North Carolina Tractor-Trailer Lawyer
Tractor-trailers are very common on our roadways today. Truck drivers need to be aware of the unique hazards posed by driving these vehicles. What seems to be a relatively small error in judgment can have catastrophic consequences when a tractor-trailer comes into contact with a smaller vehicle.
The legal team at Paynter Law knows all too well that these types of accidents can be devastating to victims and their families. The average tractor-trailer weighs between 12,100 and 80,000 pounds. A vehicle of this size and weight traveling at 65 miles per hour is very difficult to stop or maneuver quickly. Add poor road conditions, safety violations, or bad weather, and you have a recipe for disaster.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has reported that 3,921 motorists were killed, and another 104,000 motorists were injured in large truck accidents in 2012 alone. These accidents are not statistically as common as motor vehicle accidents, but, when they do occur, they often cause very serious injuries. Common injuries can include traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, spinal injuries and even death.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Act (FMCSA) has established safety regulations that mandate how these vehicles are operated. Truck drivers and trucking companies are held to a higher standard than other drivers. Truck drivers are required to take mandatory rest breaks to prevent exhaustion for instance. Also, every truck must go through numerous safety checks before they are allowed to be on the road, and their maintenance must be documented.
It is important to note that the trucking company as well as the truck driver can share in the liability in the event of an accident. Trucking companies have a duty to the public to ensure that their drivers and their trucks are safe on the road. Often a truck driver or trucking company is in violation of one or more safety regulations. If state or federal violations have been violated, you as the injured party may be able to recover your losses based on negligence as well as other legal theories.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a tractor-trailer accident, you may have sustained very serious medical and financial losses. Our North Carolina tractor-trailer accident lawyers understand that you may be injured and unable to work and at the same time are incurring exorbitant medical expenses. Many accident victims will need to file a legal claim to recover their financial losses and other damages.
Paynter Law understands how these accidents can turn your life upside down. We are committed to helping injured victims receive the compensation and justice they deserve. Our experienced legal team will provide you with a plan moving forward and ensure that your rights are protected at every stage of the legal process.
It is important that you and your family understand what legal options are available to you. Each and every member of our firm is dedicated to helping our clients recover from their physical and financial losses so they can move forward with their lives.
With these types of claims, it is important for you to act promptly. In our experience, physical evidence is often lost, and memories fade with time. The sooner we can begin investigating your case, the better we can gather and secure the evidence needed.
Speak with one of our experienced North Carolina tractor-trailer accident lawyers today and learn more about your legal options. Our initial consultation is FREE – simply call, (844) 472-9683, or use our FREE Evaluation contact form on this page.