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Injured in a Tractor-Trailer Accident?

Durham Tractor-Trailer & Truck Accident Attorney

Experienced Legal Counsel When You Need it Most

Have you been injured in a truck accident 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.

Don Strickland is among the most experienced and successful in North Carolina at handling tractor-trailer and other large commercial truck accident claims. He is well-versed in federal and state laws and regulations for the trucking industry and knows how to hold trucking companies accountable to those standards. You can count on him to see your case through, as he has represented victims of truck wrecks for more than 34 years.

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

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.

There are a number of different causes of serious trucking accidents which lead to serious or fatal injuries:

  • Improperly maintained vehicles or trailers
  • Fatigued drivers
  • Impaired drivers
  • Distracted drivers
  • Failure to follow the rules of the road
  • Aggressive driving
  • Improperly loaded cargo

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.

Request a Case Consultation: Call (919) 701-8132

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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