North Carolina truck accidents can cause enormous property damage and severe injuries for all parties involved. Due to the size difference between a large commercial truck and a passenger vehicle, truck accidents can have disastrous results.
If you or a family member has been injured in a truck accident due to the negligence of another, you may have financial and legal recourse. At Lewis & Keller, our truck accident lawyers can advise you of your legal rights and options.
Truck accidents can be caused by the truck driver or the driver of the passenger vehicle.
Accidents Caused by Truck Drivers
In 2011, there were over 9,000 crashes that involved large commercial trucks or buses in North Carolina. Many of these accidents were caused by the negligent actions of truck drivers. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) released “The Large Truck Causation Study” in 2007 that discussed the most common causes of truck crashes in which the truck driver was the party at fault. Listed below are some of the most common causes of truck collisions:
- Distracted driving, including using a mobile phone and eating.
- Drowsy driving.
- Road rage.
- Drivers under the influence of illegal narcotics, prescription medications and alcohol.
- Drivers who are exceeding the posted speed limit.
- Truck drivers who are lost or unfamiliar with the highways that they are driving on.
- Inadequately trained drivers.
- Drivers who do not check their blind spots.
- Loading the truck beyond capacity or failing to secure heavy load on trucks.
- Companies that push drivers to unrealistic expectations, encouraging them to speed and not take their mandatory breaks.
- If you have been injured in a truck accident caused by a negligent truck driver, fill out the Free Case Review form on this page to receive assistance.
Accidents Caused by Car Drivers
Sometimes a truck accident in North Carolina can be caused by the driver of the passenger vehicle. Car drivers are sometimes unaware of the limitations that commercial trucks have in the areas of visibility, braking and acceleration, this lack of knowledge can be a factor in truck accidents. Drivers of passenger vehicles can also cause collisions by:
- Failing to move a disabled vehicle onto a highway’s shoulder.
- Pulling into traffic in front of a large truck with insufficient speed.
- Changing lanes without enough room.
- Making a left turn at an intersection, in front of an approaching truck without enough acceleration.
- Driving in a truck’s blind spots.
- Maneuvering your vehicle to the right of a commercial truck while it’s attempting a right turn.
- Driving between two large trucks for a long duration of time
- Being blown out of position when passing a truck due to the cross-winds.
Contact a North Carolina Truck Crash Attorney
In 2009, approximately 74,000 people were injured in truck accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury from a truck accident, you may be entitled to medical expenses, lost wages and property damage. Contact a North Carolina truck crash attorney today.
Lewis & Keller has the knowledge and resources to successfully litigate truck accident cases.
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