iStock_000000667309SmallThere are over 500,000 trucks involved in accidents in the U.S. each year. Truck accidents involving tractor-trailer accidents are very dangerous and 1 of every eight traffic fatalities involves a trucking collision according the USDOT. Tennessee is no exception, and our team of Nashville truck accident lawyers fights aggressively defending those injured by a careless truck driver or negligent trucking company.

Tennessee truck accident cases must be handled with care because there are numerous factors involved and often times these accidents involve greater injuries not found in most car accidents. The average cost of truck crashes between 1997 and 1999 was $62,613. For these reasons, it is important to seek legal guidance from experienced Nashville truck accident attorneys when addressing your situation.

Anytime the negligence of a commercial truck driver causes an accident that injures you or a loved one, you might be entitled to compensation, and your rights need to be protected.

Before you sign any documents, you may want to have a licensed attorney with experience in truck accidents to review your case. The truck companies have teams of lawyers on staff, shouldn’t you? If you or your loved one has been involved in a truck accident, call Downard and Associates for a FREE consultation. And remember, if you don’t get paid, we don’t get paid. Call today for your no-risk FREE consultation.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: There is a time limit to file your case. Do not delay. If the statute of limitations runs out, you will not be able to file your case and you will not be entitled to compensation for your injuries from your truck accident.

Questions & Answers

Q: If I am calling you about a Truck Accident Case in Nashville, after learning more about my case, how would you explain the next step of the process, and what would be your general description of the typical process? (Don’t worry about rehashing some of the same info, as above but dive in a little deeper about the difference with this specific incident vs. general personal injury above.)

A: Once the client has retained our firm to represent him or her, we would immediately begin an investigation of the incident and identify all potential parties to the trucking incident. This would include the driver and the owner of the truck. Many trucking companies now operate on electronically stored information {ESI}. Data pertaining to functional operations of the truck’s engine and anti-lock brakes, videos from DriveCam, Dashcam, and other systems such as Event Data Recorders {EDR} or black boxes within the tractor-trailer must be preserved immediately in order to protect the contents and quality of that evidence and to avoid tampering with or destruction of the evidence. Therefore, measures must be taken to protect the evidence, which is almost always in the hands of the adverse party, the trucking company. A comprehensive and carefully crafted spoliation letter, drafted by our office, will be served immediately upon the trucking company and the driver requiring them to preserve the evidence untainted. Obtaining and reviewing all records and documents early in the case and interviewing witnesses as soon as possible are top priorities for us.

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