When a commercial truck gets into an accident with a smaller passenger vehicle, the result is often serious injuries or death. This is because tractor-trailer trucks are large, extremely heavy, and usually moving at relatively high speeds upon impact. There are several important issues that arise concerning large truck accidents, including:
- Liability, or who was at fault for the accident. Truck accidents often happen on interstate highways at night without any witnesses, making fault difficult to prove. In North Carolina, this issue is very important because the state still applies the concept of contributory negligence, meaning that if the injured party was at fault to any degree for his injuries, he will not be able to recover, even if the accident was caused primarily by the other party.
- Damages, or losses including medical bills, lost wages, temporary or permanent disability, loss of earning capacity, property damage, and pain and suffering. The losses associated with truck accidents are often large and central to the victim as well as for his family.
- Experts, including doctors, health care professionals, engineers, and accident reconstruction professionals will likely be called to prove the extent of the accident victim’s injuries, losses to income, and reconstruct how the accident occurred.
- Statute of limitations, which is three years from the date of the accident in North Carolina. If a lawsuit is not commenced within that time period, the ability to bring one will be forever barred and no recovery from the at-fault party or their insurance company will be possible.
If you were involved in an accident with a truck in Raleigh and are facing devastating injuries, contact Nagle & Associates for competent and effective representation. Contact our firm online or call (800) 411-1583 to schedule your free initial consultation today.