Tractor-Trailer Accident in Charlotte, NC
Victims of tractor-trailer accidents often endure months of pain, lost wages and questions that rarely have answers. If you or a family member has been hurt in a truck crash due to someone else’s negligence, you need an experienced Charlotte tractor-trailer accident lawyer to help you demand the justice you deserve.
Offering aggressive, experienced representation for accident victims, Stewart Law Offices works through the many procedures that tractor-trailer accident claims require so that fair settlements are possible. Call us at (866) 465-7851, fill out a contact form, or chat with us live to schedule a free consultation with a knowledgeable truck accident lawyer in Charlotte, N.C., today.
How Our Law Firm Can Help After a Charlotte Truck Accident
For people injured in tractor-trailer accidents, there’s nothing worse than being further harmed by insurance companies. This happens when you’re lying in bed trying to recuperate from your devastating accident, and the insurer says you’re only approved to receive a fraction of the amount you expected.
When you hire a lawyer, communication with insurance companies ceases unless the attorney approves it. Truck accident victims can count on these benefits when choosing our law firm to handle your personal injury claim:
- Our knowledgeable Charlotte truck accident attorneys will identify every potentially liable party, which may include the truck’s driver, the trucking company, the cargo loader, the truck’s mechanic, a manufacturer of a defective truck part, etc.
- Our skilled team will fight for every bit of compensation you may be entitled to receive, including payment of medical bills, replacement or repair of your car, compensation for time lost at work, compensation for the inability to earn future wages at current capacity, replacement of personal property of value damaged in the accident, and payment for pain and suffering.
- Our law firm will keep you informed of what is happening in your case every step of the way and answer any questions you may have.
- We will not charge you any fees for our services unless and until we recover compensation for you.*
Stewart Law Offices provides crash victims the compassionate service and high-quality representation they deserve after being hurt in a tractor-trailer accident in Charlotte. We urge you to call us to schedule your no-cost tractor-trailer accident case evaluation today at 1-866-465-7851, or by reaching out to us online.
Building a Case for Maximum Compensation After a Truck Accident
Successful tractor-trailer accident claims require substantial amounts of evidence, which can be difficult to collect on your own. That’s why you need to hire an experienced tractor-trailer accident lawyer in Charlotte who has handled these types of claims before and can build a strong case for compensation. You can trust our Charlotte NC tractor-trailer accident lawyers to:
- Identify any violations. The trucking industry is regulated by strict sets of rules and regulations that, if violated, could bar companies from hauling and drivers from holding a commercial license. Your attorney will identify any violations and use them to your benefit.
- Investigate thoroughly. Though a police report is a good start, the investigation your attorney embarks on will be more focused and thorough. Your attorney will collect every bit of evidence that can bolster your claim for compensation.
- Establish liability. To file a successful claim for negligence, you will have to demonstrate that the defendant owed you a duty of care, that their actions demonstrate a breach of that duty, that the breach directly caused your injuries, and that your injuries caused you significant damages. Your lawyer will know what is needed to prove all four of these crucial elements to establish liability.
- Aggressively negotiate your claim. Our goal is to recover maximum compensation for you. We know how insurance companies can lowball vulnerable truck accident victims, and we fight for the best possible outcome for you. If that means seeing your case through to a jury verdict, our attorneys will be ready.
Schedule a free consultation with an experienced Charlotte truck accident attorney today to learn how our firm can make a difference for you.
Differences Between Auto Accidents and Truck Accidents
There are several differences that set apart tractor-trailer accident claims from car accident cases:
- Parties involved. When one passenger car crashes into another, there is usually one liable party – the driver. However, tractor-trailer crashes may involve additional parties. They may include the driver, the trucking company, the cargo loading company, the manufacturer, a third-party distributor, or whatever company last serviced the truck.
- Extent of injuries. Tractor-trailers can weigh over 40 tons loaded. That’s roughly 35 tons more than the heaviest vehicle consumers can purchase without a commercial license. Injuries are far more catastrophic with semis considering how much gravitational force a fully loaded trailer moving a mere 35 mph produces.
- Insurer. Passenger cars have policies with much lower limits because the expected losses in car accidents are lower. Commercial vehicles are businesses and, therefore, have commercial insurance that contains much higher limits, meaning accident victims may be able to recover significantly more money for catastrophic losses in an accident with a tractor-trailer.
- Compensation. While no amount of money can turn back time, being fully compensated for losses can certainly help rebuild broken lives. Settlements in tractor-trailer claims can be much greater than those in car accidents due to the severity of damages suffered.
At Stewart Law Offices, our qualified personal injury lawyers have extensive experience handling complex truck accident claims. Contact us today to learn about your legal rights.
Steps to Take After a Tractor-Trailer Accident
The immediate aftermath of a tractor-trailer accident can be overwhelming. To help protect your legal rights, try to keep calm and follow these steps after an accident:
- Call law enforcement. Request that the police take down an accident report.
- Take down the truck’s DOT number, company information, the trailer number, and the driver’s name. If they’re unwilling to give their name, a lawyer can use their trailer number to identify them.
- Take photos – lots of them. Get photos of the vehicles involved, your injuries, and any related evidence such as road signs or skid marks. Most smartphones will date and time stamp your photos for you. You can also ask someone else to take photos and send them to you.
- Collect as much identifying information from witnesses as they’re willing to give. Name, email, phone, and physical address are all good to have.
- Get medical help, even if you feel fine. You could be experiencing early concussion symptoms or have internal bleeding that isn’t immediately apparent.
- Call Stewart Law Offices as soon as possible.
If you were unable to complete any of these steps because you were rendered unconscious or had to immediately seek medical attention, don’t panic. Contact a lawyer as soon as you are able. A legal team can immediately begin investigating the crash and collecting evidence for your claim.
Types and Causes of Tractor-Trailer Accidents in Charlotte, NC
Some of the most common causes of tractor-trailer accidents in Charlotte include, in no particular order:
- Driver negligence. Distracted driving, operating a semi while intoxicated, exceeding posted speed limits, texting and driving, and all other forms of reckless driving attribute to many accidents each year.
- Overloaded cargo. When third-party logistics companies or trucking companies load trailers with goods, they can overextend the truck’s hauling capabilities. This can cause blowouts, jackknifing, turnovers, and other dangers.
- Avoiding road construction. Semis that try to circumvent road construction by driving on the shoulder can create hazardous driving conditions for others.
- Wide turns. Negotiating wide turns without proper training or while not watching blind spots can cause trailers to plow into cars.
- Inadequate maintenance. Bad brakes, unmaintained power steering, balding tires, and other mechanical issues can cause accidents that proper maintenance could have avoided.
It can be difficult to discern what the cause of your tractor-trailer accident was. A skilled lawyer can conduct an in-depth investigation of your wreck to determine all liable parties.
Truck Accident Statistics
In 2016, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) data show that 3,986 people died in tractor-trailer accidents, of which 66% were passenger car occupants, 17% were truck drivers themselves, and 16% were motorcyclists. While fatalities slipped from their 2015 total, this data show that accidents involving large trucks and passenger cars are as pervasive today as they were in 1975, when 2,757 people died in large truck accidents.
Inexperience and driver distraction contributes to many tractor-trailer accidents each year, although inclement weather and bad parts from manufacturers can also create dangerous driving conditions. These 2016 commercial truck accident statistics show the seriousness and frequency of tractor-trailer-related deaths:
- 32% of accident-related deaths where tractor-trailers were involved took place on interstates and major highways.
- Roughly 33% of all accident-related deaths happened between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
- 18% of deaths happened on Wednesday.
- 48% of passenger car occupants died while wearing their seat belt.
- Big rigs caused 2.3 deaths and 60.5 injuries per 100 million miles driven.
- Driver fatigue factored into 30% of all tractor-trailer
- Fatal tractor-trailer accidents cost Americans $20 billion annually.
If you or a loved one has been hurt in a truck accident, you should know that you are not another number to us. Our compassionate legal team is here to help you through this difficult time and pursue the full and fair compensation you need to recover.