Choosing a Durham Truck Accident Attorney
At our law firm we are very aware that North Carolina ranks sixth in the nation for the number of crashes involving large commercial trucks, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. Our experienced truck accident attorneys in Durham and Charlotte know the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, know the right experts to hire in the case, and can give you information about your rights.
You may want to know, what is so special about an experienced truck accident injury lawyer? Is that any different from any other lawyer? Yes. For example, a trucking accident lawyer knows that truck owners don’t have to keep their inspection records forever, and will know it’s important to file a lawsuit early to make sure they aren’t destroyed. An experienced trucking accident attorney will also be familiar with trucking companies’ ownership and insurance structures, their common work rules, and their threats about bankruptcy.
Some examples of our truck accident cases include:
- A bus driver who received a head injury when a sanitation truck pulled out of an intersection in front of her;
- A motorcyclist who was severely injured after a truck driver illegally swung out to the left before he made a right-hand turn. We found out that the drivers’ mirrors weren’t adjusted correctly;
- An employee on his way to work who was killed by a dump truck with brakes that had not been inspected properly.
Here are some reasons that a jury may find the truck driver or the trucking company at fault in your case:
- Driver fatigue — The truck owner could be liable if it required the driver to keep working beyond the federal hours limit.
- Overloaded or unbalanced freight — The trucking company or some third party may be responsible for improper loading.
- Excessive speed — Both the driver and the company could be responsible for the wreck if the driver had to meet an unreasonable deadline.
- Equipment malfunction — The truck’s owner may be on the hook for shoddy maintenance, or the manufacturer of a failed truck part (such as defective tires) may be responsible.
- Failure to follow state and federal regulations — This is a factor in the big majority of trucking accident cases, making the company that owns the truck legally responsible for the injury or death.
Negligent hiring and training — If the trucker has a history of traffic offenses, substance abuse, or accidents, or if the driver was not properly trained to handle an 80,000-pound tractor trailer, the employer can be liable.