Jackson, MS Trucking Accident Lawyers
Big Rig Crash Attorneys Serving Jackson and Surrounding Areas
Interstate 55 runs through Jackson and connects North Mississippi to South Mississippi. It should come as no surprise that accidents occur on this highway and nearby streets on a daily basis. Victims injured by large trucks often sustain debilitating injuries that require extensive medical treatment. At Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz, our Jackson personal injury lawyers can investigate a truck accident and identify the parties that may bear responsibility for what happened. Our firm has the resources needed to handle complex truck accident litigation, with over 30 years experience representing clients in personal injury cases.
Proving Responsibility for a Truck Accident in Jackson
Truck drivers, like all drivers, must follow driving laws passed by the Mississippi legislature as well as City of Jackson Ordinances. These rules state drivers must pay attention to their surroundings and exercise due care and caution at all times, among others. In addition, commercial truck drivers must follow federal trucking regulations promulgated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Like state and local laws, the federal regulations require drivers to exercise due care and operate their vehicles in a safe manner. They also place additional responsibilities on truck drivers, such as following specific rules regarding hours of service.
How can you prove that a truck driver was negligent or violated a safety rule? Showing negligence can be accomplished by demonstrating that the truck driver breached a duty owed to you to drive safely. This is common when the defendant driver rear ends you or runs a red light. If the facts of the accident are not quite as clear, a more thorough investigation may be need. A Jackson lawyer with experience handling truck accident claims can consult with a trucking expert to examine driver log books or review black box data from the vehicle.
In addition to holding a truck driver responsible for a wreck, his employer may bear some responsibility under a variety of legal theories. Employers can be vicariously liable for the negligence of their employees if acting within the course and scope of their employment. This is often the case when a delivery driver causes an accident while on the way to a customer for a scheduled delivery. In some situations, employers directly encourage their employees to disregard trucking regulations. For instance, a manager may direct an employee to drive more hours than allowed by law in order to make a tight delivery deadline. Under this scenario, the trucking company may be held directly liable for the damages resulting from the auto accident.
Tractor-trailers, 18-wheelers, and other heavy commercial vehicles hurtle down I-20, I-55, and I-220 on a regular basis. Drivers in the Jackson area should be alert to the elevated risks that they pose. Because of their size and weight compared to a passenger car, trucks are disproportionately involved in fatal accidents. In Mississippi, there were 72 trucks involved in crashes that claimed someone’s life in the year 2014, which represented nearly 10% of the total vehicles involved in fatal accidents. This was more than a full percentage point higher than the national average for this percentage.
Discuss Your Truck Accident Case with a Jackson Attorney
Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz has handled truck crash cases in Jackson and the surrounding area for over 30 years. With more than 30 attorneys and 100 staff members, we represent people injured in crashes throughout Mississippi. Our Jackson truck accident attorneys are ready to discuss your case and help you pursue compensation for your losses as allowed under the law. Call us toll-free at 800-LAW-4004 or complete our online form to set up a free appointment with a motor vehicle collision lawyer. When you have been injured by someone else’s carelessness, NST is the way to go.