Raleigh Truck Accident Lawyers
Were You Hit by a Big Rig? We Want to Help You File for Compensation.
Accidents with large trucks tend to be devastating for those in passenger
vehicles. Often at high speeds, and with the extreme weight and size difference
between semi-trailers and autos, these collisions are much more likely
to result in the injury or even death of those who are not protected by
the bulk of a heavy truck. Those who were in such an accident by no fault
of their own deserve the chance for justice.
Lanier Law Group was founded in 1997 and has spent the 20+ years since
helping accident victims recover compensation. When complicated or difficult
cases come our way, we are prepared to put in the work for our clients.
In fact, we file more lawsuits than other personal injury firms to show
defendants just how serious we are. Finding the right Raleigh truck accident
lawyer is essential to maximizing your compensation. Our team cares deeply
about helping clients find the best way forward after their lives are
disrupted by serious injuries.
Call our firm today at (919) 583-6414 to schedule your free consultation.
If you can’t come to us, we can come to you anywhere in or around
the Raleigh area.
When Can I File a Claim After a Truck Accident?
If you were injured in a truck accident that was not your fault, you are
likely eligible to file a claim for compensation. Truck accidents can
be caused by driver error, like other crashes, or may have more complex origins.
Truck Driver Error
Truck drivers can spend up to 11 hours each day on the road. Anyone who
has been behind the wheel for that long knows how draining it can be.
Negligent drivers may cause accidents because of:
- Distractions such as texting, eating, or drinking
- Fatigue or falling asleep at the wheel
- Poor judgment
- Speeding or other traffic violations
Third-Party Driver Error
It’s not always the driver of the big rig that’s at fault in
an accident. Multi-vehicle accidents may happen when another driver acts
negligently, forcing the truck driver to make a dangerous maneuver or
creating an unavoidable obstacle.
Truck drivers may also lose control due to defects they have no control
over. These include:
- Defective truck parts
- Defective truck design
- Insufficient maintenance
- Overloading of their truck
- Improper cargo loading
While these factors may not be immediately identifiable to an accident
victim, our Raleigh truck accident attorneys investigate each case to
determine if more than one party was to blame. Filing multiple claims
can help maximize your compensation after a wreck.
Liability in Truck Accidents
Another hurdle to determining fault in a truck accident is the commercial
relationship between drivers and trucking companies. While they are on
the job, truck drivers’ actions are almost always attributable to
their employer. This is because, by hiring a driver and putting them on
the road, a company is taking responsibility for training them and providing
Additionally, truck drivers are obligated to follow company rules and directives,
even if they would not personally make the same choices as their bosses.
Because the government recognizes driving a heavy truck for hours on end
is dangerous and likely to result in accidents, there is a set of regulations
known as the “hours of service” guidelines that control the
amount of time drivers may spend on the job without a break. Unfortunately,
some companies expect their drivers to complete routes on a schedule that
is simply not possible unless these rules are broken. Therefore, even
when a driver directly causes a crash by falling asleep at the wheel,
their employer may be to blame for overworking them.
Potential liable parties include:
- A freelance trucker
- A trucking company
- A third-party driver
- The company that owns or is responsible for maintaining a truck
- The company that designed the truck
- A company that manufactured a defective truck part
- A city or state responsible for implementing a dangerous road design
Liability with Freelance Drivers
Some truckers truly prefer to set their own schedule, choosing their clients
and routes as they can. Others work steadily for the same company, in
what is essentially an employer/employee relationship, but are treated
as contractors rather than W-2 employees. The nature of the relationship
between a business and a driver matters when determining who is to blame.
Freelancers are responsible for any accidents they cause, but determining
whether a driver is actually a pseudo-employee may allow you to sue the
company instead, which could result in a bigger settlement. Our Raleigh
truck accident attorneys can investigate and address questions like these.
Because trucking accidents can result in serious injuries and, accordingly,
expensive settlements, trucking companies often send investigators to
a crash site as soon as they learn something has happened. You need equivalent
professionals on your side.
If a trucking company can prove you were at fault for an accident, you
may not be able to recover anything. Don’t give them an advantage on this point: Call an attorney right away.
We Fight for Truck Accident Victims
Lanier Law Group balances compassion for our clients with tough representation
in settlement negotiations and in court. Our process is client-focused:
Everyone who works with us gets a full team on their side, including a
case management professional, an investigator, an insurance adjuster,
and other support staff. We are available to you 24/7 and always make
time to speak with our clients one-on-one.
Truck accident cases may be complex and difficult to fight, but you deserve
justice if you were badly injured. That means you need an attorney who
will not back down. As the $150+ million we’ve recovered for our
clients shows, Lanier Law Group knows what it takes to win big cases.
Let us explain how we can help you if you’ve been hurt.
Our Raleigh truck accident lawyers offer free consultations. Call us at
(919) 583-6414 to schedule yours. We’re available 24/7.