What Happens if You’re Hit by a ‘Chameleon Trucker’?
North Carolina truck accidents happen so often that NC ranks in the Top 10 in the nation for truck accidents. The severe damage and injuries tractor-trailer crashes cause may become more complicated for victims hit by ‘chameleon truckers’.
Chameleon truckers is a term coined by accident analysts that refers to negligent trucking companies who quickly change their name after their business is cited for violations. Raleigh personal injury lawyers at Brent Adams & Associates have blogged about careless bus and transportation companies whose drivers have caused accidents and injured innocent people. When these transportation businesses’ drivers have their licenses taken away, they simply create a new business entity and start operating all over again, often times with the same vehicles (which may not be properly maintained) and the same drivers (who may have been guilty of traffic violations).
According to new research by the Department of Transportation, only 2% of these new transportation companies experience a background check. Brent Adams & Associates’ Raleigh personal injury lawyers know how standard trucking companies’ insurance policies try to take advantage of truck accident victims. Fortunately, Brent Adams' team of North Carolina personal injury lawyers have established long-time experience representing innocent truck accident victims against inadequate coverage and fought for appropriate compensation to cover property damage and medical care.
North Carolina personal injury lawyers know that truck accident victims may face extra challenges should they have been injured by a chameleon trucker. The DOT reports less than 1% of trucks that pass through North Carolina are inspected for safety. In cases involving the negligence of chameleon transportation companies, Brent Adams & Associates’ North Carolina personal injury lawyers will take extra steps reviewing:
- Active insurance policies held by the trucking company
- The trucking company’s history of aliases, accident reports and violations
- Former insurance policies
- Records of ownership and title to determine at-fault parties
- Maintenance records and safety inspection reports
As with any NC accident, if you’re involved with a truck or transportation company crash, keep a record of all correspondence from the company, insurance providers and healthcare professionals. Let your Raleigh personal injury lawyers use their truck accident claim experience so that you can focus on getting well and returning to your lifestyle.
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