Blind spots are locations around a vehicle that a driver cannot see by glancing in their rear or side-view mirrors. Due to the size of commercial trucks, there are many blind spots around these vehicles. Trucks can weigh over 80,000 pounds and present a risk of serious, potentially fatal injuries when they collide with another vehicle. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries in a blind spot crash, Raleigh truck accident lawyer Carl Nagle can help you pursue compensation from the responsible party.
Our office solely focuses on serious motor vehicle collision cases, providing a high level of focus on the development and presentation of medical evidence in support of claims for compensation. We also have an insider understanding of the tactics employed by insurance companies, due to founding attorney Carl Nagle’s former work as an insurance claims adjuster and an insurance defense attorney. We have collected over $290,000,000 for North Carolina victims of motor vehicle accidents, including people in Raleigh, Wilmington, Winston-Salem, and Asheville.Establishing Liability for Blind Spot Crashes
With today’s camera technology, blind spot accidents should never occur! Truck drivers are legally required to exercise reasonable care behind the wheel. If a driver causes an accident by failing to check a blind spot, they should be held legally liable for all injuries, damages and losses endured by the victim.
Former claims adjuster Carl Nagle handled truck accident claims for insurance companies, and he knows that trucking insurance carriers always try to defend truck drivers and avoid payment to truck accident victims. They often seek to rely on warning stickers on the back of trucks that caution drivers about blind spots, and then trap the driver in a statement where he or she acknowledges driving directly within a blind spot. Truck accident victims should avoid providing signed or recorded statements until they secure legal advice and guidance from a victims’ rights attorney.
A trucking company may also be held legally responsible for the victim’s injuries, as well as the owner of cargo being shipped on the tractor-trailer. When a driver commits a negligent act while acting in the course and scope of employment, the company and their commercial insurance carrier can be joined in the case and compelled to contribute toward payment of the victims’ truck accident injury claims. Furthermore, if the company hired a driver who was unqualified for the job, or if they provided unsafe directions or required speeding to meet delivery deadlines, the company will be directly liable for all injuries and losses arising from the truck accident.
North Carolina maintains a contributory negligence law that prevents an injured plaintiff from recovering damages if they are deemed partially responsible for their injuries. For example, in the case of a truck accident involving a blind spot, the court or jury may find that the plaintiff had been riding for a long time in the trucker’s blind spot when the truck veered into the plaintiff's vehicle. If it is determined that the plaintiff was responsible, even one percent, for the resulting accident and injuries, they will be barred from recovering any damages. This is one reason why it is critical to enlist a knowledgeable attorney who can fight back against any argument by the defense that you were partly responsible for the NC truck crash.Consult an Experienced Raleigh Lawyer after a Truck Accident
If you or a loved one was struck by a truck, tractor-trailer or any type of commercial vehicle, you have a legal right to pursue compensation from all parties who caused your accident. Raleigh truck accident attorney Carl Nagle is skilled in complex litigation involving severe or catastrophic injuries arising from commercial vehicle accidents. Since our office only assists victims of serious motor vehicle accidents, we know how to prove the full impact of the injuries in each case. As victim advocates, we ask for a smaller share of the recovery: 25% of settlement that you accept rather than the 33% that many other firms take. This lower legal fee share helps ease the financial strain that often burdens families of people involved in accidents. We offer personalized service and provide a free initial consultation by telephone or in person. Contact our office by calling (800) 411-1583 or using our online form to set up an appointment with a Raleigh truck accident attorney. We have helped residents of Raleigh, Asheville, Winston-Salem, Wilmington, Hickory, Greensboro, and other areas of Guilford, Wake, Forsyth, Durham, Mecklenburg, Catawba, and New Hanover Counties.