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Have you been injured from trucking accidents in North Carolina? Accidents which involve commercial trucks are some of the most dangerous, because of the size and weight of the vehicles. If you believe that a negligent driver was at fault for the collision which caused your injuries, it is in your best interest to hire an experienced truck accident attorney with a proven track record to represent you.

Injuries from trucking accidents in North Carolina? Contact Donald R. Strickland to learn more about compensation. Free consultations!

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.

Don Strickland will also hire highly qualified professionals to help prove your case. These individuals may include:

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

Hours of Service Regulations

Because of how dangerous trucks can be in the event of an accident the FMCSA regulates how long a truck driver can be on the road and when they must rest in order to prevent fatigued driving. According to the hours of service regulation:

  • Truck drivers can work up to 14-hour a day
  • Three of the 14 hours driving must spent on meal or rest breaks.
  • Driver must rest for a minimum of 10 consecutive hours before starting a new workday
  • Truck drivers must take days off work at regular intervals. If a trucking company is open seven days a week a driver is allowed to work 70 hours in an eight-day period before taking at least 34 consecutive hours off. If a trucking company is open less than seven days a week than a driver is then allowed to work 60 hours in a seven-day period before taking 34 hours off.

Truck Maintenance Regulations

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulates the commercial trucking industry, including maintenance. Truckers are required to perform their own inspection prior to driving to ensure the truck is in safe operating condition and, if the vehicle has any defects, the trucker must get it properly repaired. If an accident occurs, the trucking company would be held liable.

Some of the maintenance duties that are commonly ignored include:

  • Brake and pad checks
  • Tire checks
  • Trailer control system checks
  • Fluid level check
  • Operating lights check

Pursuing Your Claim for Trucking Accidents

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.

Penalties for Violating HOS

When a truck driver does not observe the HOS regulations, he or she is subject to a wide range of penalties. The trucking company that employees the driver might also be held responsible for such violations.

The trucking industry is heavily regulated by rules outlined by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Part of these regulations include what is known as the hours of service (HOS), which is intended to limit the number of hours a truck driver can operate a commercial motor vehicle.

Contact Don Strickland at (919) 701-8132 to schedule a free, initial consultation. He can provide the legal guidance and advocacy you need at this time.

Who’s Held Liable After a Truck Accident

Unlike other motor vehicle accidents where the liable party is usually the driver who directly caused an accident, there are many parties who may potentially be held liable for a truck accident. Some who may not have even been at the scene of the accident. A liable party is usually determined through a truck accident investigation. While these investigations can be a complicated process, the Law Office of Donald R Strickland has the skill and knowledge to properly identify the appropriate party who can be held responsible for your injuries.

The first, most obvious potential liable party is the truck driver. A driver is most often held liable if the accident was caused by their negligence directly, such as drinking and driving. The trucking company, however, is the party most often held liable. Too often trucking companies are caught encouraging their drivers to break trucking regulations in order to help save their company time and money. When this happens they can be held responsible for their negligent actions.

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.

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

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