Asheville Truck Accident Attorneys
Serious Legal Representation for Serious Truck Crash Injuries
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), there was a significant increase in fatal truck crashes in 2017, the last available year of data. Each year, it’s estimated that several thousand people will lose their lives in a major truck accident – and thousands more will endure serious, life-changing injuries even when they do survive a crash.
At Lanier Law Group, P.A., we understand that the future may look uncertain and bleak after you’ve been hurt in an Asheville truck accident. That’s why our committed personal injury team is committed to helping you seek justice if you were the victim of another person’s negligence. Since 1997, we’ve fought tirelessly on behalf of injury victims across North Carolina, and we’re still helping clients fight for the fair recovery they deserve.
To speak with an experienced truck accident lawyer in Asheville, contact us at (855) 757-4204 or submit our online form today.
What Causes Truck Accidents?
Like all motor vehicle drivers who travel North Carolina’s roads, commercial truck drivers have an obligation to protect others from unnecessary safety hazards, by maintaining appropriate commercial licensing and taking reasonable precautions to avoid accidents. However, tractor-trailers are much larger than the average passenger car – and nearly 20 to 30 times heavier, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. This means that other vehicles face higher risks of catastrophic injury and death in a large truck crash.
While truck drivers do face greater regulations and stricter standards than the average driver, however, there are many that fail to meet this obligation and consider the safety of others. When truck carrier companies apply added pressure to meet deadlines, drivers may also be pushed to violate laws that protect them, such as federal “hours of service” laws that forbid truck drivers from traveling for too many consecutive hours at a time.
Truck accidents can be caused by any of the following types of negligence:
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Speeding or driving too fast for road conditions
- Distracted driving, with cell phones or other distractions
- Driver fatigue
- Hours of service violations
- Illegal maneuvers
- Road rage and aggressive driving
- Lack of sufficient training
- Poor hiring practices at the truck carrier company
- Brake or steering failure due to poor maintenance
- Improper cargo loading
Common Truck Crash Injuries
The FMCSA has estimated that over half of all large truck crashes involve a tractor trailer and a passenger car or other motorist. In these circumstances, the occupants in the other vehicle always face far greater injury risks than the truck driver, although it is possible for all parties to become seriously injured. Pedestrians and motorcyclists face even greater risks of fatal injury.
The most common injuries associated with truck crashes include:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Bone fractures
- Back injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Organ damage
- Neck injuries
Who Is Liable for Truck Accident Damages?
Depending on the nature of your accident, there could be multiple parties responsible for your injuries. Because truck drivers are not always the direct employees of truck carrier companies, it may not be possible to sue the larger company. However, this isn’t always the case. In addition to the truck driver, you will also likely be dealing with multiple insurance companies, and it could be possible to recover compensation from these providers as well.
Other parties potentially liable for a truck accident:
- Truck owner-operators
- Truck and car manufacturers
- Other drivers involved in the crash
While it can be a difficult process to file a lawsuit after a truck accident, the right attorney will be able to serve as your advocate between many different groups with different interests. The sooner you speak with a lawyer about your injuries, the sooner you may be able to recover enough compensation to account for medical expenses, long-term care needs, lost wages, and other damages incurred by the accident.
Fearless Fighters for Justice
At Lanier Law Group, P.A., we believe in fighting for a fair outcome on behalf of our clients, and we’ll always stand in your corner. With millions recovered for injury victims throughout North Carolina, our experienced team of Asheville truck accident lawyers won’t give up until you receive fair compensation for your losses.
We’re here for you 24/7, and we never back down from a challenge. Contact Lanier Law Group, P.A. at (855) 757-4204 today for more information.