Jackson, MS Blind Spots
Experienced Truck Accident Lawyers Serving Injured Victims in Jackson
Truck accidents usually result in significant damages for the other vehicles involved – regardless of whether the crash happened in the parking lot of Millsaps College at 1701 North State Street in Jackson or on Interstate 220 (I-220). This is due to the sheer size and weight of trucks in comparison to personal vehicles. It is because of the massive size of trucks that drivers often have a difficult time seeing certain areas around their vehicles known as blind spots. Blind spot accidents can usually be avoided if the truck driver exercises caution and properly checks their blind spots before shifting lanes. If you were struck while you were in a truck driver’s blind spot, the experienced Jackson truck accident lawyers at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz are ready to discuss your case. Our firm has over 30 years of experience in representing those injured in motor vehicle accidents, and we have recovered more than $1.5 billion in compensation for those injured victims and their families.
Proving Liability for a Blind Spot Accident
If a truck driver fails to check a blind spot and injures you as a result, you may be able to sue for negligence and pursue compensatory damages for your injuries and losses. In addition to the truck driver, you may also be able to file suit against the trucking company, holding them liable under the doctrine of vicarious liability – which is applied when a truck driver’s negligence results in the injuries of another person during the course and scope of employment. The trucking company may also be held directly liable for actions such as negligent training, negligent hiring, and negligent supervision. A trucking company could be liable for negligent hiring, for example, if they knowingly hired a truck driver with a history of DUIs.
As with many motor vehicle accident cases, you may have to establish the truck driver’s negligence in order to recover damages. This can be done by proving that the truck driver had a duty to exercise reasonable care – checking his blind spots before switching lanes in this context – and breached his duty, resulting in your injuries. Despite you being the one who is injured, a truck driver and their employer may make a defense of comparative fault – suggesting that you are partially to blame for the accident. For example, if you were driving in a truck’s blind spot for a prolonged period of time, the defendant may try to reduce their liability by saying you were comparatively negligent. It can also lead to your total recovery being reduced by what percentage of blame is attributed to you.
Numerous factors – such as your injuries as well as the nature and severity of the accident – dictate what damages you may be able to recover. You may seek non-economic damages for loss of consortium, disfigurement, loss of enjoyment of life, pain and suffering, and loss of companionship. Economic damages may be pursued for medical bills, lost wages, and property damages. A lawyer in the Jackson area well-versed in trucking accidents may explain all of the damages to which you may be entitled.
Discuss Your Case with a Truck Accident Attorney in Jackson, MS
Being caught in a truck’s blind spot while driving can be unnerving, but the true panic occurs when you realize that the truck is shifting into your lane but does not see you – the results of which can be calamitous. If you or a loved one has been injured in a blind spot accident involving a commercial vehicle, the Jackson attorneys at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz can fight for the compensation you deserve. Our firm serves victims throughout Mississippi as well as Tennessee, Arkansas, Kentucky, and Missouri. We have represented people in cities such as Jackson, Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Jonesboro, Little Rock, Meridian, Tupelo, Columbus, Grenada, Starkville, Oxford, Hayti, and Caruthersville. Contact our office toll-free by calling 800-529-4004 or by completing our online form to set up a free consultation with a motor vehicle collision lawyer. Allow us to show you why NST is the way to go.
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The Social Security Administration (SSA) evaluates applications for disability benefits. Although many people pay into this system throughout their lives, many legitimate claims are initially denied, and this process may be less straightforward than claimants expect. The SSA uses a five-step sequential evaluation to determine whether to grant benefits to an applicant. Each step is considered in a set order. We can present your case in a persuasive manner and help you appeal a denial of a meritorious claim if needed. This could include representing you in a hearing before an administrative law judge.
Workers’ compensation functions slightly differently in each state. In Tennessee, for example, businesses that employ five or more employees must carry workers’ compensation insurance. If you are injured on the job, you may recover benefits, such as medical costs and disability. Neither your employer’s nor your own culpability for your injuries will prevent you from collecting these benefits. However, it may still be a struggle to obtain benefits from your employer’s insurer. We can help you navigate this challenging process.
If you were harmed by a health care professional’s failure to use the appropriate level of care in providing treatment to you, you may be able to recover compensation. Most medical malpractice lawsuits require retaining an expert to determine the accepted standard of care and explain what the defendant did that fell short of this standard, as well as how the inappropriate conduct caused the patient’s injuries.
When you buy a toy, car, medication, or other product, you do not expect to be hurt. If you are injured, you may have grounds to file a product liability lawsuit. There are three types of defects that may be actionable: manufacturing, design, and marketing (also known as failure to warn). Manufacturers may be held accountable under multiple different theories, including strict liability, negligence, breach of warranty, and concealment. For example, if you take a drug that causes you to develop cancer, but you were not told that a potential side effect of the drug was developing cancer, you may have grounds to hold the manufacturer strictly liable for its failure to warn you of the risk.
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Property owners have a duty to keep their property reasonably safe. In most situations, this includes an obligation to inspect the property for dangerous conditions and fix them or provide warnings about them so that visitors are not harmed. One type of dangerous condition, which may present a particular problem in apartment complexes or shopping centers, consists of inadequate security measures such as broken locks, poor lighting, or a lack of security guards. A failure to take security measures when appropriate may allow third-party criminals to assault, rob, rape, or otherwise harm visitors and tenants. You may be able to recover damages if you can prove that the defendant knew or should have known about a history of attacks similar to yours and taken appropriate security measures to reduce the risk of further incidents.