Commercial Vehicle Accidents

Each year, thousands of people in the U.S. are injured in commercial vehicle accidents, and many lose their lives. The U.S. Department of Transportation calculated that fatal commercial vehicle crashes had incurred $23 billion in costs in one year alone (2009), and that injury accidents had resulted in another $20 billion in costs that same year. Commercial vehicles include:

  • Interstate freight carriers, often referred to as big rigs, 18-wheelers, tractor-trailers or semis
  • Interstate passenger carriers, including buses
  • Intrastate hazardous vehicle transport vehicles
  • Household goods carriers such as moving vans
  • Other types of large trucks, including delivery trucks

If you were injured or if your loved one was killed in an accident involving a commercial vehicle, these numbers may mean little to you at this point. They do tell you that you are not alone. However, this knowledge does not lessen your great challenges. You may be dealing with a spinal cord injury, a traumatic brain injury, a burn injury, another serious injury or death of a loved one. No matter how many other people have suffered similar injuries or loss of loved ones in similar accidents, your particular loss most likely seems overwhelming. Your world has been altered forever, and you and your family most likely face extraordinary challenges such as:

  • Exorbitant medical expenses
  • Funeral expenses if applicable
  • Lost wages
  • Months or years of medical treatment, physical therapy, occupational therapy and costly skilled personal care needs
  • Pain and suffering

An experienced and knowledgeable attorney can help maximize your recovery of compensation from liable parties — perhaps the truck driver, the truck dispatching company, the truck manufacturer or another motorist. An in-depth investigation can uncover the cause of the accident. Was it driver fatigue? Defective brakes? Poor weather conditions? Whatever the cause, there is no substitute for a zealous and well-qualified personal injury lawyer.


Learn how Wagner & Wagner Attorneys at Law in Chattanooga can help you recover compensation for a trucking injury or fatality. Call or email the law firm today to schedule a free initial consultation with a truck accident attorney. We represent clients throughout the state of Tennessee as well as in Georgia.