Helping the Injured in Tennessee Since 1977
Trucking Accidents There's No Substitute for Experience 

Nashville Truck Accident Attorneys

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 truck accident 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 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, considerable knowledge of trucking laws, 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 accident victims has helped us secure millions in record-breaking verdicts across the state. In short, you can entrust your truck accident case to Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge.

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

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. 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 a truck 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 violations – 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:

  • Seek emergency attention
  • Take photos of the crash, including the truck
  • Write down all details as soon as you can
  • File a police report on the scene if possible
  • Do not speak with any insurance adjusters
  • Do not speak with the trucking company
  • Continue seeking treatment in the weeks following the crash
  • 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.

Verdicts & Settlements

Unmatched Dedication Has Led to Record-Setting Victories
  • Personal Injury - Erin Andrews Lawsuit Against Hotel $55 Million
  • Medical Malpractice - 62 Year Old Woman $22.2 Million
  • Medical Malpractice - Largest Verdict in Weakley County History $15.2 Million
  • Medical Malpractice - Davidson County $6.5 Million
  • Wrongful Death of 22 Month Old $5 Million
  • Medical Malpractice - 24 Year Old College Student $4 Million
  • Wrongful Death - Tractor-Trailer Wreck $3.3 Million
  • Wrongful Death - 16 Year Old Boy $3 Million
  • Auto Accident - Rutherford County $3 Million
  • Wrongful Death & Personal Injury - Auto Accident $2.9 Million
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Client Testimonials

Helping the Injured Obtain Justice
  • We are very grateful.

    “What Mr. Clayton achieved on account of conquering numerous hurdles was beyond remarkable and we are very grateful.”

    - E.I.
  • They showed compassion and grit in a professional manner like no other law firm.

    “I would like to thank the law firm of Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge for helping me and my family in our time of need. If any of our friends in Clarksville need help in a legal way, this is the firm to call in Nashville.”

    - P.L. & L.W.
  • Love this firm!

    “I was so pleased with all the help and attention to my needs. Very helpful and knowledgeable and I would recommend them to anyone.”

    - Constance
  • A trusted friend, part of the family.

    “Mary and team did an excellent job communicating with our family throughout the entire process. She is very knowledgeable with medical malpractice and I highly recommend her in the event you or a loved one is faced with a situation such as ours.”

    - N.O.
  • Wonderful experience. Knowledgeable and responsive!

    “Daniel spent ample time with my husband and I to walk through the process to ensure that we understood what was expected of us. Daniel and his staff were always prompt to respond and answer any questions we had.”

    - D.B.
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Awards & Accolades

Highly Respected in the Legal Community
  • The Inner Circle of Advocates
    The Inner Circle of Advocates

    Randall Kinnard is a member of the Inner Circle of Advocates, a prestigious invite-only group comprised of the top 100 plaintiffs’ trial lawyers in the United States.

  • Best Law Firms
    Best Law Firms

    The firm has received the prestigious “Best Law Firms” rating in the practice areas of Medical Malpractice Law, Personal Injury Litigation, and Product Liability Litigation.

  • Best Lawyers
    Best Lawyers

    Randall Kinnard (since 1993), Daniel Clayton (since 2010), Mark Beveridge (since 2011) and Mary Ellen Morris (since 2017) have all been recognized for their legal skill and achievements.

  • Best of the Bar
    Best of the Bar

    Randall L. Kinnard, Daniel L. Clayton and Mark S. Beveridge have been named as 2020 “Best of the Bar” by Nashville Business Journal.

  • 40 Under 40
    40 Under 40

    Our attorneys have been voted by their peers to the "Top 40 under 40" Trial Lawyers list, as awarded by The National Trial Lawyers organization.

  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
    Top 100 Trial Lawyers

    Randall Kinnard and Daniel Clayton have been voted to the list of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by The National Trial Lawyers organization.

  • Super Laywers
    Super Laywers

    Mr. Kinnard, Mr. Clayton, and Mr. Beveridge have been voted to TN Super Lawyers®. This organization recognizes the top 5% of attorneys in their practice area.

  • Best 150 Lawyers
    Best 150 Lawyers

    Our firm’s trial attorneys have been recognized among the state’s leading legal minds, and named by Business TN Magazine to its coveted “150 Best Lawyers in Tennessee” list.

  • AV Preeminent Rating
    AV Preeminent Rating

    Randall Kinnard, Daniel Clayton, Mark Beveridge, and Mary Ellen Morris have received the highest rating for legal excellence by Martindale-Hubbell.

  • Randall Kinnard - Product Liability
    Randall Kinnard - Product Liability

    Attorney Randall Kinnard was named the 2019 Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs ‘Lawyer of the Year’ in Nashville, TN.

  • Mark Beveridge - Medical Malpractice
    Mark Beveridge - Medical Malpractice

    Attorney Mark Beveridge has been named a Best Lawyers "Lawyer of the Year" in Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs.

  • Mark Beveridge - Personal Injury
    Mark Beveridge - Personal Injury

    Attorney Mark Beveridge has been named a "Lawyer of the Year" by U.S. News - Best Lawyers in Personal Injury Litigation.

  • Mark Beveridge - Product Liability
    Mark Beveridge - Product Liability

    Attorney Mark Beveridge was named as "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers in the area of Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs in Nashville, TN.

  • Daniel Clayton - Product Liability
    Daniel Clayton - Product Liability

    Attorney Daniel Clayton was named a 2016 U.S. News - Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year” in Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs in Nashville, TN

  • Daniel Clayton - Medical Malpractice
    Daniel Clayton - Medical Malpractice

    Attorney Daniel Clayton was named a "Lawyer of the Year" by U.S. News - Best Lawyers in the area of Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs in Nashville, TN

  • Daniel Clayton - Medical Malpractice
    Daniel Clayton - Medical Malpractice

    Attorney Daniel Clayton was named a "Lawyer of the Year" by U.S. News - Best Lawyers in the area of Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs in Nashville, TN

  • Litigation Counsel of America
    Litigation Counsel of America

    Randall L. Kinnard is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, an invite-only honorary society comprised of less than .5% of all U.S. lawyers.

  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers
    International Academy of Trial Lawyers

    Randall L. Kinnard is a member of the invitation-only International Academy of Trial Lawyers, which is limited to 500 trial lawyers in the United States.

  • Primerus
    Primerus

    The firm is a member of the International Society of Primerus Law Firms – a society of top-rated, independent, boutique law firms committed to professional excellence.

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Why Choose Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge?

  • 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.

  • Proven Success

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

  • Trusted Experience

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

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