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.