Truck Accident Lawyers in Charlotte
Semi-Trailers Can Cause Severe Injuries and Deaths. Our Attorneys Can Help
You Fight Back.
There’s no doubt big rigs are essential to our nation, moving goods
from coast to coast every day. However, when trucking companies turn a
blind eye to, or even encourage, dangerous driver behaviors, innocent
people’s lives can be at stake.
In 2018, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recorded
nearly 500,000 crashes that involved large trucks. Around 4,500 of those
accidents resulted in fatalities for at least one party. Given the size
and weight difference between big rigs and passenger cars, other road
users are much more likely to be harmed than truck drivers themselves.
Semi-truck crashes can be life-changing. Those who survive them often do
so with severe injuries that impair their ability to work, pursue hobbies,
and enjoy their lives. If you are in this situation after a truck accident
caused by someone else, we have your back. Lanier Law Group can take on
complex cases against big companies or insurers.
Schedule your free consultation today by calling (855) 757-4204. If you
cannot make it to one of our offices, our Charlotte truck accident lawyers
are happy to come to you anywhere in North Carolina.
Who Is to Blame for a Truck Accident?
The liability for a truck accident can rest with a variety of parties,
and most of them aren’t the driver. You may find yourself bringing
a claim against:
- A trucking company
- A truck or truck parts manufacturer
- A mechanic
- Another (non-commercial) driver
In some cases, the liability will be split between more than one of these
parties. Having a skilled and tough attorney on your side is especially
important in this type of complex case. By law, insurers only have to
pay 100% of a settlement if their client was 100% at fault. This means
if you don’t file against every party involved, you may be leaving
money on the table.
Causes of Truck Accidents
Figuring out who holds liability can be complex because there are multiple
parties whose errors can cause serious accidents. We have a strong investigative
team that is ready to figure out what went wrong in the seconds leading
up to a crash. Truck accidents may be caused by:
- Driver distraction or inattention
- Driver fatigue
- Improper cargo loading
- Defective truck parts
- Defective truck design
- Insufficient maintenance
- Third-party negligence (a mistake made by another driver)
- Poor road design
Many accidents are the result of a chain of errors, so what sometimes appears
to be the ultimate (or only) cause may be only a small factor. Having
a full understanding of what happened is essential to presenting a strong
When is a Trucking Company Liable?
Because truck drivers are on the job most (if not all) of the time they
spend in their big rigs, they are not directly liable for accidents. Instead,
it falls to their employer to have proper training, oversight, scheduling,
etc. to support employees. So, even if a truck driver causes an accident
because they are on their cell phone, the company that employs them would
By hiring someone to be a truck driver, a company is vouching for them
on the road. The only time a truck driver themself would be to blame would
be in an incident caused by deliberate recklessness, which is very rare.
Truck Accidents Caused by Defective Auto Parts
Large trucks may travel more than 100,000 miles a year, which means there
are many opportunities for breakdowns. Any company that sells trucks or
the parts made for them must hold itself to the highest manufacturing
standards. Malfunctioning brakes, tires, or other essential elements can
cause a driver to lose control of their truck, to devastating results.
Our attorneys can investigate an accident to determine whether a faulty
part played a role.
Failure to Perform Regular Maintence/Mechanical Service
Likewise, whoever is responsible for making sure a truck is roadworthy
may be liable if a failure leads to a wreck. Some trucking companies take
care of their own vehicles, but others may contract with a third party
to keep their fleet running. If a mechanic misses a warning sign or makes
a mistake that leads to a breakdown, there may be cause to file a claim
Investigating a truck accident and pursuing compensation from all liable
parties requires a tenacity that isn't found it most law firms. The Charlotte
truck accident attorneys at Lanier Law Group have decades of experience
representing these types of cases and is equipped with the resources necessary
to successfully litigate your claim.
The Devastating Consequences of Truck Accidents
As we mentioned, in an accident between a big truck and a passenger vehicle,
the occupants of the latter are much more likely to be injured. Cars may
literally get caught on or under a tractor-trailer without its driver
noticing. In a collision of any sort, the force generated by a big rig
is likely to total any passenger vehicle.
Its occupants may suffer serious injuries such as:
In the aftermath of a severe injury, most Americans will find themselves
with high medical bills they aren’t sure how they will pay. Filing
an injury claim against any at-fault parties can help you receive financial
relief to help not only with your needs now but also those you may have
in the future.
We Fight Complex and Tough Cases
Lanier Law Group is known for filing more lawsuits than other injury firms. This is because
we aren’t about to let a big insurer or trucking company treat our
clients unfairly. The reputation that’s come from our readiness to litigate gives
us leverage in settlement negotiations. If the other party is not willing
to deal, you can be confident our team will fight your case all the way
to the end.
Suffering a severe injury can change an accident victim’s plans for
the future and impact their family’s lives in many ways. Our Charlotte
truck accident lawyers understand what you are going through, which is
why we offer personal attention and support to our clients. Along with
a skilled attorney fighting for you, you will also have a case manager,
investigator, insurance adjuster, and other team members on your case
when you work with us.
You deserve a firm that will do its best to help you prevail in a truck
accident case. If you’re ready to get started, Lanier Law Group
is here to help.
Call us at (855) 757-4204 for a free consultation. We schedule same-day
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