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Can I Pursue the Trucking Company’s Insurance Policy After a Crash with a Semi?

February 7, 2024

At Dewey, Ramsay & Hunt, P.A., our Charlotte semi-truck accident and injury lawyers understand that being hit by a potentially 80,000-pound vehicle leaves little room for North Carolina residents to walk away without being seriously hurt.

Crashes involving semi-trucks often result in catastrophic injuries that require the injured parties to be transported for emergency medical care by first responders before they can understand how the accident occurred. This means someone else must put the pieces together for them. This is why we are here.

Acting promptly after a trucking accident is essential to protect your rights and ensure you receive the compensation you deserve from the liable party or combination of parties. That often means pursuing the trucking company’s insurance provider for your financial recovery needs.

Semi-Truck Crash with Injuries

When is the Trucking Company Liable for a Semi-Truck Crash with Injuries?

Determining liability in a trucking accident can be complex and typically requires a thorough investigation by professionals who know what to look for. It often involves examining factors like driver behavior, maintenance records, company policies, and regulation compliance.

Overall, trucking companies may be liable for a crash, injuries, and fatalities when the following factors contributed to the accident:

  • Negligent Hiring or Training

If the trucking company hires drivers without proper qualifications or fails to train them adequately, they may be held liable if the driver’s incompetence contributes to an accident.

  • Negligent Supervision

If the trucking company fails to monitor and supervise its drivers properly, including allowing them to exceed weight limits or hours-of-service regulations or ignoring safety violations like cargo securement rules, it could be held liable for accidents that occur as a result.

  • Maintenance Issues

Trucking companies are responsible for maintaining their vehicles in safe working conditions. The company may be held liable if a crash is caused by a mechanical failure due to inadequate maintenance.

  • Inadequate Policies or Procedures

If the trucking company lacks proper safety protocols or fails to enforce existing policies, it may be liable if these deficiencies contribute to an accident.

Trucking companies are typically held vicariously liable for the actions of their employees and drivers while performing job duties within the scope of their employment. Partnering with a skilled truck accident and injury law firm in Charlotte is essential to understand your rights and pursue compensation for your damages. We can help.

Have You Been Injured in a North Carolina Semi-Truck Accident?

If you were injured in a semi-truck crash caused by negligence in North Carolina, our personal injury attorneys in Charlotte at Dewey, Ramsay & Hunt want to hear your story during a free consultation by calling (704)-377-3737 or contacting us online.

We provide unique legal services tailored to each client’s needs and do not get paid unless you do.

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