If You Have Been Involved in a Truck Accident in North Carolina, Call Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys Today
If you’ve been in a crash in North Carolina involving a large truck, the first thing you should do is to get any necessary medical care, even if your injuries seem minor. Next, call an injury lawyer with the experience and resources to take on a major transportation company. You need a truck accident lawyer who can intervene on your behalf and protect your rights.
Having an experienced, knowledgeable truck accident attorney on your side is the best way to ensure you will be properly compensated for your medical bills, long-term therapy, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages you’ve experienced due to the accident. Start by calling Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys for a free, no-obligation consultation. We will review the details of your case at no charge, and help you determine what to do next. Call, chat live, or submit our contact form today.
The Nation’s Leading Truck Accident Lawyers
A lot of lawyers and law firms advertise that they handle cases involving tractor-trailer collisions, but that doesn’t mean they have ever successfully litigated one before. At Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys, our truck accident lawyers each have decades of experience handling truck accident cases, winning maximum settlements, and securing jury verdicts at trial. Time and time again, victims of serious truck crashes choose Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys for these reasons:
- Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys Has Over Sixty Years of Experience Fighting for Truck Accident Victims. For over six decades, our lawyers have fought for the victims of catastrophic truck accidents from North Carolina and the rest of the country. Our lawyers have dedicated their careers to learning the science, medicine, and truck industry standards better than anyone else in the field. We have learned the trucking and insurance industry’s tricks and playbook for unfairly denying responsibility and avoiding payments to the deserving victims of accidents caused by their truck drivers. Every day, our attorneys rely on Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys’s deep truck litigation experience to effectively strategize, negotiate, and fight to get the justice our clients deserve.
- Our Results Speak for Themselves – The hard work and dedication that is signature to every Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys Truck Accident lawyer pays off and pays big for our clients. To learn about the $26 million settlement we recently negotiated for our client who was a truck crash victim, click here.
- We Won’t Get Paid Unless You Get Paid – At Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys, we always pay all of the costs of fighting our client’s cases out of our own pocket. We will never ask you to pay ahead for any fees or legal services before you are awarded money for the injuries you suffered.
North Carolina Truck Accident Statistics
According to the most recent annual report by the North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (NCDMV), there were 88,988 crashes involving trucks and tractor-trailers in the state of North Carolina last year. 77,068 collisions resulted in drivers, vehicle passengers, motorcyclists, or pedestrians being injured, and 1,299 caused the death of one or more persons.
There are many reasons that large commercial trucks crash, and when they do, the size and weight of tractor-trailers makes injuries and deaths more likely to occur. According to the NCDMV report, the five most common and serious causes of North Carolina collisions include:
- Failures to Reduce Speed: There were 75,273 total accidents, including 22,995 crashes leading to injuries and 122 fatal collisions, caused by motor-vehicle operators’ failures to safely reduce their driving speeds in inclement weather, traffic, and construction zones
- Driver Distraction: 50,676 crashes, including 14,421 injry crashes and 108 fatal crashes, were caused by distracted driving.
- Yielding Failures: 43,455 collisions, including 15,840 accidents resulting in injuries and 131 resulting in death, were caused by drivers who failed to yield to other vehicles with the right of way
- Speeding: Speeds in excess of North Carolina speed limits caused a total of 17,988 crashes. 5,350 of these accidents caused injuries and 86 caused death of one or more people involved in the collision
- Improper Lane Changes: 14,191 accidents, which includes 2,130 injury accidents and 12 fatal accidents, occurred when drivers failed to safe change lanes while exiting, passing, or merging.
- Driver Fatigue: Drowsiness, fatigue, and falling asleep at the wheel are issues
To investigate and discuss the causes of the truck accident that led to your serious injuries or the death of your loved one, contact a Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys lawyer today.
The major trucking companies will hire lawyers immediately after a truck accident and have them on the scene the same day, if possible. You should do the same. The experienced trucking law lawyers at Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys know how to preserve all of the important pieces of evidence for you. They know how to secure the scene of an accident and take necessary photographs and statements. This is very critical because significant pieces of evidence helpful to you can be lost, misplaced or be purposely destroyed by the trucking companies. Check out our list of frequently asked questions after a truck accident.
Who Is Responsible for My Injuries and Who Can I Sue for My Crash Involving a Semi-Truck in North Carolina?
A person or company being sued is called the “defendant” in a lawsuit. Depending on the specific facts of your case, there may be multiple parties you can sue to recover the money you are owed for your injuries. Common defendants in truck crash cases often include:
- Truck Drivers
- Truck Manufacturers
- Trucking Companies
- Owners of Commercial Trucks
- Parent Companies
- Other Car Drivers Who Were Involved in the Crash
- Other Car Owners Who Were Involved in the Crash and Their Insurance Companies
- Third Party Maintenance Companies
- Sellers of Truck Cargo
- Truck Deal Brokers
A good truck accident lawyer will understand how to investigate the facts of your individual crash and determine which of these parties you can and should sue the money you are owed. To discuss this question with an experienced Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys attorney, contact us right away.
How Long Do I Have to File My Truck Accident Lawsuit in North Carolina?
In North Carolina, the time limits for filing truck accident claims, which are called “statutes of limitations,” depend on precisely what happened as a result of the tractor-trailer crash.
For cases involving truck crash injuries, the statute of limitations is three years. This means a claims for damages for serious injuries must be filed within three years of the date of the collision.
For lawsuits involving fatalities, the statute of limitations is only two years. These cases must be filed in a North Carolina court within two years of the day the accident victim died.
How Long Will My North Carolina Truck Accident Case Take?
There is no way to predict with certainty how long your truck accident lawsuit will take and when exactly you will be paid by the defendants. Some truck accident cases are resolved quickly, so quickly, in fact, that a lawsuit is never even filed because the parties reach a settlement early in the process. Others can take years to resolve.
While it is not possible to predict the exact length of your case, it may be helpful to understand the factors that affect the likelihood that a case will settle, including:
- The Severity of the Victim’s Injuries
- The Complexity of the Accident
- The Strength of the Evidence Against the Trucking Company and Truck Driver
- The Accessibility of Records, Reports, and Data
- The Amount of Money at Stake
Your lawyer will never be able to tell you the date your case will be over with certainty. However, a good truck accident attorney who understands how these factors can speed up or slow down the resolution of a lawsuit will be able to give you a more specific time frame for your case.