Asheville Truck Accident
A truck accident can be physically and emotionally devastating for all the parties involved, particularly when a small passenger vehicle collides with a large commercial truck. Because of the enormous weight and size of commercial trucks, the injuries sustained in accidents are often serious and disabling, requiring expensive and long-term medical treatment. Truck accidents are also complicated because of industry regulations and the number of parties involved: motorists, truck drivers, owners, brokers, and insurance companies.
Causes of Truck Accidents
Annually, more than 10,000 people are killed in accidents involving large commercial trucks. Nearly 40 percent of all truck accidents involve driver fatigue and sleep deprivation due to unrealistic expectations and timelines set by transportation companies. Other causes of truck accidents include:
- Lack of proper driver training.
- Alcohol and substance abuse.
- Abrupt lane changes by passenger vehicles.
- Distracted driving.
- Incentive compensation encouraging speeding and long operating hours.
- Exceeding the weight/road limit.
- Operating on smooth or re-treated tires.
Each state, including North Carolina, has specific regulations and oversees compliance with both trucking companies and truck drivers. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) oversees and maintains company safety records, hazardous material warnings, and driver qualification requirements for all large commercial vehicles that require a special license to operate.
If you were seriously injured in an accident with a truck in Asheville, contact Nagle & Associates for competent and effective representation. Our firm will aggressively pursue maximum compensation for your accident related damages, including medical bills, lost wages, and diminishment of earning capacity. Contact us online or call (800) 411-1583 to schedule your free case evaluation today.