Charlotte Truck Accident Attorney
Truck Accident Claims in North Carolina
Have you or a loved one recently been in an accident with an 18-wheeler or other heavy truck? Commercial shipping vehicles like semi-trucks travel through North Carolina every day. In 2018, there were over 6500 tractor-trailer truck crashes in the state, which lead to 1,381 injuries and 73 deaths.
If you or someone you know has been the victim of such a crash, Bondurant Litigation is here for you. Our Charlotte truck accident attorney Joel Bondurant has nearly two decades of experience handling all kinds of big rig crash claims throughout both North and South Carolina. Our legal team understands the complexities of such cases and will use our knowledge and experience to your advantage in order to obtain the just compensation you so rightfully deserve.
How Do I Know If I Have a Truck Accident Claim?
When a truck accident occurs, the person or people who suffered injuries as a result, also known as the plaintiff(s), can file a claim against the party or parties liable for the accident, known as the defendant(s). If you have suffered injuries at no fault of your own, you likely have a truck accident claim. However, to successfully gain the right to compensation, you must be able to show two things—who was liable for the accident and whether it was caused by negligence.
While liability is obvious in some cases, it can often be difficult to determine who the defendant is in truck accident claims. This is because numerous parties partake in trucking operations, so you or your lawyer might have to conduct an extensive investigation to determine the exact cause to find out who is responsible.
For example, liability may fall on one or more of the following parties:
- The truck driver/trucker
- The truck’s owner
- The trucking company that employs the driver
- The truck’s manufacturing company
- The truck’s parts’ manufacturing company(ies)
- The truck’s cargo loading company
To determine who is liable, you must figure out exactly what caused the accident in the first place. Did the trucker’s brakes fail, causing them to strike another vehicle at an intersection? In that case, liability may fall on the brake’s manufacturer. Did an off-balance cargo load cause the truck to roll over and cause a multi-vehicle pileup on the highway? The loading company is likely at fault. Determining liability can be tricky, so if fault is in question, hiring a truck accident attorney to investigate the crash for you can help quickly and accurately determine who is responsible.
Finally, you must be able to prove that the accident was caused due to negligence, the crux of heavy truck accident claims. Plaintiffs can only be compensated for their losses if someone’s negligent action (or lack of action) directly contributed to their crash injuries. Let’s look at some common causes of truck accidents for examples.
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Semi-trucks are dozens of feet long and can weigh up to 80,000 pounds when loaded with cargo. This makes tractor-trailers extremely dangerous in a crash, especially when handled by an inexperienced or reckless driver. However, it is not always the truck driver who is at fault for truck accidents—defective parts, poor management, other motorists, badly designed roads, and many other factors often cause truck crashes as well.
Other common causes of semi-truck accidents include:
- Reckless driving, such as speeding, tailgating, and aggressive lane changes
- Unfamiliarity with roadway or terrain (truckers often travel across the country)
- Driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol
- Drowsy driving, especially if the driver is under a tight deadline
- Mechanical failures or defects
- Lack of driver training
- Lack of proper truck maintenance
- Distracted driving
- Tire blowouts
- Improper cargo loading
As you can see, some of the above examples likely put the truck driver at fault whereas others place liability on another entity, such as the trucking company. With so many factors at play, it is best to work with a lawyer to ensure that you can prove liability without a doubt.
Consult with a Charlotte Truck Accident Lawyer Today!
Our truck accident lawyer Joel Bondurant has nearly two decades of experience litigating injury claims. He is capable of navigating the complexities of truck accident claims and defending your right to just compensation.
To learn more, contact us for schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.
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