Nashville Truck Driver Negligence Lawyer
Truck Driver Negligence
Truck drivers make their money by delivering packages or cargo on schedule. Time is money for a trucking company, and drivers are frequently under intense pressure to meet rigid delivery quotas or maintain exhausting schedules without sufficient rest. This not only causes driver stress and fatigue, it also often tempts drivers to be more focused on time than on safety. They may skip important maintenance tasks and safety checks and take drugs to keep them awake so they can drive longer than regulations allow. Time pressure creates conditions that encourage truck driver negligence, which is the single most common cause of commercial truck accidents.
What Constitutes Truck Driver Negligence?
A truck driver is responsible for the safe loading of the rig, for avoiding distraction, abstaining from using mind-altering substances, following state and federal regulations, and observing the road and other vehicles sharing it at all times.
Some of the negligent driver behaviors that lead to truck accidents include
- Fatigue from excessive driving time
- Driver distraction
- Drugs and/or alcohol use
- Unbalanced loading of the truck
- Failing to secure trailer and cargo
- Loading in excess of legal weight limit
- Sloppy or nonexistent inspection and maintenance
- Underfilling tanks holding liquids, allowing the weight to shift from side to side.
- Passing and changing lanes without checking blind spots
- Disregarding traffic laws, signs, and signals
Types of Truck Accidents Caused by Driver Negligence
These are some common types of truck accidents that can often be attributed to the driver’s negligence:
- Tractor/ trailer jackknifes, when the driver hits the axel brake suddenly while the trailer keeps moving forward and buckles to a right angle with the tractor
- Rollovers, which can be precipitated by a jackknife or may happen when the driver runs the wheels up against a curb or off the edge of the pavement and over-corrects when attempting to return the truck to the road, especially on hills
- Tire blowouts, causing the driver to lose control, resulting from failure to inspect tires
- Oil spills, releases of toxic substances, or inflammable cargo catching fire
- Collisions with other vehicles in a blind spot when changing lanes
- Collision with an oncoming vehicle while executing a left turn
Because large trucks have the potential to do such great damage, government regulations require them to carry large liability insurance policies. If you or a family member have been injured in an accident with a truck, it is important to engage the services of a personal injury lawyer with the experience, resources, and knowledge of federal and state trucking regulations needed to prove liability. Trucking companies often have full-time risk mitigation staff to look for ways to counter negligence claims; the attorney’s specific experience in proving truck driver liability can make an enormous difference in your case’s outcome. A highly experienced truck accident attorney will know what records to demand and will usually insist on examining the truck’s black box.
Board Certified Attorney for Your Truck Accident
In Nashville, Phillip Miller is one of the most experienced truck accident lawyers currently in practice. He is a board-certified civil trial lawyer with more than thirty years experience successfully representing accident victims and the highest possible peer review ratings for professional ability and ethical standards from Martindale-Hubbell, AVVO, and Super Lawyers.
Call Miller & Associates to arrange a free consultation. Don’t worry about the cost of hiring one of Nashville’s most experienced and highly regarded attorneys; the Miller law firm accepts cases on a contingency fee retainer. You don’t pay unless we win!