Truck collisions in interstate commerce result in thousands of injuries and fatalities each year in the United States. Unfortunately, Tennessee has one of the highest annual injury and fatality rates in the nation. Collisions involving large trucks, tractor-trailers or big rigs are generally more complex than typical automobile collisions.
At the Gober Law Firm, we have extensive experience in representing plaintiffs in truck collision cases. We effectively pursue legal action against the truck driver, his employer, and any other responsible parties, to ensure fair, complete compensation for your injuries.
If you are the victim of a trucking collision, you are entitled to compensation for medical bills, property damage and car repairs, lost wages, lost future earnings, pain and suffering and permanent injury or disfigurement. We employ our experience and detailed knowledge of the law to lead the investigation into the cause of the collision, and to help you maximize your potential recovery.
Contact us today for a free case evaluation.
Serious injuries from car wrecks are the most common personal injury cases in our court system today. If you are injured in an automobile collision resulting from the careless or negligent actions of another driver, that driver will most likely submit the claim to his or her insurance company. Their insurance claims adjuster will then attempt to settle the case for as little money as possible. Their goal is to get you to agree to a quick solution before you take the opportunity to obtain legal representation and understand your legal rights.
At the Gober Law Firm we have handled countless motor vehicle collision cases for more than 40 years. Our guidelines are these:
Be prepared. There is no substitute for hard work in preparing.
Be aggressive. Play fair but play hard.
Be ethical. Observe the highest standards of ethical conduct.
Be creative. The Gober Law Firm was one of the pioneers in video technology in the Tennessee courtrooms. We are a cutting edge law firm in demonstrative evidence. Gary Gober is a past recipient of the Mel Award, named after Melvin Belli, the father of demonstrative evidence.
If you are involved in a motor vehicle collision you should observe the following simple steps:
1. Provide or Seek Emergency Medical Help
If you are able, immediately check on the condition of your passengers and the people in other involved vehicles.
If you have reason to believe that your neck or back may have been injured, do not risk permanent injury by moving around.
2. Contact Authorities
In TN, contact 911 or municipal police for incorporated areas, sheriff’s department or the Tennessee Highway Patrol outside of city limits.
3. Identify Witnesses
Locate and document as many impartial witnesses as possible. Identify all parties in both vehicles. Get addresses and phone numbers.
4. Preserve Evidence
Take detailed notes. Take pictures with a cell phone or other camera if available. Write down any identifying information from the other person’s vehicle such as make, model and license number.
5. Statement to Police
Stick to the facts. Do not speculate. Be accurate. Be brief.
6. Do Not Decide what Happened
Do not reach conclusions as to fault: yours or that of someone else. You may not be aware of all the pertinent facts.
7. Medical Conclusions
Do not immediately assume that you are hurt, or unhurt. Do not say “I am fine” or “I am okay” spontaneously unless you are absolutely sure that the statement is correct. Due to adrenaline, you may feel no pain in spite of a serious injury.
8. Call Your Insurance Agent
9. Be careful Regarding Initial Statements to Your Insurance Company
Provide only basic information such as date and time of the crash and names and insurance of the involved parties.
10. Contact from the other person’s Insurance Company
If you are injured do not give any statement to the adjuster for the other person’s insurance company. The only purpose for the other person’s adjuster to contact you after a crash is to protect the insurance company’s money and minimize what is paid on the claim. The adjuster may find fault with what you did or what you say, or suggest some alternative more favorable to the adjuster’s insured client.
Before speaking with anyone about the crash, contact an attorney who has significant experience with motor vehicle collision cases. Remember that in Tennessee all claims for personal injury must be filed within one year of the collision or event causing the injury.
15. Attorney Fees and Expenses
Regardless of your choice of attorney, the attorney who accepts your case should do so on a contingent fee basis. The fee and expense arrangements must be in a written agreement, signed by both you and the attorney.
At the Gober Law Firm, we are experienced in auto collision cases. We deal regularly with the insurance companies and their attorneys, seeking to resolve cases for our clients in a manner that properly compensates them for their injuries and damages.
We also handle cases involving motorcycle collisions and other motor vehicle collisions.Contact us for personal injury legal representation at (615) 783-2874 and let us help you. There is no charge for a consultation and all our cases are handled on a contingent fee basis – if we don’t collect for you there is no fee.
The Gober Law Firm is ready to protect your legal rights in all motor vehicle collision cases, whether a collision involving a truck or other vehicles.
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