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.
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- Trucking Companies React Quickly
- How Truck Accidents Differ from Car Accidents
- Common Causes of Truck Accidents
- When Defective Equipment Causes a Crash
- FAQ - How long can a trucker drive in a shift?
- FAQ - What compensation is available to truck accident claimants?
- FAQ - What is the statute of limitations for truck accident claims?
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. The outcome of a truck accident case can also impact your life in larger ways than you might first expect. To make sure that you are ready for whatever comes your way in your claim, you should work with our attorneys who understand that managing a truck accident case is similar but also noticeably dissimilar from your average car accident case.
Four of the main reasons why truck accident cases are different than car accidents are:
- Larger damages: People who are injured in a truck accident case usually suffer catastrophic injuries due to the enormous size and weight of the semi-truck that hit them. As such, the damages owed to those claimants can be sizeable, especially when compared to the average car accident. Paying for your medical bills and missing wages could easily reach six or seven figures, which has not even factored in your physical pain and emotional suffering.
- Multiple defendants: After a car accident, you will probably have to name the other driver as the only liable party and then file against the auto insurance policy they own. After a truck accident, though, it is common for there to be multiple liable parties and defendants because so many parties get involved with the management of a commercial truck, such as the parent trucking company, maintenance company, and load crews. Our attorneys can help by filing a claim or claims against the right defendants.
- Federal regulations: Auto accidents will involve the local rules of the road, which are typically fairly simple, such as do not break the speed limit. Truck accidents are different because they involve federal regulations set by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). You will need to work with a team that understands these unique and complicated regulations and how they can improve your case. For example, we might be able to uncover that the truck driver drove too many hours in a single shift.
- Complex evidence: The evidence that can go into a truck accident case to prove liability is often complex, both in how it is found and how it is used. One commonly used source of data is the “black box” that is equipped in many commercial trucks. This data recorder can show the truck driver’s hours-of-service logs, as well as whether or not the brakes were applied before the moment of impact.
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
- 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:
- 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.
Truck Accidents FAQ
How long can a trucker drive in a shift?
What compensation is available to truck accident claimants?
What is the statute of limitations for truck accident claims?
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