Any car accident can produce severe injuries. Accidents involving heavy and large tractor trailers, however, can be particularly devastating. If you or a loved one have been involved in an accident involving a tractor trailer, you may be able to pursue a claim to recover damages.
Why are Tractor Trailer Accidents Different Than Normal Automobile Accidents?
The huge difference in size between a tractor trailer and a regular vehicle can contribute to devastating results in an accident. Tractor trailers can weigh over thirty times more than a regular vehicle. As a result tractor trailers take longer to stop than an ordinary vehicle. If you have to slam on your breaks in front of a tractor trailer, even with the quickest of reactions the truck driver might not provide the distance needed to bring their vehicle to a stop before collision. In 2014, 73% of fatalities involving a tractor trailer were occupants of ordinary vehicles.
Unlike regular drivers, tractor trailer drivers are required to comply with a variety of federal regulations that dictate how long he or she can drive in one session. There are also regulations regarding how much time off for rest the driver must take for rest between trips. Tractor trailer drivers are also required to meticulously and regularly check their trailer to make sure that it is up to code and does not have any problems.
If any of these regulations are not complied with before or at the time of your accident, then you may have a strong case against the driver of the tractor trailer. Our personal injury lawyers will perform an in-depth investigation of your accident to determine your likelihood of success.
Tennessee and Kentucky Trucking Accidents
Tennessee and Kentucky are both above the national average in terms of deaths involving large trucks. In 2014 the national average of fatal accidents involving trucks was almost 11 per million people. The average for both Kentucky and Tennessee was over 14 deaths per million people.
What Compensation Can I Recover?
If you were involved in a big truck accident, you may be entitled to compensation to cover:
- Hospital bills incurred after the accident;
- Surgical costs;
- Future care that you might need as a result of your injuries;
- Rehabilitation or physical therapy needed to heal injuries; and
- Prescription medication and medical equipment, such as a wheelchair or knee brace
Involvement in a tractor trailer accident can be particularly traumatic because of the amount of time it can take to recover from such a forceful crash. Full recovery, if possible, can take months or even years. In the meantime, you may not be able to work to support yourself or your family. If you are a single-income household or the breadwinner for your family, this can be especially devastating. In a personal injury lawsuit, you may be able to recover damages for time that you lost from work, and even loss of future earning capacity if you have been permanently disabled and will be unable to work again.
If you have been injured or have lost a loved one in a tractor trailer accident, then you don’t need to be told how physically and emotionally traumatic the experience can be. Although this type of trauma can’t be calculated into a dollar amount, a personal injury lawsuit may still allow you to recover damages for the emotional anguish and physical pain that you are suffering as a result of the accident.
If you have lost a loved one in a tractor trailer accident, you may be able to recover expenses related to the funeral or cremation service.
I Can’t Afford to Hire a Lawyer. What Should I Do?
If you are hesitant to hire a lawyer because you don’t think you can afford to pay the costs associated with a lawsuit, don’t wait a second longer. At Hughes & Coleman, our attorneys work on a contingency basis, meaning that you will only pay your lawyer if he or she wins your case and earns you compensation. If you don’t win your case and aren’t awarded any damages, then you will walk away without having to pay your lawyer a cent, no strings attached. There are no down payments or expensive hourly fees to worry about. Don’t let financial concerns keep you from obtaining the representation you need to gain the compensation that you deserve. Call or fill out a case evaluation form to speak to one of our attorneys. It’s absolutely free, so you have nothing to lose.
Let Us Fight for You—Contact Us Today
If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident involving a tractor trailer, then you have enough on your plate already. Personal injury cases involving tractor trailers can be especially hard to fight on your own. An experienced attorney will be familiar with the many regulations governing drivers of tractor trailers and will be able to see where these regulations were violated. Don’t try to fight your case alone during this emotional time. The experienced personal injury team at Hughes & Coleman are ready to fight your case for you so that you don’t have to. Give us a call or fill out a case evaluation form today.