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Truck Accidents

Truck Accident Attorneys in Charlotte

Representation for Catastrophically Injured Individuals & Their Loved Ones

Commercial vehicles, like tractor-trailers and 18-wheelers, pose a special danger on the road because they are bigger and heavier than other vehicles. Truck accident cases require attorneys who are familiar with the important legal and technical issues these cases involve.

For example, there are special federal regulations that govern the safety of tractor trailers, including the number of hours a commercial truck driver is allowed to be out on the road and the minimum amount of insurance each truck should have. Additionally, cases involving tractor-trailers will often depend on the interpretation of technical information kept by a data recorder or “black box.”

Overall the number of crashes involving commercial vehicles in the United States has dropped over the years. Unfortunately, they still happen—with devastating effects. Let us put our years of experience handling tractor-trailer cases to work for you.

Contact the Charlotte truck accident attorneys at Charles G. Monnett III & Associates for a free, no-obligation consultation; call (704) 859-2003 today.

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Trucking Companies React Quickly

Trucking companies, their insurance companies, and investigators tend to respond to the scene of a collision very quickly so that they can get a head-start on minimizing any potential liability. If you have been in a wreck caused by a tractor-trailer or another type of commercial vehicle, you should consult a law firm with experience in trucking cases as soon as possible. Reach out to Charles G. Monnett III & Associates today.

How Truck Accidents Differ from Car Accidents

Truck accident cases involve laws and technical knowledge that do not apply to most vehicle collisions. There are many rules and regulations in place that address safe trucking, including registration, licensing, insurance, the number of hours a driver may drive at a time, and requirements concerning a driver’s medical condition. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulates the commercial trucking industry. Each state also has its own trucking laws.

Our attorneys have more than 60 years of combined experience in helping people involved in wrecks with tractor-trailers and other commercial vehicles. Located in Charlotte, North Carolina, our firm has successfully litigated a significant amount of serious injury and death cases involving trucks local highways and routes.

Let us know if you were in a crash while driving along the:

  • I-85
  • I-77
  • I-485
  • I-95
  • I-26
  • I-74

Common Causes of Truck Accidents

Our firm has handled many cases involving death and serious personal injuries caused by tractor-trailers and other commercial vehicles. We understand how trucking collisions happen and how to navigate the laws that apply to trucking cases.

Let our Charlotte truck accident attorneys evaluate the potential causes and circumstances leading to a collision with a truck, which include the following:

  • Inadequate truck driver training
  • Truck driver fatigue
  • Fraudulent log books
  • Alcohol or drug use
  • Aggressive truck driving behavior
  • Speeding
  • Poor vehicle maintenance
  • Unsafe tires
  • Driver carelessness or negligence
  • Improper loading of cargo

When Defective Equipment Causes a Crash

All parts of a commercial truck need to be in good working condition. The slightest defect or damage can result in a truck accident due to the trucker losing control of their enormous vehicle.

Examples of defective truck parts that could cause a sudden accident are:

  • Tires
  • Brakes
  • Axles
  • Steering column

Depending on why the part became defective, the liable party could change. It is crucial that truck maintenance teams thoroughly check for wear and tear on all parts at regular intervals. Truck part manufacturers must only ship and sell parts that have been made correctly. We can investigate the crash to determine what party is liable. The assistance of a third-party mechanical engineer might be necessary, and we know how to network with these talented professionals to benefit your case.

Hire Our Attorneys Today for Legal Counsel

When should you hire a lawyer for your injury claim? As a general piece of advice, if your accident causes a serious injury or heavily damages your vehicle, then you should consider hiring legal counsel. Our Charlotte truck accident attorneys are standing by to hear from people in your situation. With our experience leading the way, you can confidently pursue the compensation that you need and deserve.

Call our office at (704) 859-2003 or contact us online to learn how our Charlotte truck accidents attorneys can assist you with your injury claim.

Truck Accidents FAQ

How long can a trucker drive in a shift?

The average commercial truck driver can be scheduled to work 14 hours in a day with 11 hours behind the wheel, according to FMCSA regulations. It might come as no surprise but many truck drivers experience exhaustion while working due to these long schedules. As exhaustion sets in, the trucker’s driving abilities will worsen more and more.

What compensation is available to truck accident claimants?

A truck accident claimant can seek economic and non-economic damages from the trucker, trucking company, and any other liable parties. Economic damage in a truck accident case can include past and future medical bills, lost wages, and other miscellaneous costs. Non-economic damage can include pain, suffering, mental anguish, emotional trauma, and permanent disability. Punitive damages might be paid by the trucking company if a court determines it had acted grossly negligent in some way, such as intentionally breaking FMCSA regulations.

What is the statute of limitations for truck accident claims?

You must bring your truck accident claim within three years of the accident. Otherwise, North Carolina’s statute of limitations for injury claims will expire, and you will have little or no option to demand a recovery from the liable party.

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  • $10 Million Car Accident Verdict

    Verdict for a child who sustained a severe traumatic brain injury in an automobile accident.

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    Confidential settlement for a family struck by an underage impaired driver.

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    Confidential settlement for an infant with bilateral leg amputations following improper placement of the femoral line.

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  • $2.5 Million Traumatic Brain Injury

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