Protecting the Rights of Victims
At Nagle & Associates, we are dedicated to helping victims and their families pursue compensation after catastrophic collisions involving trucks. Every member of our team understands the devastating emotional, physical, and financial consequences of these accidents. North Carolina truck accident lawyer Carl Nagle, the firm’s founder, has handled complex personal injury cases for over 20 years. He uses insights that he gained from experience in the insurance industry, having worked as a claims adjuster and insurance defense lawyer handling commercial accident and large loss cases. Since he understands how the other side approaches these matters, he is equipped to anticipate and fight back against their arguments as he advocates for injured individuals.
Mr. Nagle has provided efficient and effective legal representation to victims throughout the state, helping them recover more than $290 million in damages. Since he works exclusively in the area of serious motor vehicle accidents, he has developed strong relationships with many of the leading experts in this field, including doctors, vocational rehabilitation expects, certified life care planners, and accident reconstruction and engineering experts, as well as law enforcement. This enables him to present the full story of how an accident affects a victim’s past and future health, helping maximize the compensation that his clients receive.
Pursuing Compensation through a Personal Injury Claim
After a serious collision involving a truck or commercial vehicle, it is important to preserve evidence and understand your legal rights. If a truck driver’s negligence caused the crash, the accident victim can bring a personal injury claim against the careless truck driver, most often under a negligence theory of law. Negligence is a failure to act reasonably under the circumstances.
To prove negligence, the victim is legally obligated to show the defendant owed them a duty of care and breached this duty. In truck accident cases, the duty of care is imposed by North Carolina traffic laws and also by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. Our legal team knows all of these laws, and we can help to collect and preserve evidence to prove fault.
The victim must also show that the breach of duty directly resulted in injuries and damages that are reasonably quantifiable. We have extensive medical experience, and we can show how the accident affected your life and health, and translate your injury claim into the proper monetary claim.
North Carolina truck accident claims are vigorously defended! For truck accident victims, North Carolina has the toughest negligence law in the country. If the victim contributes just slightly, even if they are only 1% at fault for causing the collision, they have no claims and no right to payment for vehicle damage, medical bills, lost wages, or pain and suffering. Since truck accident cases involve large settlements, trucking insurance carriers always look for evidence to show that the victim contributed to causing their own accident. Hiring a lawyer early costs nothing up front, and your legal team will confront the opposition by investigating the collision scene, inspecting the truck, taking truck driver statements, and nailing down evidence to prove your innocence.
Even in cases in which the truck driver was clearly at fault, insurance carriers for trucking companies always defend injury claims by seeking to minimize the injury or by asserting that the injury was not caused by the truck accident. One example is the “pre-existing condition” defense. Insurance adjusters in trucking cases insist on reviewing the victim’s pre-accident medical records, and if symptoms existed before the collision, they often deny the injury claim by asserting that the medical condition was there before the accident. We work with your doctors to show that the truck accident worsened your condition or caused new injuries. This allows you to collect a fair settlement that compensates you for all the difficulties inflicted by your accident. We also know how to secure medical opinions in all traumatic injury cases to show how the injury will affect you in the future. This step enables us to collect maximum payment for future medical needs and for all past and future pain and suffering.
Consult a Knowledgeable Truck Accident Lawyer in North Carolina
At Nagle & Associates, North Carolina truck accident attorney Carl Nagle is ready to represent victims and their families after a devastating crash. If you or a loved one seeks legal guidance and representation following a tractor-trailer or commercial vehicle accident, we can help you assert your right to compensation. Since our firm focuses on catastrophic injury cases, we understand the importance of financial well-being and stability to a victim and their family. As a result, we ask for a smaller share of legal fees than most firms charge: just 25% rather than 33%. We represent people throughout North Carolina, including in Raleigh, Asheville, Winston-Salem, Wilmington, Greensboro, Hickory, and other communities throughout Forsyth, Wake, Mecklenburg, Guilford, Brunswick, Durham, New Hanover, Cumberland, and Catawba Counties. Contact us online or call (800) 411-1583 to set up a free consultation with a motor vehicle collision attorney.