Trucking accidents can be very serious, often fatal, resulting in large medical bills, loss of income, and years of rehabilitation. Multiple parties, self-interested trucking companies, and experienced insurance investigators will be working against you. It is important to maximize the compensation you may deserve by ensuring that you receive the treatment you need.
“Twelve percent of all traffic fatalities in the United States are caused because of truck accidents. Tractor-trailer truck accidents are especially dangerous. In such truck accidents, an alarming 98% of the time, the passengers or driver in the other vehicle is killed as opposed to people in the truck.”
Trucking accidents are not only more dangerous but also more difficult to deal with than automobile accidents. Vehicles traveling across state lines are subject to federal law. Vehicles traveling exclusively in North Carolina are subject to North Carolina state laws, which are extremely similar to federal law. While the trucking industry is regulated by Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, all of the rules are not always followed. Trucking accidents are governed by federal law to reduce the instance of truck accidents to increase general safety on roadways.
Truck accidents can happen for a number of reasons. Some of the most common types of trucking accidents are blamed on driver error or failure to maintain a truck in an operable manner, such as:
Commercial trucks are required to carry significant liability insurance policy to fund the cost of potential accidents. Federal law limits the number of hours a drive can be allowed behind the wheel and regulates the proper maintenance of the truck. Trucking companies, investigators, and insurance companies begin investigating the accident and your injuries right away.
If you have been injured in a truck accident, fighting with an experienced trucking and insurance company can be difficult. If you have no experience dealing with personal injury claims, consider hiring a personal injury lawyer.