Being in a truck accident can be a terrifying experience. The height, size, and weight of certain types of trucks can make these accidents deadly.

If you or a loved one were involved in a truck accident, a Brentwood truck accident lawyer from The Cochran Firm - Nashville may be able to walk you through the process and help you fight for compensation. We handle personal injury insurance claims and lawsuits on behalf of our clients. We also may be able to help surviving family members file wrongful death lawsuits. The Cochran Firm - Nashville can gather evidence and manage all paperwork and communications in your case if we represent you.

For a free case review with a member of our car accident team, call The Cochran Firm - Nashville today at (615) 651-7451. If you qualify, we may be able to offer you representation on a contingency-fee-basis.

Common Causes of Truck Accidents

Trucks are large vehicles, often carrying a lot of weight. Because of this, truck accidents can cause severe damage and injuries.

If another party’s negligence caused your truck accident, they may be liable for your damages. Negligence may play a role in accidents caused by:

Driver Fatigue

Truck drivers often work long days sitting behind the wheel. They are also often on a deadline. Driving when you are fatigued can be dangerous. Because of this, the Federal Motor Safety Administration (FMCSA) imposes an hours-of-service limit on commercial truck drivers.

If a driver falls asleep at the wheel or starts to doze off, the vehicle can drift into another lane or lose control and cause a serious accident.

Drunk Driving

Drunk driving is hazardous and illegal in all 50 states. A drunk or intoxicated truck driver may put other road users at risk. Intoxicated driving may include the use of illegal drugs and certain prescription drugs as well.

Improper Loading

A truck often has to carry heavy loads. The weight in the truck needs to be evenly distributed. If a truck’s cargo is not properly secured or evenly distributed, the truck can roll by taking a corner too sharply. Improperly loaded cargo can also fall off of the back of a truck and cause an accident.

Mechanical Failure

Just like any other motor vehicle, a truck can have a mechanical failure. A truck can have a mechanical failure due to a faulty part, lack of maintenance, or improper use. A mechanical failure can lead to loss of control of the vehicle. Due to a truck's size, each of the vehicles around it may be in danger if the truck driver loses control in any way. Proper and regular maintenance of the truck may help prevent truck accidents.

Poor Training

Driving a large vehicle can be a difficult task. It takes skill and training to know how to handle a big and heavy truck. Certain types of trucks also require the driver to have a commercial driver’s license.

If a truck driver does not go through all of the proper training, they may not know how to handle difficult situations and maneuvers on the road.

Speeding

Drivers are often on a deadline to deliver their load in a timely manner. Because of this, drivers may speed in order to get to their destination on time. Speeding can cause trucks to roll over or lose control, possibly harming other vehicles around them.

These are not the only ways that negligence can cause a truck accident. A Brentwood truck accident lawyer from The Cochran Firm - Nashville may be able to investigate your accident and identify the liable party.

If you suffered injuries in a truck accident, call The Cochran Firm - Nashville today at (615) 651-7451 for a free case review with a member of our team.

Potentially Recoverable Damages in a Car Accident Case

Depending on the nature of your accident and your injuries, you may be eligible to recover the following damages in a personal injury case:

  • Past medical expenses
  • Future medical expenses
  • Loss of income
  • Damage to your vehicle or other property
  • Pain and suffering

If you are filing a wrongful death claim, a different set of damages may be available to you. Wrongful death damages may include:

  • Funeral and burial costs
  • Loss of wages
  • Loss of companionship
  • Mental anguish

No matter what type of claim you are filing, you may need evidence of your damages and their value to collect compensation from an insurance company or lawsuit. The Cochran Firm - Nashville may be able to collect evidence of your damages.

The Deadline to Sue in Tennessee

According to TN Code §28-3-104, there is a general one-year statute of limitations, or legal deadline, on filing a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit in Tennessee. If you try to file a lawsuit after the statute of limitations in your case has expired, your lawsuit may be dismissed, and you may be unable to recover compensation for your damages.

To avoid a situation like this, call The Cochran Firm - Nashville as soon as possible after your accident for a free case review.

Call the Cochran Firm - Nashville Today

If you were involved in a truck accident, a Brentwood truck accident lawyer from The Cochran Firm - Nashville may be able to manage all aspects of your case while you focus on your recovery.

For a free case review with a member of our team, call The Cochran Firm - Nashville today at (615) 651-7451. We may be able to offer you representation on a contingency-fee-basis, where you do not pay us attorney fees unless and until we are able to get you compensation via a settlement offer or court award.