Blount County Truck Accident Lawyer
Aggressive Auto Accident Attorneys Representing Injured Victims Throughout Blount County
Living and driving in Blount County, Tennessee, means encountering large trucks on the road on a regular basis. Whether on State Route 336, State Route 335, or another major highway, large trucks are responsible for transporting essential goods and products, and are therefore a common sight. While large trucks and their drivers are an essential part of our economy and something to be grateful for, negligence and vehicle defects can lead to truck accidents that result in severe injuries. If you have been in a truck accident, our Blount County truck accident lawyers at the office of Barnes Law can help you recover compensation for your losses and will aggressively advocate for you.
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Damages from a Truck Accident
Truck accidents are devastating. Unlike motor vehicle accidents involving two standard cars, truck accidents involve more force because of the sheer size of trucks, which can weigh up to 20 times that of a regular passenger car. When more force is involved in a crash, the damages are more severe. Common and probable injuries from a truck accident include, but are not limited to:
- Traumatic brain injuries;
- Internal injuries;
- Soft tissue injuries;
- Facial injuries;
- Injuries to extremities, including crush injuries, amputation injuries, and bone fractures;
- Spinal cord injuries; and
- Psychological injuries.
Injuries like this lead to other damages, too. A person who is severely injured in a truck accident will no doubt incur:
- Medical bills, which can total into the hundreds of thousands of dollars and be a huge economic burden, especially for someone who doesn’t have health insurance or adequate health insurance;
- Lost wages if the injuries prevent someone from being able to return to work;
- Loss of earning capacity and benefits if the injuries are disabling and prevent someone from being able to work at the same job they did prior to the crash and limit the person’s ability to get promoted and earn more in the future;
- Property damage costs in the form of vehicle expenses; and
- Pain, suffering, and emotional distress – while these are a type of noneconomic damage, a person deserves to be compensated for these losses in full.
Who’s Liable for Damages in a Truck Accident?
When a truck accident occurs, getting to the bottom of how the accident happened and who should be held responsible is essential for being able to recover compensation. One of the most complex things about a truck accident, though–and one of the primary reasons that it’s so important to work with an attorney–is that there are numerous potentially liable parties in a truck accident. These include:
- The truck driver. If a truck driver’s errors caused the crash, such as driving too fast for conditions, driving while fatigued or intoxicated, or performing an illegal maneuver, the truck driver could be held liable, especially if the driver is an independent contractor and not an employee.
- The trucking company. Even if the truck driver’s error was the cause of the crash, the trucking company would likely be held liable under the theory of vicarious liability. The trucking company might also be held liable for its failure to properly screen or train a truck driver, failure to service trucks, or another error.
- The shipper or loader of cargo. If a shift in cargo or another cargo error was the cause of the collision, then the shipper or the loader of the cargo could be held liable.
- The manufacturer of a truck part. In some cases, trucking accidents occur because of defective vehicle parts, such as defective truck brakes or a tire blowout. If a vehicle defect was to blame, the manufacturer or distributor of that product could be held liable.
- Another third party. Another third party could be held responsible if their actions caused or contributed to the crash. For example, a truck crash could be because of the negligence of a third-party driver, or because of poor road conditions as a lack of road maintenance.
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Get Help When You Need it Most
Attempting to navigate the truck accident claims process on your own when you’re also coping with severe injuries can be overwhelming, as well as ineffective if you don’t have a background in the law. When you need compensation to pay for your losses and you need help in getting that compensation, you can count on the experience, passion, and determination of our Blount County truck accident lawyers at the office of Barnes Law. Our lawyers have years of combined experience and truly care about our clients. We work on a contingency fee basis and always offer free consultations. To learn more and to get advice about your case, please call our law firm directly today or schedule a consultation online. We can travel to your location.
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