Truck Accident Injuries
Trucks are big, heavy, hard-to-maneuver vehicles that can cause a lot of damage. When involved in an accident with a passenger car, the results can be disastrous and often deadly.
According to the most recent data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI), there were 4,102 deaths as a result of truck accidents in 2017. Of the people who died, 14 percent were pedestrians or motorcyclists, and an overwhelming 68 percent were occupants of passenger vehicles.
It’s important to understand how truck accidents work so that if you are ever involved or injured in one, you can know what to expect. Regardless of the severity of the accident or your injuries, you should also seek the help of Mulligan Attorneys to assist with your truck accident case.
Who Is At Fault for Truck Accidents?
The vast majority of traffic accidents that occur are the result of negligence, and big-rig accidents are no exception. The problem with tractor-trailer accidents is that, while there’s a good chance the driver played some role in causing the accident, they may not be the only one to blame. The driver is just one person in a chain of people that can potentially be held liable after a truck accident.
The most likely culprit, aside from the driver, is their employer. There are dozens of federal and state laws that mandate how trucking companies must conduct business. These rules are designed to help provide a safer environment for truckers and other travelers on the road.
Unfortunately, many trucking companies believe that these laws cut into their profits, and will try to find ways around them. If a commercial trucking accident occurs, the employer may be found liable if they:
- Threatened the driver with strict deadlines, causing him to rush and ignore safety standards
- Failed to properly train drivers
- Failed to conduct thorough background checks and/or controlled substances testing on drivers before hiring
- Required the driver to work more hours in one day than is allowed by law
- Neglected to properly maintain commercial vehicles and their parts
- Ignored parts or vehicle recalls
- Purposefully overloaded vehicles to move more product
Additionally, manufacturers may be held liable for trucking accidents if they failed to announce product recalls or intentionally put unsafe products on the market.
Additional Causes of Trucking Accidents
Aside from the types of negligence above, truck accidents can also be caused by many other factors, like:
- Poorly maintained roads
- Aggressive, reckless, or distracted driving
- Oversized trucks
- Brake failure, tire blowouts, or bad parts
- Driving while intoxicated (DWI) or under the influence of drugs
- Poor safety/maintenance standards
Injuries After a Truck Accident
Statistically, the people most likely to be hurt or killed in 18-wheeler accidents are pedestrians and passengers of other vehicles. The massive size and weight of commercial vehicles helps to protect their drivers and cargo, but can do catastrophic damage to everything around them in an accident.
Some of the most common truck accident trauma we see as personal injury lawyers include:
- Broken bones
- Torn ligaments/tendons
- Ruptured/bulging discs
- Loss of limb(s)
- Neck and back injuries
- Spinal cord injuries (SCIs) involving partial or complete paralysis
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Internal damage/bleeding
- Wrongful death
Compensation for Truck Accident Injuries
If you’ve been hurt in a truck accident, you need to talk to the lawyers at Mulligan Attorneys as soon as possible. We will get to work right away, gathering evidence and working to discover whose negligence caused the accident. With proof that the truck driver, their employer, and/or a manufacturer acted negligently, we may be able to help you recover compensation for things like:
- Personal property damage
- Injuries/doctor’s bills
- Physical therapy
- Medical equipment (crutches, wheelchair, etc.)
- Lost wages and/or loss of future earning capacity
- Anxiety and/or depression associated with fear of driving
- Funeral costs
Unfortunately, getting the compensation you deserve for your injuries after a truck accident is often incredibly difficult. Most truck drivers are backed by huge companies who have the time and resources to dedicate to an entire team of attorneys and insurance adjusters.
Their goal is to intimidate you into accepting a settlement that is often far, far less than what you deserve. They will do whatever it takes to get you to either settle or drop your case, with no regard for the mental and emotional stress they are putting you under. That is why it’s crucial that you contact a North Carolina truck accident lawyer ASAP after an accident.
At Mulligan Attorneys, our team has the experience needed to work against truck companies and their legal counsel. We will protect you and your family from being bullied by standing between you and the people who hurt you. We will gather evidence, talk to witnesses, and handle all the paperwork, so you can focus on healing. It’s important to act quickly after a truck accident, so don’t hesitate to call and schedule your free consultation at 910-763-1100.