Trucking Company Negligence Lawyers in Knoxville, Tennessee
Fighting for the rights of injured people for more than 25 years
Have you or a loved one been involved in an accident with a large semi-truck in East Tennessee? If so, you need strong legal representation to explore your options for determining negligence and seeking compensation from the parties responsible for the accident. Serving Knoxville, Sevierville and the surrounding areas since 1987, Fox & Farmer, Attorneys at Law is a community-based firm with a primary goal of helping our fellow citizens recover successfully after a severe accident. We’re approachable and understanding, and you’ll feel comfortable working with our friendly team of legal professionals.
When trucking companies cut corners
When a semi-truck accident occurs, the driver might not be the only one at fault. Blame likely falls on the trucking company, as well, if it violated the law or did not take adequate safety measures. Here are some of the most common ways in which trucking companies can be negligent when sending drivers out on Tennessee’s roads and highways:
- Hiring unqualified drivers. As you can likely imagine, driving an 18-wheeler takes training and experience. Many trucking companies, however, fail to provide the right training. They may also hire drivers who are not yet qualified to be on the road. Accidents are more likely to occur when a truck driver gets into a challenging situation and doesn’t know what to do.
- Failing to inspect and maintain trucks. Semi-trucks have complex braking systems and other equipment. Failure of equipment to function properly can spell disaster for everyone on the road. Companies must regularly inspect their trucks to ensure that everything is running smoothly.
- Violating federal regulations. The U.S. Department of Transportation has strict rules for the length of time truck drivers can stay on the road before resting. Many operators, however, bend the rules and drive for longer than allowed under federal law. As a result, they can be drowsy and inattentive.
- Improperly loading trucks. The large trailers pulled by 18-wheelers have weight limits, and they must be loaded carefully so they are well-balanced. An imbalanced load can cause the driver to lose control of the rig, and result in a serious accident.
- Improperly transporting hazardous materials. Companies and drivers transporting dangerous chemicals must be especially cautious when it comes to both loading and driving. If an accident occurs, there may be consequences beyond property damage and injuries — long-term health complications may also be a factor.
Holding companies and drivers responsible for truck accidents
When we share the road with large trucks, we place a lot of faith in the trucking companies and drivers who operate these vehicles. It is up to them to ensure the safety of everyone on the road. If you or a loved one has been in a truck accident, be sure to speak with an attorney as soon as possible to pursue damages for medical bills, lost time at work, property damage, and pain and suffering.
Speak with a well-informed East Tennessee truck accident lawyer
For more information related to trucking company negligence in East Tennessee, consult with the skilled lawyers at Fox & Farmer, Attorneys at Law right away. Set up your free initial phone consultation by calling 865.951.7268 or contacting us online. We serve individuals and families throughout the state, and our office is located just off I-40 and I-75 in Knoxville.