If you feel like you can’t drive more than a mile or so on the highway without seeing at least one or two big trucks, there’s a good reason for that. Whatever you might call them – big rigs, large trucks, 18-wheelers, semis, or tractor-trailers, there are about 10.5 million currently registered in the United States. That’s a significant number, and one that only continues to grow. Commercial trucks like these are critical to keeping our economy moving, and they’re important. Unfortunately, they can also be dangerous. After all, commercial trucks are much larger than standard passenger vehicles, and as a result, when a crash occurs, it is typically the passenger vehicle (and its occupants) that sustains the most damage.
According to the National Safety Council, in 2018, 4,862 big trucks were involved in fatal crashes – totaling 9% of the total fatal crashes in the United States that year. That same year, 112,000 large trucks were involved in injury-inducing accidents. If you have recently been the victim of an accident involving a large truck, you clearly aren’t alone. You may have arrived at this page injured, overwhelmed, and unsure what steps to take next. If so, the good news is that you do have rights under the law – and you should assert them. At That Clauson Law Firm, we’re here to help.
In thriving and growing cities like Cary, most people use the roadways every day – to drive to work, get their children to school or daycare, travel to the mountains or beach for vacation, or simply run day-to-day errands. The reality of the situation is that it’s almost impossible to avoid encountering big trucks as you go about your day. It is important though, to realize, that these accidents can occur in an instant, and often, through no fault of the driver who is the victim. Some of the most common causes of truck accidents include:
Although these accidents can happen in an instant as a result of any one of these causes, the consequences they have can be long-lasting, and often far more severe than injuries caused in other types of car accidents, simply because of the size of the truck itself. Injuries may require ongoing treatment for months, or even years, and the truth is that life may never be the same after one of these accidents.
If you are the victim of a truck accident and you were not at fault, you may be entitled to several different types of damages – and there may be several defendants who are potentially liable. Unlike other car accidents where the primary parties are usually the two drivers and their insurance companies, in truck accident cases, there may be a number of other defendants as well. These defendants might include the trucking company that employs the driver, the driver him or herself, insurance companies, the company responsible for loading the cargo onto the truck, the company responsible for maintaining the trucks, and others. Hiring an attorney who understands the law and who can help identify the potential defendants in your case will be an essential aspect of successfully bringing a claim.
An attorney with knowledge and experience who understands the complex law that pertains to truck accidents will be able to listen to your story, and tell you how the law might apply to your circumstances. He or she will be able to tell you what type of damages you might be entitled to, and the best strategies to use as you try to seek the maximum amount of compensation that you deserve for an accident that wasn’t your fault. At The Clauson Law Firm, our experienced team of truck accident attorneys is here to help you do exactly that.
At The Clauson Law Firm, we believe that if you are the victim of a truck accident, your focus should be on your health, your recovery, and spending time with those you love. You shouldn’t be preoccupied and distracted by battling it out with trucking companies and their insurers when you should be putting your time and energy toward getting better. Let us fight for you instead. Our team of knowledgeable and experienced Cary truck accident attorneys is dedicated to representing each and every client with the compassionate, yet aggressive representation that is needed to hold the responsible parties accountable for their actions. We would be honored to have the opportunity to fight for you, too. Visit our website at www.clausonlaw.com, or call us at (833)680-0177 to get started. We look forward to helping you soon.