Raleigh Truck Accident Lawyers Who Mean Business
As the Southeastern tip of Research Triangle Park, Raleigh sees its fair share of commerce and traffic – especially on I-40 which funnels semi-trucks along with thousands of commuters into and out of RTP every day. If you’re one of these daily commuters, you may watch traffic come to a complete halt as emergency vehicles speed by on their way to a crash site just ahead. It’s especially nerve-racking when you inch along towards the wreck and see the result of a collision between a big rig and a car.
Due to the size difference between the two vehicles, automobiles tend to bear the brunt of the damage in these crashes, and drivers and passengers can sustain significant injuries. Truck accident cases can also get complicated quickly due to the many parties potentially involved. Who could be liable for damages sustained – the truck driver, the trucking company, the hauling company, the leasing company, or the company that maintained the truck? To further complicate matters, there are detailed federal regulations covering driver qualifications, what constitutes safe operation, and inspection, repair, and maintenance requirements. In addition, some big rigs are covered by federal law (those that are involved in interstate deliveries) and some are covered by state law (those that only make in-state deliveries).
If you have been injured in a collision with a truck and have questions like these, it’s time to find out what your rights are and how you can protect them. Consult with an experienced truck accident lawyer in Raleigh as soon as possible.
What Are the Most Common Truck Accident Injuries?
Some of the most common types of injuries sustained by truck accident victims are those caused by sudden impact. When an automobile collides with an 18-wheeler, the size difference plus the accompanying extreme force can do bodily damage and result in:
- Back and neck injuries – whiplash, spinal cord damage, dislocated discs, paralysis
- Head and brain injuries – traumatic brain injury (TBI), memory loss, brain damage
- Soft tissue injuries – sprains, strains, tendon and ligaments tears
- Broken bones – broken collarbones, ribs, legs, and arms
- Internal injuries – internal bleeding, ruptured organs
- Burn injuries – third and fourth degree burns
An 18-wheeler can weigh anywhere from 35,000 pounds (empty) to 80,000 (fully loaded). Compare that to the average car out there on the highway that weighs in at 4,000 pounds. It’s not hard to understand how the occupants of a car can sustain significant injuries when these two vehicles collide.
Who Pays for my Medical Treatment After a Truck Accident that Wasn’t My Fault?
Since North Carolina is a “fault” state, the “at fault” driver (or possibly his employer, the trucking company, the leasing company, or the hauling company) is responsible for paying for the victim’s medical treatment. However, since doctors and medical facilities usually want payment quickly, people typically pay these bills from their own insurance and then work to get reimbursed from the liable party’s insurance.
Adding yet another layer of complication is the fact that North Carolina also follows the “contributory negligence” rule which states that if you are found at all responsible for the accident (even just 1%), you could be denied recovery of any damages. These are just a few of the reasons that many truck accident victims have sought our guidance on their truck wreck cases. Our Raleigh truck accident attorneys have experience negotiating with insurance companies with the goal of recovering for our clients as much as possible as quickly as possible.
When Should I Hire a Raleigh Truck Accident Lawyer?
Talk to a Raleigh truck accident attorney immediately after your accident, and then, armed with the information from that conversation, you can consider whether you want to hire a lawyer and proceed with a case. We encourage everyone to call for a free case evaluation before making any big decisions.
Many people think they cannot afford to hire an attorney. Our firm works on a contingency fee basis which means we won’t charge an attorney’s fee unless we get you compensation.2 This arrangement allows clients to obtain legal representation at the start of their case, and encourages us to be as efficient as possible while working on your behalf.
If you were injured in a wreck with a big rig and feel that the trucker was at fault, you can seek compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and other harms and losses. You don’t have to tackle this on your own. Give us a call at 1-877-900-7078.
How Many Truck Accidents Occur in Wake County Each Year?
Raleigh is the seat of Wake County, and the NC Division of Motor Vehicles reported that Wake County had 350 tractor trailer crashes in 2019 which resulted in 47 injuries. Luckily, there were no fatalities in this year, but in both 2018 and 2017, crashes with tractor trailers resulted in two deaths each. As more and more people move to Raleigh, commerce will build, and semi-trucks will continue to be a looming presence on the city’s highways and roads. Drive safely out there.
Why Hire Us as Your Raleigh Truck Accident Attorney?
At the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin, we have handled many truck accident cases. We secured a $4.5 million settlement for one North Carolina client, a $2 million settlement for another truck accident victim, and $1 million settlement for a third client.1 If you have been seriously hurt in an accident with a commercial truck that was not your fault, contact our Raleigh office today.
Truck accidents can be devastating and can change a person’s life in an instant. Don’t get bullied by the insurance company. Let us help you fight back as you try to restore balance back to your life.