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Types of 18 Wheeler Accidents

Nashville Semi Truck Accident Attorney Helping Families Recover

A semi truck is not designed for maneuverability. One common misconception of 18 wheelers is that these vehicles have the same turning ability, visual capacity and stopping distance as cars or light trucks. This is simply not the case. Commercial trucks, especially when hauling freight, must be operated differently to ensure the safety of both the driver and other motorists sharing the road. This is why Tennessee and the federal government created trucking laws for companies and their drivers to abide by. Accidents do happen… but when preventable truck crashes occur because of the careless actions by truck drivers or their companies, you should not have to handle the consequences alone.

The book of Romans tells us that love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. Stanley A. Davis is an experienced semi truck accident attorney determined to hold trucking companies and drivers responsible for their moral obligation to compensate victims of accidents.

Different Types of Nashville Truck Accidents

Nashville attorney Stan Davis is familiar with all types of wrecks, and he is often amazed at the incredible strength his clients show even after their involvement in horrifying collisions with trucks. Their strength inspires him to provide the best legal representation. This includes his work securing numerous verdicts and settlements for those involved in a wide range of truck accidents types, such as:

  • Broadside or T-Bone — This happens when the front or rear of a tractor trailer or the cab strikes one side of the vehicle. These side-impact collisions often occur at intersections and are often fatal for the passengers sitting on the side of the car that is impacted, depending on the speed of the oncoming truck.
  • Head on and rear end — Truck accident statistics routinely show that these types of collisions are the most common type of crash in which a driver can be involved. This type of accident involves the semi and another vehicle colliding head-to-head or colliding with the vehicle traveling in front, often at a rate of speed faster than other collisions.
  • Jackknife — This accident occurs when a tractor trailer’s cargo folds in towards the cab of the truck, named for the similar motion of a pocketknife. Jackknifing could crush any passenger vehicles in the vicinity. Typically, a jackknife accident results in a semi rollover and underrides for anyone traveling near the truck.
  • Wide turn — Accidents involving wide turns typically result from one of two truck driver errors: swinging the truck out too far or not swinging the truck out far enough. Drivers must swing wide to the right before making left turns or wide to the left before making right turns, but the driver is also responsible for making sure there are no vehicles in the truck’s blind spots when they attempt the turn.
  • Multiple vehicles — Poor weather, bad roadway conditions and other causes that can be difficult to determine may result in a chain reaction crash. Vehicle pileups can involve more than one truck or passenger vehicle and result in severe injuries.
  • Rollovers and lost loads — A truck that is too heavy can have difficulty stopping in time or cause the driver to lose control. An unsecured truck load can even come loose, affecting all the vehicles traveling behind the truck. Truck drivers are required to check their loads before a trip and during stops on the way to the destination
  • Override or underride — These are different accidents types, but both cause catastrophic injuries like traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries. In an override accident, the front end of the truck runs over the vehicle in its path. In an underride accident, the passenger vehicle crashes into and continues underneath the tractor trailer.
  • Tire blowouts and air brake failures — Just one tire blowing out or air brake failing can be enough for a loss of control for the driver of the 18 wheeler. Your attorney must investigate the accident to determine if lack of truck maintenance or the careless actions of the driver, company, truck mechanic or part manufacturer may have caused the blowout or brake failure to occur.
  • Blind spot — Accidents resulting from the driver of the truck not seeing a motorist or another motorist unknowingly traveling in the driver’s blind spot can be complex. Truck drivers rely on their mirrors when driving and must constantly monitor them, especially when changing lanes.

With truck injury and deadly accident cases, Stan has access to many resources that can help make these claims successful. This includes hiring experienced accident investigators to establish liability as well as life care planners to calculate the short and long-term injury costs for his clients, which can be essential is gaining the fairest amounts of compensation.

Common Violations of Trucking Laws and Regulations

Commercial tractor trailers are required by state federal laws to have certain protections installed to reduce the number of accidents. However, whether it is to save time, money or both, trucking companies and drivers may carelessly choose to ignore or make a “one time exception” when is comes to following these rules that often spells disaster.

Personal injury attorney Stan Davis knows the Tennessee and federal truck laws that both of these parties are legally required to follow. With this knowledge, he is able to investigate whether your accident may have been the result of:

  • No taillights or taillight failure — Motorists can be at risk of colliding with trucks if the taillights on trailers are concealed, inoperative, dirty or dim.
  • No reflective tape or dirty reflective tape — While new trucks are required to be equipped with reflective tape along the sides and rear of the trailer, some companies have neglected to put tape on older trailers. Not having this tape could make a trailer difficult to see at night or during inclement weather.
  • Truck improperly parked too close to roadway — Truck drivers should never park on any roadway where the speed limit is greater than 25mph. There is an exception if a tractor trailer is disabled, but the driver must place warning triangle reflectors to notify other motorists.
  • No protective rear guard or rear guard failure — Rear guards are underride bumper devices designed to prevent passenger vehicles from sliding underneath trailers. A carrier can be liable if a motorist’s injuries were the result of defective design, faulty installation or for the complete absence of these guards.
  • Truck traveling too slow or too fast — Collisions can result when a slower-moving semi truck merges into faster-moving traffic, depriving drivers of necessary time to react properly. Truck drivers may also put other motorists in danger when they decide that speeding to make a deadline is more important than your safety on the roadway.

I Need an Semi Truck Accident Attorney to Answer Accident Compensation Questions

Consider the words of Isaiah 59:1, “Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save, or his ear dull, that it cannot hear.” Nashville personal injury lawyer Stan Davis wants to listen to your story and can help ease the burdens you may be experiencing. He understands that it can be hard for a victim to find strength after being involved in any type of accident.

Stan honestly cares about his clients, which is why he is so dedicated to fighting for their right to compensation by successfully handling cases on their behalf. We are all people with family, friends and people who care for us, and that is how he will treat you—as a person first, client second. If you or someone you love was involved in a serious truck accident, he wants to help. Call the Law Office of Stanley A. Davis today (615) 690-2080, and let Stan discuss what rights you have and how you can being moving forward with your truck accident claim.