Truck Accident Attorneys in Morehead City, NC
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Truck accidents are extremely dangerous and often result in serious injuries that can be challenging to recover from. If you are currently suffering after a truck accident, you’re not alone, especially if you’re in North Carolina. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, North Carolina was one of the 10 states with the highest number of fatal large truck and bus crashes between 2014 and 2016. On North Carolina highways there are countless different kinds of trucks, from semis to tractor-trailers to moving trucks and 18-wheelers. Davis, Murrelle & Lyles, P.A. have remained committed to helping individuals injured in truck accidents for more than 35 years. Don’t hesitate to call our truck accident attorneys if you’ve been injured in Morehead City, NC. The more serious the injuries, the more expensive they can be to treat – we can help you secure the compensation you deserve to heal.
Common Causes & Types of Truck Accidents
Trucks can cause several unique accidents that don’t happen ever or as often to passenger vehicles and can cause massive damage due to their size and weight. A semi-truck, for instance, can weigh up to 80,000 pounds when fully loaded, while the typical passenger car weighs about 3,000 pounds.
Common types of accidents that are unique to trucks include:
- Underride accidents: When smaller motor vehicles hit the back of a tractor-trailer, the can slide under the trailer and become lodged, and sometimes the top of the car can be crushed or slice off. This is one of the most serious types of accidents that can cause devastating injuries, as underride accidents can crush drivers and passengers.
- Jackknife accidents: These types of accidents occur to semi-trucks and tractor-trailers, both of which have cabs and trailers. A jackknife accident occurs when the trailer swings toward the cab as a result of improper breaking. These accidents typically result in a multi-vehicle pileup, especially if the truck is blocking multiple lanes in the road.
- Rollover accidents: One of the most deadly accidents for both truck drivers and other motor vehicle drivers alike, a rollover occurs when a driver loses control of their truck after a tire blowout, from speeding, or from being overloaded, causing the car to roll onto its side or its roof. This often pins drivers in the vehicle and crushes any cars within its path.
- Cargo-related accidents: Truck accidents can happen when they’re overloaded, or their cargo is improperly secured. Cargo that spills out onto the road can create hazards for other drivers, especially if that cargo is toxic and causes explosions or fires. Overloaded trucks can also roll over onto their sides or roofs when making sharp turns or speeding.
What Information Do I Need from a Truck Driver in an Accident?
After a truck accident, it’s important that once you’ve sought medical attention that you collect as much evidence at the scene as possible, including information from the truck driver involved. Beyond taking photos of the vehicle damage and your injuries and gathering witness information, you also need to approach the other vehicles who have been struck.
Information you need to collect from the truck driver includes:
- The driver’s name, address, phone number, and email address
- The driver’s insurance company and policy number
- The driver’s license number
- The name and contact information for the driver’s employer and trucking company
- The truck license plate number and other identifying information
If you missed any of this information, having a personal injury lawyer on your side can be helpful. Our law firm can investigate your accident and collect any evidence you don’t already have in order to strengthen your claim and prove truck driver liability.
Determining who is responsible for paying your damages after you’ve been injured in a truck accident is extremely tricky. While passenger-car drivers own their own vehicles and have their own insurance, truck drivers or their employers can be responsible, depending on the cause of the accident.
The following parties are often held liable for damages in trucking accidents:
- Truck drivers, if the driver broke the law by being intoxicated or driving while fatigued
- Trucking companies, if it’s found that the company didn’t train their drivers properly or cut corners around safety
- Truck manufacturers, if what caused the accident was a faulty or broken part
- Cargo loaders, if the accident occurred as a result of unsecured cargo
With decades of experience, our attorneys can be trusted to handle your case with care and personalized attention. We can assess your situation in your consultation and inform you of your options.
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