Commercial trucks and tractor-trailers often weigh up to 80,000 pounds, compared to about 4,000 pounds for an average car. This enormous difference in weight means that when a commercial truck collides with a passenger car, the occupants of the car usually suffer the worst of the impact.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, about 1 in 10 highway deaths occurs in crashes involving a large truck, and most of these deaths are passenger vehicle occupants — not truck drivers. For example, 3,660 people died in large truck crashes in 2014; only 16 percent of these deaths were truck drivers while 68 percent were passenger vehicle occupants and 15 percent were bicyclists, pedestrians, or motorcyclists.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a crash involving a commercial truck, you may be entitled to compensation, but it’s important to act quickly and consult with an experienced personal injury attorney regarding your claim.
Why You Need an Attorney After a Truck Accident
If you or someone you love has been injured in a collision involving a large truck, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your injuries; an immediate investigation of the crash and its causes will be critical to your success. At Myers Law Firm, we have years of experience investigating motor vehicle crashes, and we can use our expertise to gather crucial evidence and uncover all the factors that caused the truck wreck.
If negligent driving or failure to keep up with proper truck maintenance caused the crash that led to your injuries, you may be able to recover monetary compensation for:
- Medical bills
- Wages lost as a result of the injuries
- Related property losses (such as damage to your vehicle)
- Your pain and suffering
If the insurance policy on the truck does not provide enough coverage to compensate you for all of these factors, you may be able to seek compensation from the trucking company that employed the driver or even parts manufacturers.
However, in North Carolina, if your own negligence was partly to blame for causing the trucking accident, then the law may bar you from receiving financial compensation. Insurance representatives know this and will search for any evidence of negligence on your part — no matter how small.
In addition, truck crashes often involve multiple vehicles, which can make it more difficult to determine exactly who was at fault. The complexity of these events combined with North Carolina’s harsh rules for injury victims can make a trucking accident claim seem like an overwhelming process, but the attorneys at Myers Law Firm are ready to help.
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Contact Myers Law Firm If You’ve Been Injured by a Truck
If you’ve been injured in a crash involving a tractor-trailer or other large commercial truck, Myers Law Firm can help. We offer free initial consultations for all personal injury cases. At Myers Law Firm, we welcome challenging cases and can put our years of litigation experience to work for you right away.
Keep in mind that North Carolina has a three-year statute of limitations for personal injury cases, so waiting to contact us could void your right to file a lawsuit and receive compensation.
To schedule your free consultation, please call our Charlotte office toll-free at 1-888-376-ATTY (2889) or fill out and submit our online contact form. We will follow up and get in touch with you as soon as possible.
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. (2016, February). Large Trucks: 2014. (Fatality facts). Ruckersville, VA: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Retrieved from http://www.iihs.org/iihs/topics/t/large-trucks/fatalityfacts/large-trucks