Winston Salem, Charlotte, Raleigh Truck Accident Attorneys
A fully loaded semi tractor-trailer combination can weigh 40 tons. As you see these big rigs zipping by at 70 mph or faster, it would be reassuring to think that their steering, brakes, lights, and tires were all in good working order, but the fact is that many trucks in interstate commerce are illegally operating due to improper maintenance, inspections or repair. Illegal overloading is also a common cause of accidents.
If you or someone in your family has been injured in a truck accident in Raleigh or any other surround North Carolina community, contact Nagle & Associates for a free consultation with a Raleigh injury and accident lawyer about your rights. You should know that proof of improper truck maintenance in violation of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations or state safety laws can sometimes qualify you for an award of punitive damages at trial. In other words, in cases where the trucking company or an independent owner-operator knowingly broke safety rules to save time or money, you might be eligible for payment of extra damages based not on the amount of your losses, but on the need to punish the defendant for its disregard for the safety of the general driving public.
Evidence of improper truck maintenance through trip inspection logs, maintenance records, and signs of excessive wear on brakes or tires can make the decisive difference in your case. Sometimes we can guess that the defendant skipped regular maintenance work because of the difficulty we experience in getting repair records or through its insurer's eagerness to settle the case early. Eventually, we will get the information we need to prove and collect the full value of your damages and losses.
Carl Nagle is a former commercial insurance defense attorney who was directly involved with the defense of trucking companies in serious accident cases. His inside knowledge of the trucking industry represents a powerful advantage for his Raleigh, North Carolina personal injury and wrongful death clients today. We know how to seek and preserve the evidence that will establish liability and increase the value of your case.
For a free consultation about our law firm's ability to represent our clients' interests effectively and compassionately, contact an experienced truck accident lawyer at Nagle & Associates in Winston-Salem, Raleigh and five other North Carolina locations.