North Carolina highways are filled with a large volume of tractor trailers, or semi-trucks. When a truck accident occurs, it is everyone else on the road who suffers. The sheer size and weight of semi-trucks make them prone to inflict serious damage on other vehicles. A big rig driver is well protected by the massive amount of metal and bulk surrounding him or her. When a passenger vehicle is involved in an accident with a truck, it may result in serious injuries or death.
If you are involved in a truck accident it can be physically, mentally and financially devastating. As a victim of a truck accident the medical injuries, pain and suffering, and complex legal system may feel overwhelming. You need an experienced accident lawyer to represent you and seek the compensation you are entitled to.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents:
Trucking companies and their drivers are legally required to follow specific rules and regulations. Sometimes accidents are caused when they fail to follow them. Some of the common causes are:
- Driver fatigue
- Carelessness and negligence
- Excessive speed
- Inadequate training
- Fraudulent log books due to unrealistic schedules and expectations imposed by the driver’s employer
- Alcohol and drug use
- Aggressive driving
- Poor maintenance and unsafe equipment
- Improper and uneven loading of cargo
- Mechanical failure
Drivers of passenger vehicles can also cause truck accidents. Failure to follow driving regulations, such as alcohol and drug use, speeding, tailgating and aggressive driving may contribute to an accident.
It’s also incredibly important to remember to give truck drivers enough space on the road, because of how slowly semi-trucks slow down, stop, accelerate, and turn. Darting into the space in front of a big rig is an invitation for an accident. Most truck accidents involve:
- Head on rear end, lane change and broadside collisions
- Center lane crossovers
- Loss of control
- Jack-knifed trucks
Truck drivers have a dangerous job and a massive vehicle to control. Any one or a combination of things not up to standard and failure to follow regulations can cause a truck accident that injures or kills other drivers and their passengers.
Recovering Damages After a Truck Accident
You will need a qualified attorney who can quickly assess your situation and take the appropriate action to show that the truck driver or the company that owns the truck is at fault for your injuries. Your lawyer can file claims for negligence, intentional infliction of emotional distress, pain and suffering and loss of consortium.
Some things to remember about filing a truck accident claim:
- The trucking company will be required to pay your damages only after they have been found liable. Therefore it is important to know what your own insurance will cover so that your medical bills are paid while your claim is in litigation.
- Certain evidence needs to be preserved only for a limited amount of time. For this reason, the sooner you contact an attorney and have a case filed, the better your chances will be of obtaining compensation and closure.
- There is a statute of limitations which gives a set amount of time in which to file your claim. Don’t let it run too far before you consult with a personal injury lawyer. You would want to give your attorney maximum time to research the accident, depose expert medical witnesses and any accident eyewitnesses, and plan your case.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a truck accident, please contact Dewey, Ramsay & Hunt, PA today to discuss your case and learn more about your legal rights and options.