Override crashes take place when a truck runs over another vehicle in its path. While any type of collision between a passenger vehicle and a large commercial truck can result in devastating damage and catastrophic injuries, override collisions are particularly dangerous because the vehicle underneath the truck may become stuck and can be dragged for a substantial distance. North Carolina truck accident attorney Carl Nagle understands the importance of providing compassionate yet aggressive legal representation for all NC truck accident victims. Our goal is to maximize your compensation following a serious accident. Mr. Nagle brings his experience as a former insurance claims adjuster and a former insurance defense attorney to the firm, strengthening our understanding of how the other side may defend your case. He handled trucking accident cases for the other side, and he now only works for crash victims. Our firm only handles NC roadway accident cases and we have recovered over $290,000,000 on behalf of accident victims throughout the state.Holding a Careless Driver Accountable for an Override Accident
Victims of override accidents are often left with permanent, painful, and life-changing injuries. When a truck crash occurs due to the negligence of the truck driver or another party, injured victims typically can recover monetary damages from the legally responsible person or entity. Pursuing a personal injury lawsuit against a driver, and in some cases a trucking company, allows the victim to receive compensation for their economic and non-economic damages.
Override collisions may result when a driver cannot slow down or stop the truck in time to avoid a crash. Following a truck accident, it is necessary to fully examine the causes of the collision, utilizing the expertise of reconstruction experts trained in such investigations. Medical evidence motivates settlement and awards, and it is critical to properly build a case against the responsible party.
Additionally, under North Carolina law, in order to recover damages, the plaintiff cannot be deemed even slightly responsible for causing the accident. While in many situations a defendant was clearly at fault, there are instances in which the plaintiff may be deemed to have contributed by speeding or disobeying another traffic law. Even a minor transgression, if it is deemed to have contributed to the accident, will prevent the plaintiff from receiving any compensation.
An example of contributory negligence in an override collision might arise from the victim following the defendant truck driver slightly more closely than would be advised. If the court finds the plaintiff was five percent responsible for the accident, and the trucker was 95% responsible, the plaintiff will not recover damages. Contributory negligence is a strict doctrine, and the representation of a knowledgeable, assertive attorney is a critical tool in seeking to defeat its application.
To recover full compensation on behalf of a truck accident victim, it is necessary to show the extent of current injuries as well as those that will remain in the future. Compensation may be available for loss of income, loss of earning capacity, past and future medical treatment, property damage, emotional distress, pain and suffering, scarring and disfigurement, and loss of consortium, among other examples. In certain cases, punitive damages are awarded when the defendant’s conduct is so egregious that it deserves an additional level of punishment.Contact a Dedicated North Carolina Attorney after a Truck Accident
At Nagle & Associates, we understand the complex legal issues that may be involved in truck accident claims throughout North Carolina. Since we only represent seriously injured victims, we bring a high level of focus to our legal practice. North Carolina truck accident lawyer Carl Nagle offers a reduced legal fee of 25%, compared to the 33% charged by most other firms. We can explain what to expect from your insurance adjuster and stress the importance of preserving evidence in order to protect your right to full compensation. Contact our office by calling (800) 411-1583 or using our online form to set up a free consultation with a North Carolina tractor trailer accident attorney.