Devastating injuries resulting from truck wrecks and car accidents make up a substantial portion of Mr. Hartsoe’s practice. Mr. Hartsoe is a member of the Interstate Trucking Litigation Group, as well as the Inadequate Security Litigation Group of the American Association for Justice. Hartsoe is frequently asked by other attorneys to handle tractor-trailer and car wreck cases on a referral, co-counsel basis. Mr. Hartsoe has lectured other attorneys on handling trucking cases from a plaintiff’s perspective and is familiar with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations that regulate commercial trucking operation. Mr. Hartsoe has also lectured to attorneys in Tennessee on handling car wreck cases from a plaintiff’s (injured party) perspective. Hartsoe works with engineers and other accident reconstruction expert witnesses to help prove liability. It is critical to have an experienced lawyer represent you when you have been injured by a tractor-trailer or have been in a car wreck.
Tennessee Truck Accident Lawyer
For the past 10 years, Mr. Hartsoe has focused a significant portion of his law practice to Tennessee tractor-trailer accident litigation. Accidents involving tractor-trailers frequently result in severe injuries or death. Actions taken immediately after the accident usually have a dramatic impact on the outcome of the litigation. Taking appropriate steps to preserve physical evidence, investigate the accident scene, and interview witnesses are vital to maximizing your outcome in a Tennessee tractor-trailer accident. The trucking company insurance representatives will likely visit the accident scene immediately after the accident and begin collecting evidence to avoid paying your claim or to attempt to minimize their liability. Physical evidence in the form of debris fields, skid marks (if available) must be evaluated by a well-qualified accident reconstruction expert as soon as possible. Mr. Hartsoe is prepared to visit the scene as soon as possible after notification in order to promptly take steps in order to preserve evidence. He stands ready to represent you and promptly take all the actions necessary to gather and preserve important evidence in order to take the necessary steps to ensure a successful outcome.
Truck Driver Fatigue
Tractor-trailer drivers drive long hours and unfortunately experience dangerous truck driver fatigue which causes many tractor-trailer accidents. Mr. Hartsoe has handled cases where truck drivers have fallen asleep at the wheel and injured innocent families traveling down the roadway. Approximately 500,000 trucking accidents occur every year in the United States. Because of the tremendous size and weight difference between cars and tractor-trailers (10,000 + pounds), collisions between the trucks and cars are usually catastrophic. Frequently the driver of the tractor-trailer escapes injury while the car driver is either severely injured or killed. Mr. Hartsoe has made presentations to attorneys and insurance and trucking representatives regarding handling automobile accidents and truck accidents from the plaintiff (injured party) perspective. Mr. Hartsoe is familiar with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations of the U. S. Department of Transportation which regulate tractor-trailer operation. In addition to driver fatigue, many Tennessee tractor-trailer accidents are caused by speeding, unqualified drivers, failing to properly maintain and repair the tractors and trailers, failing to yield the right-of-way, mechanical or brake failure, overloaded trucks or trailers, loads that shift weights. Let Tennessee tractor trailer accident lawyer Mark C. Hartsoe help you pursue your claim to ensure maximum recovery of your damages.
Hartsoe Rapid Response Team
We are prepared to travel when notified to any location in Tennessee or Virginia to respond and investigate tractor-trailer accidents. Trucking companies and their insurance carriers will usually send out their lawyers, insurance adjusters and other representatives to photograph accident scenes, interview witnesses, and take other steps to preserve evidence at an accident scene. It is critical that injured persons and their families also take prompt action. The Hartsoe Law Firm is prepared on short notice to go to the scene of an accident to take photographs, interview witnesses and investigate. In many cases, the question of fault (liability for the accident) is the critical issue in the case because most people are severely injured or killed when they are struck by a tractor-trailer. The insurance company will spare no expense to try to gather evidence to prove that it was the injured party’s or someone else’s fault. Taking prompt action with an experienced attorney helps level the playing field. If an injured party delays in taking action, it often costs them in the damages they might be able to recover.
- An investigation should be completed promptly – time is of the essence
- Hartsoe is ready to investigate your Tennessee tractor-trailer accident on short notice
- Hartsoe will marshal the necessary experts to evaluate evidence to prove liability
- Hartsoe works closely with medical doctors to assist with preparation of medical proof in your Tennessee tractor-trailer accident litigation. Please see our Results section to see Mr. Hartsoe’s extensive experience in representing persons and families who have been injured or killed in Tennessee tractor-trailer accidents.