Trucking Accidents, Q & A

Q:  Are traffic accidents involving trucks different from accidents involving passenger cars?

A:  Yes.  The weight and size of commercial trucks usually causes more catastrophic accidents than accidents involving smaller cars.  A typical fully loaded large commercial truck can weigh 80,000 pounds or more, while an average passenger automobile weighs approximately 3,000 pounds.  The laws of physics dictate that the likely results in these collisions are serious injuries and even fatalities.

Q: What are the most common causes of accidents involving commercial trucks and automobiles?

A: Some common causes of truck accidents include driver fatigue, inadequate training, improper loaded or overloaded trucks, defective truck parts, speeding, drug or alcohol abuse and defensive driving.

Q: If I am injured in a truck accident, who can I sue?

A: Generally, you will likely be able to sue the driver of the truck, the trucking company and possibly the truck’s manufacturer.

Q:  How long do I have to file a lawsuit?

A:  The statute of limitations in North Carolina for a personal injury claim arising out of the negligence of another driver is three years. The statute of limitations in North Carolina on a wrongful death claim is two years. Other limitations periods apply with some as short as six months.  You will need to call an attorney to discuss the specific circumstances and limitation periods applicable to your situation.

Q: I was injured in a crash where a truck driver was at fault. What kind of damages can I recover?

A: Compensation for medical expenses, hospital bills, loss of income, pain and suffering, future medical or physical therapy expenses and compensation for any loss of earning capacity resulting from the accident may be recovered.  In the event of a wrongful death the family may be allowed to recover medical bills, loss of care, comfort, guidance, and support provided to the family members by the deceased, funeral bills and other items.

Q:  Is investigation important in a truck accident case?

A:  Yes, crash investigation is extremely important in all cases, but even more so in truck cases. Any violation of truck driver standards may impose liability on the truck and can be difficult to discover if not investigated immediately.

Q:  Why should I hire an attorney in a trucking case?

A:  Because accidents involving trucks are very complicated, hiring legal representation is extremely important.  An attorney can make sure that your rights are fully protected.

Q:  How quickly should I contact an attorney?

A:  As soon as possible so that evidence is not lost or destroyed.

Q:  What should I look for in hiring an attorney in a trucking case?

A:  Most importantly, experience.  What experience do they have with trucking accidents and what is their reputation.

The Asheville, NC personal injury attorneys at Fisher Stark, P.A. have the skills and resources to properly investigate and represent your case.   We are courtroom lawyers that use our experience to prepare your case for trial.  We represent individuals involved in trucking accidents in Western North Carolina, including Asheville, Waynesville, Hendersonville, Morganton, Lenoir and Brevard.  Call us at 828.505.4300 for a free case evaluation. 

 

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