When large commercial vehicles like trucks, tractor-trailers, 18-wheelers, dump trucks, or fuel tankers collide with automobiles, the results are often catastrophic and cause serious injuries like broken bones, burns, brain damage, paralysis, or even death. Most of these injuries require extensive and expensive medical treatment. If you or someone you love was involved in a crash involving a truck or other commercial vehicle, you need the experienced trucking accident attorneys of Sharp, Graham, Baker & Varnell, LLP on your side. From our office in Kitty Hawk, our lawyers have represented accident victims in the Outer Banks and throughout North Carolina for decades. We will protect your rights and obtain the compensation you deserve.
On the surface, a trucking accident may seem similar to a car accident. Two vehicles collided on the road. One vehicle caused the crash, right? Unfortunately, that’s often where the similarities end.
The obvious difference is that, in a trucking accident, one of the vehicles is much larger than the other. This theme continues throughout a trucking accident case. Not only is the truck bigger than the car, but the trucking company is bigger than the individual driver, the trucking company has a big insurance company, and that insurance company has team of lawyers dedicated to reducing or eliminating the trucking company’s responsibility. If you have a case against a trucking company, you need an experienced trucking accident lawyer who understands trucking company liability and will fight to obtain the compensation you deserve.
If you were involved in a trucking accident, not only are you fighting the trucking company, you are also fighting their insurance company. The trucking company might also use multiple shell corporations to further limit their liability. You need an experienced attorney who understands how this game is played, and can make sure that the right companies are held responsible.
Trucking companies and their insurance companies will deploy their enormous resources to defend a trucking accident. It begins as soon as the accident happens when an agent from the trucking insurance company appears on the scene. Immediately, the big insurance companies begin investigating the cause of the accident and preparing any possible defense.
Trucking accidents may be caused by driver negligence such as traffic or safety violations like speeding, falling asleep at the wheel, or driver inexperience. Truck drivers are often overly tired, as hours of service regulations are routinely violated and drivers often face pressure to deliver on time.
Trucking accidents may also be caused by corporate negligence, such as failing to perform regular maintenance, safety violations, improper vehicle or tire maintenance, braking problems, or overloading.
Finally, as more and more people and resources are coming into Northeastern North Carolina, highway traffic volume increases. Highways like 158/168 from Norfolk and Virginia Beach, and State Route 64 from Raleigh/Durham are increasingly more crowded with cars and trucks. As traffic volume on the highways increases, so does the likelihood of a catastrophic accident.
Because of the complex, multi-state nature of the trucking industry, there are often numerous potential causes of a trucking accidents, and complicated industry regulations that govern how trucking companies must operate. And because of the catastrophic nature of the injuries that so often accompany a trucking accident, you need legal counsel with the experience, expertise, and resources to fight the trucking companies and their insurance companies to obtain the compensation you need, and deserve.
If you or someone you love was involved in an accident with a truck or other commercial vehicle, the stakes are high. The trucking company and its insurance company have a team of lawyers defending them. Contact the experienced Outer Banks trucking accident lawyers at Sharp, Graham, Baker & Varnell, LLP for a free initial consultation to balance the scales of justice and obtain the compensation you and your family need, and deserve. Call 252-261-2126, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or complete our online form.