Durham Tractor-Trailer Accident Attorneys

Experienced Legal Counsel When You Need it Most

Our Durham personal injury lawyers at Twiggs, Strickland & Rabenau are among the most experienced and successful in North Carolina at handling tractor-trailer and other large commercial truck accident claims. You can count on our firm to see your case through and we have represented victims of truck wrecks for more than 60 years.

Protecting Your Rights

If you have been seriously injured, or a loved one has died in a truck crash, we can aggressively protect your rights. We know the federal and state laws and regulations for the trucking industry and we know how to hold the trucking industry accountable to those standards.

At Twiggs, Strickland & Rabenau, we limit our caseload so that we can dedicate ourselves to each client we represent. At least two lawyers and one certified paralegal work together as a team on each case.

We also hire the highly qualified professionals needed to prove your case. These may include:

  • Doctors
  • Nurses
  • Accident investigators
  • Engineers
  • Rehabilitation specialists
  • Economists
  • Vocational experts
  • Life care planners

Preserving Important Evidence Quickly

The crash scene is important evidence of how the wreck happened. Trucking companies often have investigators at the scene before the vehicles are cleared away. Even after the wreckage is gone, there are marks on the road that are very important in proving fault. Getting an expert accident reconstruction witness on the scene right away strengthens your case.

Interviewing officers, troopers, and witnesses as soon as possible strengthens your case. Most large trucks have event data recorders like the black boxes on airplanes. Information from these devices help show what the vehicle was doing before, during, and after the crash. Having that data strengthens your case.

Pursuing Your Claim

Most commercial trucks are not owned by their drivers, but by companies that operate a fleet of vehicles or use the truck in their day-to-day business. If you are injured in a truck crash, you can file a lawsuit against the company that owns or manages the truck. That increases the probability that you will get the full compensation you deserve.

The size and weight of a truck and its cargo affect the severity of an accident. Trucks commonly involved in accidents include:

  • Tractor-trailers, including 18-wheelers, semi-trucks, or semi-trailers — When a tractor-trailer flips or jack-knives, multiple-car pile-ups can occur which can result in multiple injured persons filing claims against the same company and it insurance company.
  • Dump trucks — Dump trucks can weigh more than 32 tons, making them among the heaviest vehicles on the road. They often have high or no bumpers which increases the likelihood of serious injuries when a dump truck collides with a passenger car.
  • Logging trucks — Logs are unwieldy cargo. If they shift or break loose while in transit, the result for nearby drivers can be catastrophic.
  • Garbage trucks — Accidents involving garbage trucks are surprisingly common in light of how few miles they travel. Their girth and their frequent stops make them high-risk vehicles in residential areas

What You Need to Know about North Carolina Law

North Carolina law requires every person and company to use reasonable care when operating tractor-trailer rigs and other commercial trucks. Failing to use reasonable care is negligence. When negligence causes a crash resulting in injury or death, the negligent person or company must compensate an injured person—or the family of a person who died—for their losses, unless the defendant has a defense permitted by law and established by facts.

A person injured by negligence is entitled to compensation for:

  • Loss of or loss of use of parts of the body
  • Past and future physical pain
  • Past and future emotional suffering
  • Loss of enjoyment in life

In wrongful death cases, heirs recognized by the North Carolina Wrongful Death Statute are entitled to compensation for:

  • Medical bills
  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Lost services
  • Lost companionship, comfort, advice and guidance
  • Any other losses proven

Punitive Damages

When a trucking company or driver acts intentionally, willfully or with a reckless disregard for the rights and safety of others, punitive damages may also be recovered. Punitive damages are money damages designed to punish the wrongdoer and keep others from engaging in similar misconduct.

Contact our lawyers immediately if you are seriously injured or a loved one dies as a result of a tractor-trailer or other large truck accident. Schedule your consultation by calling (919) 701-8132.