Charlotte Truck Accident Lawyers
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a truck accident, you need to know your legal options. You may be able to file a personal injury claim if the crash was caused by the negligence of the driver or other parties responsible for the truck or its cargo. This would give you the opportunity to potentially recover compensation for all of the damages caused by the accident.
However, truck accident claims are complicated for a variety of reasons. You will need an experienced, knowledgeable Charlotte truck accident lawyer to have the best chance of obtaining maximum compensation. The Nye Law Group’s truck crash attorneys have detailed knowledge of federal and state regulations applying to trucks. We also have a successful track record of recovering fair compensation for many victims of motor vehicle accidents. You do not have to worry about how to afford our services. Our clients are entitled to a free legal consultation and do not pay legal fees unless their claim is successful. Our Charlotte office is located about 10 minutes from Interstate 277 and Interstate 77, where many North Carolina truck accidents occur.
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Truck Accidents in North Carolina
Unfortunately, truck accidents are all too common in North Carolina. In 2014, there were more than 6,800 truck accidents, including 86 fatal crashes and 1,857 injury crashes. There were more than 7,000 truck accidents in 2015, with 85 fatal crashes and more than 2,000 injury crashes.
These accidents occur all over the state, but there is a higher risk of an accident in a large city like Charlotte. Interstate 85 and Interstate 77 cut through the middle of the city, making it one of the main transportation and distribution hubs in the state.
Truck accidents involve a variety of trucks and large vehicles, including:
- 18 wheelers
- Armored currency transports
- Fire trucks
- Garbage trucks
- Tanker trucks
- Ambulances and other emergency response vehicles
- Dump trucks
- Delivery trucks
- Recreational vehicles
- Cement trucks
Our Charlotte truck accident lawyers are prepared to handle claims involving these and other types of trucks or large vehicles.
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Types of Truck Crashes
Some of the most common accidents involving trucks include:
- Rear-end crashes – These accidents occur when a truck hits the back of a car, preventing the driver from coming to a complete stop before crashing into the back of another vehicle.
- Rollovers – These accidents happen when the weight of the cargo in the truck causes it to roll over onto its side.
- Underride accidents – When a traditional passenger vehicle rear-ends a semi-truck, it can slide under the trailer because the trailer is higher than the passenger vehicle.
- Cargo spills – These accidents are often caused by improperly loaded cargo or cargo that exceeds the truck’s weight limit.
- Jackknife crashes – This happens when the trailer swings forward and faces the wrong way.
- Turning collisions – Large vehicles have large turning radiuses, which often requires them to use two lanes or more to safely make turns. Unfortunately, this could result in the truck colliding with other vehicles that are also making the turn.
If you were involved in one of these or another type of collision with a truck, you may have legal recourse. Contact our Charlotte truck accident lawyers for a free, no obligation consultation.
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What to do After a Truck Collision
The most important thing to do after being involved in any motor vehicle accident is to receive medical treatment for your injuries. A truck accident can cause severe injuries, including:
- Internal bleeding
- Brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Head injuries
- Facial injuries
- Severe bruises
If you sustain any severe injuries, you will most likely be transported to a hospital by emergency responders. However, symptoms of some brain or spinal cord injuries may not be immediately apparent, so you should go to a hospital to be looked over by a doctor to determine the extent of your injuries.
If it is possible to do before being transported to the hospital, you should try to collect evidence from the scene, including pictures, contact information for witnesses and victims of the accident and the name of the company on the side of the truck. If friends or family arrive at the scene, ask them to collect this information.
Anything collected in the immediate aftermath of an accident could be a crucial part of any future legal claims you make.
There is a strong possibility you will encounter investigators from the truck company at the scene of the accident. However, you should keep your thoughts and opinions about the accident to yourself. Anything you say could hurt your chances of recovering fair compensation.
After you leave the scene and your injuries are stabilized, contact our Charlotte truck accident lawyers for a free consultation. If you have a legitimate claim, we will begin a comprehensive investigation.
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Is the Truck Driver Liable for the Crash?
Many truck accidents are caused by negligent truck drivers who operated their vehicles recklessly or failed to comply with state or federal regulations from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
Common examples of things that could make the driver liable for a crash include:
- Reckless driving – This could include speeding, disobeying traffic laws, distracted driving and drowsy driving. These actions are more dangerous in a truck because of its size and the fact that it takes longer to stop or correct mistakes, which can lead to dangerous accidents.
- Impaired driving – This is illegal no matter what type of vehicle you are driving. However, it is also illegal for truck drivers to consume alcohol less than eight hours before a trip. In addition, under North Carolina law drivers will be charged with DWI for driving with a blood alcohol concentration over 0.04 percent.
- Lack of training – Truckers are required to complete training and licensing courses and be extremely knowledgeable in the operation and maintenance of their vehicle.
- Failure to have the right license – In North Carolina, drivers are required to have a commercial driver’s license (CDL) and endorsements for the class of truck they drive. Drivers operating only in North Carolina must be 18 to obtain this license.
- Failing to pass a physical exam – Truck drivers are required to pass a physical exam every two years to show they are healthy enough to drive and safely operate and control their vehicle on long road trips.
- Improperly loaded cargo – Drivers must make sure they are not traveling with too much cargo and that it is securely loaded. They must have regular vehicle inspections to make sure cargo is secure.
The Charlotte truck accident lawyers at The Nye Law Group know how to review the driver’s credentials and company records to find out if the driver failed to comply with any state or federal regulations. We can also review police reports and photographs, interview witnesses, and consult accident reconstruction experts to find out how the driver’s negligence caused the accident.
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Is the Truck Company Liable?
Trucking companies could also be held liable for the crash if they failed to follow state and FMCSA regulations.
Our Charlotte truck accident lawyers will review the following factors to determine liability:
- Loading of hazardous materials – Companies have to ensure these materials are appropriately packaged so they are in a safe condition to ship.
- Testing for substance use – Trucking companies are required to regularly test drivers for alcohol and drug use.
- Time off for drivers – Under North Carolina law, drivers cannot drive more than 11 hours after being off duty for 10 hours. They can only work 70 hours in an eight-day period if they are carrying property. Finally, North Carolina truck drivers cannot drive more than 10 hours after eight hours off-duty if they are transporting passengers.
- Maintenance of the vehicle – Companies have to make sure vehicles are in good working condition and are required to have documentation to prove it.
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Other Parties That Could Be Held Liable
One of the things that makes truck accidents so complicated is that multiple parties could all be held liable. In addition to the driver and trucking company, other potentially liable parties could include:
- The company that leased the truck from the owner
- The truck manufacturer
- Manufacturers of specific parts on the truck
- The company that loaded cargo onto the truck
- Government entities
- The repair shop or company that repairs and maintains the vehicle
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Contact Our Skilled Charlotte Truck Accident Lawyers
Truck accidents are very dangerous and often result in death or severe injury for passengers of traditional vehicles. The Nye Law Group’s Charlotte truck accident lawyers are committed to recovering fair compensation for victims of these accidents, which could include:
- Lost wages
- Medical bills, both now and in the future
- Physical pain
- Mental anguish
- Physical therapy
Compensation can help prevent this horrific accident from becoming a financial catastrophe for you and your family. It can also provide the funds you need to attempt to recuperate and move on with your life.
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