Big Rig & Large Truck Accidents Cause Big Injuries
Truck accidents have the potential to upend one’s life. These crashes tend to be particularly violent due to the sheer size of the big rig. Commercial trucks are enormous, heavy and difficult to control. As a result, the injury and fatality rates of those involved in such accidents are much higher than regular accidents involving the typical automobiles.
It is well known that 18-wheelers, semi-trucks, tractor-trailers, and big rigs of other varieties pose disproportionately high risks to drivers. One need not look any further than the bevy of standards and regulations that govern truck driver hiring practices, truck loading procedures and truck driving to find evidence of the exorbitant risks these behemoths pose. Yet truck accidents still occur even with such regulations in place.
The Many Causes of Nashville Truck Accidents
Nashville has particularly heavy traffic thanks to our vibrant economy and lovely weather. The downside to our area’s beautiful weather and burgeoning business scene is heightened traffic. Nashville’s roads and highways certainly have their fair share of massive trucks. The unfortunate truth is that truck drivers make some mistakes on the road. Whether it is driving while fatigued, distracted driving, improper truck maintenance or driving while overloaded, all sorts of different factors can lead to an accident that spurs injured parties to contact our Nashville truck accidents attorneys.
The most common causes of truck accidents are as follows:
- A narrow window for deliveries and/or working long hours can exhaust a truck driver to the point that his quality of driving deteriorates and causes a nasty accident.
- The truck’s brakes, tires and other parts deteriorate to the point that they make it difficult for the driver to control his big rig.
- A truck with an overloaded cargo bed makes it difficult to control the truck, even if surrounding drivers obey the rules of the road.
- Some truck drivers speed in an attempt to meet a delivery deadline. Trucks traveling at a high rate of speed are unable to slow down, stop or maneuver in another manner to avoid an accident.
- Truck drivers sometimes fail to check their blind spot in advance of changing lanes, turning or performing another maneuver on the road.
What to Do If You Have Been Injured in a Truck Accident
If you, a loved one, a friend, or other acquaintance are injured in a truck accident, the first step is to obtain medical attention. Once the injuries have been tended to, reach out to our Nashville truck accidents attorneys at Lerner & Rowe for legal assistance. Our Nashville truck accidents attorneys will review the idiosyncrasies of your truck accident case, take legal action against the truck driver or the trucking company and stop at nothing to obtain the compensation you deserve. We gather all forms of evidence, ranging from footage from the on-board truck camera to witness statements, accident reports and beyond.
Contact us today at 629-222-2222 to schedule a free consultation so we can review the nuances of your Nashville truck accident.