Most of the freight shipped in the U.S. travels by truck, which explains why U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports there are almost two million jobs available for tractor-trailer drivers. If you are one of the more than a quarter of a million residents of Durham, NC, you know how intimidating it can be to share the road with a tractor as it travels at highway speeds while pulling a 53-foot trailer. Fatalities and serious injuries are common when a tractor-trailer collides with a passenger vehicle. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 67% of the fatalities in trucking accidents were occupants of cars or other passenger vehicles.
If you suffer an injury or have a family member who died in a collision involving a tractor-trailer, the attorneys at the Clauson Law Firm, PLLC, the premier Durham tractor accident law firm, have the knowledge, experience and commitment to aggressively fight for the compensation you deserve. Our Durham tractor accident attorney is committed to helping you to put your life back together after suffering the devastating consequences of a crash by aggressively taking on the trucking corporations and their insurance companies to make them pay the compensation the law says you are entitled to receive.
North Carolina law gives you the right to recover damages from the party responsible for causing you to be injured. The facts and evidence revealed by an investigation may identify more than one party at fault in causing the crash, including:
Recovering damages requires proof in the form of evidence that another party engaged in negligent, reckless or careless behavior that caused the crash and the injuries you suffered. Common causes of collisions involving trucks include:
A collision may be caused by a combination of factors. For example, a driver who violates federal regulations limiting time spent at the wheel without taking a rest break may become drowsy and slow to react to slowing or stopped traffic up ahead. Although it may appear as though the accident was the fault of the fatigued driver, your Durham trailor accident attorney may discover evidence showing that brake failure caused by inadequate maintenance also contributed to causing the collision, which could make the owner and company responsible for maintaining the truck liable for contributing to causing the crash.
When a 40-ton tractor-trailer slams into another vehicle, it causes catastrophic injuries. If you survive the crash, the broken bones, traumatic brain injury and other injuries requiring extensive medical treatment and long-term care. Damages recoverable through a claim against the parties responsible for causing your injuries include:
Families of victims who do not survive a crash benefit from retaining the services of a Durham NC tractor accident lawyer capable of pursuing a wrongful death claim against the at-fault parties. Wrongful death actions in North Carolina allow family members to be compensated for the loss of support and companionship of their loved one.
If you have been injured or lost a loved in a trucking accident, a representative of the trucking company or its insurance company may contact you. Do not talk to them without first speaking with an attorney from our tractor accident law firm Durham NC.
Our attorney knows the tactics the companies use to trick accident victims or their families into accepting "low-ball" settlement offers or making statements that could hurt their right to recover compensation. A Durham trailor accident attorney from the Clauson Law Firm, PLLC, stands up for your rights and fights for the compensation you need to get on with your life. Call us today at 833-680-0177 for a free case evaluation, or you may contact us by completing the convenient form on our website.