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What Are Common Causes Of Trucking Accidents In Tennessee?

The most common cause of trucking accidents in Tennessee is negligent driving. This could be the result of the driver being tired, sleep-deprived, over worked, or distracted by a cell phone or source. The cause of the accident could trace back to the employer for failing to take measures to ensure its drivers were safe, adequately trained, well rested, and following the rules of the road.

Truck drivers are required by law to keep accurate logbooks documenting the number of hours driven over time in order to decrease the number of accidents caused by overworked and sleep-deprived drivers. Unfortunately, drivers will sometimes make false entries in the logbooks in order to keep driving when the law requires rest. If this happens and the driver causing an accident, the plaintiff may be entitled to punitive damages in addition to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

What Type Of Injuries Are Sustained As A Result Of Commercial Vehicle Or Trucking Accidents?

Commercial vehicle and trucking accidents often cause serious injuries due to the mass of these vehicles including traumatic brain injury, paralysis, pelvic and hip injuries and other broken bones, and sometimes death.

What Evidence Is Important To Preserve And Collect At The Scene Of A Trucking Accident?

Your health is the first priority if you are involved in a serious accident and preserving evidence is likely to be the last thing on your mind and certainly should not be a source of stress. However, any photographs of the physical evidence at the accident scene could be useful. Additionally, careful documentation of medical bills, expenses, and loss of income associated with a motor vehicle accident will be helpful in ensuring you are adequately compensated for losses related to a motor vehicle accident.

Who Is Potentially Responsible For My Serious Injuries After A Trucking Accident?

Determining the party liable for damages resulting from your injuries will always be dependent on the circumstances. In order to make this determination, a lawyer needs to make a thorough investigation of the facts related to the accident.

It is necessary first to consider all the potential reasons for the accident and any additional details that may form the complete picture.

For example, it could be that the driver was personally negligent, didn’t get enough sleep, or fell asleep at the wheel. In these instances, liability may be on the driver – but if the driver was operating the vehicle as an employee of another individual or business entity, the driver’s employer would be liable.

Additionally, it could be that the brakes failed on the truck because the company did not appropriately maintain them. In that case, the company is fully liable.

To make matters more complicated, it could be that the brakes failed because the brakes were a faulty product – resulting in a product liability claim against the manufacturer.

Many potential individuals or entities might be responsible for a trucking or commercial accident. In any case, there’s no way to know without conducting an investigation, and the best way to find out for sure is by contacting an experienced lawyer.

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