The mountains of Western North Carolina are served by curvy and steep roads than can be treacherous. While these roads can cause rear-end collisions and other car accidents, the roads are particularly dangerous for large trucks, increasing the risk of truck accidents. An 18-wheeler that loses its brakes on a steep grade turns into a runaway truck hurtling down a highway. Narrow mountain roads with steep shoulders offer little room to maneuver to avoid a speeding truck or out-of-control tractor-trailer. These are just some of the many ways a truck accident can occur.
Despite the dangers mountain roads pose, several major trucking routes pass through Western North Carolina, including Interstate 40, Interstate 26 and a number of major U.S. Highways.
Tractor-trailer accidents are different from normal car accidents. In a collision between a commercial truck and a passenger vehicle, the occupants of the smaller vehicle invariably suffer far worse harm. Because of the size and weight of large commercial trucks, truck crashes can cause serious injuries and wrongful deaths.
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a trucking accident, turn to The Elmore Law Firm, P.A., a trusted law firm based in Asheville. You should not have to pay medical bills for serious injuries suffered in a crash caused by a careless truck driver or negligent trucking company. The Elmore Law Firm, P.A., can advise you about your legal rights to seek compensation from the at-fault truck driver, trucking company and other potential defendants.
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The North Carolina Transportation Department’s Traffic Crash Facts 2011 report shows 9,563 crashes across the state involving various types of commercial vehicles and heavy trucks. The thousands of truck accidents in North Carolina in 2011 included116 fatal crashes and 2,795 that resulted in personal injuries.
The North Carolina report does not cite reasons for trucking accidents in our state. But a three-year study by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), which regulates large trucks and other commercial motor vehicles in the United States, sheds some light.
The FMCSA’s Large Truck Crash Causation Study cited the top 10 causes of truck accidents:
A truck accident may have multiple contributing causes. There can be many types of truck driver negligence, all of which can cause accidents. A truck driver who was fatigued from too many hours behind the wheel may share responsibility for a tractor-trailer accident with supervisors at the trucking company who insisted on an unreasonable delivery deadline. The carrier alone may be responsible if its failure to service a truck’s brakes regularly is the cause of a crash. In some cases, a tire or brake failure may be the responsibility of a manufacturer that could be held liable. And when roadway problems are the cause of a crash, the government agency responsible for the highway or the contractor it hired might be liable for the accident.
In any truck crash, a thorough investigation may help determine what really happened and who should be held liable. This work should begin immediately so evidence is not lost or degraded, and it should be done independently of the police and the trucking company, which will work quickly to protect its own interests.
The experienced truck accident lawyer at The Elmore Law Firm, P.A., understands the causes of truck accidents and the safety rules that trucking companies frequently violate. Our investigations can identify all the contributing causes of a truck accident and all the potentially responsible parties.
The Elmore Law Firm, P.A., works for individuals who have been hurt in truck accidents in Western North Carolina, not the trucking companies and their insurers. We believe in holding negligent trucking companies and truckers accountable for the harm they cause in truck crashes.
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a commercial truck accident, The Elmore Law Firm, P.A., located in Asheville can help you. If a careless truck driver or negligent commercial carrier caused your wreck, they may be held liable and required to compensate you for your medical bills, lost income, property damage, pain and suffering, and other losses.
The Elmore Law Firm, P.A., can advise you about your legal rights to seek compensation from the at-fault truck driver, trucking company and their insurance company in a free initial consultation. Call us today or fill out our online contact form to find out how we can help you.