Commercial vehicles like tractor trailers and “18 wheelers” pose a special danger on the road because they are bigger and heavier than other vehicles. Overall the number of crashes involving commercial vehicles in the United States has dropped over the years. Unfortunately, they still happen—with devastating effects.
Trucking companies, their insurance companies, and investigators tend to respond to the scene of a collision very quickly so that they can get a head start on minimizing any potential liability. If you have been in a wreck caused by a tractor trailer or other commercial vehicle, you should consult with a law firm with experience in trucking cases as soon as possible.
Trucking collision cases involve laws and technical knowledge that do not apply to most vehicle collisions. There are many rules and regulations in place that address safe trucking, including registration, licensing, insurance, the number of hours a driver may drive at a time, and requirements concerning a driver’s medical condition. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulates the commercial trucking industry. Each state also has its own trucking laws.
Our firm has handled many cases involving death and serious personal injuries caused by tractor trailers and other commercial vehicles. We understand how trucking collisions happen and how to navigate the laws that apply to trucking cases. Let our attorneys evaluate the potential causes and circumstances leading to a collision with a truck, which include the following:
- Inadequate truck driver training
- Truck driver fatigue
- Fraudulent log books
- Alcohol or drug use
- Aggressive truck driving behavior
- Poor vehicle maintenance
- Unsafe tires
- Driver carelessness or negligence
- Improper loading of cargo
Auto & Truck Collision Resources
- Decode Your NC Crash Report (DMV-349)
North Carolina Consumer Information
- North Carolina Department of Insurance, “A Consumer’s Guide to Automobile Insurance”
- North Carolina Department of Insurance, “A Consumer’s Guide to Motorcycle Insurance”
- North Carolina Department of Insurance, “A Consumer’s Guide to Public Adjusters”
- North Carolina Department of Insurance, “North Carolina Teen Drivers”
South Carolina Consumer Information
Our attorneys have over 60 years combined experience helping people involved in wrecks with tractor trailers and other commercial vehicles. Located in Charlotte, NC, our firm has successfully litigated a significant amount of serious injury and death cases involving trucks on the I-85, I-77, I-485, I-95, and I-26 corridors, as well as other minor highways and roads throughout North Carolina and South Carolina.
If you’ve been injured in a serious truck wreck, please contact us today for a free case evaluation. We’re here to help.