Large Vehicles Cause Serious Injuries
The trucking industry is an important part of our region’s economy. 18-wheeler trucks deliver most of the products found in stores and businesses here. These commercial vehicles also create a hazard on the road because of their large size and heavy weight.
Collisions involving commercial trucks tend to be catastrophic, especially to occupants of small, light cars and motorcycles.
The Hurley Law Firm, P.C., has the resources and determination to take on the big corporations responsible for truck wrecks involving their vehicles and drivers. Our attorneys have decades of experience in holding trucking companies and their drivers accountable for the injuries they cause.
Our truck accident lawyers fight for justice for you and your family after a commercial truck accident. You pay no attorneys’ fees unless we get compensation for you.
Recovering Compensation From Negligent Trucking Companies Is Complex
When maneuvering big trucks such as semitractor-trailers, garbage trucks, 18-wheelers, construction vehicles, buses or passenger vans, drivers must remain alert and well-rested.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issues summary of hours of service (HOS) regulations that restrict the number of hours drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMV) are allowed to operate in single stretches, and the number of hours of break time required in between.
Driver fatigues slows reaction time, a particularly dangerous situation in cases in which the driver is also:
- Driving recklessly
- Under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Talking on a mobile phone
- Unfamiliar with the highway
- Poorly trained
Commercial trucking corporations are responsible for the upkeep of their fleet and the actions of their drivers. Inadequately maintained big rigs and worn tires can result in a dangerous tire blowout. Failed brakes can lead to an unstoppable runaway truck.
Trucking companies are liable for the products that are loaded onto their trucks. An overloaded trailer or an unsecured load can cause falling debris. An unbalanced load may shift during transport and send the truck sliding or into a jackknife.
Even if the driver is also at fault, the law holds corporations accountable for the conduct of employees who are acting in an employment capacity. The trucking company can be held responsible for their driver who is on drugs, doesn’t sleep or speeds to deliver goods on time.
Speak To An Experienced Truck Accident Attorney Today
For more information about the liability of commercial truck corporations and drivers in Tennessee, call The Hurley Law Firm, P.C., at 865-888-5472 or contact us online to schedule a initial consultation. Our West Knoxville office is located near public transportation.