Commercial Vehicle Accidents
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The explosion in online shopping and delivery service apps has put thousands more commercial trucks on the road and increased the risk of commercial vehicle accidents.
At The Law Office of Eric Beasley, we know that truck accidents can happen as commercial vehicles zip through yellow lights on S. 5th Street in Nashville, make illegal turns at the I-24 and Briley Parkway intersection, blow off stop signs, speed, or aggressively change lanes on I-65, among a variety of other acts of dangerous driving.
Some of these truck and delivery van drivers operate like they own the road. We all know they don’t, but this fact doesn’t stop a crash from happening.
If you’ve been in an accident with a commercial vehicle, be prepared for a battle. Truck drivers and the companies that employ them will fight tooth and nail to convince the right people that they bear no responsibility for the crash. Any blemish on a trucker or shipping company’s driving record could cost them future work or even their careers.
The stakes are high for trucking companies - and you. Settling for less money than you're owed after being in a crash will leave you in pain and struggling to cover expensive medical bills for long-term treatment. Paying out of pocket for the treatment of a lifelong injury can destroy your plans for the future, sap savings accounts, empty 401Ks and drain college funds.
We can help you win your claim and get you the compensation you deserve.
What is a commercial vehicle?
Just about any kind of truck or car can be a commercial vehicle if it is used for business purposes. A tractor-trailer is a type of commercial vehicle. Other common commercial vehicles include box trucks, vans, buses, delivery trucks, cement mixers and taxis.
While the injuries may be the same, a collision with a commercial vehicle is very different than one with a non-commercial passenger vehicle. Usually, there are more people at fault for the commercial truck accident.
In addition to the driver of the commercial motor vehicle, or CMV, the parties who may be responsible for your accident include the:
- Driver’s employer
- Cargo owner
- Cargo loaders
- CMV parts manufacturer
An experienced attorney can help you identify the people most at fault for a crash and investigate the situation.
We know how the delivery industry works
Commercial vehicle accidents often occur because of negligent or risky driving encouraged by tight delivery deadlines.
Often, drivers must follow strict timelines that incentivize them to take risks on the road. Deadlines are created, for example, when a pizzeria promises delivery within 30 minutes, or an online retailer offers same-day delivery.
Failure to meet these timelines has consequences for drivers that could include reduced hours, less desirable routes and firings.
Common causes of commercial vehicle accidents
Just like with any big rig, commercial vehicle accidents can happen due to improperly stacked cargo shifting during the drive.
Another leading crash factor is a lack of vehicle maintenance and poor driver training.
Our legal team is familiar with the causes of commercial vehicle accidents and how to investigate them. We build strong cases for accident victims by going after the best evidence: driver records, maintenance logs, accident reports, permits and medical records, among other documents and witness statements.
If you or a loved one is the victim of a commercial vehicle accident, you have rights. Attorney Eric Beasley founded his law firm more than 20 years ago and has been successfully representing accident and personal injury victims ever since.
If you’ve been injured in a commercial vehicle accident, contact us to schedule a free consultation.