Tennessee Truck Accident Attorney
When semi truck drivers and the companies that operate them act with negligence, they put innocent lives at risk. In the event of being involved in a truck accident that resulted in injury, the best thing you can do is to get an experienced attorney on your side, looking out for your best interests. At the law office of Tawni Tagaki, our Tennessee truck accident attorneys have considerable experience working with claims against truck drivers and truck companies in Tennessee.
Types of Truck Accident Cases We Work With
Highway I-75, Highway I-24, and Highway I-40 are all busy Tennessee routes for commercial traffic. A truck carrying a full payload can weigh over 80,000 pounds. Add to this massive weight the large size of a semi-truck, and you have a vehicle that makes it very difficult for drivers to brake, stop, or turn quickly. These vehicles also have larger than average blind spots. All of these can be contributing factors in an accident. Throw in an act of negligence, and the likelihood of crash increases.
Our firm aggressively represents those who have been injured due to:
- Road Rage – Truck drivers and other motorists can become angered and act recklessly on the road
- Brake Failure – 396.3 of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations dictates that brakes on semi trucks are to be regularly inspected and repaired by a qualified brake inspector. If an accident occurred as a result of brake failure due to a failure to abide by these regulations, the company that operates the truck can be held liable.
- Construction Vehicles – Regulations apply to construction vehicles while they are both on road and off-road. Violating any rules that lead to an accident can result in the driver or construction company being held liable.
- Delivery Truck Accidents – Because truck drivers are often on tight schedules, they may engage in reckless behaviors on the road in an attempt to meet deadlines.
- Drug and Alcohol Abuse – Driving under the influence is illegal for any driver, but is of course even more dangerous for those operating large trucks. Truck drivers are subject to repeated drug and alcohol testing. Any drivers who do not pass are suspended from duty.
- Trucker Fatigue – Hours of Service (HOS) rules dictate the number of hours a trucker can drive before having to take a break, how often they must sleep, and the number of consecutive days they are allowed to drive. Failure to abide by these regulations can result in serious accidents.
- Failing oo Abide by Regulations Pertaining to the Hiring of Truck Drivers – Trucking companies are under obligation to hire qualified drivers – drivers who have never had their driver’s license suspended, do not fail drug tests and have lawfully received their commercial driver’s licenses (CDLs).
Our Tennessee truck accident attorneys have knowledge of the state and federal laws regarding truck accident injuries, including the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulations. Contact us today and learn what we can do for you.