Truck Accident Claims in East Tennessee

Truck Accident Claims | Truck Accident Lawyers

Skilled Morristown Personal Injury Attorneys

Determining the cause of a large truck accident can be the key to building a successful claim for financial compensation. At The Terry Law Firm, our proximity to Interstates I-81, I-40, I-26, I-75, and Highways 11-E and 25-E centers us at or near some of the major thoroughfares in Tennessee for tractor trailer accidents.

Our Morristown truck accident attorneys have the skills necessary to investigate truck accidents and bring about a solid personal injury claim against the responsible parties. We understand the regulations that govern the trucking industry and the tactics that truck companies use to get around these regulations and to avoid paying compensation to deserving accident victims.

What Causes Truck Accidents?

In Tennessee, 92 large trucks were involved in fatal accidents in 2008. The causes of these accidents run the gamut from driver fatigue to brake failure. A three-year study by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration found that drivers were 10 times more likely to be the cause of a large vehicle crash than other factors, such as weather, road conditions, or vehicle performance.

Federal researchers identified these factors in their study of large truck crash causes:

  • Use of prescription and over-the-counter drugs
  • Speeding
  • Fatigue
  • Inattention
  • Distractions
  • Work environment
  • Unfamiliarity with the road

In analyzing truck accidents in Tennessee, federal researchers recorded these factors among the most common causes attributed to large truck crashes:

  • Cell phone use
  • Drowsiness/sleeping
  • Speeding
  • Failure to stay in the proper lane
  • Over-correcting
  • Erratic or reckless driving

Effectively Determining the Actual Causes of Your Accident

Because of the destruction tractor trailers can produce, determining the cause of a large truck accident can be difficult and time-consuming and requires special knowledge and tools. Even when the semi-truck driver is clearly at fault, truck companies and their insurers will often argue that an accident was caused by the other driver in order to avoid responsibility. Qualified attorneys are necessary to determine the actual cause of accidents and defend the interest of their clients.

Utilizing the Best Route for Pursuing Compensation

An essential part of effectively representing truck accident victims is understanding how different accident causes can be pursued as avenues for client compensation. If we determine an accident was caused by faulty brakes, for example, we may advise you to pursue a product liability case. If it is determined that the accident was caused by driver error, a claim based on negligence, may be pursued.

We will perform a thorough investigation of your case that can serve as a foundation for your claim. Our firm knows how to represent your interests against the tactics of trucking companies and their insurers. To schedule your free initial consultation, call us at (423) 586-5800 today!