Durham Truck Accident Attorneys
Helping Victims of 18-Wheeler Accidents Seek Compensation
Trucking accidents can be serious and often fatal, resulting in large medical bills, loss of income, and years of rehabilitation. Multiple parties, self-interested trucking companies, and experienced insurance investigators will be working against you. It is important to maximize the compensation you may deserve by ensuring that you receive the treatment you need.
Why Should I Hire a Truck Accident Attorney?
It's a known fact that having a personal injury attorney on your side can often lead to higher settlement offers and can increase your chance at a favorable outcome. Though victims of truck accidents are able to file claims for themselves, it may be beneficial to enlist the expertise of a seasoned attorney. This is because a skilled personal injury attorney will have the experience needed to gather the evidence of your case and present the evidence in a way that can show that your injuries were sustained from the accident. With a seasoned attorney on your side, you can focus on recovery.
Causes of Truck Accidents
Trucking accidents are not only more dangerous but also more difficult to deal with than automobile accidents. Vehicles traveling across state lines are subject to federal law. Vehicles traveling exclusively in North Carolina are subject to North Carolina state laws, which are extremely similar to federal law. While the trucking industry is regulated by Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, all of the rules are not always followed. Trucking accidents are governed by federal law to reduce the instance of truck accidents to increase general safety on roadways.
Truck accidents can happen for a number of reasons. Some of the most common types of trucking accidents are blamed on driver error or failure to maintain a truck in an operable manner, such as:
- Tired driver
- Lack of training
- Driver operating while under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Lack of experience
- Aggressive driving
- Carelessness or negligence
- Failure to maintain brakes
- Lack of functioning safety devices
- Overweight trucks
- Faulty federal safety inspection
- Poor weather conditions
Commercial trucks are required to carry significant liability insurance policy to fund the cost of potential accidents. Federal law limits the number of hours a drive can be allowed behind the wheel and regulates the proper maintenance of the truck. Trucking companies, investigators, and insurance companies begin investigating the accident and your injuries right away.
If you have been injured in a truck accident, fighting with an experienced trucking and insurance company can be difficult. If you have no experience dealing with personal injury claims, consider hiring a personal injury attorney.
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