Earlier this month, a man was killed in a truck accident with a FedEx company tractor-trailer in the Southeast part of Memphis. In the wee hours of the morning on October 12th, the truck collided with the man’s car on Lamar Avenue. The police did not release details about the casualty, only the information that one man had died.
FedEx will not be the only company that undergoes a lawsuit for wrongful death this year. Commercial trucks and other vehicles cause many fatal accidents and wrecks in the United States each year. In fact, more than half a million accidents occur with semi-trucks every year. That means one semi-truck is in an accident every 15 to 20 seconds.
What do I do in a truck accident?
If you are in an accident with a commercial vehicle, there are certain steps you should take to ensure your safety, the safety of the scene, and to put you in a good position for future action. First things first, stay on the scene until help arrives. If you can move safely, exit your vehicle and check on the other passengers in your car or in the truck. Call for an ambulance for medical attention or to be taken to a hospital if you need it. After you are appropriately tended to medically, you need to contact a trusted Jackson or Memphis truck accident lawyer. If the unthinkable has happened, and a loved one has been killed in a commercial truck accident, you may be able to file a wrongful death claim. The most important thing is health and safety. After that, the most important thing is your legal protection.
Between 41,000 and 50,000 fatalities occur in accidents with semi-trucks and commercial vehicles each year. More than 10% of these deaths are those of pedestrians or people riding bicycles. If walking or biking is a part of your commute, and you see a large commercial vehicle, take extra precaution to steer clear of its path. It is all too easy for a trucker not to see you and for you to get maimed or killed.
Find an experienced and professional truck accident lawyer to advocate for you
You have legal recourse if you were in a car or were a pedestrian or biker hit by a commercial vehicle. Oftentimes, drivers of commercial vehicles are tired, overworked, and undertrained. Trucking and shipping companies take risks they do not have to in order to protect their bottom line. You are more important than any profit.
The attorneys of Bailey & Greer, PLLC will advocate tirelessly for those people who are hit by or injured in commercial trucking accidents. If you are a Jackson, Memphis, or West Tennessee resident and you need fair representation, please do not hesitate to give us a call. For those who have a loved one that has been killed in a commercial truck crash, we can help you too. Please call us at 901-475-7434 or fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation with our team of truck accident lawyers to