Nashville Trucking Company Negligence Attorney
While truck driver negligence is the number one cause of large truck accidents, driver negligence goes hand in hand with trucking company negligence. In seeking to maximize their profits, trucking companies often institute policies that put so much pressure on their drivers that they are forced to cut corners in order to comply with their employers’ demands.
A Trucking Company’s Responsibility
Trucking companies owe a duty to the public with whom their trucks share the road to ensure that their trucks are safe and their drivers are competent. This means they must train and test their drivers to ensure they have the ability to operate a truck safely and they must see that the trucks are properly maintained on a regular schedule by skilled and competent mechanics. Trucking company negligence contributes to truck crashes, death, and injury when companies put untrained drivers and unsafe trucks on the road.
Laws Regulating Trucking Companies
To protect the public, federal and state laws regulate trucking companies by providing standards of maintenance, driver training, truck inspection, record-keeping, and employment. Failing to comply with these regulations constitutes negligence on the company’s part.
Common negligent company policies include
- Forcing drivers to meet schedules that require them to exceed federal regulations regarding hours of driving without sleep
- Neglecting to ensure that trucks are safely loaded, balanced, and secured
- Hiring untrained or unqualified drivers
- Failing to maintain, inspect, or repair their trucks
- Failing to hold drivers to high standards of safety
- Failing to install safety equipment, for example rear-end underride barriers
Get a Lawyer with Experience
It is important to have an attorney with significant truck accident experience working on your behalf, because truck accidents can be quite complex. For example, in many truck accidents more than one party’s negligence is a contributing factor. Owners, drivers, and maintenance contractors may all share in the liability for your injuries. Your attorney must be thoroughly familiar with state and federal trucking regulations and must also understand how these companies operate, what methods they use to try to mitigate their losses, and what records to demand in the discovery process.
Furthermore, because of the size of large commercial trucks relative to passenger vehicles, damages are often catastrophic. Spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, burns, amputations, organ damage, and death make these high-stakes cases. People with life-changing permanent injuries need to recover enough money to cover their needs for many years, and to compensate them for the destruction of their quality of life. This usually requires bringing in expert witness to testify, so the lawyer needs the resources to engage these services. Large cases often require going to trial, so your attorney needs to be a skilled, seasoned, and board-certified trial lawyer with plenty of experience preparing and presenting a case to a jury.
Top-Rated Nashville Attorney
Attorney Phillip Miller in Nashville is one of Tennessee’s most experienced and highly regarded personal injury attorneys. Phillip has been successful in helping accident victims recover damages for more than thirty years. He is a board certified civil trial lawyer with a long track record of wins in the courtroom, and has earned the gratitude of clients as well as the respect of his peers in the legal profession who often refer difficult cases to him.
If you’ve been injured or have lost a family member in a Tennessee truck accident, call Miller & Associates to arrange an appointment. You’ll get straightforward and honest answers to all your questions. We take cases on a contingency basis, so you pay nothing unless we win money for you.