Murfreesboro Commercial Truck Accident Attorneys Fight Insurance Companies For You
If you have been injured by the negligence of a commercial truck driver, you may feel confused as to what you should do next. Insurance adjusters are probably pressuring you to settle, and you may wonder if you should, just to get them to leave you alone. Together, the Murfreesboro truck accident attorneys at Dotson & Taylor, Attorneys at Law, have more than four decades of experience in handling commercial truck accident claims for clients. However, there are time restrictions in place that limit how long you have to file a claim.
What is a commercial truck?
Commercial trucks are trucks that are used in a business. For example, tow trucks, moving trucks, dump trucks, and trucks used by cable companies are all examples of commercial trucks. Though these trucks vary in how they are used, and also by their equipment and size, they are all used to promote and complete the activities of a business. Commercial trucks are often involved in the following types of accidents, which often cause serious injury:
- Rollover accidents
- Speeding and driving too fast for conditions
- Blind spot accidents
- Accidents caused by falling debris
- Tire blowouts
- Accidents caused by faulty equipment
- Improper loading
These types of accidents are merely a fraction of those caused by commercial truck drivers every year. If you were injured due to the negligence of a commercial truck driver, our truck accident attorneys aggressively protect your best interests during this difficult time, so you can focus on healing.
Who is responsible for a commercial truck accident?
In many cases, the driver of a commercial truck is responsible for causing an accident. This is often the case when the driver was driving recklessly. For example, if the driver was under the influence of alcohol or drugs, was speeding, disregarded traffic signals, or failed to yield, these would all be examples of the driver’s own negligence.
However, the company that owns the truck may also be at least partially responsible for the accident. For example, if the company knew the driver had a poor driving record, and hired the driver anyway, the company may be partially responsible for the accident due to its negligent hiring of the driver. Similarly, if the driver was involved in other accidents since being hired at the company, the company may be partially liable for the accident due to its negligent retention of the driver. In other cases, it may be demonstrated that the company failed to maintain its trucks or that it did not properly train its drivers.
Recovering damages after a commercial truck accident
In every personal injury claim, certain elements must be present and proven for a victim to recover damages for the injuries he or she sustained. These are:
- The at fault driver had a duty to the victim: This element is typically the easiest to prove. Drivers have a duty to follow safety laws and regulations while traveling on public roadways.
- The at fault driver’s negligence caused an accident: This element is demonstrated by showing that the at fault driver’s careless actions directly contributed to the accident. For example, a commercial truck driver who ran a red light and hit another car was negligent for failing to obey traffic signals.
- The accident led to damages. Damages include any costs the victim sustained due to the accident, such as property damage, medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Each of these elements must be proven for a victim to recover monetary damages in a personal injury claim.
Deadlines are in place to file a claim, so contact our knowledgeable Murfreesboro truck accident lawyers today for a free consultation
If you were the victim of a commercial truck accident, you must file a claim within a certain time period, or you will permanently lose the right to seek damages. The Murfreesboro truck accident attorneys at Dotson & Taylor, Attorneys at Law take firm action against negligent commercial truck drivers and trucking companies. We offer a free consultation for your convenience. To schedule your free consultation, call us at (615) 890-1982 or contact us online.