Have You Been Injured in an Accident with a Commercial Truck?
The roadways across North Carolina are full of commuters and tourists. Drivers in passenger vehicles must keep a watchful eye out for each other, as well as another danger on the road: Commercial Trucks.
Truck drivers must not only adhere to the regular rules of the roads, but they’re also supposed to follow a set of rules set specifically for their industry. In 2018, over 4,800 fatal car crashes around the country involved commercial trucks – and in North Carolina, that number was just under 170.
Not all crashes involving big rigs are fatal. If someone finds themselves at the mercy of a truck on the road, it helps to understand some basic insight into these crashes – and whether or not you have a case.
What You Should Know About Truck Accidents
Car crashes always have the potential to be fatal, but the fatality rate is much higher when it comes to truck accidents. The sheer size and weight of a commercial truck make it a major force to be reckoned with. Truck drivers must always remain conscious of the vehicles around them, the grade of the road and the condition of their truck. These high-performing machines cannot stop as quickly as passenger vehicles, and they cannot make evasive maneuvers without the possibility of jack-knifing or rolling over.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents
A majority of motor vehicle accidents these days are caused by distracted driving. The same applies to commercial truck accidents. A few seconds of diverted attention may mean that a passenger vehicle stops short in front of a truck, and by the time the trucker sees it, stopping is not possible.
Sleep deprivation is another cause of truck accidents. Truckers have deadlines to meet, and while they have rules that they follow regarding how long they can drive before stopping for a break, it does not mean drivers don’t get tired. Driving drowsy is just as dangerous as driving impaired, especially for truckers.
Claims Against Trucking Companies
Special investigations are launched when a commercial truck is involved in a crash, especially when it proves fatal. When a person is hurt in a collision with a truck, the trucking company may be on the hook for compensation. However, these companies are often protected by layers of insurance and teams of lawyers. They often try and discredit the motor vehicle drivers rather than subject themselves to lawsuits and protracted settlement payments.
Don’t Take Any Chances, Reach Out to GMFM
Going up against a trucking company after a crash takes expertise in how they operate. Since most injuries involving trucks are catastrophic, fighting for just compensation is crucial.
Let the team at Glenn, Mills, Fisher & Mahoney, P.A., roll up our sleeves, and fight for your rights. Fill out our online contact form and tell us a little about your case, or call us directly at (919) 683-2135 to schedule a consultation. We are here for you!