Tractor Trailers

Tractor trailers consist of a tractor unit designed to pull a semi-trailer. A truck tractor is capable of carrying heavier loads than a straight truck.

Delivery Vans

Delivery vans or cargo vans have an enclosed cargo space designed for making deliveries. Cargo vans are smaller than walk-in trucks.


Semi-trucks, also known as semi-trailer trucks or semi-tractor trailers are combination vehicles made up of a powered truck and one or more semi-trailers.

Cargo Trucks

Cargo trucks are any truck with a trailer with three or more axles carrying cargo, from flatbeds or 40- to 55-foot enclosed trailers to heavy equipment trailers with longer cargo space and more axles.

Fuel Trucks

Fuel trucks or tanker trucks are designed to carry liquid or gas loads on roads. The largest fuel trucks are similar to railroad tank cars.

Big Rigs

Big rigs with attached trailers hauling freight can carry a maximum loaded weight of 80,000 pounds of cargo. Accidents involving big rigs can result in catastrophic injury and death.

18 Wheelers

An 18-wheeler or semi-trailer truck is the combination of a tractor unit and one or more semi-trailers carrying commercial freight.

Work Trucks

Work or utility trucks are larger than pick-ups designed for commercial use, including municipal, utility and construction company vehicles, and vehicles transporting heavy construction equipment such as backhoes, bulldozers and cranes.

Pursuing Justice for Victims of Catastrophic Commercial Truck Accidents

Due to the highly regulated nature of interstate commercial trucking, truck accident cases are much more complex than passenger motor vehicle accidents. Trucking and transportation companies and their insurance companies pay top dollar for lawyers and experts to avoid costly judgements in trucking accidents causing injury or fatality. Accidents involving semi-trucks, tractor trailers, 18-wheelers and transit vehicles often result in devastating injuries, including spinal cord injuries, paralysis, head and neck injuries, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and death. 

Trammell Piazza Law Firm’s aggressive trial lawyers have over 60 years of experience working on complex litigation. As a full-service, family-run law firm, we are dedicated to providing our clients the support and resources to access the best care and achieve the fullest recovery possible.

Trammell Piazza’s experienced trucking accident lawyers are known for their expertise in fighting for substantial recoveries for their clients who have been injured or killed in commercial vehicle accidents. We fight to secure compensation for truck accident victims who likely are faced with long hospital stays, extensive rehabilitation, expensive medical bills, and life-long injury and disability.

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A truck accident attorney can help compensate you for physical and financial loss.

Contact our experienced legal team to request a no-cost, no-obligation consultation to review your legal options to pursue the justice and compensation you deserve.

At Trammell Piazza, truck accident claims are handled on a contingency fee basis, meaning you don’t pay us until your settlement is won.

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Aggressive Representation, Outstanding Results

Our experienced trial lawyers consistently deliver impressive judgements and significant financial settlements for our clients. Our mission is to secure the compensation you deserve to regain your quality of life and resolve business disputes so you can operate successfully.


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Managing Partner Chad Trammell successfully fought for compensation in a wrongful death case with attorney Anthony Bruster, achieving a $2 million award of compensatory damages for the victim’s family.


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Managing Partner Chad Trammell led a team of Super Lawyers, Dan Sorey and Jamie Pratt in this negligence case that awarded the victim $1.4 million in compensatory and $875,000 in punitive damages.


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Managing Partner Chad Trammell led an outstanding group of attorneys at trial, Drake Martin, Tony Seaton, Brian Brooks and Ric May. The team proved chronic short-staffing at a nursing home resulted in neglect. A $4,275,000 verdict was upheld unanimously by the Tennessee Court of Appeals.


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Trammell Piazza successfully fought a civil litigation case awarding $1.5 million compensatory and $1.5 million punitive damages for the victim of neglect.

The recoveries, verdicts, favorable outcomes, and testimonials described on this site are not an indication or guarantee of future results. Every case is different, and each case must be evaluated on its own facts and circumstances as they apply to the law. The valuation of a case depends on the facts, the damages, the jurisdiction, the venue, the witnesses, the parties, and the testimony, among other factors.

Causes of Accidents

Several factors can affect liability in catastrophic truck accidents whether the cause is due to distracted, reckless or impaired driving, inadequate training, improper maintenance, or improper loading.

Unsafe Loads

Unsafe and unbalanced cargo loads can be due to improper training or a driver failing to use standard of care while driving, such as taking turns too quickly causing the load to shift.

Excessive Speed

Large trucks need significantly more time and distance to reduce speed than regular passenger vehicles. Excessive speed can result in truck impact accidents and truck rollovers.

Improper Maintenance

Improper truck maintenance can cause jackknifing, blow outs and other accidents resulting in impact with other vehicles. Truck maintenance checks must be documented, and truck companies can be held responsible for an accident due to faulty equipment.

Reckless or Impaired Driving

Unsafe, reckless and impaired driving can be incredibly dangerous to cars on the road. Commercial drivers are held to a higher legal standard than average drivers.

Our Attorneys

The Trammell Piazza team is comprised of caring individuals who are champions for your rights and fair compensation. We are seasoned trial lawyers with extensive courtroom experience handling legal matters in federal and state trial and appellate courts; in arbitrations, mediations, and other alternative dispute resolution forums.

Types of Truck Accidents

Jackknifing, roll-over accidents, head-on collisions and other commercial truck-passenger motor vehicle accidents often lead to serious injury.

Collisions (rear-end, head-on, underride, side-impact, sideswipes

Head-on collisions, rear-end collisions, underride truck accidents and other accidents involving impact with large trucks often lead to serious injury or fatality.

Cargo-Related Accidents

Any cargo spill on a highway or roadway is dangerous to other drivers. Cargo-related accidents can create visibility hazards, road debris or slippery roads.

Roll Over Accidents

Loose cargo that shifts or when the driver loses control of the vehicle can cause roll over accidents. Often tragic, these accidents can be the result of poorly loaded trucks, sudden swerves or improper truck maintenance.

Jackknife Accidents

Jackknifing is when a big rig or semi-truck folds itself into a 90-degree angle with the trailer, often due to overcorrection or when the driver hits the brakes too hard.


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Firm Partners Attend IATL Continuing Education Program in the Swiss Alps

Chad and Virginia Trammell, together with Melody and Judge Christopher Piazza, traveled to Switzerland to attend the esteemed International Association of Trial Lawyers (IATL) Annual Meeting on August 22, 2023. Their experience was remarkable, centered around an exclusive private visit and presentation at the Switzerland Federal Supreme Court in Lausanne. The day’s highlight was a […]

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