Help for Mississippi Families after a Devastating Truck Accident
Protecting the northwestern region from offices in Southaven, Hernando and Olive Branch
Any motor vehicle accident can be dangerous, but the stakes are high when an 80,000 lbs. truck is barreling towards you. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association’s latest figures, nearly 700 people a year die in large truck accidents in Mississippi, and those large trucks are in involved in more than 300,000 accidents around the country. The chances of being in an accident with a commercial truck increase on more rural roads, putting Mississippi drivers at risk whenever they leave the city or suburbs for some time in the fresh air.
The Southaven personal injury lawyers of Taylor Jones Taylor know what can happen to a person who gets into a collision with truck, and what kind of toll that can have on your family. When the medical bills are piling up and you’re too hurt to go to work – if you could even get there, as your car will probably be totaled – you need a lawyer who is on your side and fighting to protect your future. An aggressive, strategic approach to the law: that is the Taylor Jones Taylor way.
Why tractor trailers crash
Despite, or because of, their massive size, big rigs need to be handled with care. One mistake, one error in judgement, one poor decision, and suddenly your entire world could change. Though there are any number of reasons why a truck might crash, some of the more common include:
- Driver distraction. Just like with car accidents, truck accidents are often caused by a distracted driver. Using a cell phone, messing around with the GPS, trying to read a paper map if the GPS fails, eating a burger on the go: all of these are examples of a driver focusing less on driving and more on something else.
- Driver fatigue. Truckers work long, grueling hours either driving the same monotonous roads over and over again, or driving for companies that don’t much care about the rules of service regarding how long a driver can be on the road. A tired driver can be just as dangerous as a drunk driver.
- Improper maintenance. Men and women who drive for a living need to take care of their trucks. Tires, fan belts and brakes all wear out, and putting so many miles on the truck so quickly can increase the speed at which they do. Proper maintenance, both preventative and after a problem is detected, is key to keeping a semi in good working order.
- Imbalanced and over-weighted loads. Tractor-trailers need to be loaded a certain way to keep the balance equal on all side. An imbalanced trailer can cause a truck to tip or jack-knife, and an overweight truck can do the same. Truckers can also blow out their tires of the load is too heavy, and a tire blow-out can damage other cars (depending on how it happens) or cause a big rig river to swerve into another lane.
Even though the majority of truck accidents fall into these categories, Taylor Jones Taylor understands that every situation is different. If you were in a collision with a truck you may be entitled to compensation under Mississippi law. That money could help you pay your medical bills, keep food on your table and a roof over your head while you are out of work, and put a little something aside for your kids, so they can have a shot at a better future, too.
You are not alone after your accident with a commercial truck
The Southaven law firm of Taylor Jones Taylor can be by your side to help you through the tough times, and to help you celebrate the good times. After a serious truck accident, you can rely on the firm to put your goals and needs first. To make an appointment at one of our offices in Southaven, Olive Branch or Hernando, please call 662.342.1300, or fill out this contact form. The firm proudly represents clients in many towns throughout Mississippi, including Batesville, Clarksdale, Cleveland, Grenada, Oxford, Brandon, Hattiesburg, Biloxi, Gulfport, Jackson, Meridian and Tupelo. How can we help you and your family?