorneys share more than 100+ years of combined legal experience.

The objective behind any personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit arising from a trucking wreck is to hold the at-fault party accountable for the harm victims have suffered. Accomplishing this goal, however, is no easy task. These types of cases often require meticulous investigation and accident reconstruction, considerable knowledge of trucking laws and regulations, and the necessary resources to take on trucking companies and insurance corporations that aggressively defend against claims, dispute or deny liability, and do whatever it takes to pay victims as little as possible.

Our firm’s passion for representing the injured has allowed us to secure millions on their behalf in record-breaking verdicts across the state. In short, you can entrust your trucking accident case to Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge.

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

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. The large size of a semi-truck makes it difficult for drivers to brake quickly, and 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 in trucking accidents involving:

  • Brake failure – § 396.3 of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations state 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 job sites. 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 the 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.

Tractor-Trailer Accidents on Highways: Increased Risks

Commercial tractor-trailers are hazards nearly everywhere; however, they’re even more dangerous on highways, interstates, and other busy thoroughfares where more traffic and higher speeds create increased risks for wrecks and devastating outcomes. In fact, the FMCSA notes that many of the country’s most disastrous trucking accidents occur on freeways and interstates – including highways like I-40, I-24, I-75, and other major arteries which span the state.

Highway trucking accidents pose increased risks for devastating outcomes, which can include:

  • Catastrophic injuries – Victims of highway trucking accidents are more likely to suffer serious injuries than those involved in slower-speed wrecks which take place on local roads. These include traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord damage and paralysis, amputation, and other serious physical injuries capable of causing more pain and suffering, long-term or life-altering consequences, and considerable financial and emotional losses.
  • Fatal trucking accidents – Nearly a third of fatal trucking accidents occur on highways and interstates, and over half on roads defined as “major roads,” according to the FMCA. That’s because highways tend to have more vehicles, higher speed limits, and commercial trucks engaged in longer hauls than minor roads, among other risk-heightening factors.
  • Other damages – Serious injuries or the tragic loss of life are not the only damages victims and families may suffer as a result of highway trucking wrecks. They’re also at risk of experiencing more substantial damages involving medical expenses, lost wages or diminished earning abilities, permanent disabilities or disfigurement, and other various economic and non-economic damages.

Highway truck accidents pose greater risks to victims as a result of both issues unique to these roadways and elevated dangers created by negligent trucking operators, truckers, and others who violate safety regulations. If you or someone you love was injured in a trucking collision on any major highway or regional road in Tennessee, our firm is available to help you better understand your rights and options for pursuing the financial compensation you deserve.

What to Do After a Truck Accident

Following a truck accident, you’ll be faced with a number of parties who are all demanding your attention. First and foremost, your medical needs will need to be addressed. Before anything else, make sure your emergency needs—and the needs of your loved ones—are met. Nothing is as important as your personal safety and health in this situation, no matter what.

The steps following the truck accident are crucial, however. You must:

  1. Seek emergency attention
  2. Take photos of the crash, including the truck
  3. Write down all details as soon as you can
  4. File a police report on the scene if possible
  5. Do not speak with any insurance adjusters
  6. Do not speak with the trucking company
  7. Continue seeking treatment in the weeks following the crash
  8. Hire an attorney as soon as possible

The sooner you have a legal advocate, the more likely your claim will end in your favor. What is important is that you do not speak with opposing insurance adjusters or trucking companies. They may attempt to settle with you quickly and cheaply because they know that a full claim would be costly. Do not fall for it—let our attorneys handle the situation for you.

Call our firm today at (615) 933-2893 to schedule your free case consultation.

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
  • $ 55 Million

    Erin Andrews awarded $55 million in nude video lawsuit against hotel, stalker

  • $ 22 Million

    'Bette Donathan was in an automobile accident. An error in her surgical preparation left her paralyzed from the waist down.

  • $ 15.2 Million

    Cody Wade, 17, suffered multiple injuries from a car wreck. Several different doctors attempted to remove and insert his trach tube, which eventually led to his severe disability.

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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