Dedicated Legal Representation for Catastrophically Injured Victims
When passenger vehicles, such as
motorcycles, collide with large semi-trucks and 18-wheelers, the resulting damage is often
catastrophic. Sadly, the people in those passenger vehicles are the ones who typically
sustain the greatest degree of injury simply due to the sheer size and
weight of commercial trucks.
You may be entitled to financial compensation for your damages, but these
cases are often very complex due to the number of liable parties involved,
as well as other relevant factors. Having a
skilled legal team on your side can make all the difference in the outcome of your case.
Myriad factors can contribute to or cause a truck accident. Human error,
malfunctioning parts, or pressure from the trucking company to meet deadlines
can all lead to devastating collisions, injuries, and
Some of the most common causes of truck accidents include:
Distracted truck drivers, including those
texting, eating, or drinking while driving
Intoxicated truck drivers, including both
drunk and drugged driving
Defective truck design, leading to loss of control, rollovers, jackknifing, etc.
Poor weather conditions and/or low visibility
Defective/dangerous road design or construction
Note that this list is not exhaustive; there are nearly countless ways
in which a truck accident may occur.
What Causes a Truck Rollover Accident?
When a vehicle turns on its side or roof during an accident, this is referred
to as rollover. Rollovers can be caused by a number of factors including
excessive cornering, tripping, collision, or traversing a critical slope.
How Does Excessive Cornering Start?
Excessive cornering happens when a vehicle takes a turn too quickly. Inertial
forces push a vehicle in the direction it was originally going, so if
you're going straight and then suddenly turn, the car's inertia is still
moving straight ahead. In smaller vehicles, this will make the car slip
out or spin, but often this will cause larger vehicles like trucks or
SUVs to rollover.
When Does Tripping Occur?
Tripping rollovers can occur when a vehicle is sliding and then one or
more tires hit a curb, suddenly regain traction, dig into soft ground,
or something similar. Physics will once again cause the car to topple
over in this instance.
Collisions With Other Vehicles
In general, an impact with another motor vehicle or object objects can
also cause a truck to rollover if it becomes unstable enough as a result
of the collision, such as a strong side impact. Crossing a ditch or slope
can also cause a rollover if taken at the wrong angle or too high of a speed.
Injured in a trucking accident? Call (855) 757-4204 for a consultation today.
Like most personal injury claims, in order to recover compensation after
a truck accident, you will typically need to prove that another party
acted negligently and that this led to your injuries and damages. Doing
this is not usually an easy task, as there may be multiple liable parties.
For example, because truck drivers are employed by trucking companies and are
on the job when most accidents occur, their employers—the trucking companies—may
be liable for their actions. Therefore, it may be possible to hold both
a negligent truck driver
and his or her employer accountable.
If improper truck maintenance led to the accident, the person or party
responsible for conducting said maintenance can be held liable. If a defective
truck tire blew out, causing the truck driver to lose control of the vehicle
and slam into your car, the designer, manufacturer, or distributor of
the tire may be liable, depending on
what type of defect it had. When a dangerous roadway leads to an accident, the local, state,
or federal entity responsible for the roadway may be at fault.
As you can see, truck accident claims can become incredibly complex very
quickly. However, at Lanier Law Group, our North Carolina truck accident
lawyers have decades of experience and a vast knowledge of the law. We
know how to thoroughly investigate the cause of your accident, determine
who is liable, gather sufficient evidence to support your claim, and fight
tirelessly for the full, fair compensation you are owed.
Staying Safe on the Road
While some truck accidents are truly unavoidable, there are certain things
you can do on the road to limit the likelihood of an accident. Never follow
a truck too closely and if a truck comes up behind you and starts tailgating,
change lanes and let it pass. You should also always avoid trucks’
blind spots. If the truck driver cannot see you, he or she may turn or
change lanes into your vehicle.
If you notice a truck driver driving in an unsafe manner, wait until it
is safe to pull over and then call local law enforcement or the number
posted on the back of the truck (if applicable) to report it. However,
never jeopardize your own safety; steer clear of any truck that seems
to be drifting across lanes, speeding, or behaving recklessly or dangerously.
Fighting for the Fair Recovery You Are Owed
If you were injured in a truck accident or lost a loved one in a truck-vehicle
collision, we understand the immense burdens you are facing. Our legal
team is committed to helping you secure fair compensation for your medical
bills, lost income/wages, lost future wages, pain and suffering, emotional
distress, and other damages.
We have multiple office locations throughout North Carolina to better serve
Raleigh, and we offer our services on a contingency fee basis; there is no cost
to you unless/until we recover compensation on your behalf.
Call us today at
(855) 757-4204 to request your free initial consultation. Se habla español.