Clarksville Trucking Accident Attorneys Serve as Advocates for the Injured
Tennessee lawyers help tractor-trailer crash victims get justice
Passenger vehicles are no match for tractor-trailers due to the difference in size. An 18-wheeler can weigh up to 80,000 pounds while the average car weighs only about 4,000 pounds. In Tennessee in 2013, 121 large trucks were involved in fatal accidents. Montgomery County averaged 174 truck accidents annually between 2011 and 2013. If you or a loved one has been in an accident involving an over-the-road motor carrier vehicle, contact the law firm of Bateman & Bateman, P.C. Our trucking accidents attorneys in Clarksville have more than 60 years of combined accident litigation experience. We hold trucking companies responsible for accidents caused by negligent drivers or improper truck maintenance.
Understanding common types of tractor-trailer accidents
Large trucks differ from cars in more than size and weight: their operation requires a special set of skills, and their safety depends upon a number of factors. Accidents involving trucks may be caused by driver error such as speeding or fatigue, but they may also be caused by poorly maintained vehicles leading to dangerous conditions. Tractor-trailers and 18-wheelers are especially susceptible to crashes involving:
- Rollover. Due to improper loading or poor driving, a truck may tip and roll over. These rollover accidents can cause a truck to block the roadway, leading to serious damage.
- Jackknife. Semi-trucks are created when a tractor is hitched to a trailer using a pivot-point known as a fifth wheel. When a trailer slides too far in either direction, it can stop the tractor from moving and then slam into the tractor from the side. This type of accident is known as a jackknife because the wrecked tractor-trailer’s shape resembles a partially opened pocketknife.
- Underride. These accidents occur when a vehicle rear-ends a truck. Because most vehicles aren’t as tall as trucks, they may actually go partially underneath a truck when the truck stops short. These accidents are often fatal, because the passenger compartment frequently absorbs most of the force of impact.
- Brake failure. Trucks rely on complicated air-brake systems. This means braking-related accidents can be caused by drivers, brake manufacturers and even trucking companies who fail to maintain their vehicles properly.
- Wide turns. Due to the shape of trucks, they have large blind spots. Truckers may not be able to see drivers behind or beside them. Tractor-trailers make wide turns. When their drivers don’t see vehicles in their blind spots, they are likely to hit those vehicles.
Getting justice after a truck accident with the help of an attorney
Trucking accidents have greater legal implications than other motor vehicle crashes because passengers in vehicles struck by a commercial truck commonly sustain catastrophic injuries. While truckers’ professional liability is higher, they have significant resources on their side to defend accident claims. The sad truth is that the trucking company’s resources often succeed unless an accident victim works with a skilled attorney. Put experience on your side by working with the knowledgeable attorneys at our Clarksville law firm.
Contact our Tennessee personal injury law firm to fight for you
At Bateman & Bateman, P.C., our attorneys are here to help if you or a loved one suffers the misfortune of becoming involved in a trucking accident. When it comes to your tractor-trailer wreck case, our devoted attorneys go the extra mile to get results. Call us today at 931-647-5959 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation about your trucking accident.