Truck accidents are unique from a personal injury perspective. While we commonly think of all accidents on the road as “auto accidents”, when it comes to personal injury in North Carolina, truck accidents demand special attention. The injuries our clients sustain from truck accidents are unique in that the impact sustained often leads to very dramatic and long-lasting injuries, sometimes even death. Lastly, establishing liability in truck accidents can be a challenge for the personal injury lawyer. This challenge includes:
Understanding The Mechanics Of Truck Maneuvers
The Impact Schemes Between Trucks And Other Vehicles
Trucking Industry Regulations
Federal Trucking Regulations
Unlike an accident that occurs between two individuals in their personally owned vehicles, an accident involving a truck driver driving for employment has different considerations. A personal injury attorney must take caution to investigate the safety record of the trucking company together with that of the driver. Additionally, records kept regarding the truck driver’s hours of operation leading up to the accident can be important.
From the injured party’s perspective, there are numerous ways in which negligence can be established in truck accidents. Trucking companies and their drivers are subjected to numerous federal trucking regulations related to safety on the road—both in the operation of and maintenance of, the vehicle. If your personal injury attorney discovers these regulations were not followed, and if they directly contributed to the accident, the elements of negligence may be met.
Commercial Trucking Insurance Providers
Often, there are numerous insurance providers or insurance companies involved in the successful litigation or settlement of a personal injury case involving commercial trucks. An experienced personal injury attorney will properly identify the carriers who have an obligation to insure the behavior of the trucking company and driver, and help protect you from losing out on money available to compensate you for your damages.
Investigating Company Policy
Quite often, negligence can be established at the company or corporate level, after an investigation of their policies regarding driver retention and driver training. If there are inconsistencies regarding the driver’s record or if the company’s policies do not meet the required standards, your personal injury attorney may be able to establish negligence on your behalf.
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If you have any questions about personal injury, or if you were in an accident of any sort and would like to speak with an attorney, please call us at 704.749.7747 or click for a FREE CASE EVALUATION and we’ll reach out quickly to speak with you. The call is free and we’re here to help.