Raleigh Truck Accident Attorneys
Truck Accident Lawyer
When you’ve been hurt in a truck accident, recovering physically from your injuries is only one part of the challenge ahead. You are likely facing large medical bills, missing time from work, struggling to get your vehicle repaired, and worrying about how to make ends meet. At Kurtz & Blum, our dedicated truck accident attorneys are here to take some of the pressure off you.
Our lawyers help accident victims pursue full financial compensation when someone else’s negligence causes life-altering injuries. We have the experience and the resources to hold truck drivers, trucking companies, cargo loaders, parts manufacturers, and other large corporations accountable when their mistakes lead to innocent people being hurt.
Truck accident claims are incredibly complex, and one mistake could cause a victim to lose what is rightfully yours. For this reason, we urge you to speak with a truck accident lawyer from Kurtz & Blum as soon as possible. Our attorneys can review the details of your case in a free consultation and explain your legal rights. Contact us now to get started.
How Are Truck Accidents Different?
You might think that car accidents and truck accidents are the same – but they’re not. Wrecks involving tractor-trailers are very different and require an attorney with experience and knowledge of these kinds of cases.
There are many ways these crashes are more complex, including:
- More serious injuries: Injuries resulting from truck accidents are typically extremely severe and may require months, years, or even a lifetime of treatment. Before filing a claim, accident victims must reach maximum medical improvement (MMI), which means their injuries will not become any worse, but they also will not get any better. Recovering to this level often takes longer after a truck accident, which automatically complicates these claims.
- More parties involved: In a car accident, typically only one driver and his or her insurance are liable. A number of parties, however, can be found at fault for a truck crash. Potential liable parties include the truck driver, the trucking company, the cargo company, the repair or inspection company, and even the truck manufacturer. Determining who is liable for the crash is much more difficult, also making these claims more complex.
- More complicated investigations: Evidence from a car accident can largely be recovered from the scene. Investigating a truck accident requires obtaining evidence from the accident scene, the truck company, the truck itself, and more. These investigations are much more complex and require an attorney with deep knowledge of the trucking industry.
- More complex regulations: Commercial motor vehicles are subject to a range of federal regulations and safety requirements. When violations of these regulations contribute to causing an accident, you need a lawyer who understands what has happened and can spot them.
- More money on the line: Due to the fact that the injuries are much more severe after a truck accident, victims also typically need more compensation in order to recover. Insurance companies do not want to pay out on these large claims, and they will fight fiercely to minimize or deny compensation.
Do not try to go it alone after a trucking accident. Talk to an experienced attorney from Kurtz & Blum today to learn how our team can help you navigate this complex process and demand the compensation you deserve.
How a Truck Accident Attorney Can Help
There are a number of ways a skilled personal injury attorney can help after a truck crash. When you trust the team at Kurtz & Blum to handle your case, we will:
- Explain the many laws that affect your case
- Answer your questions and explain what to expect
- Conduct a full investigation
- Collect all relevant evidence before it is lost or destroyed
- Determine who is liable for the crash
- Fully evaluate your claim to determine the full amount of compensation you need
- Aggressively negotiate with the insurance company in pursuit of a fair settlement
- Take your case to trial, if a full settlement cannot be reached
Throughout your entire case, our attorneys will act as your advocates every step of the way. We will work to shield you from the insurance companies so you can focus on what’s important ─ your health.
Evidence That Could Be Used in a Truck Accident Claim
Having the proper evidence is crucial to the success of your truck accident claim. Some of the most common types of evidence used in these claims include:
- Police reports
- Black box data obtained from the truck
- Evidence establishing that the trucker violated hours of service regulations
- Logbooks that indicate when the truck was last inspected and maintained
- Pictures of the accident scene, including damage to the vehicles, the position of the vehicles, skid marks, traffic signs and signals
- Employment records of the trucking company
- Medical records
- Expert testimony
- Witness statements
Our legal team will conduct a thorough investigation into your crash in order to build a strong case for the maximum compensation you deserve.
Compensation After a Truck Crash
If someone else’s negligence led to your truck crash, you can claim compensation for the losses, or damages, you suffered as a result. Some of the most common types of damages include:
- Past, current, and future medical expenses
- Physical therapy and other rehabilitative therapies
- At-home nursing care
- Renovations made to the home to accommodate your injury
- Loss of household services, such as house cleaning, that you can no longer perform
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity, when you can no longer return to the same line of work
- Disfigurement or permanent disability
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Damage to your property
After reviewing your claim, our lawyers will work to identify and document the full amount of damages you deserve.
How Long Do You Have to File a Truck Accident Lawsuit?
North Carolina, like all other states, has a statute of limitations on truck accident injury lawsuits. This is the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit seeking compensation for your losses. North Carolina’s statute of limitations is three years from the date of the accident. If you file a lawsuit after this time, you will likely forfeit any right to compensation.
What Causes Truck Accidents?
Unfortunately, any negligent act can cause a truck accident. However, there are some causes of these crashes that are more common than others. These include:
- Truck driver fatigue
- Poor or improper truck maintenance
- Texting and other forms of distracted driving
- Tailgating and road rage
- Driving under the influence of drugs
- Inadequate or improper training
- Unfamiliarity with roads
- Inexperienced truck drivers
- Overloaded trucks
- Road construction
- Weather and road conditions
- Defective truck parts
Talk to a Truck Accident Lawyer Now
If you have been injured in a truck accident, you may be entitled to compensation for the losses you have suffered. At Kurtz & Blum, our North Carolina truck accident attorneys have the skills and the resources to fight for the full amount of compensation you deserve. Contact us now so we can review your case in a free consultation.