Weather, particularly storms that lead to flooding and levee issues, may affect passage on roads throughout North Carolina. Unfortunately, poor weather conditions may also lead to tractor-trailer accidents and devastation for people involved in these collisions. By pursuing a legal claim against an at-fault truck driver and any entities responsible for the resulting harm, accident victims may recover compensation for costs related to the collision. At Nagle & Associates, we are skilled in working to prove liability and recover compensation for accident victims throughout the state. Carl Nagle has been practicing as a Raleigh truck accident attorney for decades, successfully securing hundreds of millions of dollars on behalf of injured people and their families in cities such as Asheville, Winston-Salem, and Wilmington.
Bring a Claim for Compensation Following a Poor Weather Truck Accident
Weather conditions may change quickly, and commercial truck drivers are required to adjust their driving accordingly. Poor weather conditions arise not only in the winter months but during summer storms as well. Reducing speed may be necessary in heavy rain, as well as other low visibility conditions, such as heavy fog. Drivers are expected to provide extra space when traveling on wet or icy roads, and they should check their vehicles to ensure that tires are inflated and wiper blades are functional. Finally, since all drivers are expected to look out for the safety of others on the road, poor weather conditions may require pulling over to let the weather pass.
When a truck driver fails to account for weather conditions while operating a commercial truck, and this failure leads to a poor weather truck accident, a victim may assert a claim for negligence against the driver and potentially other parties. Negligence in this scenario may involve speeding, particularly if the trucker was motivated by pressure to meet delivery deadlines and lost control of their truck due to their carelessness. Of course, covering great distances in short periods of time may prove challenging when the weather fails to cooperate. Since weather affects the timing of these deliveries, truck drivers are not permitted to speed or rush through stormy conditions. Victims of truck collisions in this scenario may suffer catastrophic harm and may present evidence of the driver’s negligence when seeking compensation.
In addition to truck drivers, a trucking company or tire manufacturer may be at fault for a collision due to poor weather conditions. Seeking a full and fair recovery from all negligent parties is a critical part of bringing a personal injury claim. If a company is responsible for maintaining the truck but failed to perform proper maintenance, a victim may pursue a claim against this entity. If the truck driver was unable to stop due to overly worn brake pads and eventually crashed, there may be a valid legal claim against the company that maintains the truck.
Victims may rely on trucking regulations set forth by federal and state laws to support a claim for recovery from the driver and trucking company. These laws have been enacted to decrease the risk of harm caused by massive commercial trucks sharing the road with passenger vehicles. When a truck driver violates a law designed to increase safety on the roads, this violation may support a claim of liability. For example, if the driver has not followed the rules regarding mandatory rests and hours on the road, and as a result the driver was fatigued while driving the truck, this may be evidence of careless driving behavior.
Poor weather truck accidents caused by truckers who have not affirmatively adapted their driving to weather conditions may result in serious property damage and devastating injuries to others on the road. An accident victim who shows the legal fault of the driver, the trucking company, or another entity may recover damages that help compensate them for their suffering – physically and emotionally. It is important for accident victims to carefully document all of their medical costs, including ongoing medical care and related expenses, such as medications, physical therapy, and any modifications to their home to accommodate their changed physical needs. Through a legal claim for compensation, victims may recover these costs and ease the financial burden stemming from the accident.
Retain a Skilled Truck Accident Attorney in Raleigh or Beyond
At Nagle & Associates, Carl Nagle and his legal team are ready to investigate, negotiate, and litigate if necessary on behalf of victims of poor weather truck collisions. Our strong record is founded on Mr. Nagle’s former insurance industry experience, which provides a strong foundation for understanding potential defenses and ways that insurers may seek to minimize victims’ claims. Our firm charges a lower legal fee in comparison to other personal injury firms, reflecting our commitment to leaving clients financially stable. Contact us at (800) 411-1583 or online to schedule a free consultation with an NC motor vehicle collision lawyer. We have represented people in Wilmington, Raleigh, Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Hickory, Asheville, Charlotte, and other areas of Forsyth, Wake, Brunswick, Mecklenburg, Guilford, Cumberland, New Hanover, and Catawba Counties.