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Trucks are everywhere on Tennessee’s highways. There are many reasons that trucks are involved in so many deadly accidents:

  • – It takes large trucks longer to stop; at 55 mph, it takes a car 240 feet to stop; it takes a truck 450 feet or more.
  • – Large trucks need more room for turning and maneuvering; they typically need to swing the rig wide to the left before starting a right turn.

And truck accidents, especially those that involve thousands of pounds of cargo, do real damage. That’s a lot of mayhem and a lot of people with severe injuries whose lives have been turned upside down.

Why Truck Accidents are Complicated

Truck accidents become complicated quickly. Many different questions need to be answered before a victim of a truck accident can recover for the significant injuries that truck accidents tend to cause:

  • – Was the truck being used in business when the accident occurred?
  • – If so, is the trucks used in interstate commerce, making it subject to federal safety regulations?
  • – Was the truck being used to carry hazardous material? If so, both the kinds and severity of injuries may differ from other accidents, and there will be specific regulations that apply.
  • – Is the truck owned by the driver, by the business, or by some other person? These relationships can be very tangled in the commercial trucking industry.
  • – Did the truck, and its driver, comply with all safety regulations imposed on it by federal, state and local authorities?

These are just the extra questions raised in a truck accident. The usual questions about all motor vehicle accidents still need to be answered: was the truck speeding, did the driver keep a proper distance between vehicles, was a signal given before changing lanes, and so on.

It takes years of experience to get the answers to all these questions quickly and efficiently. And speed and efficiency matter when you, a friend, or a relative is severely injured, unable to work, unable to walk, unable to live as you did before the accident. The attorneys at Wettermark & Keith, in Chattanooga, have that experience, and track record of success in getting the compensation that so many victims of truck accidents so desperately need.

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The Value of Event Data Recordings

Event Data Recorders, more commonly called EDRs, are electronic devices that record a variety of information about a vehicle’s performance. Most passenger vehicles now have them, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has proposed that all manufacturers of “light passenger vehicles” install them beginning in September 2014.

The rule doesn’t apply to heavy vehicles, but starting in the 1990s many manufacturers of truck engines began equipping them with EDRs that capture information about how the truck was being operated at the time of a crash. There are all different kinds of heavy truck EDRs, and they don’t all collect the same information. Most EDRs will, however, collect the basics of speed and brakes, and some can provide a lot more information about what happened just before and during the accident.

Untangling the web of electronic devices and electronic data to find and preserve the information that may be crucial to recovery for your injuries is a job best managed by attorneys who have done it many times before. Our legal team at Wettermark & Keith has years of experience in handling accident cases, with connections to the engineers and other experts that help us make your monetary recovery possible.

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Knowledge, Experience, and Commitment to You, Our Client

Many truck accidents involve businesses and insurance companies that have a lot more money and a lot more power than the victims of the accidents. At the Chattanooga law firm of Wettermark & Keith, we can offset that with experience, diligence, and determination. The hundreds of millions of dollars we have recovered for our clients attest to it. Call us for a free consultation about the facts of your case. The sooner you get us involved, the more likely it is we can help.

No Recovery, No Fee Guarantee

When selecting clients to represent in court, our firm operates on a contingency fee basis. What this means to our clients is simple: if we don’t win your case, you won’t pay anything. We choose to operate this way for the sole benefit of our clients, we want to see you obtain a successful recovery so that you can continue to carry on with your life.

Contact us today if you have been the victim of a personal injury or lost a loved one to a wrongful death. Fill out the free case evaluation form on our website and we will get back to you promptly.

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