How many times in your life have you seen an accident that involves a tractor-trailer? Too many times to remember, right? The Department of Transportation estimates put more than 2.7 million tractor-trailers on the road out of 268 million licensed drivers. Tractor-trailers can weigh up to 80,000 pounds and do not stop on a dime. In fact, the CDL manual instructs drivers with a 60-foot rig to leave 6 seconds for stopping time. The reason is simple – the sheer force and momentum of a collision with an 18-wheeler can be absolutely devastating.
In this article, a tractor-trailer collided with a woman while she her car was sitting on the side of the road back in 2010. Wrecks like this are all too common, and litigation often takes years. This case, for example,took nine years to settle. Not only can the court system can be slow, but tractor-trailer companies will do everything they can to avoid paying out claims. Ultimately, the courts found the tractor-trailer driver at fault for the collision. The driver failed to slow down in time to avoid hitting the stopped car. The woman hit by the tractor-trailer obtained $434,737.87 for general damages, lost future and past employment income and housekeeping capacity.
North Carolina law allows for recovery of several “elements” of monetary damages in trucking accidents. Included in those are compensation for past and future medical and pharmaceutical expenses, past and future lost wages, past and future physical pain and mental suffering, permanent injury, and permanent scarring. In handling your case, Maginnis Law will, if appropriate, will work with life care planners, vocational rehabilitation experts, and expert physicians to ensure that your full future medical expenses are thoroughly estimated.
North Carolina Trucking Accident Attorneys
The Raleigh trucking accident attorneys of Maginnis Howard can help you recover fair compensation for your injuries. The firm’s lead personal injury attorney, Shawn Howard, has obtained settlements for his client in excess of one and two million dollars. He has also been designated a Super Lawyers Rising Star every year since 2016. To schedule a free consultation, visit our contact page. Our firm offers a contingency fee arrangement to all victims of tractor trailer collisions. This means that you pay no attorneys’ fees unless and until we make a recovery on your behalf. If you have any questions regarding this blog post or a potential case, call us at (919) 526-0450 or visit our contact page.
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