Focused Personal Injury Representation in Asheville
We focus exclusively on personal injury arising from motor vehicle collisions for our North Carolina clients. We find that this focus allows us to stay abreast of the changes in the law in this area and to focus on the details in every case for our clients. We have a specific transportation law section, and we have a great deal of experience holding negligent truck drivers and trucking companies fully liable for the results of their errors on our roadways. Carl Nagle leads the trucking litigation team, and he brings his experience as an insurance adjuster who handled truck accident claims from the insurance company's side, and an insurance defense attorney who defended careless truck drivers in court.
At Nagle & Associates, P.A., we have experience from both sides of the insurance company dispute. We know how the other side approaches these cases, which helps us with settlement negotiation and litigation on our clients' behalves. If you have been injured in a truck accident or commercial vehicle accident in Asheville, contact us. We can help you get full and fair compensation for your injuries.
Some Aspects of Truck Accidents Are Particularly Complex in Asheville
Asheville is home of frequent, and especially complex, truck accident cases:
- Brake failures: Due to the elevation in the Asheville area, brake failures are incredibly common.
- Ramp runoffs: Ramp runoffs are a great resource on all of our Asheville mountain highways, where runaway truck ramps are available for out-of-control trucks without functional brakes to pull off and minimize the damage. While local residents have grown accustomed to truck runoff ramps, visitors in the area are typically surprised to see these runoffs.
- Mountain pass for interstate travel: Asheville, NC is truly a crossing point for east/west trucking routes. I-26 and I-40 pass through tricky mountainous areas, with narrow lanes and extreme curves. This is the only point of access for interstate truckers, and can be incredibly dangerous for truckers and everyday drivers.
- Winter weather: Asheville's elevation and western mountain location allow for rather common winter weather conditions from late October to early April every year. Travel conditions are especially dangerous when roads are covered with snow and ice.
- Federal regulations: The Federal Motor Safety Regulations have many requirements that come into play after a truck accident. If the driver did not follow these regulations — which is common — it is easier to establish the fault of the driver and increase the recovery for our clients.
Federal regulations require truck drivers to discontinue travel whenever road conditions are even remotely unsafe. Icy conditions in the winter and fog and rain throughout the year require truck drivers to reduce their speeds well below the posted speed limit or get off the road entirely. Unfortunately, shipping deadlines, fatigue, inexperience and poor judgment commonly result in accidents that could be avoided if federal and state safety laws had been followed.
We have the experience and knowledge of these regulations to help you get the best results possible in your case. For more information about the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations and our firm's truck accident practice area, visit our sister website www.carolinatrucklawyer.com.
North Carolina Highway Crash Lawyer ∙ Contingency Fees
We work on a contingency fee basis, which means we do not charge our clients attorney fees until we win a favorable verdict or settlement. In truck and commercial vehicle accidents, this fee structure is particularly helpful. We are able to begin working immediately to investigate the accident, collect evidence, and secure proof of all truck driver negligence, all contributing conduct on the part of the trucking company, and those who shipped cargo without using due care. For immediate legal advice and the best plan of action in your personal injury case, call Carl Nagle today — either call our Asheville office locally, our home office in Winston-Salem, or our office in the Capital City of Raleigh, North Carolina — or contact us online to benefit from a free initial consultation.