Common Injuries in Truck Accidents
Commercial trucks can weigh up to forty tons and may be up to fifty feet long. Thus, they pose a significantly greater risk of harm to travelers than other vehicles. While collisions involving commercial trucks can cause a variety of injuries, there are common injuries in truck accidents, and sadly, they are typically catastrophic. If you were injured in a truck accident, it is advisable to contact an attorney to discuss what compensation you may be able to recover to offset your damages. Eric Beasley is a skillful Nashville truck accident lawyer with the knowledge and experience needed to help you seek to hold any responsible parties liable. Attorney Beasley frequently represents people in truck accident lawsuits in Middle Tennessee, and he will zealously pursue any compensation you may be able to recover.Common Injuries In Truck Accidents
Typically, injuries sustained in truck accidents are more severe than those caused by other collisions. Injuries typically suffered in truck accidents include neck and back injuries, such as whiplash, and ruptured discs, and compression fractures. The force of truck accidents frequently causes spinal cord injuries as well, which can lead to partial or complete paralysis. Many people involved in truck accidents also suffer traumatic brain injuries, such as concussions, subdural hematomas, and hemorrhages. Many victims of truck accidents also suffer burns due to explosions or fires caused by leaking fuel. Additionally, fractures and amputations are common injuries in truck accidents, as are lacerations, internal bleeding, and organ damage.Establishing Liability for an Injury Caused by a Truck Accident
Truck accidents can be caused by poorly constructed or maintained roads, defective trucks, or faulty truck components, but in most cases, they are caused by reckless driving. Most lawsuits arising out of truck accidents, therefore, allege negligence claims against the driver involved in the accident. In Tennessee, an injured party alleging a truck driver was negligent must first show that the truck driver owed the injured party a duty and that the truck driver acted in a manner that constitutes a breach of the duty.
Generally, the duty owed is the duty to act with reasonable care, but in some instances, a duty will be established by a law or regulation. For example, the Tennessee Code provisions regarding motor vehicles and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations both impose duties that commercial truck drivers must comply with while driving. Once an injured party demonstrates that the truck driver breached the duty owed, the injured party must then show that the breach caused the injured party’s harm. Causation is established when the injured party produces evidence sufficient to show that he or she would not have been injured if the truck driver did not breach the duty owed and that the breach was a significant force in causing the injured party’s harm.
Often, commercial truck drivers do not own the trucks they operate. Instead, they drive them as employees of trucking companies that hire them to haul goods and products. If a truck accident occurs when a truck driver is acting within the course and scope of his or her employment, the company that employed the driver may be deemed vicariously liable for the truck driver’s negligence. In some instances, a truck driver’s employer may be directly liable as well, if the injured party can show that the employer knew or should have known that the truck driver presented a risk of harm to others by operating a truck, but the employer permitted the driver to operate a truck regardless.Meet with a Dedicated Truck Accident Attorney in Nashville
Common injuries in truck accidents can irreparably alter the injured person’s life. If you suffered harm in a truck collision, it is wise to meet with an attorney to discuss your rights. Eric Beasley is a knowledgeable truck accident lawyer who can advise you of your legal options. Mr. Beasley has an office in Goodlettsville, and he frequently represents people in Nashville and in Goodlettsville, Lebanon, Hendersonville, and Murfreesboro. Mr. Beasley also assists people in cases in Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson, Davidson, Sumner, and Robertson Counties, as well as throughout Middle Tennessee. Mr. Beasley can be contacted through the form online or at (800) 431-2768 to schedule a meeting.