Using safety databases in your Tennessee truck accident lawsuit

Surviving a collision involving a commercial tractor-trailer can be a harrowing experience. Due to their sheer size and weight, even a minor incident involving a semi-truck can leave motorists suffering with painful, long-lasting injuries. If this has happened to you, it’s likely that you may have missed out on wages due to your absence from work. You may have also incurred substantial medical expenses related to the treatment of your injuries.

Fortunately, Tennessee law allows injured motorists to sue truck drivers and the companies they work for in cases where their actions may have contributed to your accident. Things like a lack of driver training, a driver operating for excessive periods of time or even shoddy equipment or poor vehicle maintenance are all factors that may indicate that your accident may have been preventable.

Although most trucking companies observe regulations and operate safely, others attempt to take shortcuts to save money. In a previous post, we discussed how some trucking companies with poor safety records simply change their names and attempt to “reincarnate” themselves while still placing motorists at unnecessary risk of harm.

Thankfully, the Department of Transportation keeps track of trucking companies through its Safety and Fitness Electronic Records System. The SAFER system is available online and maintains a host of trucking company safety records. For example, each interstate carrier company is given a safety rating based on prior crash information and the results of their roadside inspections. Your attorney can scour the safety track record of the company responsible for your truck accident on SAFER and use that information to guide your legal strategy against them in court.

Based in Knoxville, our law firm has decades of experience handling personal injury cases for clients throughout Tennessee. Prospective clients should know that we operate on a contingency fee basis. That means that our clients will pay nothing unless we achieve a favorable outcome for them.