If you or a family member was seriously injured in a crash anywhere in North Carolina involving a truck, our experienced truck accident attorneys can help you.
According to the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles (2018 data), there are an average of forty crashes every day in North Carolina involving a truck. The types of trucks involved in these crashes include tractor-trailers, delivery trucks, box trucks, commercial pickup trucks, and utility trucks.
Not surprisingly, the injuries from a crash with a truck can be very severe. A fully loaded tractor-trailer can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. Comparatively, the average car weighs around 3,000 pounds. When a tractor-trailer or truck hits a car, the physical damage to the car is likely to be significant and anyone traveling in the car is very susceptible to significant injuries.
If you have been injured in a truck accident, contact the lawyers at Hendren Redwine & Malone for a free consultation. Our truck accident lawyers serve all of North Carolina and work hard in every case to ensure that our clients receive fair compensation for their injuries.Reasons Truck Accidents Happen
Considering the significant damages and injuries that can result from a truck accident, it is critical that trucking companies and their drivers strictly follow the safety regulations set by law for truckers.
Unfortunately, many companies and drivers push past the limits set by federal and state law in efforts to increase profits and the result is a serious crash.
Among the most typical causes of North Carolina truck wrecks are the following:
- Excessive speed
- Driver fatigue
- Improperly secured loads
- Failure to maintain a truck or trailer
- Over-worn tires leading to blowouts
- Reckless driving
- Truck drivers unsafely changing lanes
Other truck accidents happen due to other negligent actions of the truck driver including conduct such as failure to stop at a red-light or stop sign, failure to yield, and turning left across a lane of travel.Proving Your North Carolina Truck Accident Case
Truck accident cases can involve very complex investigations of the conduct of the truck driver. Our lawyers regularly work with accident reconstructionist experts and engineers to fully investigate a truck accident case. Additionally, our lead truck accident attorney Mike Malone has a Ph.D. in engineering which allows us to uniquely interact with engineers on complex cases.
In most cases, a truck accident investigation will involve visiting the accident scene and conducting a detailed inspection of the truck involved in the wreck. This truck inspection typically includes downloading on-board “black box” data from the truck which, in some instances, provides valuable data about the actions of the driver prior to the wreck including pre-crash speed and brake use.
Some trucks are also now equipped with advanced logistical tracking devices and other on-board systems such as drive cam systems. This equipment can provide valuable information about the operation of a truck that might not otherwise be available. Reviewing and understanding this type of information can be essential to establishing the fault of the truck driver.
The lawyers at Hendren Redwine & Malone have over twenty years of experience handling big truck accident cases and we know how to prove the fault of the truck driver. Our lawyers handle truck accident cases across North Carolina and can help you with your important claim.What can I Recover for My North Carolina Truck Accident Claim?
A North Carolina victim of a truck accident has the right to recover compensation from the responsible driver and company for the following:
- Medical expenses including future expenses
- Loss of income and business opportunities
- Compensation for pain suffering including future pain and suffering
- Compensation for any scarring or disfigurement of a body part such as a loss of a limb
In a wrongful death truck accident, North Carolina law allows the estate of the victim to recover compensation for the beneficiaries of the estate including damages for:
- Medical expenses for treatment of the victim prior to death
- Pain and suffering of the deceased prior to death
- Future loss of net income of the deceased
- Funeral expenses
- Loss of the comfort, care, protection, companionship, advice of the deceased
Determining how much a truck accident case in North Carolina is worth will depend on many factors including the conduct of the truck driver. For instance, if the driver of the truck was impaired by drugs or alcohol at the time of the wreck, the value of the claim will be increased.Hire an Experienced North Carolina Truck Accident Law Firm
There are over 75,000 crashes involving trucks in a typical year in North Carolina. If you have been injured in one of these crashes, you have probably suffered enough without having to now do battle against the insurance company for the trucking company.
We have been helping car accident victims for over twenty years and we have recovered millions of dollars for our truck accident clients across North Carolina. We can help you too.
Our North Carolina truck accident lawyers have the resources to handle any case against any responsible party regardless of size or the complexity of the case. Call us for a free consultation at 866-874-5253.