North Carolina Truck Accidents
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Traffic accidents involving commercial trucks involve several unique issues that are not common in accidents involving passenger vehicles only. The special nuances involved in a large truck accident make the crashes potentially more dangerous for persons outside of the truck. These nuances also make it more difficult to recover compensation for injuries and wrongful deaths caused by truck accidents.
Truck accident claims can be difficult to investigate properly and costly to pursue. Accident victims need an experienced North Carolina truck accident lawyer who understands the challenges of fighting truck companies and their insurance providers. An attorney who has the resources, skills, and experience to take on the trucking industry. We are those attorneys!
How Common are Truck Accidents in North Carolina?
North Carolina roads are heavily traveled by commercial vehicles. We have several interstates running through our state, including Interstate 85, I-26, Interstate 95, and I-77. Therefore, it is very common for drivers to share the road with these massive trucks.
The North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (NC DMV) reports that there were 5,642 tractor-trailer crashes in 2016. Sixty-five people died, and 1,342 people were injured in those truck crashes. Nationwide, deaths caused by truck accidents are increasing. The NHTSA reports a 5.4 percent increase in the number of people killed in large truck accidents from 2015 to 2016.
However, the most shocking statistic for truck accidents is who was killed in these crashes. Occupants of other vehicles and non-occupants (i.e. bicyclists, pedestrians, etc.) accounted for 83 percent of the deaths in truck accidents during 2016. This number is the highest number of people killed in truck accidents who were other occupants since 2008 and the highest number of non-occupants killed in truck crashes in the last ten years.
Why are Large Truck Accidents Deadlier for Other People on the Road?
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), one reason why large truck accidents are deadlier for other people on the road is the vulnerability of passenger vehicles. Commercial vehicles outweigh passenger vehicles by 20 to 30 times. Tractor trailers are also much taller which can result in vehicles being crushed beneath the truck and trailer. A passenger vehicle simply cannot withstand an impact from a large truck and provide the same level of protection for occupants as the large truck can for the truck driver.
Because a commercial truck is so much larger than a passenger vehicle, the injuries sustained in these crashes tend to be catastrophic for the victims who survive the crash. Accident victims suffer severe and life-threatening injuries that have long-term consequences. Common injuries sustained in semi-truck accidents include:
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and other head injuries
- Multiple fractures and broken bones
- Internal bleeding and damage to internal organs
- Severe burns, scarring, and disfigurement
- Spinal cord injuries, including complete paralysis
The medical bills, loss of income, and future damages can easily total millions of dollars. The pain and suffering caused by commercial truck accidents are tremendous. While a monetary settlement cannot undo the damage, it can help victims, and their families pay for much needed medical and personal care while helping with the daily living expenses for the family. North Carolina truck accident lawyers fight for fair compensation for truck accident claims.
Types of Commercial Truck Accidents
There are many different types of accidents involving 18-wheelers in Metro Charlotte and throughout the state. Some of these accidents involve truck driver negligence, poor road conditions, negligent truck maintenance, defective truck parts, poor weather conditions, or a combination of these factors. Determining the exact cause of the crash is crucial to obtaining compensation for injuries. In many commercial truck accident cases, several parties can be jointly liable for damages.
Common types of large truck accidents on Mecklenburg County roads include:
- Rollover accidents
- Rear-end crashes
- Head-on collisions
- Blind zone accidents
- Side-impact/T-bone accidents
Regardless of the type of truck crash, truck accident claims are complex. Filing a truck accident claim is far more complicated than other motorcycle or car accident claims. You need a truck accident attorney who understands federal regulations and how to conduct a thorough truck accident investigation to identify liable parties and preserve key evidence.
Our NC personal injury attorneys lawyers have the resources, skills, and experience handling truck accident cases. We are prepared for the intense legal battle that may be required to protect your right to full compensation for your injuries and damages.