18-Wheeler Tractor-Trailer Truck Accident Lawyers Serving North Carolina (NC)
Our Attorneys Fight Hard to Obtain Justice and the Fullest Compensation Available by Law for People Injured by Commercial Truck Drivers and Trucking Companies
We Know What It Takes to Win™ Tractor-Trailer Accident Cases Throughout North Carolina and Nationwide.
According to the American Trucking Association, there are over 3.6 million tractor-trailers traveling on United States roadways. The volume of trucks on the road each day, combined with certain risk factors, can lead to a greater number of serious accidents involving innocent motorists. In North Carolina, some of the factors that contribute to trucking accidents include truck driver fatigue, inadequate tractor-trailer maintenance, improper loading, and others.
Montlick & Associates has been Fighting Hard & Winning CasesTM for over 38 years, and have recovered billions of dollars in monetary compensation on behalf of our clients!* Trucking accident cases involving big rigs are much more complicated than a simple car accident or negligence case. Being represented by the right law firm can add tremendous value to your case, and could make the difference between winning and losing. Our attorneys understand the legal complexities involved in a trucking case, as well as the severe consequences and hardships suffered by accident victims, resulting in costly medical care, lost income, disability, and pain and suffering. We work hard for each individual client in order to maximize their rights to compensation by law.
Our firm is committed to exceptional client service. We treat our clients like family, and realize the importance of great communication with our clients, while providing aggressive representation. We are driven by a strong moral compass, and proudly operate with honesty, integrity, and unquestionable ethics. Each of our clients receive individualized care, and our attorneys promptly return phone calls and keep our clients informed of all of their important case developments.
If you or someone you love suffered injuries in a North Carolina trucking accident, contact Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law for your free case review. Our North Carolina Trucking attorneys will advise you on your legal rights as well as what steps are necessary to protect those rights. ** Contact us Nationwide, 24/7 at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333), or by simply dialing #WIN (#946) from your cell phone. You can also visit us online at Montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or Free 24-hour live chat.
Hire Our Truck Accident Attorneys So We Can Preserve Your Case’s Crucial Evidence
Weighing in at close to 80,000 pounds and taking up about 80 linear feet of space, tractor-trailers present unique dangers on the road. The sheer size of these vehicles, compared to the average size of a passenger vehicle, can cause incomprehensible damage during a collision. In North Carolina, truckers and trucking companies must adhere to federal and state regulations that address industry issues, such as maximum driving time. Many drivers and carriers follow these regulations, some do not. As such, trucking accident claims can be complicated issues of both state and federal law. Montlick & Associates’ attorneys understand the legal challenges presented by trucking accident cases in North Carolina, and know the nuances of the claims process and the law, as well as how to present our clients’ cases in the most favorable light. When trucking companies and their commercial insurance carriers do not offer fair compensation to our clients, we are prepared take cases through litigation and ultimately to trial when appropriate.
If you were injured in a trucking or commercial vehicle accident in North Carolina or lost a loved one to such an accident, call the North Carolina trucking accident attorneys at Montlick & Associates today. We will review the circumstances of your case and help you make the best legal decisions for you and your family. Call us 24/7 Nationwide at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). We can also be reached by dialing #WIN (#946) on your cellphone (works with most carriers) or online at Montlick.com. You can use our Free Live Chat or send us your Free Case Evaluation Form online.
Proving Liability in a North Carolina Trucking Accident Case
Every trucking accident case is different, and their most common causes are violations of local traffic laws. However, in our experience, in North Carolina and elsewhere numerous trucking accidents also occur in part due to violations of state and federal trucking regulations, such as those relating to the following:
- Drug and alcohol prohibitions, restrictions, and mandatory chemical testing
- Hours of service (HOS) rules that limit driving sessions and on-duty non-driving time while imposing mandatory rest periods
- Rules governing maximum load capacity and securing of loads
- Weight and length limitations for various commercial vehicle configurations
- Mandatory inspections and maintenance requirements
- Requirements for equipping a commercial truck
- Standards imposed for pre-hiring employment investigations and screening
- Proper training and supervision of drivers
- Necessary record keeping regarding HOS, vehicle inspection/maintenance, etc.
- Rules regarding driver physical fitness
In light of the above issues that can form the basis of liability, and possibly punitive damages, our attorneys take appropriate steps to prevent the destruction of valuable evidence, when necessary, such as, by way of example, on-board camera footage and recordings, black box data, truck driver personnel files and more. When appropriate, we employ accident reconstruction experts to conduct full inspections of the tractor trailer and accident scene. In many cases, we have been able to discover information that bolsters our clients’ claims of negligence on behalf of the trucking company, such as, by way of example, the speed at which the tractor trailer was traveling immediately prior to impact, the truck driver’s criminal history (such as previous DUIs or other reckless driving infractions), truck driver drug test results, and even logs that indicate how long the driver had been operating the vehicle prior to the accident, among other types of information.
If you were injured in a trucking accident in North Carolina or any other state, find out how our lawyers can help. You can receive your free consultation with Montlick & Associates by calling 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333) or pushing #WIN (#946) on your cell phone. Our clients can also reach us 24 hours a day by visiting montlick.com for a Free Live Chat or to fill out a Free Case Evaluation Form.
Deadlines Applicable to Your North Carolina Trucking Accident Claim — Do Not Delay!
Legal matters are subject to “statutes of limitations” or legal time deadlines. Failure to take the required action within the applicable time will result in the total loss of your rights to make a claim. In North Carolina, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases is generally three years from the date of the accident, but there are exceptions that can greatly shorten or even lengthen the deadline, and the statute of limitation is much shorter in North Carolina for a claim for wrongful death! In addition, by way of example only, certain types of claims against governmental entities in North Carolina, and also claims against the Federal Government also carry shorter deadlines. In some cases, a combination of different claims may exist, which may involve multiple defendants and/or different jurisdictions, resulting in the application of multiple legal deadlines. Our experienced attorneys can review your case to determine which deadlines apply, and we take the required actions to preserve all important legal deadlines on behalf of our clients.
In addition to legal deadlines, there are other reasons not to delay in seeking legal assistance. Many plaintiffs are surprised to learn that many times their own insurance policies can contain valuable insurance coverage, such as, by way of example only, Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist coverage or MedPay (an optional no-fault type of insurance that covers medical expenses). However, most insurance policies have timely notification deadlines, which, if allowed to lapse, can result in the loss of valuable compensation and benefits. Additionally, in the aftermath of an accident, evidence can disappear and witnesses can go missing or forget what happened. This is all the more important in trucking cases, when the truck involved in the accident may contain valuable evidence (such as camera footage and black box data that must be preserved before the vehicle is put back in service or destroyed). For the above reasons, you should not delay in seeking legal advice, as you a have limited amount of time to pursue your claim.
Our Trucking Accident Lawyers at Montlick & Associates examine all applicable avenues of recovery and make sure that any relevant legal and contractual notification deadlines are preserved. We also act to preserve important evidence and interview witnesses as appropriate. Do not delay in protecting your legal rights. Call us Nationwide 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333) or #WIN (#946) on your mobile phone, for your free consultation from a Montlick & Associates attorney. We are also available day and night through our Free Live Chat and through our Free Case Evaluation Form at Montlick.com.
What is My North Carolina Trucking Accident Case Worth?
Evaluating the value of a claim is a critical stage of each case. Our lawyers pursue all types of damages that our clients are entitled to under the law, based on the specific facts and circumstances, which may include compensation for:
- Past present and future medical expenses;
- Past, present and future lost income and lost or diminished ability to earn income;
- Repair costs or the cost of replacing your vehicle;
- Physical pain and suffering;
- Mental and emotional distress;
- Negative effects on your relationship with your spouse; and
- Punitive damages, in the event the defendant’s actions rise to the egregious level of fraud, malice, willful or wanton conduct.
In the event of wrongful death, North Carolina families of lost loved ones can generally pursue the following types of damages pursuant to North Carolina General Statute § 28A-18-2, among others:
- Services, protection, care and assistance of the decedent;
- The decedent’s loss of society, companionship, comfort, and guidance;
- The decedent’s projected net income;
- Medical expenses for the injury that caused the family member’s death;
- Pain and suffering endured prior to death;
- Reasonable funeral expenses
Compensation Available in a North Carolina Trucking Accident Case
The amount of compensation that each client receives depends on many factors, including, the strength of the liability, the costs of medical care and amount of lost wages, the severity and permanence of any injuries, and whether the person is temporarily or permanently disabled, to name a few. Other considerations involve the county where a potential lawsuit would be filed, the likeability and credibility of the witnesses, and the strength of the evidence available. As such, each individual case is unique, and precise case value is usually not readily apparent at the beginning of case. However, our attorneys are able to predict a range of case value once all of the evidence has been assembled, we have learned the extent and long-term effects of the injury, we have reviewed all medical records and expenses, and evaluated the applicable law and the strength of the evidence.
Learn How Our Law Firm Helps North Carolina Motor Vehicle Accident Injury Victims Seek Justice
Have you or a family member sustained injuries by a driver who disregarded traffic safety laws or other safe driving practices? Our auto accident lawyers share a steadfast commitment to seeking justice for injury victims and we know what it takes to win!™ Call Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, 24 hours a day for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333) or by simply dialing #WIN (#946) from your mobile phone. We also can be contacted at Montlick.com where you can submit a Free Case Evaluation Form from our website to set up a time to talk to an attorney that is convenient for you or utilize our website’s 24-Hour Live Chat.
*Dollars recovered are cumulative and are not indicative of individual case results. Each case is unique. Results depend on the facts and applicable law.
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