After being injured in a collision with a commercial truck that was not your fault, you’re facing medical bills, lost wages, and trauma. When you need a Greensboro truck accident lawyer to help recover compensation, rely on personal injury attorney, Harry H. Albritton of Irons & Irons P.A. He is dedicated to achieving justice for his clients and will put his two decades of experience and knowledge to work to help you achieve a favorable outcome, whether by securing a fair settlement or by taking the case to a jury if a settlement can’t be reached. Attorney Albritton and our team are on your side to hold negligent trucking companies and drivers accountable for your pain and suffering.
How Do Truck Accidents and Car Accidents Differ?
A truck accident is any collision between a large commercial vehicle, usually weighing more than 10,000 pounds, and a passenger car. Due to the size difference, it is often the passengers in the smaller vehicle who sustain serious or sometimes fatal injuries. In addition to the greater severity of an injury, truck and tractor trailer accidents are more complicated than standard car accidents.
- Truck drivers and trucking companies are responsible for knowing and following federal and state laws that don’t apply to ordinary cars or drivers and can be at fault when failure to comply results in an accident.
- Commercial trucks require stricter maintenance and logs and records must be kept of this. Failure to maintain a vehicle can also lead to a fault in a collision
- Weight restrictions and loading standards must be kept to reduce the likelihood of turning over or jack-knifing.
Types of Truck Accidents
Truck accidents in North Carolina are most often caused by another party’s negligence, including:
- Truck driver exhaustion from overworking
- Failing to follow traffic regulations such as speeding and reckless driving to make deadlines;
- Distracted driving
- Overloaded vehicles or poorly loaded vehicles
- Driving while intoxicated
Why You Need a Truck Accident Attorney
Due to the complexity and amount of parties involved in a truck accident claim, you need legal representation to navigate these challenges. Truck accident attorneys understand how to find who is liable and determine the insurance company responsible for paying damages, but just as important truck accident lawyers offer the following skills:
- Determining the value of your claim, taking into account non-economic damages like pain and suffering or punitive damages.
- Locate records and documents to find a pattern of truck drivers or trucking firm negligence in order to improve your case.
- Connect with medical experts to determine the severity of your injuries and what they mean for your long-term quality of life.
- Bring expertise and understanding from prior truck accident situations to aid you in better comprehending your situation.
- Ability to negotiate a settlement that is more likely to be favorable to the accident victim.
- Take your case to a jury if a settlement can’t be reached and represent you in a civil claim.
Most importantly, you’ll need a knowledgeable truck accident lawyer who will fight for you and your loved ones. Whether they can settle out of court for a reasonable sum or proceed to trial, an experienced truck accident attorney will take up the fight for you and your family.
Contributory Negligence in a Truck Accident
In North Carolina, if your case goes to trial, the jury must decide if any contributory negligence was present to cause the accident. This refers to whether the plaintiff was in any way at fault. For example, if a truck driver was driving irresponsibly and collided with your vehicle, they would be held responsible. However, the jury might hold you partly responsible for the truck or tractor-trailer accident if you failed to signal a turn or had a brake light out. Even if they determine the truck driver or trucking company was much more at fault, even if you are determined to be partly responsible, you are unable to collect damages.
Statute of Limitations for Truck Accident Victims
After being hurt in a vehicle accident caused by a commercial truck, you have three years from the date of the incident to bring a claim in civil court. If you do not meet the statute of limitations, the judge may refuse to hear your case. In order to avoid having to pay compensation, trucking and insurance companies frequently slow down negotiations to miss the statute of limitations and stop victims from getting their compensation. Working with an attorney ensures that if the case needs to go before a jury, they’ll file a claim quickly on your behalf.
Why Choose Us As Your Truck Accident Attorney?
We realize that it might be difficult to choose among the numerous truck accident attorneys, all of whom are promising big settlements. However, Attorney Harry H. Albritton is a seasoned truck accident lawyer with Irons & Irons P.A., with over 20 years of experience practicing personal injury law in North Carolina. He combines compassionate legal advice so you have an advocate during this difficult time with aggressive representation to stand up to trucking companies and insurance companies to fight for what’s right.
Unlike other law firms, we limit our caseload in order to be more accessible to our clients, able to respond to their questions, and address their concerns as they arise. We’ll also be there to guide you through the negotiations and legal proceedings and explain what you can expect at each stage. Most importantly, our law firm will fight to secure fair compensation in your case so you can move forward with security.
Attorney Albritton represents clients who have sustained the following types of injuries:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Concussion and traumatic brain injuries
- Whiplash and neck injuries
- Broken bones
- Contusions and scarring
Frequently Asked Trucking Accident Questions
We understand that you have questions if you were hurt in a tractor trailer accident. To better comprehend the procedure, we’re providing some of our most frequently asked commercial truck and tractor trailer accident inquiries.
Who Is Liable in a Truck Accident? In North Carolina truck accidents, various entities can be held liable, including the driver, the trucking company, vehicle component manufacturers, or third-party employment agencies.
What Should I Do After a Truck Accident
- Assess yourself and anyone else in the vehicle for injuries.
- Call 911 to report the accident.
- Take photographs of the accident scene, including any damage to your vehicle and any variables that might have contributed to the collision.
- Obtain witness information, such as names and phone numbers. Keep a detailed record of what occurred right away so it’s still fresh in
- Don’t speak to an insurance company or other drivers to avoid inadvertently claiming fault.
- Seek medical treatment, even if you don’t believe you were injured. Often, victims won’t realize they’ve been injured for days after the collision.
- Contact Irons & Irons P.A., a personal injury law firm for a case consultation.
Schedule a Free Case Evaluation Today
If you were injured in a commercial truck or tractor trailer accident, Attorney Albritton and our team can help you get the compensation you deserve. To schedule a free case evaluation, call us at 252-215-3000 or fill out our contact form below.