Raleigh, NC Truck Accident Lawyer Who Takes Your Case Seriously
We investigate accidents caused by commercial truck drivers
Truck accidents caused by commercial truck drivers in Raleigh, North Carolina can be complicated cases. Different state and federal laws often apply to accidents caused by tractor-trailers and other large trucks. There’s sometimes more than one at-fault party. That’s why it’s critical that you have an experienced attorney on your side who understands how the legal system works and who can take a stand after your accident.
Our skilled legal team Brent Adams & Associates can help you every step of the way. We thoroughly understand the laws governing commercial truck accidents. We have years of experience working with injury victims throughout the Raleigh area. We know how to deal with trucking companies and insurance companies. We have an in-depth understanding of state and federal trucking laws, including Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations. That’s why we consistently obtain sizable settlements and verdicts for injury victims. Case results matter here.
How did your Raleigh accident happen?
Accidents caused by truck drivers often occur because the driver was behaving in a reckless or negligent manner. Some of the specific reasons why accidents happen in the Raleigh area include:
- Speeding truck driver, especially on busy highways like I-440 and I-540 in Raleigh.
- Distracted truck drivers, including texting drivers, even though texting while driving is against the law nationwide for drivers with a commercial driver’s license (CDL).
- Tired truck drivers who fall asleep at the wheel while driving on highways like I-40 and I-87 often used by long-haul truckers driving tractor-trailers.
- Drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- Inexperienced truck drivers who lose control of the truck, especially on sharp curves or due to dangerous road conditions or hazardous weather.
- Poorly maintained trucks that have a tire blowout, defective brakes or other mechanical problems.
- Improperly loaded trucks, in which the contents shift in transit, resulting in a rollover or jackknife truck accident.
Is this how your accident happened? Or are you dealing with a different type of truck accident? Whatever the circumstances of your crash, make sure you have an experienced attorney on your side, advocating for the money you deserve after your accident.
Who investigates truck accidents in Raleigh?
Accidents caused by commercial truck drivers are often investigated by local, state and sometimes even federal officials. This includes:
- Local police officers, including members of the Raleigh Police Department, especially if your accident took place within the city limits.
- North Carolina troopers working for the State Highway Patrol, especially if your accident happened on a state highway.
- Federal investigators working for the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), especially if your accident involved serious injuries or fatalities.
After their initial investigation, trucking companies and insurance companies for all the parties involved often then conduct their own independent investigation. In many cases, they’re simply concerned with making sure their employee or policy holder is not found to be at fault.
This is why it’s critical that you have a lawyer on your side investigating your crash. Your attorney can make sure your side of the story gets the attention you deserve. That way, you can make a strong case in support of your accident claim.
Who pays for my accident?
North Carolina has an at-fault insurance system. That means the at-fault party is responsible for compensating injury victims for all their accident-related expenses. In terms of accidents caused by commercial truck drivers, the at-fault party can be one or more people or companies depending on the circumstances of our crash. As a result, you accident related expenses may be paid for by one or more of the following:
- The truck driver who caused your crash.
- The trucking company the truck driver works for.
- The company that owns the truck’s trailer in the case of tractor-trailer accidents.
- The company that owns the tractor-trailer’s cab.
- The company that loaded the truck, especially if the truck was loaded improperly.
- The company responsible for maintaining the truck.
- The insurance companies for all the at-fault parties.
Depending on the circumstances of your case, you may decide to file an injury claim or an accident lawsuit in court. There are advantages to either approach. That’s why it’s important to learn more about your legal options and discuss them with an experienced attorney right away.
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The clock is running after your commercial truck accident. Often, you only have a limited amount of time to file a lawsuit. This deadline is known as the statute of limitations and varies from state to state. But there’s often other important deadlines you need to be aware of, including how long the truck driver or trucking company has to keep certain accident data.
Such data includes Hours of Service (HOS) logs and data from the truck’s black box, also known as an electronic control module (ECM) or event data recorder (EDR). HOS logs detail exactly how long the driver was on the road before the accident. ECM data includes the speed the truck was going at the time of the collision, when the driver last took a break and if the driver attempted to slow down before the accident.
We can demand access to such information and other important evidence related to your accident. We understand the urgency of your case and we’re ready to fight for your rights. Contact us and schedule your free case evaluation at our Raleigh office right now.