Understanding Truck Accidents in North Carolina – Durham Personal Injury Lawyer

Trucking accidents can be very serious, and often fatal, resulting in large medical bills, loss of income, and years of rehabilitation. As the not at-fault driver in a trucking accident, multiple parties, self-interested trucking companies, and experienced insurance investigators will be working against you. Let a Durham Personal Injury Lawyer assess your Durham Truck Accident to maximize the compensation you may deserve.

According to the North Carolina Department of Transportation, there were 4,567 crashes in North Carolina involving tractor-trailers in 2017. Of these crashes, there were 66 fatalities and 1,157 injuries. Of these 4567 crashes, 60 of them occurred in Durham County. The number of accidents involving tractor trailers has been on the rise over the past 5 years, jumping approximately 25% higher than crashes involving tractor-trailers in 2012 which was estimated at 3,432.

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:

      • • Tired driver
      • • Lack of training
      • • Driver operating while under the influence of alcohol or drugs
      • • Lack of experience
      • • Aggressive driving
      • • Carelessness or negligence
      • • Failure to maintain brakes
      • • Lack of functioning safety devices
      • • Over-weighted trucks
      • • Faulty federal safety inspection
      • • Speeding
      • • Poor weather conditions

Commercial trucks are required to carry a large 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. By quickly hiring a personal injury lawyer you give yourself the same advantage.

If you have been injured in a truck accident, fighting with an experienced trucking and insurance company can be difficult. Contact Wallace Pierce Law for fair compensation with the help of a Durham car accident attorney.

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