The Hamilton Firm

Truck Accident Attorneys Based in Chattanooga, We Handle Serious Injuries

Serving clients in Tennessee, Georgia, and Alabama

Experienced, Respected, Successful

Trucking and car accidents can take a toll on your life. Our attorneys are here to help you get the compensation you deserve.

Truck accident lawyers who care about you and your case.

Featuring one of Tennessee’s top rated plaintiff personal injury attorneys, Patrick Cruise, The Hamilton Firm has obtained multi-millions in actual settlements and judgments for clients and their families.

We fight for accident victims who have been injured in truck wrecks, school bus accidents, auto collisions, construction accidents, industrial accidents, workplace accidents, and various other incidents involving defective products, construction defects and premises liability.

Patrick Cruise has been recognized by Mid-South Super Lawyers as being among the top plaintiffs’ personal injury trial lawyers in Tennessee.

The Hamilton Firm's mission is to provide aggressive, effective and ethical legal representation to accident victims and their families in cases involving trucking, school bus, and commercial vehicle accidents. The truck accident attorneys at the Hamilton Firm offer a free case review and we never ask for money down to take your case.

Hubert “Hu” Hamilton, founder of the Hamilton Firm, has retired from the practice of law on December 31, 2022 after 46 years.

Experienced truck accident lawyers who are committed to helping you.

As a regional personal injury law firm, our lawyers specialize in truck accident cases and have extensive trial experience. Based in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the Hamilton Firm is uniquely positioned to serve clients throughout the southeastern United States, with the ability to choose the best venue for our clients from among the various states in our region.

Our law firm places special emphasis on personal attention and service to our clients and their families who have been hurt in accidents involving trucks and other large commercial vehicles. We always strive to obtain the maximum recovery possible through trial or settlement when fighting for a truck accident victim.

The Hamilton Firm handles complex and catastrophic injury cases, focusing on truck accident cases, throughout the southeast in state and federal court, representing clients from all over the United States.

Top rated truck accident lawyers.

Our attorneys (Hubert Hamilton (retired), Patrick Cruise, Annette Kelley and John Chandler) are all licensed to practice in Tennessee. Mr. Hamilton, Mr. Cruise and Ms. Kelley are all licensed in Georgia, where the firm maintains an active state-wide practice.

Ms. Kelley is also licensed in Alabama, Mr. Cruise is also licensed in Louisiana.

Truck accidents involving tractor trailers, semis, 18 wheelers, big rigs, dump trucks, concrete trucks, tow trucks, or other accidents involving large commercial vehicles such as buses, are particularly challenging and require a high level of experience, commitment and expertise.

When a truck accident occurs, attorneys and insurance personnel for the responsible party will be quick to act. Acting quickly and retaining your own truck accident attorney will help your chances of success. We know that evidence needs to be preserved, accident reports and records need to be gathered, and in some cases interviews need to be conducted as soon as possible following a truck accident.

As Truck Accident Lawyers, we will act fast, but will be meticulous in making sure that records, data, and evidence are preserved and entered into the record. We will conduct personal interviews with witnesses, police, and emergency response personnel as necessary.

Our truck accident lawyers know that accidents on the road can involve more than just driver error or negligence. The truck accident attorneys at the Hamilton Firm will examine all aspects of the accident including the condition of the roads and whether the trucks and commercial vehicles involved were properly inspected and maintained for safety.

We have years of experience when it comes to handling severe injury and wrongful death claims involving highway accidents or in other circumstances.

Severe cases involving paralysis, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, or other catastrophic injuries demand a high level of commitment and expertise. All possible sources of recovery must be considered and investigated so we can get you the maximum compensation

Likewise, serious injuries or deaths due to explosions, collapsing scaffolds or walls, equipment malfunctions, falling objects, boilers, falls, electrocution, and so forth, at construction sites, factories or industrial plants require experienced and committed counsel to deal with the complex legal and factual issues that arise.

How are trucking accident claims different?

Wrecks involving tractor trailers, semis, big rigs, 18 wheelers, and other commercial vehicles often cause severe injury or death. A fully loaded tractor trailer is massive, weighing up to 80,000 pounds. The energy contained in these huge vehicles traveling at 70+ mph is enormous. They are slow to accelerate, slow to decelerate, and they require extra time and space to change lanes, to complete turns, to clear intersections, and to maneuver.

A truck accident case is very different from a car accident or other personal injury case. Truck accident cases require a higher level of expertise, commitment and resources to handle. Very few lawyers, even experienced personal injury attorneys, have the necessary experience, ability and resources to properly handle these cases as Truck Accident Lawyers do. The Hamilton Firm has that experience and expertise and we know how to fight the trucking industry.

In addition to the obvious differences between a tractor trailer and a passenger car, here are some of the other factors that make truck accident cases very different from the typical car wreck case:

  • Much more is at stake than in the typical car wreck case.

  • A commercial driver is supposed to be screened, qualified and professionally trained;

  • Different laws apply, including the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations;

  • Truck accident cases are aggressively investigated and defended by trucking companies and their lawyers;

  • Insurance coverage requirements are different and there may be complicated multiple layers of coverage;

Truck Accidents and Trucking Companies

Trucking companies often have rapid response teams already enroute to the scene of a truck accident while the injury victims are being evaluated in the emergency room at the nearest trauma center. Those teams often include defense lawyers, as well as investigators who are collecting evidence, taking photos, interviewing witnesses and downloading data from the truck’s black box.

How We Respond To Commercial Vehicle Accidents and Trucking Injuries

Lawyers for victims and their families have to respond truck accidents quickly, as well, acting swiftly to prevent spoliation or loss of critical evidence, including securing and inspecting the victim’s vehicle, downloading data from the ECM, demanding the data downloads from the tractor trailer, acquiring driver information, arranging for inspection of the tractor trailer, photographing the scene, and obtaining 911 calls, post-accident vehicle inspections and other official records, as well as interviewing witnesses and securing cooperation of law enforcement personnel.

When it comes to truck accidents, there can very often be multiple layers of liability. Attorneys for accident victims need to know how to sort through the complexities of who owns the truck, who is the shipper, who the driver works for, and the various insurance coverages involved.

In many cases, an accident reconstruction expert needs to be retained early in the process to inspect vehicles and interpret the data.

We have experience in taking on the trucking industry on behalf of our clients. Our Chattanooga-based, regional truck accident law firm has the dedication, resources and commitment to achieve the best possible outcome for you and your family.

If you need a trial attorney for a catastrophic or serious injury case, or wrongful death case, including those due to trucking accidents, the Hamilton Firm LLC has the legal experience and expertise to handle your case. We fight for to gain the maximum allowable compensation for our clients

If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident or highway accident, contact us today. If your injury prevents you from coming into our office, we will visit you at home or the hospital. We never charge a retainer fee and we offer a free case review.

Our Pledge to Our Clients:

  • To treat clients with respect and courtesy.
  • To handle their legal matters competently and diligently, in accordance with the highest standards of the legal profession.
  • To charge a reasonable contingency fee and to explain in advance how that fee will be determined and how expenses will be paid.
  • To return phone calls promptly.
  • To keep clients informed and provide them with copies of important papers.
  • To respect the client’s decision on the objectives to be pursued in their case, as permitted by law and the rules of professional conduct, including whether or not to settle their case.
  • To work with other participants in the legal system to make it more accessible and responsive.
  • To preserve the client’s confidences learned during the lawyer-client relationship.
  • To exhibit the highest degree of ethical conduct in accordance with the Code of Professional Responsibility.
  • (Adapted from the Chattanooga Bar Association’s Lawyer Referral Service)

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