In the last month, this Tennessee vehicle accident and personal injury legal blog has offered several posts that have explained why and why not truck accident victims may wish to settle their legal claims against the party or parties that caused their harm. A settlement may resolve a legal matter quickly, but often victims have to release all of their future claims against the defendants they name in order to receive the compensation they agree to settle for. Settlements can serve some victims' interests, while others may do well to litigate their claims.
Last week, this Tennessee vehicle accident and personal injury legal blog offered its readers several reasons why it may not be to their advantage to settle their pending claims after a truck or commercial vehicle collision. This week's post will offer readers several reasons why settlements may be advantageous for those initiating truck accident cases. As wilh all discussions about litigation, though, readers are encouraged to consider discussing their cases with their attorneys to best determine if settlement may be a good option for them.
When people become the victims of injury-causing accidents they generally hold the rights to sue the party or parties that caused their harm and pursue compensation from them for the losses they sustained as a result of the incident. In Tennessee, individuals initiate personal injury legal claims for a myriad of reasons, many of which stem from losses incurred from vehicle accidents. This post is going to focus primarily on truck accidents and one way that a defendant in such a case may try to prevent a plaintiff from fully exercising their legal rights to try their case in court.
Large commercial vehicles such as semis, tankers and other big rigs often require their drivers to hold special licenses in order to legally operate them. This is because large trucks do not handle in the same manner as smaller personal vehicles. As Tennessee residents may have noticed when on the road with big vehicles, those large automobiles can take longer to stop, longer to turn and require more space to maneuver.
After a collision with a large delivery or commercial truck a victim's first actions should be toward taking care of their injuries and health. Once they have ensured that their medical needs are attended to and that they are on the road to physical recovery they may begin to consider what legal recourse they may have against the party or parties who caused them to suffer harm.
Last week on the blog we discussed how truck drivers' untreated medical conditions can lead to serious truck accidents that leave victims injured. Sadly, this problem is all too common yet represents a small portion of all truck-related negligence cases. Negligence can take many forms, from intoxicated and sleepy truck drivers, to improperly maintained trucks. If negligence causes injuries, a victim may be able to recover compensation from not only the trucker who caused the accident, but also the truck company for which he or she works.
Every day, hundreds of semi-trucks move in and out of Tennessee. While these massive vehicles provide a significant public service by moving goods across the state and the country, they can also be extraordinarily dangerous. A truckers who is fatigued, intoxicated, or otherwise negligent behind the wheel can cause a devastating truck accident that leaves victims with damages that can affect them for the rest of their lives. In an attempt to prevent these wrecks, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has implemented a number of safety regulations with regard to trucking.
Car and truck accidents come in a variety of forms. Typically, when we think of a wreck, we think of two or more vehicles colliding. While this is certainly the most common form of accident, it is not the only way that an injurious or fatal accident can occur. Pedestrian accidents, bicycle accidents and even single-car crashes can prove devastating. In these instances, like in the aftermath of a wreck involving two or more vehicles, victims may be able to pursue a legal claim in hopes of recovering compensation for their damages.