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 “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 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.

If you’ve been in a truck accident, call us at (615) 933-2893.

Truck Accident Statistics

  • In 2016, the last year for which FMCSA data is available, there were approximately 475,000 police-reported crashes involving large trucks. About 1% of these were fatal and 22% involved some form of injury.
  • The majority of fatal accidents involving large commercial semi trucks (62%) involved at least two vehicles.
  • Nearly two-thirds of all trucking accidents occur on rural roads, as opposed to interstate highways.

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.

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. Our award-winning firm includes leaders in the field of personal injury law, including members of:

  • The Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • The Top 40 Under 40 Trial Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers®
  • U.S. News’ Best Law Firms 2019

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 case to us. Contact our firm today to find out how we can put these resources to work for your case.

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
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  • $ 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

    Cory 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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