Commercial trucks present dangers to other vehicles on the road, due to their size and weight. Blind spots, typically located to the right and rear of the truck, are known to cause accidents because the truck driver cannot see other vehicles in them. Victims who survive a truck accident may be left with permanent and life-changing injuries. Despite these tragic consequences, insurance carriers who represent careless truck drivers and trucking companies always seek to minimize personal injury claims arising from tractor trailer and commercial vehicle accidents. If you or a loved one has been seriously hurt in a collision with a truck, you may be able to recover generous compensation for your medical expenses, income loss, and physical harm. North Carolina truck accident lawyer Carl Nagle advocates on behalf of injured individuals and their families, seeking to maximize their truck accident claim settlements and trial awards. He founded his firm after previously working as an insurance claims adjuster and an insurance defense lawyer.
For over 20 years, Mr. Nagle’s insight from his earlier work has enabled the firm to anticipate and deflect potential defenses. Since we are completely focused on motor vehicle accident law, we are capable of delivering consistently high-quality representation in complex legal matters. Nagle & Associates has recovered over $290 million for North Carolina residents injured in roadway accidents throughout the state.Seek Compensation for Injuries Arising from a Blind Spot Collision
Truck drivers can contribute to vehicle collisions by, among other things, failing to check their blind spots. All drivers are expected to exercise reasonable care and avoid posing unnecessary risks to others. If an accident results from driver error, that driver may be held legally responsible for the injuries. Victims of trucking accidents may have a legal claim against both the driver and the trucking company involved in the crash.
During their training, truck drivers receive education on watching for vehicles that enter a “no zone,” or a blind spot in which the passenger car disappears from the truck driver’s view. If a truck driver is unaware that a vehicle has entered this zone, or does not take precautions after a vehicle is in that zone, a collision may result.
To strengthen a claim against a negligent driver, a victim of a truck accident should preserve information about the speed of the truck and the hours that the driver had been on the road before the crash. This evidence may help to prove liability for the accident.
Under North Carolina law, a victim who shares some of the responsibility for the accident will not be able to recover any compensation for their injuries. This is known as the contributory negligence rule. Unlike comparative fault, which examines the percentage of fault of each party and allots compensation accordingly, contributory negligence can produce harsh results when someone is only slightly at fault for a crash. For example, if a judge or jury determines that the plaintiff contributed 10% to a collision by driving over the speed limit beside the truck, they would be barred from recovery, despite the fact that the truck driver may be 90% liable for the accident. A knowledgeable attorney can work to eliminate any suggestion that you may have been at fault for causing the collision in which you were hurt, while also gathering evidence to prove the full extent of your injuries.Discuss Your Truck Accident Case with a North Carolina Lawyer
After a collision involving a tractor trailer or commercial truck, an attorney can help you understand your legal options and aggressively enforce your right to full compensation. Dedicated North Carolina truck accident attorney Carl Nagle serves people throughout the state, including in Raleigh, Winston-Salem, Asheville, Wilmington, Greensboro, Hickory, and other communities throughout Wake, Forsyth, Guilford, Durham, Mecklenburg, Hickory, Catawba, and New Hanover Counties. Committed to alleviating the financial burden on our clients, we offer a fee arrangement that charges less than other firms at 25% of settlement, compared to the 33% or 1/3 share charged by most firms. We also advance all costs for victims and their families, charging fees only after compensation is awarded. Thus, we stand ready to employ collision reconstruction engineers to inspect the truck involved in your accident, and to secure a black-box download to isolate evidence of truck speed, braking distance and other collision factors. Our firm offers an immediate free consultation by telephone or through an in-person meeting. You can reach us by calling (800) 411-1583 or using our online form to set up an appointment with an experienced NC truck accident lawyer.