South Memphis pedestrians and passenger-car occupants share the roads with much larger vehicles, such as construction trucks, mid-sized delivery trucks, and massive 18-wheelers. With more trucks on the roads, the chances of experiencing a truck-involved accident rise. These accidents are potentially devastating, causing victims physical and emotional pain, and putting them into a state of financial emergency.
With a settlement, you can recover your losses and return your household to financial stability. To secure substantial compensation, contact Gatti, Keltner, Bienvenu, & Montesi PLC (GKBM), and connect with a South Memphis personal injury lawyer who will fight for every dollar you deserve.
Sobering Truck Accident Statistics
According to the National Safety Council (NSC), for a recent full year of data collection, large trucks represented 9% of all vehicles on the roads. For that same year, the NSC reports 107,000 large trucks were involved in injury-causing accidents. Since 2011, the number of large trucks involved in fatal accidents has increased by 33%.
In Tennessee, for the most recent year of data collection, the National Highway Traffic Safety Commission (NHTSA) reports light trucks, such as pickups or delivery vans, and passenger cars caused similar numbers of accidents, 636 and 675, respectively, while large trucks accounted for 165. Though large trucks do not cause more accidents than other vehicles, the damage incurred in truck-involved vehicles is generally far more severe than what is experienced in collisions between passenger vehicles.
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Why Truck Accidents Are Often Catastrophic
Their enormous size and weight make trucks, even lighter ones, deadly opponents in a collision. Passenger cars and their occupants are easily crushed or ripped apart when hit by a truck. Further, some trucks carry hazardous materials that are more likely to ignite upon impact, putting those involved in danger of catastrophic burns along with other serious injuries.
All trucks, but large trucks especially, are harder to control and require more distance when decelerating and coming to a stop. Still, these trucks move at high speeds on interstates and moderate speeds on local roads. If drivers lose control or need to make abrupt stops, accidents often result.
Injuries Commonly Sustained in a Truck Accident
Injuries in any motor vehicle accident can be severe, but this outcome is almost guaranteed in truck-involved accidents. It is not uncommon for victims to sustain:
- Crushed bones
- Traumatic brain injury
- Severe spinal cord or other nerve damage
- Serious head and neck trauma
- Limb amputations or deep lacerations
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Serious Injuries Demand a Serious Settlement
Truck-accident injuries require extensive healing time and often leave victims permanently disabled and out of work. As the victim, you should not be left shouldering the financial burden that follows these injuries. Your truck accident attorney in South Memphis will work tirelessly to hold the negligent party accountable for paying you compensation.
All injury cases are different, and the value of a settlement is affected by those differences. Your South Memphis truck accident attorney will carefully evaluate the fallout of your accident, and demand a settlement amount to cover your needs, recoup your losses, and offer a sense of justice. You can expect your lawyer to seek:
- Recovery of lost income for days missed at work. If your injuries prevent a return to work, your attorney will calculate your lost potential income and other job-related benefits and include those losses in the settlement amount
- Compensation for medical expenses. Your attorney will seek coverage for bills you have already received and will consult with medical experts to determine the amount needed to cover your future care
- Acknowledgment of your pain and suffering. Your physical and emotional distress requires recognition from the party who caused it
- Compensation for property destroyed or damaged in the accident
- Recognition for reduced quality of life. Your injuries may prevent you from caring for yourself independently, participating in activities, or interacting with friends and loved ones as you did before the accident.
- Recoupment of any additional expenses. Should you need to hire outside help to care for children, your household, or take care of other responsibilities you previously managed, your attorney will factor those expenses into the settlement
- A wrongful death settlement. If your loved one is killed in a truck accident, a wrongful death settlement can cover end-of-life costs, income loss, and loss of a relationship
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A fair settlement is critical to your recovery and financial outlook. Your GKBM truck accident attorney in South Memphis has the skill, knowledge, and experience to see your case through and fight for the highest settlement possible.
You need someone who has connections to relevant experts and accident reconstructionists and who knows how to investigate every layer of your accident to determine its cause and identify the negligent party. A successful outcome requires proof that the negligent party caused the accident that led to your injuries. You can trust your lawyer to discover the at-fault party and acquire evidence to prove their culpability.
You must file your injury claim within one year of the accident, as per Tennessee’s statute of limitations. This does not leave you with a lot of time or with any “wiggle room” should you need to correct errors or manage unexpected complications.
Partner with a truck accident lawyer in South Memphis as soon as possible following your accident. Doing so will give your lawyer time to investigate the case and file the proper legal paperwork within that one-year timeframe.
The at-fault party’s insurance representatives will work hard to pay out as little as possible, even if achieving that goal means they do not play fair. Do not speak to these adjusters or try to manage negotiations on your own. Insurance companies are strategic and are often successful in convincing victims to accept lowball settlements or manipulate them into false admissions of fault.
A South Memphis truck accident lawyer has the experience and negotiating skills to protect you from insurance companies’ schemes and ensure these companies comply with the regulations governing their practices so you can get a fair settlement.
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Contact GKBM today to arrange a meeting with a South Memphis truck accident lawyer. Your case review and consultation are free, and you will not pay any fees until you receive a settlement.
Once your case is in our hands, you can focus on healing. We will take care of the legalities required to hold the negligent party accountable for paying you the compensation you deserve.