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Chattanooga Truck Accident Lawyer

attorneys Chris Hall & Andrew Lampros

Truck accidents are far more serious than other types of motor vehicle crashes. You can file a lawsuit when someone else was to blame for the accident. The Chattanooga truck accident attorneys at Hall & Lampros, LLP have recovered over $400 million for our clients, and we can go to bat for you in the truck accident lawsuit process. 

You may be entitled to financial compensation when a truck driver has caused you serious injury. However, a truck accident case can be more difficult than other personal injury cases. You need a lawyer who has experience specifically with truck accident cases involving big rigs, semis, tractor trailers or large delivery & box trucks.

Call the law firm of Hall & Lampros, LLP today to discuss your case. We will learn the facts and get to know you. Then, we will recommend the best legal course of action to pursue compensation. It is vital that you begin the legal process as soon as possible. You can schedule a FREE CONSULTATION with our expereinced truck accident law firm today at 423-393-3200, or submit a contact form.

Trucks Make Tennessee Roads Dangerous

There are over 1,100 miles of interstate in Tennessee that are traveled by large trucks. Two major highways run through Chattanooga, I-75 and I-24, that have heavy truck traffic. I-75 is a major North-South corridor that carries cargo from Southern ports to the Great Lakes. 

According to the Tennessee Department of Transportation, there were 195 truck accident fatalities in 2021. One in every six motor vehicle accident fatalities involved a large truck. With one in every 14 Tennessee motor vehicle crashes involving a large truck, these accidents cause disproportionate fatality rates. 

The number of serious truck accidents is on the rise, not just in Tennessee, but also throughout the entire country. There are more factors at play besides just more truck traffic on the road. Truck drivers are less experienced, and trucking companies often do not make the necessary investments in safety. At the same time, truck drivers are under more pressure than ever to keep customers satisfied by making deliveries on time. 

Contact Hall & Lampros, LLP now at 404-876-8100 to schedule a complimentary consultation with our firm.

Common Causes of Truck Accidents

Inexperience and carelessness are often to blame for truck accidents. Truck drivers make many decisions behind the wheel, and even a small mistake can cause a serious accident, given the size of the truck.

Here are some common causes of truck accidents in Chattanooga:

  • Insufficient following distances between trucks and cars
  • Distracted driving that takes the operator’s attention from the road
  • Fatigued driving, when the truck driver does not get proper rest or is driving late at night
  • Speeding, when truck drivers are trying to maximize their operating hours or make up time
  • Drunk driving (the legal limit for truck drivers is .04 blood alcohol content)
  • Poorly inspected and maintained trucks that are not roadworthy
  • Improperly loaded cargo that either falls off the truck or causes the vehicle to roll over

Injuries Commonly Seen in Trucking Accidents

Truck accidents can cause serious injuries. According to federal trucking regulations, a fully loaded tractor-trailer can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. Crashes involving large trucks can unleash a tremendous amount of force. Most passenger car drivers will suffer some kind of injury in a truck accident.

Here are some common truck accident injuries:

  • Fractures and broken bones
  • Head and neck injuries
  • Internal injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Burns
  • Severe lacerations

How Truck Accident Cases Are More Complex

Although truck accident cases rely on the same legal principles as other personal injury cases, they also have their own complexities, including:

  • There are more things that can go wrong with a truck, requiring a more extensive accident investigation.
  • There is a lot of evidence in the trucking company’s hands, such as the information from the truck’s “black box.”
  • There is more money at stake because of the presence of the trucking company in your case.

After you have been injured in a truck accident, the attorneys at Hall & Lampros will counsel you about your legal rights and your options for seeking financial compensation. One factor that comes into play in a truck accident claim is the potential to sue the trucking company.

You May Be Able to Sue the Trucking Company

In a truck accident case, the legal principle is that the trucking company is responsible for the negligent acts of their employees that were committed on the job. Trucking companies often carry very large insurance policies to protect themselves. If the trucking company does not have enough insurance coverage, you may even be able to go after their assets. Juries have been known to award large verdicts when they are angry about the trucking company’s lack of compliance with federal regulations. 

In any large truck collision claim, you need a lawyer. Reach out to Hall & Lampros, LLP, and you will learn how we can help you pursue full compensation for your truck accident injuries. You can call our truck accident lawyers today at 423-393-3200, or send us a message online.