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Nagle & Associates has recovered over $400 million in compensation for serious motor vehicle accident victims throughout North Carolina.

Lowest Industry Fee

Our focus on high-damage cases allows us to offer a lower legal fee on settlements and trial verdicts. Almost ALL other injury lawyers charge 1/3 of the personal injury settlement. If we accept your case, our fee is 1/4 of settlement.

Focused Practice

We exclusively handle serious motor vehicle accident cases. Nagle & Associates strives to be the authority on motor vehicle accidents and insurance law.

North Carolina Truck Accident Attorney

Another truck dropped crates in the road, Jerry ran into those crates which threw one crate off the road and the other one into a car. Jerry ran off the road, through a ditch, a fence and into a tree. Jerry ended up in the hospital for 6 weeks and needed 6 surgeries, 75 doctor visits and 125 physical therapy sessions. Jerry and Cheryl were completely overwhelmed.

Truck Accident In New Hanover County NCWhen commercial trucks collide with passenger vehicles, the results are often catastrophic. Tractor trailers often weigh tens of thousands of pounds, and all that weight can literally crush a car, light-duty truck or van in the blink of an eye.

If you or someone you love have been involved in a crash with a semi/tractor-trailer and the truck driver was at fault, you are legally entitled to compensation for your costs, injuries and losses. The team of personal injury trial lawyers at Nagle & Associates have extensive experience representing victims of semi-truck accidents in North Carolina. We offer a reduced legal fee of 25%, and Carl Nagle has past experience working as an insurance adjuster on commercial vehicle accident claims, and defending truck drivers during his years working as an insurance defense lawyer in Atlanta, Ga. He now only works for NC crash victims to ensure that they receive maximum payment for their truck accident claims.

Involved In A North Carolina Tractor-Trailer Crash?

The government recognizes that the sheer size and weight of a tractor trailer means that any accidents involving an 18-wheeler is likely to cause a great deal more destruction than a crash between passenger vehicles — that’s why commercial truck drivers and trucking companies are subject to multiple rules and regulations designed to protect all road users.

Truckers in North Carolina are subject to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations as well as state-specific laws that regulate the maximum speed tractor trailers can drive and drug and alcohol use while behind the wheel.

If you’ve been involved in a crash with one or more transport trucks, there’s a very good chance that you’ve suffered from significant property losses, multiple injuries and damages impacting your ability to work, care for your family and enjoy your regular day-to-day activities. While compensation won’t erase the life-altering impacts you’re experiencing, a fair settlement can give you the financial relief you need to take care of yourself, support your loved ones and move on with your life.

Why Choose Nagle & Associates

We have recovered over $400 million in compensation for victims throughout North Carolina.

01 Intense Focus

Our firm only handles personal injury claims arising from serious motor vehicle collisions. We have mastered the laws in this arena and we stand ready to protect your rights, to prove fault, and to collect maximum tax-free payment for your injury claims.

02 Keep 75% of settlement

Our focus on high-damage cases allows us to offer a lower legal fee on settlements and trial verdicts. With Nagle & Associates’ fairer fee, you keep 75% of every settlement dollar which is much more than the 66% share that most firms allow.

03 Unparalleled experience

Carl Nagle direct experience representing at-fault drivers and insurance companies helps him to anticipate and avoid insurance defense tactics, and to motivate insurance companies to pay top-dollar settlements in every case.

04 One call handles everything

Whether you simply need answers and a free consultation or you decide to retain us to handle all problems arising from your accident, one phone call begins this easy process.

What’s the Most Common Cause of Commercial Truck Accidents?

Calling crashes involving tractor trailer trucks accidents is a bit misleading since the vast majority of commercial truck accidents in North Carolina are completely avoidable. These horrific crashes are often the result of negligent actions, either by the truck driver, the trucking company, or a combination of the two.

Here are some of the most common causes of tractor-trailer accidents:

Failed Maintenance: Transport trucks are massive, complex machines that require regular maintenance in order to keep all the safety systems in good working order. Because this maintenance is both time-consuming and costly, some trucking companies try to save money by skipping out on the required maintenance, using parts that are worn out, or failing to replace worn-out tires, brakes, and other safety-critical equipment.

Driver Fatigue: Commercial truck drivers spend long hours behind the wheel, often travelling up and down the same highway for days or weeks on end. This can lead to passivity behind the wheel, making the driver less aware of their surroundings and contributing to distracted driving. When added to the fact that most drivers are compensated on a per-mile basis, it’s tempting for drivers to skip out on their legally-mandated rest brakes so they can get their load delivered as quickly as possible.

There are now strict Hours of Service rules in place to help combat the deadly effects of driver fatigue. In spite of these rules, many truck drivers take their chances and drive more than they should, and this gamble often is the cause of crashes involving commercial trucks.

Excess Speed: The commercial trucking industry is highly competitive and time-sensitive, and the faster a trucking company can deliver a load, the more profit they stand to make on the job. While many truck drivers respect the rules of the road and abide by the state-set speed limits, when truckers choose to speed, the results can be devastating.

Commercial trucks simply can’t stop as quickly as other vehicles can, and this is especially true when they are driving too fast. In many situations where a truck has rolled over, blown through a stop sign or crashed into traffic ahead, the driver was either going at a speed that exceeded the posted limit or driving too fast for the current road conditions.

Drunk and Drugged Driving: While it’s hard to imagine what would make a commercial truck driver get behind the wheel of an 80,000 lb transport truck after they have been drinking alcohol or while impaired by drugs, the unfortunate reality is that many accidents involving transport trucks and tractor-trailer rigs are caused by impaired drivers. In North Carolina, commercial truck drivers cannot have any more than .04 percent blood alcohol concentration while on the job, and no level of drug impairment is allowed.

Improper Loading: Transport truck loads need to be secured in a very specific way to keep the load from flying off the truck or shifting, which can cause the driver to suddenly lose control while on the road. Drivers are responsible for ensuring that their load is safe and loaded correctly, because when it isn’t, innocent drivers can get hurt.

Hiring or Employing an Unqualified Driver: Commercial trucking companies are legally obligated to make sure that every one of their truckers is qualified to operate their equipment. This means trucking companies have to confirm that their drivers all have a valid commercial driver license and that they have not been charged with any offense that would render their license invalid. If a truck company fails to do their due diligence when hiring and managing drivers, victims of a crash involving that truck company can collect compensation.

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Where Does the Compensation for Truck Accident Victims Come From?

Like all road users, truckers have to carry a minimum amount of liability insurance that is designed to cover the victims’ costs in cases where the truck driver is at fault in a crash. The amount of liability insurance that commercial trucks are covered for is much higher than passenger vehicles simply because a semi truck can cause much more damage than a small car or passenger van can.

Under federal law all trucking companies operating in interstate commerce on U.S. roads must have at least $750,000 in liability coverage when transporting non-hazardous goods. Trucks that are carrying dangerous cargo may be required to have up to $5 million in liability coverage.

Compensation for truck accident victims is usually paid directly from the insurance provider for the trucking company, however, in cases where the company has been shown to be willfully dangerous, victims may also have the right to file a claim directly against the trucking company as well.

Qualified, Compassionate North Carolina Truck Accident Attorneys

Here at Nagle & Associates we put truck crash victims first. We have helped our clients collect millions of dollars in compensation in commercial vehicle accident cases, and we use all available resources to pursue all legal claims when a truck driver or trucking company failed to follow the laws that are designed to keep all road users safe.

Our lead North Carolina truck accident attorney has worked as an insider in the insurance industry as both a claims adjuster handling commercial vehicle accident claims, and later as an insurance defense attorney. This experience gives us intimate knowledge of how trucking companies deal with damage claims, and we use this knowledge to litigate aggressively for truck accident victims.

To schedule your complimentary, confidential consultation, contact us here at Nagle & Associates today. We have offices located throughout North Carolina including in Winston-Salem, Asheville, Raleigh and Charlotte. Remember, the trucking company already has a legal team working to protect their assets — it’s important that you act quickly to protect your right to compensation.

Awards & Recognition
We Have a Reputation For Great Results

$2.25M

Truck Accident

Tractor trailer driver rear ended our client causing spinal fracture which required a vertebral fusion surgery. Truck driver sought to blame an uninvolved driver, suit was filed and the case was settled at mediation.

$2.4k

Truck Accident

We helped a truck driver who struck cargo that had been dropped off another tractor trailer due to the at-feault driver's failure to secure his load before starting his journey.

$2M

Truck Accident

In Henderson County, we helped a pedestrian struck by a car in a parking lot who suffered traumatic brain injuries to recover millions of dollars.

How can I find out if I have a case?

We offer immediate free legal consultations by telephone or in person.  With a simple phone call, we will discuss your accident facts and your related injuries and damages and assess whether you have a legal right of financial recovery.

In North Carolina, if you are just slightly at fault (even just 1%), you have no valid claims against other at-fault parties.  Insurance companies always try to deny claims or minimize injury claim payments.  Invest the time to talk with a lawyer before you start working with the insurance adjuster who is paid to oppose your claims.  Carl Nagle is available now to assess case viability and explain your legal options.

What amount of compensation am I entitled to?

Every case is different, and it is important that you understand the law of damages to ensure that you are not underpaid in any insurance settlement.  For an injury claim, an accident victim in North Carolina is entitled to full payment for:

  • medical expenses incurred up to the time of settlement
  • future medical needs based on admissible medical evidence
  • lost wages for missed pay during time that doctors advise you to miss work
  • lost future earning capacity if injuries reduce future pay
  • lost work life expectancy with proof that injuries will require early retirement
  • tax free cash payment for physical pain and emotional suffering
  • tax free cash payment for permanency of injury and future pain and suffering
  • tax free cash payment for scarring and/or disfigurement
    • additional payment for inconvenience and lost quality of life

Insurance companies seek to cut all of these damages, and they often argue that injuries are either pre-existing or exaggerated.  Further, if they are not convinced that you will go through a trial, they hold back on settlement offers and compel victims to accept a discounted injury-claim payment.  For a careful review of your injuries, collision facts, losses and overall case value, call us for a free consultation.  We are glad to help even if you choose not to retain counsel.

How will my lawyer provide me with case updates?

Our law firm has resisted and refused to install voice mail on our phone system.  We intend to provide close, personal service to every client!  You should expect immediate return calls from your lawyer and his team, and we keep a 30 day calendar on all cases to make sure we contact our client on a regular basis to check on medical status, and to make sure that the client and our firm are always on the same page.

We acknowledge that an injury victim needs to have updates and support, and we help along every step to ensure that your health insurance is properly utilized, to ensure that your medical file is entirely up to date, to make sure that all necessary medical care is provided as soon as possible, and to maximize the ultimate value of your personal injury case.

How long does it take to typically receive compensation?

In most cases, it is best to complete all medical treatment before the case is presented for settlement negotiations or trial.  Never rush through medical care!  A careful and patient approach to medical care is the best way to protect your health, and a longer period of medical care also translates to a higher cash payment for pain and suffering. Once medical care is concluded, we strive to collect all final medical records, medical billings and other injury-claim evidence within 30-60 days.

Once we receive all medical records and evidence, we review the evidence and prepare and submit the injury claim and demand for payment within one week.  Since we are threatening a trial (remember, most cases settle with no court involvement), we prefer to wait for the insurance company to make the next move.

In most cases, we receive an initial offer within 30-45 days.  Thereafter, we negotiate hard behind our threat of a lawsuit and push for the highest possible settlement offer.  While there are delays in some cases beyond the client’s and attorney’s control, most cases can be settled and the client paid just a few months after medical care is concluded.   Also, we structure the settlement so that the net money received by our client remains tax free.

Is there a time limit on seeking compensation?

The “statute of limitations” bars all claims that are filed late.  North Carolina law imposes a three year deadline to file a lawsuit in cases involving injury, and just two years from the collision date for fatal accident and wrongful death claims.  You should never wait until the deadline is close because it is vital to include all responsible parties in a lawsuit.

If the case is filed only against one of several responsible parties and the legal deadline passes, those who were not properly sued and served with a Summons and Complaint escape legal liability.  In wrongful death cases involving minor children, the same two year suit-filing deadline applies.

In personal injury cases involving minor children, the three year deadline only applies to the parents’ claim for medical expenses and out-of-pocket loss.  The child’s deadline is extended so that the child can file a lawsuit seeking money for pain and suffering by three additional years, meaning suit must be filed the day before the child’s 21st birthday.

What do I do if a family member injured in a car accident dies?

Fatal injury cases allow certain surviving family members to collect compensation by pursuing claims under the North Carolina Wrongful Death Act.  Wrongful Death cases are unique, and they are also subject to a strict 2 year suit-filing deadline.

Further, an estate must be opened for the decedent before the lawsuit can be filed.  Damages in Wrongful Death case include medical expenses incurred by the victim during life-saving efforts, funeral expenses, lost income that the decedent would have earned through retirement, compensation for the lost services of the decedent, compensation for the lost relationship and companionship, and punitive damages in cases involving willful and wanton or intentional conduct.

The family members who share in the award are those family members who would receive an inheritance through the North Carolina Intestacy statutes (the statute that divides any decedent’s property among family members in cases where a person dies without a valid will).  This typically puts payment it the hands of a surviving spouse, children of the decedent, and sometimes with surviving parents or siblings.

What can I do if my child is injured in a car accident?

In most cases, court approval will be required to finalize any private settlement of a child’s personal injury claims.  Under North Carolina law, any person under age 18 is deemed a “minor”, and a minor’s personal injury claim is divided into two parts – the parents own the claim for medical expenses and the child receives the payment for pain, suffering, scarring, disfigurement, lost quality-of-life, and future problems.

To secure a valid and binding settlement, a judge must approve the terms of settlement for the family’s benefit, and they will then order the child’s funds to be placed either with the Clerk of Court until the child’s 18th birthday, or the money can be placed into a “structured settlement”.  Structures allow the parent to determine how the settlement money will be paid out after the child reaches age 18, and this allows the money to be invested until later in life, and interest income remains non-taxable.

Family’s who choose structures often choose to have the child receive several installments instead of a single lump-sum at age 18.  Our firm guides the family through this entire process and we handle all of the red tape and paperwork involved in court approval of any settlement, trial of the case if settlement cannot be reached, and timing of payouts when the family prefers a structured settlement.

How much will I have to pay if I want to hire your law firm?

You pay nothing up front to hire our firm, and we can begin working for you today.  We can even come to your home or office if this helps to get your case started.  Our legal fee is 1/4 or 25% of any settlement, which is far less than the 1/3 or 33 1/3% that most firms charge.   With our experience and reputation, we seek to increase your settlement payments sufficiently to cover our legal fees.  If a trial is necessary to secure compensation, our litigation fee is 1/3, which is also far less than the 40-44% fee that most personal injury lawyers charge in litigation cases.  We ONLY handle motor vehicle accident cases, and we typically handle serious injury and wrongful death matters.  Mr. Nagle reduced his fee percentage over a decade ago because he felt that a 1/4 fee was more generous and fair for the client.  With our firm, you keep 75% of your settlement instead of 66 2/3%.  We feel this more fair for our clients, and more responsible for the law firm.  Our goal is to push the insurance carriers, capture all available insurance coverage, develop your medical evidence and thereby INCREASE THE SETTLEMENT VALUE OF YOUR CASE.  To the extent that we increase the value of your case, we are compelling the insurance carrier to pay our attorney’s fee.   We charge no inter-office expenses to our clients so you pay nothing for copies, phone calls, postage, etc.  Attorneys are not allowed to pay litigation expenses, but we always advance those expenses on behalf of our clients.  For example, the filing fee that is paid to file suit and open a court file is advanced by our firm, but is covered by the client’s share of the trial verdict.  This is true for all law firms.  Please don’t worry about case costs because  most of our cases settle with no suit-filings or court involvement.  Therefore, most cases are concluded with little or no outside case-development expenses.

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With over 20 years of experience, Nagle & Associates are your trusted, aggressive personal injury attorneys serving the entire state of North Carolina.