Morristown Truck Accident Lawyer

There are many different kinds of truck; semi-trucks, big rigs, and 18 wheelers are among the more common trucks that occupy the streets of Tennessee. These vehicles can weigh up to 80,000 pounds when fully loaded and can stretch up to 75 feet in length. When compared to a small sedan, the truck appears to be a giant of a vehicle. Because of the relative size of a truck compared to a smaller vehicle, any accident that involves a fully-loaded semi-truck can be devastating if not deadly.

Types of Truck Accidents

There are four common kinds of truck accidents that take place throughout the country:

  • Truck rollover accidents
  • Jackknife accidents
  • Underride accidents
  • Collisions

A rollover accident can occur when the truck must stop rapidly, the trucker puts on their brakes and the cab of the truck stops. But, because there are no brakes on the trailer, the trailer can slide around the side of the cab. If this occurs and the wheels catch while the trailer is perpendicular to the cab, then the truck can "trip" and roll. A jackknife accident can begin this same way. When the trailer slides, if the wheels do not catch, it will continue around the side of the cab until it is facing the opposite direction of the cab and pins the cab in an unmovable position. This can cause very serious traffic jams as it is very difficult to free a truck from this position. Any smaller vehicles that are in the path of the sliding or rolling trailer can sustain very serious damage, and their drivers could incur some very serious injuries.

On the bottom of every trailer there is a guard bar that is designed to keep smaller cars from traveling beneath the trailer. An underride accident occurs when a car rear-ends a trailer, the guard bar fails and the smaller car travels beneath the trailer. The results of these accidents can often be catastrophic injuries if not wrongful death as the trailer will scrape the hood of the car off, all the way back past the driver's seat in most cases.

Our Commitment to Pursuing the Maximum Compensation

There are many different causes for these various truck accidents; the most common cause is general negligence. A tired trucker, drinking and driving, texting or talking on the phone while driving, and many other negligent acts can result in serious injuries and damage to other people and property. If you have been the victim of a truck accident due to the negligence of another then you will greatly benefit from the legal assistance that our firm can offer.

At The Bowlin Law Firm we are intent on providing skillful representation for all of our clients, and in pursuing the maximum in compensation for damages. We represent clients throughout Knoxville, Knox County and Hamblen County.

If you have suffered an injury then do not hesitate to contact a Morristown injury attorney to discuss your case, your options, and begin the process of filing a claim or lawsuit that has a higher potential of success, either in a settlement or verdict in court.


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