As a skilled North Carolina truck accident attorney, Carl Nagle represents injured individuals in pursuing legal claims following a truck accident. The trucking industry, as a common carrier of goods and materials, has a responsibility to maintain the safety of drivers, passengers, and others sharing the road with their vehicles. If you or someone close to you suffered injuries in an accident with a truck carrying hazardous materials, you are likely entitled to compensation. At Nagle & Associates, we investigate the details surrounding each personal injury case that we handle in order to ensure that all potentially at-fault parties are pursued. Since Mr. Nagle’s legal practice focuses exclusively on the rights of victims of serious motor vehicle collisions, he appreciates the impact of a crash upon an injured individual and their family. The legal team at Nagle & Associates works to ease victims’ financial burdens by seeking a sizeable damages award from any responsible parties.
Explore Your Options Following a Crash Involving a Truck Carrying Hazardous Materials
Trucks carrying hazardous materials are to be operated by properly trained and endorsed drivers, who have undergone pre-trip safety inspections. Additionally, if the cargo being transported contains fuels, flammable liquids, or infectious substances, the drivers must meet standards set forth by the federal government. Regulations like these are designed to protect people sharing the road with trucks carrying hazardous materials.
Catastrophic injuries may result from a collision with a truck carrying hazardous materials. Serious disabilities and even deaths are common events in these types of collisions, and the exposure to hazardous material poses its own set of medical threats. Due to the lasting consequences of a severe collision like this, it is useful to provide expert medical opinions detailing future medical needs and conditions. Victims are advised to document the full extent of their damages, which include physical harm as well as emotional suffering.
Driver error may lead to collisions, as may issues with truck maintenance or inspections. The truck driver and, in some cases, the trucking company may be held legally responsible for the harm. Drivers moving hazardous cargo may speed to reach their next destination, or they may forego mandatory rest breaks to complete their deliveries. Additionally, trucking companies have been known to overlook minor problems or fail to conduct necessary inspections of their vehicles in order to reduce costs and save time. If their negligence results in a truck wreck, the company may be held legally responsible.
According to federal insurance coverage requirements, trucks carrying hazardous materials must maintain higher insurance policy limits for their drivers. Instead of an insurance coverage limit per collision of $750,000, for example, trucks carrying hazardous materials must maintain coverage of either $1 million or $5 million per collision. The range in coverage depends on the amount and type of hazardous cargo being transported.
Seek Guidance from a North Carolina Lawyer Following a Truck Accident
Demonstrating legal fault for a collision requires a careful analysis of the circumstances surrounding the crash and an ability to set forth clear and persuasive evidence. At Nagle & Associates, North Carolina attorney Carl Nagle only represents victims of serious motor vehicle collisions. In each case, he works to pursue the largest financial recovery possible by setting forth strong evidence of liability and damages. Additionally, by charging a reduced legal fee of 25% of a settlement award, compared to the 33% typically charged by other firms, clients walk away with more compensation to address their medical costs and other needs. Our offices are ready to provide personal, efficient service. We represent people throughout North Carolina, including victims in Raleigh, Asheville, Wilmington, and Winston-Salem. To schedule a free consultation with a skilled tractor-trailer crash attorney, call us at (800) 411-1583 or contact us online.