If you’re in a passenger vehicle and have an accident with a commercial truck, you’re vulnerable. This is especially true when a large truck, or its trailer, rolls over on the road. In fact, rollover accidents have some of the highest fatality rates of all accidents and can cause life-threatening injuries to the people involved. Having an experienced truck accident attorney on your side who can fight for your rights, aggressively, is the best way to receive the compensation you deserve.
If you’ve been injured in a rollover trucking accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Rollover accidents involving large commercial trucks and personal vehicles happen every day in America and can cause serious injuries, and sometimes, even death. Contact the experienced North Carolina truck accident attorneys of DeMayo Law Offices at (704) 850-6832 to find out about what compensation may be available for your accident. We can help you fight for fair compensation.
How Do Rollover Truck Accidents Happen?
Large semi-trucks loaded with cargo can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. To give you some perspective, the average passenger car weighs under 4,000 pounds. When an accident occurs between a truck and a regular car, the car doesn’t stand much of a chance. It is so important that truckers follow every safety precaution possible to avoid accidents and help keep other drivers on the road safe.
Rollover accidents are among the most common trucking accidents that occur. These types of accidents happen when something causes a side-to-side movement along the length of a truck, and eventually, the trailer rolls over onto its side. Rollover accidents can occur for a number of reasons and sometimes multiple factors are combined in the same accident.
Understanding why rollover accidents happen can help you avoid them in the future. However, if you’ve already been injured in a rollover accident, contact a knowledgeable attorney in North Carolina right away.
Listed below are common reasons trucks rollover in North Carolina:
- Driver mistakes. Nearly 80% of rollovers are caused by some type of driver error. Truck drivers are often on the road for long hours and inattention and fatigue can become an issue. Drowsing off or not paying attention, even for just a moment, can cause a truck to veer off the road or start to drift. When the driver realizes the mistake, overcorrecting the error can cause the trailer to wag and set up the potential for a rollover accident.
- Inebriation. Although this is less common, truckers who drive drunk or while under the influence of drugs suffer from poor judgment and reduced reaction speeds. This can cause several driver mistakes on the road that may cause a truck to roll over or crash. Drivers who are caught driving under the influence can lose their commercial driver’s license and be liable for criminal charges if other people are injured or killed in an accident.
- Difficult driving conditions. Truckers drive across America and encounter all sorts of weather and road conditions. Storms can cause icy or slippery roads, and sometimes, roads are poorly lit. Truckers must be well-trained to react and drive safely in all types of conditions. When they fail to take the necessary precautions, accidents can happen.
- Distracted drivers. Distracted driving is one of the most common causes of all types of accidents, including rollover accidents and other accidents involving trucks. When drivers eat in the vehicle, text, talk on the phone, or take their eyes off the road for whatever reason, they risk causing an accident.
- Cargo problems. Remember, semi-trucks and tractor-trailers aren’t empty. They can be filled with tons and tons of cargo and how this cargo is loaded can affect how the truck handles on the road. When trailers are overloaded or loaded poorly, the risk of accidents increases. Overloaded trailers can lessen the effectiveness of the brakes, which can lead to rollover accidents. Cargo that is improperly loaded can shift in the trailer during the ride, causing the truck to potentially lose control and jackknife or rollover.
- Inexperience. Trucking is a difficult job, and drivers need experience handling the myriad of factors that can come at them on the road. That is why all truckers must go through rigorous training and mandated safety courses. Unfortunately, inexperienced truckers are put in difficult driving situations and accidents happen.
Being involved in an accident with a truck can be a terrifying experience. If you are injured, it can have life-changing consequences for you and your family. Injuries suffered in accidents with large trucks are often severe and sometimes even deadly. That is why if you or a loved have been injured in a rollover accident or any other type of accident with a truck, you should contact an experienced trucking accident attorney in North Carolina. Having an attorney on your side who cares about your case is your best chance in recovering fair compensation.
Listed below are some of the most common injuries people suffer in trucking accidents:
- Deep bruises and broken bones
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Neck, back and shoulder injuries
- Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
- Injuries to the limbs and extremities
- Disfigurement or facial injuries
- Wrongful death
Medical expenses for truck accident victims can range from thousands to millions of dollars. Filing a claim with the help of a knowledgeable truck accident attorney can help you recover the money needed to pay for your bills. You could potentially recover money for psychological damages like pain and suffering or post-traumatic stress disorder. Call DeMayo Law Offices today at (704) 850-6832 to speak with one of our attorneys and set up a free consultation.
Truck Accidents Statistics in North Carolina
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, there are an average of four rollover truck accidents every day in the United States. The dangers of these types of accidents are straightforward; trucks are much larger and heavier than cars, so when they rollover, they do so with incredible force putting nearby vehicles at risk of crashing and risking the trailer rolling over on top of another vehicle. Finally, the potential of spilt cargo increases the risk for other drivers on the road, who may have to drive through or try to avoid goods or materials scattered across the road, to crash.
Below are some common statistics about trucking accidents in North Carolina and the United States:
- Each year, over 1,300 cargo truck rollover accidents are reported in the United States.
- Less than 4% of rollover accidents occur because of poor driving conditions like weather.
- Over 50% of rollover accidents happen on straightaways.
- Vehicle maintenance plays a role in many rollover accidents. In fact, one study found over 50% of rollover accidents were caused by some sort of break defect.
- Driver error contributes to nearly 80% of rollover accidents.
Being injured in a rollover accident can cause debilitating injuries that affect the rest of your life. To find out if you have a case worth fighting for, contact DeMayo Law Offices at (704) 850-6832 to speak with one of our experienced lawyers.
Examples of Cases We Handle
At DeMayo Law Offices, we believe that nobody should be injured or killed because of the negligence of a professional trucker or their company. We’re not afraid to fight for our clients’ rights and represent them in court if necessary. In fact, we’ve recovered hundreds of millions of dollars on behalf of clients who were injured in accidents, many involving trucks.
Below are a few examples of cases we’ve handled for clients in the past:
- 2000 truck accident: wrongful death claim. We recovered $1,500,000 for a client who was struck by a garbage truck that blew through a stop sign in Mecklenburg County.
- 2010 truck accident. $1,900,000 was recovered after mediation for a client who suffered multiple injuries after being hit by a truck making a left turn.
- 2013 trucking accident. After a client in Kanawha County was struck by a truck while standing beside their vehicle and received head injuries and fractured legs, $3,000,000 was recovered in their claim.
FAQs About Rollover Accidents in North Carolina
Trucking accidents can be complicated and involve many different people and parties. To answer your questions about your specific accident, it’s best to contact a trucking accident lawyer in North Carolina. Below are some common questions people ask about North Carolina trucking accidents:
How do I determine who was at fault?
Determining who was at-fault for the accident is crucial. An experienced truck accident attorney can help you gather evidence, collect testimonies and witness statements, and help determine the negligent party.
How much is my claim worth?
Although there is no way to calculate the exact value of your claim, you can be compensated for hospital and medical bills, missed time off work, pain and suffering, and any other expenses related to your injury.
Do I need a lawyer to represent me?
The complex nature of trucking accidents makes having a lawyer essential. Most truck accident attorneys work on a contingency basis, so you do not have to pay any out-of-pocket costs. You only pay the lawyer once they’ve won benefits for you.
Contact the Knowledgeable Rollover Truck Accident Attorneys in North Carolina
At DeMayo Law Offices, we have over 150 years of combined legal experience and have resolved thousands of cases successfully for our clients. We have over 100 legal professionals working throughout North Carolina and understand what it takes to win your claim. If you or a loved one was injured in a rollover accident with a truck, contact DeMayo Law Offices today at (704) 850-6832 for a consultation.
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