Tennessee Truck Accident Injury

Nashville Truck Accident Lawyers Discuss 5 Steps to Follow After a Crash

by Staff Blogger | January 31st, 2014

January 31, 2014

Due to the size and weight of tractor-trailers, accidents involving these vehicles can be extremely devastating. The Nashville Truck Accident Lawyers with Ponce Law explain this point was underscored in a recent East Tennessee collision that left a motorist pinned in the wreckage of his vehicle for an extended period of time.

According to an article from Knox News, the incident occurred at approximately 7:20 a.m. yesterday morning at mile marker 373 along Interstate 40 in Knox County. The 52-year-old victim stated he was traveling eastbound at the Campbell Station Road exit when a tractor-trailer being driven by a 49-year-old man began to merge into his lane. The victim’s 2003 Toyota Camry became trapped beneath the trailer of the truck, requiring rescue crews to spend more than an hour cutting him free.

The incident leaves many motorists wondering what they should do in the event of collision with tractor-trailers. The Nashville Personal Injury Lawyers with Michael D. Ponce & Associates say five steps you should take after a truck accident include:

  1. Notifying Your Insurance Company –Report the crash to your insurer, but refrain from speaking with companies associated with others who were involved.
  2. Gathering Information About The Crash – Write down information regarding the time, date, and location of the crash.
  3. Taking Pictures of the Scene – These photos may later be used as evidence.
  4. Keeping Documentation of Damages – Including medical and repair bills, along with lost wages.
  5. Hiring an Experienced Truck Accident Lawyer – Doing so helps protect a victim’s potential rights to compensation.

$2.2 Million Award for Family of Tennessee Truck Driver Killed in Accident

by Staff Blogger | January 8th, 2014

January 8, 2014

Drivers of tractor-trailers have a responsibility to operate their vehicles in a safe manner at all times. Their failure to do so can result in accidents causing injuries or death. Truck accident victims and their families can seek compensation for their damages against the people or companies responsible for the accident.

The Nashville Truck Accident Lawyers with Ponce Law explain an award of $2.2 million dollars was recently awarded to the family of a Tennessee man killed in a tractor-trailer collision four years ago. Reports indicate the decision was reached just months after a $2.3 million award was given to the family of a passenger also killed as a result of the crash.

According to the Lebanon Daily News, the incident occurred at approximately 3:10 a.m. on Nov. 13, 2009, at the intersection of I-78 and I-81 outside of Union Township, Pennsylvania. The driver of another truck missed a turn and began to back up on the highway with no emergency lighting activated. The victims failed to notice the vehicle in reverse as they approached and collided with the rear of the truck, killing them both.

The families of the victims later filed lawsuits, claiming the driver responsible for causing the accident had not been properly trained and was unfamiliar with the route he was driving. The awards were given after a judge determined these failures were responsible for causing the deaths of the victims.

The Nashville Personal Injury Attorneys with Michael D. Ponce & Associates are hopeful the decision brings a sense of closure to the families of the victims.

Grand Jury to Decide Criminal Charges in Fatal Tennessee Truck Accident Case

by Staff Blogger | October 21st, 2013

October 21, 2013

The Nashville Truck Accident Lawyers with Ponce Law explain drivers of commercial vehicles, such as tractor-trailers, are responsible for following certain regulations that help ensure safe travels. Failure to abide by these standards can cause accidents and lead to the responsible drivers and their employers being held liable for damages.

A truck driver is potentially facing legal action after a fatal collision that occurred in Rutherford County in June. According to an article from FOX 19 News, the incident occurred on I-24 as traffic slowed to a halt for Bonnaroo Music Festival.

Reports indicate the 25- and 28-year-old victims were at the back of a traffic line when a tractor-trailer being driven by a Campbellsville, Kentucky, man failed to slow and plowed into the rear of their vehicle before colliding with several others.

The driver was ticketed for failure to exercise due care. However, the district attorney announced the case would be brought before a grand jury for more serious charges to be filed in the matter.

The Nashville Personal Injury Lawyers with Michael D. Ponce & Associates are aware of how difficult recuperating from the loss of a loved one can be. That is why the firm is hopeful a decision being made by the courts will help bring some closure to the families of the victims.