Seek Compensation & Justice for Trucking Accident Injuries
Tennessee attorneys at Gilreath & Associates specialize in representing drivers and families affected by an accident with a large truck
Trucking accidents are some of the worst collisions out there. And it is an unfortunate fact that they happen every day, and are even on the rise.
In the past two decades, the number of reported cases of truck accidents has increased by 20% around the country - the state of Tennessee, on average, ranks 30% higher than the national median.
Even though trucking accidents only account for about 3% of injury-related car crashes, the risk of serious injury in a tractor trailer wreck is much higher than any other type of crash. The size, speed, and weight of a semi-truck or motor carrier are much greater than other vehicles on the road, which often causes critical injury or sometimes death if the driver loses control of his truck.
Some of the more common causes of trucking accidents include:
- Driver error (the most common reason for accidents - caused by fatigue, inattention, speeding, unfamiliarity with roads, alcohol/drug use, etc.)
- Poor weather conditions
- Mechanical failure (tire blowouts, front brake failure, improper load distribution, etc.)
- Road design
- Traffic signal failures
Why You Need a Trucking Accident Attorney
Many people involved in a trucking accident are misled by lawyers who promise to get them a quick buck at no hassle. However, a trucking accident lawsuit done right is a complicated and serious process which requires the experience of a knowledgeable attorney.
When a tractor trailer crash occurs, not only will both drivers' insurance companies be involved, but also the trucking company, which will often try to reduce their own costs with lowball settlement offers or downplaying the seriousness of damages and injuries.
What you need when pursuing a personal injury claim from a trucking accident is an attorney who specializes in cases that deal specifically with collisions involving tractor trailer motor carriers. Individual laws on trucking regulations vary by state, so it is also best to find a lawyer in your area or nearby who has a thorough understanding of the proper legal procedure for seeking compensation.
Tennessee Trucking Accident Attorneys
Nashville-based law firm Gilreath & Associates is a member of the Association of Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America. Firm founder Sid Gilreath is a national board member. The AITLA is a national association of veteran lawyers who have made a commitment to fight for safer roads by eliminating dangerous and illegal trucking practices—a commitment Sid Gilreath has made to Tennessee drivers for over 30 years.
If you someone you know have been involved in a trucking accident, contact one of our highly-skilled trucking accident attorneys in Nashville, Knoxville or Memphis to discuss your case today.