Trucking Accident Lawyers Serving Tennessee, Georgia, & Alabama
Truck Accident Attorneys Fighting the Trucking Industry With 50+ Years Trial Experience
When it comes being the victim of a truck or tractor trailer accident, you may be facing an uphill battle for your recovery. Just as you want to be treated by the best, most experienced doctors, you also need the best legal represenation to fight for your compensation. You will need a law firm with experience and truck accident attorneys with a track record of success in going up against the many trucking and insurance companies that may be involved.
Navigating the maze of federal and state laws and regulations, and penetrating the layers of protection surrounding trucking companies, drivers, brokers and shippers can be a daunting task. Experience with truck accidents and catastrophic injuries really matters.
Truck wreck cases are different from car wreck cases. Injuries are usually very serious. And, while federal regulations require a minimum of $750,000 in liability coverage for interstate trucking companies, $750,000 may not be enough when the injuries require extended hospitalization or extensive medical treatment and are likely to cause permanent disability. The same goes for accidents involving a bus or other commercial vehicle.
Damages for truck accidents can include, but are not limited to the following:
Medical bills and hospitalization costs
Ongoing or permanent disability
Lost wages and diminished earning capacity
Pain and suffering
Vehicle and propery damage
The Hamilton Firm will fight for all possible damages and maximum compensation
In cases of truck or tractor trailer accident or death, all possible defendants and sources of recovery must be identified, investigated and sued, if the evidence shows them to have been at fault. That might include a broker who arranged for a trucking company with a poor safety record to handle a shipment or a shipper who failed to load a trailer properly.
Parties to a trucking accident claim can include:
Trucking company or broker
Owner of the vehicle
Shipper and / or warehouse involved in truck loading
Truck or vehicle manufacturer
Parties responsible for vehicle maintenance and repairs
Insurance companies for various parties
Although federal regulations require a trucking company to be registered with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), and to display a DOT number on the tractor, the driver may not even be an employee of that trucking company. He or she may be an independent owner-operator. He or she may be employed by someone else and just be leased to the company whose logo is displayed. Sometimes leases are arranged for one trip only.
Brokers are often utilized to match companies,drivers and loads, and there may be several entities involved between the driver and the shipper. Shipping commodities, containers and cargoes in interstate commerce is often a complex and confusing business involving hidden participants and unknown entities.
Such companies will use a variety of legal devices to try to shield themselves from liability for accidents on the highways. All too often, when a bad wreck occurs and someone is severely injured or killed, no one involved in the selection, training or supervision process is willing to accept responsibility for the catastrophic event.
To achieve success in such cases, working knowledge of federal law and complex federal regulations (FMCSR), as well as applicable state law, is essential, along with actual experience fighting the trucking industry.
If you, or a family member, are seriously injured in a truck crash, seek out, consult with and retain only experienced trucking counsel who have the knowledge, ability and resources to secure the evidence, navigate the maze, sue all the responsible parties, and to hold the truck driver and the trucking company to the highest possible standard of care.
Experience Really Matters
The truck accident attorneys at The Hamilton Firm have well over 50 years of combined experience fighting the trucking industry. Much of that experience has been gained through investigating and filing claims and lawsuits against U.S. Xpress and Covenant Transport, two of the nationwide interstate carriers based in Chattanooga.
We are proud of our track record at The Hamilton Firm
We take pride in the recognition our trucking accident lawyers receive from our clients as well as from our peers in the legal profession.
Many of our settlements and the settlement amounts are confidential, such as in cases involving minor children, but where possible we have provided information on our Results Page that can help you make an informed decision when selecting an attorney for a serious injury or death case. Check us out, and feel free to call with questions: 800-346-7765.