Nashville Truck Accident Lawyer
Injuries from commercial vehicle wrecks can take years or even a lifetime to heal. If you or a loved one sustained injuries in a trucking accident, you may be eligible to obtain compensation for your losses.
At Mitch Grissim & Associates, we have the knowledge and experience to handle these complex cases. We can cut through insurance companies’ delay tactics and trucking companies’ posturing to get you the compensation you need to put your life back together — fast, easy and fair.
Common Causes of 18-Wheeler Accidents
If you were injured by a truck, you are far from alone. Large commercial vehicle accidents occur often, for countless reasons. Some of the leading causes include:
- Equipment failure
- Driver fatigue
- Alcohol abuse
- Unsecured cargo
- Poor truck maintenance
Actions After a Crash
What you do after a collision can either protect or endanger your legal rights. Avoid giving the opposition anything to use against you by following this general procedure:
- Remain at the collision scene — do not flee
- Contact emergency responders
- Seek medical attention
- Gather photographic evidence
- Exchange and gather contact and identifying information
- Contact an attorney
Proving fault is essential in a personal injury setting. Nobody will want to admit fault — and you should certainly not do so. You would instead want to prove that any or all of the following parties are liable for your losses:
- The commercial driver
- Trucking companies
- Vehicle parts manufacturers
- Loading and shipping companies
This system may lead to you being accused of things you did not do. We can help overcome non-payment insurance tactics, thwart efforts to pass blame and the provide a clear path through the murky process of proving fault.
Modified Comparative Negligence
In Tennessee, the other parties will probably try to prove that you were responsible. This is not personal — it is due to the nature of the comparative negligence law.
Under this law, if you share 49 percent or less of the responsibility for your injuries, you may be able to collect compensation for damages. However, you are not eligible if you hold 50 percent or more of the blame.
Furthermore, your percentage of fault reduces your total compensation. For example, if you carry 10 percent of the blame for an accident and that caused you $10,000 in damages, you would likely receive $9,000.
Apart from fault, another important element of your compensation would be the amount of damage involved. These damages could include your medical expenses, the extent of your injuries, damage to your property, lost wages due to the accident and other losses you experienced.
Contact Us Today
At Mitch Grissim & Associates, we understand the frustration victims face when insurers or big companies try to blame them for a wreck. We want to help.
We will defend you from these schemes and help you get the full amount of compensation you deserve. Call our law firm at 615-255-9999, and let our team fight on your behalf.