Trucking is a vital part of our economy.
Trucking plays an important role in Tennessee’s economy. With the Covid-19 pandemic keeping so many of us at home, big rigs transporting goods for delivery are on the road day and night. But with so many trucks on the road to try to meet demand, it can mean fatigued or inexperienced drivers behind the wheel.
Unfortunately, truck accidents are more common than you think. They’re also more fatal. Commercial trucks are about 20 times larger than standard passenger cars, giving them the power to cause significantly more property damage and more serious injuries than an accident involving two cars. In 2017 alone, more than 4,000 people were killed in truck accidents nationwide.
Types of truck accidents
Some of the most common types of truck accidents include:
- Driver inexperience
- Driver error, distraction, and negligence
- Defective equipment on the truck
- Poor truck maintenance
- Improper cargo loading
- Failing to see cars in the truck’s blind spots
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Drowsy driving
- Violating traffic laws
Who is at fault in a truck accident?
Truck accidents are much more complex than car accidents. In a typical auto accident, you generally only have to deal with the driver of the other car and their insurance company. But in truck accidents, liability could involve:
- The driver of the truck
- The owner of the truck
- The manufacturer of the truck or components of the truck
- The company/organization employing the driver
- The person or company who loaded the truck’s cargo
Because truck accidents are often more serious than car accidents, the damages can be greater, too. Some types of damages you can collect include lost income, medical expenses, pain and suffering, and funeral expenses. In order to receive maximum compensation, you’ll need to have an experienced Memphis truck accident attorney to help you navigate your case.
If you’ve been in a truck accident, you need a Memphis truck accident attorney you can trust.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a truck accident, don’t try to go it alone. Truck accident claims can be very complicated and you need the help of an experienced truck accident attorney who knows the law.
Trucking companies have their own teams of lawyers, investigators, and insurance companies who will try to downplay your injuries and the impact of the accident on your life. After being in a truck accident, you already have enough to deal with. Let us do the fighting for you. At Darrell Castle & Associates, our experienced and compassionate team of truck accident lawyers is on your side and ready to fight for what’s best for you. Contact us online today or call us at (901) 327-2100 for a FREE consultation. We’ll tell you if you have a case and make a plan to get you the compensation you deserve.