In an accident that involves a truck and another type of vehicle, someone is bound to get hurt. Because semitrailers are so much larger and heavier than passenger cars, the physics involved mean that the smaller vehicle can sustain severe damage in a collision even if the truck gets barely a scratch.
According to the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, there were 187 fatalities involving large trucks on Tennessee roads in 2021. That same year, the total number of traffic accident fatalities in Tennessee was 1,327. This means truck accidents account for a significant percentage of all fatal vehicle accidents in the state.
Special legal issues
In addition to their special dangers, truck accidents also have special legal issues. In a typical personal injury case involving an accident between two cars, the injured party may seek compensation for their damages from a negligent driver. The same principle applies in a truck accident case, but in addition to a negligent truck driver, the injured party may also hold a commercial driver’s employer liable.
This can make the case much more complicated, but it can also maximize the chances that the injured will recover all the compensation they deserve. Because the injuries in truck accidents are often severe, the total amount of damages in these cases can be very high.
Necessary legal support
If you have been involved in an accident with a truck on the road, you may wish to consult a Tennessee trucking accident lawyer, who can offer a seasoned perspective on your case and who can help you to navigate the process and understand what to expect and what to do to hopefully receive what you need and what you deserve so that you can move forward with your life with the resources you and your family need.