Nashville Truck Accident Lawyer
Have you suffered debilitating injuries due to your involvement in a trucking wreck? If so, get in touch with a regarded Nashville truck accident attorney who can help you fight for the compensation you’re entitled to.
The injuries that survivors of tractor-trailer crashes endure are often catastrophic. It is quite common for injury victims to sustain traumatic brain injuries, severe burns, spinal damage, amputations, and post-traumatic stress disorder, among others.
Injuries of this nature can require you to take a significant amount of time off of work, which can result in financial anxiety due to the inability to earn an income.
Fortunately, with a team of highly trained attorneys at Raybin & Weissman, P.C. by your side, you’ll be able to focus on your recovery while your Nashville truck accident lawyer builds a compelling civil lawsuit against the person or persons who are responsible for causing your accident and subsequent injuries.
Fault in Trucking Wrecks
Most injury victims are quick to assume that the truck driver operating the tractor-trailer that struck them is liable for the cause of the accident, and in some cases, this is true. Drowsy driving, distracted driving, operating the vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and aggressive driving practices are all known for resulting in serious motor vehicle collisions.
But the truck driver isn’t the only party who may be partially to blame for your injuries. The trucking company who employs the truck driver, the owner of the big rig, cargo loaders, safety inspectors, and manufacturers of the 18-wheeler could all have been negligent in the care, safety, and maintenance of the truck.
When more than one entity has contributed to the cause of your Nashville truck accident, you can be sure that your attorney will name each of them as defendants in your claim so that we can maximize the amount of your final award.
TN Statute of Limitations
It’s important that you are aware of the statute of limitations in TN before you begin to pursue your claim. If you fail to file your claim before the statute of limitations runs out, then your claim will be barred from being heard in Nashville courts.
For trucking accidents, the Tennessee statute of limitations will begin running from the date of the collision, or from the date that you are diagnosed with an injury caused by the accident, and will run for a period of one year.
Throughout your recovery it can be easy to lose track of time or think that you have plenty of time to get your claim filed, but you’ll be surprised at how quickly it goes by. Having an exceptional truck wreck attorney by your side can make your recovery that much easier, as we’ll keep track of important dates like these so your claims process moves forward as smoothly as possible.
Recovering Your Losses after a Truck Accident
For your claim to be considered a success in our books, we will need to obtain compensation for each and every loss that you’ve suffered due to your involvement in a big rig crash.
However, there are seemingly endless ways that your life could have been impacted by your injuries. Generally speaking, we classify the damages you’ll be entitled to into two categories: economic damages and non-economic damages.
What Are Economic Damages?
Your economic damages are the losses that have had a direct impact on you financially. First, you’ll want to ensure that your medical expenses are covered in their entirety. You may or may not be aware that you can recover compensation for:
- Hospital bills
- Prescription medications
- Medical equipment and installation costs
- Ambulance fees
- Diagnostic imaging
- Rehabilitative services
In addition to coverage of your medical bills, you can also be repaid for the wages you lost due to not being able to work; the damage to your earning capacity, including bonuses, salary raises, and contributions to your 401k; and any property damages, such as the damage done to your vehicle.
Quantifying Non-Economic Damages
Your non-economic damages refer to the harm done to you emotionally, as well as to your lifestyle. These losses are often far more difficult to quantify than your economic ones, as it’s challenging to place a monetary value on them. Some of the different damages in this category include:
- Loss of household services
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of companionship and love
- Pain and suffering
- Scarring and/or disfigurement
- Mental anguish
As can be seen, these types of losses can be just as devastating as the economic losses you’ve been dealing with, which is why it is pertinent that you be compensated for them accordingly.
Apart from your economic and non-economic losses, you may also find that the judge awards you punitive damages. These awards are not issued lightly, as their purpose is to punish the at-fault party for their egregious or intentional actions. By sending the message that these behaviors are intolerable in Tennessee courts, the hope is to prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future.
Nashville Truck Accident FAQ
18-wheeler accidents are some of the most traumatic types of collisions you can be involved in. When it happens to you, you will likely have many questions you need answered before you feel comfortable pursuing your claim.
Some of the most frequently asked questions our clients have had are answered below. If you have other questions regarding your truck accident claim, you can contact our firm to have your concerns addressed.
What if the truck is from another state?
It doesn’t matter where the truck driver or the truck is from, as long as the accident itself occurred within Tennessee. As attorneys who are admitted to practice in the state of TN, we are able to represent your personal injury claim since it occurred on the state’s roadways.
We will do everything possible to hold whoever is liable for your injuries accountable for the damage they’ve caused, without regard for where they reside.
Can we settle my claim without going to court?
It’s certainly probable that we can avoid bringing your claim to court in Nashville. It all depends on how successful we are in negotiating with the insurance company. The insurer isn’t likely to be willing to settle your claim for the amount that you deserve, but oftentimes the threat of bringing them to court will result in a reasonable settlement offer.
In the event that the insurance company isn’t willing to provide you with the full compensation you’re entitled to, we will have no choice but to bring your claim in front of an impartial judge, who will award you fairly.
Are there certain types of evidence you’ll need to win my truck crash claim?
Yes. During our investigation into the cause of the truck accident, we’ll be gathering all of the evidence we need to support your claim. This might include police reports, medical documentation of your injuries, video footage, safety inspection reports, video surveillance, witness statements, and expert testimony, to name a few.
Claim Your Free Truck Accident Claim Review Today
When you’re ready to regain control over your life, you can do so with the assistance of an experienced Nashville truck accident lawyer at Raybin & Weissman, P.C.
We are pleased to be able to offer injury victims in need a free claim evaluation where we can further discuss the circumstances of your claim. You can take advantage of this opportunity by calling our office at 615-256-6666 or by filling out the online contact form located at the bottom of this page.