The Hamilton Firm, Truck Accident Attorneys, Personal Injury Lawyers

The Hamilton Firm, Truck Accident Attorneys, Personal Injury Lawyers

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

Both Hu Hamilton and Patrick Cruise have been recognized by Mid-South Super Lawyers as being among the top plaintiffs’ personal injury trial lawyers in Tennessee. Mr. Hamilton has also been ranked by Super Lawyers as one of the Top 100 among all lawyers in Tennessee, and he has the unique honor of being rated as one of Georgia’s top plaintiff’s personal injury trial lawyers by Georgia Super Lawyers as well.

Experienced, Respected, Successful

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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,

As a regional injury and disability law firm, whose personal injury lawyers have extensive trial experience in Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana, 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 injured in accidents involving trucks and other large commercial vehicles. We always strive to obtain the maximum recovery possible through trial or settlement.

We Are Chattanooga Truck Accident Lawyers

Based in Chattanooga, Tennessee, The Hamilton Firm handles complex and catastrophic injury cases throughout the southeast in state and federal court, representing clients from all over the United States.

Our attorneys (Hubert Hamilton, 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, and Mr. Hamilton is also licensed in North Carolina. 

A Law Firm With Expertise and Commitment

Truck wrecks 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.

The Hamilton Firm has that experience and expertise and we know how to fight the trucking industry. 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.

Severe Injury and Wrongful Death Cases

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.

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

The Hamilton Firm steps in right away

When an accident occurs, attorneys and insurance personnel for the responsible party will be quick to act. Acting quickly and retaining your own attorney will help your chances of success. Evidence needs to be preserved, accident reports and records need to be gathered, and in some cases interviews need to be conducted.

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.

How Are Truck 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 travelling 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 trucking accident case is very different from a car accident or other personal injury case. Trucking cases require a higher level of expertise, commitment and resources to handle. Very few lawyers have the necessary experience, ability and resources to properly handle these cases as Truck Accident Lawyers do.

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

  • Commercial drivers are supposed to be screened, qualified and professionally trained;
  • Different laws apply, including the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations;
  • The 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;
  • Much more is at stake than in the typical car wreck case.

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 the victim and/or his/her family have to respond 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, 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.

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

Act now, contact us today!

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.

Our Chattanooga truck accident law firm has the dedication, resources and commitment to achieve the best possible outcome for you and your family.

If you or a loved one has been injured, contact us today for a free consultation. 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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Bisected by the Tennessee River, bordering Georgia and Alabama, at the junction of three interstate highways, including the heavily traveled I-75 corridor, Chattanooga, Tennessee is both a historic railroad town and a modern transportation hub.  I-24 begins in Chattanooga running northwest toward Nashville, TN.  I-59 also begins just outside Chattanooga and runs south toward Birmingham, AL.  To the south, toward Atlanta along I-75, lies Dalton, GA a world center for the carpet and flooring industry. Chattanooga’s diversified economy includes the Volkswagen North American assembly plant, as well as insurance giants Blue Cross Blue Shield and Unum.  Chattanooga is also a major tourist destination attracting millions of visitors each year.  As a result, The Hamilton Firm LLC focus much of its work on representation of persons injured in trucking and transportation related cases as well as serious workplace injury cases.

Chattanooga is the headquarters for two of the nation’s major trucking companies, U.S. Xpress and Covenant Transport. And as crossroads city, Chattanooga ranks first in the nation among all metropolitan cities for the volume of freight moving through the city by truck (according to a recent freight study by Cambridge Systematics and reported in the Chattanooga Times Free Press). Problem areas include the interchanges as well as the entire section of I-24 from I-59 to I-75, and I-75 north to Cleveland, TN. Tractor trailers, while essential to a thriving economy, also present great risks to the traveling public if not operated safely by well trained professional drivers with well maintained equipment.

Chattanooga is also a rail hub for Norfolk Southern and CSX railroads.  Travel, transport and commerce by water, rail and road are essential to our lives and economy, but all the economic activity also brings traffic and congestion, which can lead to more wrecks, accidents and injuries.  This can be a volatile mix when combined with the high freight volume on tractor trailers traveling through or originating in the area.