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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.

Raleigh Truck Accident Attorney

Although there are established safety regulations for commercial trucking, accidents still occur with alarming frequency. Due to their sheer size and weight, crashes involving tractor-trailers and other heavy trucks frequently result in serious injury or death.

If you have been seriously injured in a truck accident in Raleigh, the skilled team at Nagle & Associates, P.A. can help you file a claim for compensation. Contact us online or call (919) 433-0035 to schedule your free consultation today.

Why Choose Our Raleigh Truck Accident Lawyer?

  • We have recovered more than $400 million on behalf of accident victims in North Carolina.
  • Our firm’s founder, Carl Nagle, can offer a unique and valuable insider perspective, having once worked for the insurance industry as an adjuster and a defense attorney.
  • We understand the impact a serious injury can have on your life and work with the best doctors in the state to ensure you recover fair compensation.

What a Raleigh Truck Accident Lawyer Can Do For You

When you are clearly not at fault for a truck accident, you may be tempted to proceed in your case alone. However, it is unlikely that you will receive the positive outcome that you deserve. An attorney will thoroughly investigate the circumstances in your case. They will uncover all negligent parties involved to see that you recover the full and fair compensation you need for your injuries and other losses.

Multiple parties may be responsible in a truck accident, which means various insurance companies can be involved. Navigating a claim against several insurance companies that are working to preserve their bottom line can quickly become a complex matter—another area where a truck accident lawyer has the knowledge and experience to guide you.

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.

Common Types of Truck Accidents

There are several kinds of truck accidents that commonly occur for a variety of reasons:

  • Rollover: A truck that rolls over poses a serious threat to the driver and any surrounding vehicles. This type of accident often occurs due to the shifting of cargo on an incline or taking too wide of a turn.
  • Jackknife: When a truck’s attached trailer loses control, it can cause a “jackknife.” A jackknife accident happens when the cab and the trailer face the opposite direction, making the cab unable to move any longer.
  • Tire Blowout: When a tire blows out, the truck driver can lose complete control of the truck. A tire may blow out, for instance, due to the extreme weight of the vehicle.
  • Underride: When a vehicle does not see a truck slow down or come to a stop, it can slide under the side or rear of a truck. This kind of accident typically results in severe injuries, including death and total loss of the vehicle.

Leading Causes of Truck Accidents in Raleigh

Many factors can cause truck accidents in Raleigh, but the most common are:

Distracted Driving

A truck driver’s inattention while driving can be catastrophic. Common forms of distractions include texting or talking on a cell phone, drinking, and eating.

Driver Fatigue

Truck drivers work long hours and don’t have a reliable sleep schedule. Although federal laws dictate how many hours a trucker can be on the road, it doesn’t guarantee they will adhere to them if they are trying to meet a deadline.

Impatience or Road Rage

Truck drivers are under an enormous amount of pressure to meet deadlines, which can result in impatience or anger when on the road.

Reckless Driving

Speeding dramatically decreases a truck driver’s chances of reacting to any unforeseen elements on the road. Other reckless behaviors include sudden lane changes, failing to signal, or failing to account for traffic.

Driving Under the Influence

Many truck drivers resort to stimulant drugs out of boredom or to stay awake. Driving under the influence clouds judgment and can compel a driver to take unnecessary risks.

Poor Maintenance or Manufacturing Defects

Many truck owners or trucking companies are unwilling to spend the money to properly maintain their large trucks. Manufacturing defects, on the other hand, originate from the manufacturer, and if a part fails, the truck driver may lose control.

Poor Weather Conditions

If a truck driver fails to adjust to climate and road conditions, it often significantly reduces their ability to control the vehicle.

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Who Can Be Held Liable for a Truck Accident?

After a truck accident, there may be multiple parties responsible, including:

  • The Truck Driver: If the truck driver’s negligence led to an accident, they might be liable for damages. For instance, deliberately driving while distracted or under the influence or intentionally violating federal hours-of-service regulations that limit how long truckers may drive without a break.
  • The Trucking Company: If the trucking company’s negligence caused an accident, such as hiring an inexperienced driver, or one with multiple driving infractions, failing to schedule regular inspections for their vehicles, etc.
  • The Loading Companies: Cargo loading companies can be held responsible if they fail to ensure a truck is loaded correctly, resulting in a collision. If cargo isn’t secure and loaded unevenly, a subsequent cargo shift can lead to an accident.

Types of Damages Available After a Truck Accident

The liable parties for a truck accident will be responsible for paying damages suffered by an innocent party. The types of damages commonly available to victims and their families include:

  • Lost wages while recovering
  • Loss of future income
  • Diminished earning capacity
  • Costs of medical treatment, hospitalization, and long-term care
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of consortium—spousal rights compensation for the loss of companionship or sexual relations

Truck drivers, and especially trucking companies, will not readily admit liability. Due to North Carolina’s contributory negligence law, if you are found even partially at fault, you will be barred from recovering compensation. Successfully obtaining the damages you are entitled to will take thorough investigating and diligent efforts on behalf of an attorney

Experienced Raleigh Truck Accident Attorneys

Call Nagle & Associates, P.A., or complete our online case evaluation form if you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a crash involving a truck. Our Raleigh truck accident attorneys offer a free, no-obligation consultation.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Frequently asked questions

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