Winston-Salem Truck Accident Attorneys
Any collision with a truck can be very devastating. And the cases resulting from them can be very complex and hard-fought, as insurance companies and trucking companies fight hard to avoid paying large settlements and verdicts.
The attorneys of Maynard & Harris Attorneys at Law, PLLC can fight back. We offer free initial consultations to families whose loved ones have suffered catastrophic injuries or wrongful death. Our practice extends to accidents occurring on roads throughout the Winston-Salem area, including I-40, I-77, I-85, I-74, Hwy 220, Hwy 421, I-95, Hwy 52, and more. Contact us immediately.
How Truck Accident Cases Work
Any time you sue to get compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, etc., you are a plaintiff in an auto accident case. Your opponents are defendants, and in truck accident there are often multiple defendants: a truck driver, a trucking company, and/or an insurance company.
As soon as an accident involving a semi truck takes place, truck drivers are required to call it in. The insurance company then immediately sends an adjuster and accident reconstructionist to the scene. This can give the trucking and insurance companies a huge jump on attorneys representing the other people involved.
The insurance company and trucking company will try to gather evidence that supports their side -- you need someone who will build a case for you. In North Carolina, if you cannot prove that you were not at fault for an accident, you cannot collect. The sooner you get a lawyer working on your behalf, the better your case will be.
Types of Evidence
For example, you need a lawyer demanding access to black box evidence. All major big rigs have black boxes that record what happens and are built to survive accidents. Also, truck companies track the movement of tractor trailers by satellite and keep careful logs -- but if your lawyer does not get this evidence within 6 months, the company will destroy it.
This type of information often reveals that truck drivers or companies were violating regulations. There are many federal motor carrier safety regulations governing the actions of the trucking industry, governing everything from driver fatigue to maintenance. If it turns out that an accident was due to a violation of trucking regulations, the case can turn dramatically in your favor.
At Maynard & Harris Attorneys at Law, PLLC Law PLLC, we fight hard to get black box and tracking device information. We also hire accident reconstructionists, human factors experts, medical experts, etc. Our attorneys use all this evidence, along with their own extensive knowledge, and build a strong case for each client.
Insurance Coverage Limits
In North Carolina, the limit for tractor trailer insurance is at least $750,000. If hazardous materials at involve, the limit required is higher. Frequently, truckers carry more insurance coverage than the minimum required. Depending on the facts of the case there may be additional coverage through the trailer (in addition to the tractor unit), the broker, and the shipper. This amount can cover everything from pain and suffering, lost wages, permanency, medical bill to funeral costs.
If you or a loved one has suffered from a truck accident, do not waste any time -- contact us and schedule a free consultation. We take all cases on contingency, meaning that we charge no attorneys' fees until a settlement or verdict is won.
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