Because of their size and strength, large trucks can be particularly dangerous on our roadways. And in the event of an accident, these vehicles pose unique challenges that that can only be overcome with experienced legal counsel.
At the DeMayo Law Offices, we’ve been protecting the rights of North Carolina accident victims for almost 30 years. Our experience helps us maximize settlements to ensure victims and their families are taken care of now and in the future.
Our attorneys work on a contingent-fee basis, which means you don’t pay anything unless we win your case.
Big Trucks, Bigger Accidents
The trucking industry is a large distribution chain that includes drivers as well as employers, cargo loaders, maintenance crews, and parts manufacturers; and each has an important role to play in the transportation of goods or passengers across the county.
Whenever any part of the chain is compromised, liable parties can be held responsible for damages. In some cases, multiple parties are found liable.
It’s common to have multiple insurance companies negotiating settlements after an accident involving a large truck. Unfortunately, without an experienced truck accident attorney, victims could miss out on important sources of compensation.
At the DeMayo Law Offices, our North Carolina injury lawyers can help you pursue compensation for:
- Medical bills
- Property damage
- Lost wages and/or loss of earning potential
- Pain and suffering
- Funeral expenses in the event of a wrongful death
If you’ve been injured by a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) or other heavy transportation truck, you need a law firm that understands truck-industry rules and regulations.
Trucking Laws, Rules, and Regulations
Generally, CMVs and ‘large trucks’ refer to vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) greater than 10,000 pounds. This might include several types of vehicles such as semi-trucks, tractor-trailers, flatbeds, 18-wheelers, buses, large shuttles, delivery trucks, etc.
These vehicles often include features that make them particularly dangerous on the road and in an accident. For example:
- Tractor trailers require longer stopping distances
- Cargo can shift and affect the maneuverability of a truck
- Large trucks often transport dangerous or hazardous materials
- CMVs are often equipped with air brakes (as opposed to hydraulic brakes), which can be dangerous if not properly maintained
Operating and maintaining a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) isn’t easy. It comes with responsibilities that exceed what’s expected of other drivers and enforced by both state and federal regulations.
For example, commercial truck drivers:
- Are required to maintain a current commercial driver’s license
- May not exceed daily driving limits
- Can’t drive fatigued
- May not drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- May not overfill a truck beyond its maximum
- Are responsible for regular brake and tire inspections
Furthermore, there are rules and regulations that reach beyond driver behavior—these rules must be followed by other members of the supply chain to ensure safety on our roadways. For example:
- Trucking companies must make sure that hazardous materials are appropriately labeled, classed, described, packaged, and marked
- Employers must routinely have their drivers submit to drug and alcohol testing
- All trucking companies must maintain a mandated level of insurance
- Records of maintenance must be kept and organized
- Employers can only hire healthy, qualified, English-speaking drivers; they must also keep a record of each driver’s route, their hours, traffic violations, accidents, and drug screening test records
There are lots of ways things can go wrong in the trucking industry. But if these rules are followed closely, it may help to limit their liability in the event of a crash.
If you’ve been in an accident involving a large truck or CMV, you don’t have to fight the truck driver or trucking company on your own.
Truck accidents often result in complex legal disputes with multiple insurance companies. An experienced injury lawyer can protect your rights and help ensure no money is left on the table.
Our injury lawyers have the knowledge and resources you need to secure compensation.