Tractor Trailer Accidents
Any vehicular accident can cause serious injury. However, because of their size and weight, semi and tractor trailer trucks have the ability to cause greater injury than other vehicles if they are operated negligently, especially if they strike a smaller passenger vehicle. Trucking companies and their insurance companies realize how dangerous a tractor trailer truck can be on the road, and they do not always have the best interests of other drivers at heart after an accident happens. They will aggressively fight to avoid compensating victims of their truck drivers’ negligence more than they are forced to pay. To help seek full compensation under the law, you need to hire a North and South Carolina truck accident attorney who has dealt with these companies and knows the tactics they use to avoid fully compensating truck wreck victims.
If you have been hurt in a tractor trailer truck collision, you may be entitled to significant compensation for your injuries. To help fight for the compensation to which you may be entitled under the law, you should contact the tractor trailer truck attorneys at Grimes Teich Anderson LLP today.What Kinds of Recovery can I Receive as a Result of My Tractor Trailer Accident?
You may be entitled to compensation for the value of your damaged vehicle, medical treatments, lost wages, pain and suffering, and long term care needs. In addition, if the truck crash victim has been injured so that a spouse has been deprived of his or her companionship and care, you may also be entitled to compensation for loss of consortium. Finally, if the worst has happened and your loved one has died in a tractor trailer accident because of a truck driver’s negligence, you may be entitled to recover for the wrongful death of that loved one.Why do I Need a Semi or Tractor Trailer Truck Accident Attorney?
Trucking companies and their insurers fight hard to avoid paying claims. If you have been involved in a truck accident, you need a North and South Carolina truck wreck attorney who has the resources and experience to stand up to these companies and help make sure that they are held liable under the law. When a tractor trailer accident occurs, these companies will immediately begin their investigations of the accident scene and its circumstances. Their investigations, however, will be conducted so that every incident related to the accident is put in a light that is as favorable as possible to the companies. Because of this, it is important for you to contact the North and South Carolina truck accident attorneys at Grimes Teich Anderson LLP as quickly as possible after the accident. As soon as you contact our experienced truck accident litigators, we may begin our own, independent, investigation of the truck accident to be sure that all the evidence is maintained so that the truck and insurance companies may be held liable under the law for their drivers’ actions.
Truck accidents often involve several unique factors that only an experienced North and South Carolina tractor trailer wreck attorney will be familiar with. Among these issues are:
- Drivers who work more hours than the law allows them to work. These drivers may produce fraudulent log books to hide the fact that they have been driving for more hours than the law allows.
- Drivers who have been improperly or inadequately trained. Trucking companies are required to ensure that their drivers are prepared to handle the responsibility of operating a tractor trailer. These companies sometimes take short cuts and fail to adequately train their drivers to take the proper precautions when operating a truck.
- Drivers and companies that do not properly maintain the truck by ensuring that the tires, braking system, and other truck components are in a fit condition for the truck to be on the road.
- Companies that have engaged in negligent hiring by not properly screening their drivers to be sure that they are not likely to drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, engage in road rage or some other form of dangerous activity.
- Trucks that have been improperly or excessively loaded. If a truck is not loaded in accordance with stringent specifications, the driver’s ability to operate it properly can be seriously impaired.
- Trucks with improperly installed or missing underride bars. These “DOT” bars must meet specific federal guidelines to prevent vehicles from running underneath the truck, but they are sometimes not in compliance with the guidelines or are missing completely.
The laws governing the operation of tractor trailer and semi trucks are complex and unique in North and South Carolina truck accident litigation. You need a truck accident attorney who has experience dealing with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMSR). The experienced truck collision attorneys at Grimes Teich Anderson LLP understand these laws and know what legal rights you have if you are injured because a trucking company and its drivers have not followed them.
You pay no attorney fees to the Grimes Teich Anderson LLP truck accident attorneys until you've been paid. Contact us today for a free case evaluation and for answers to your questions.What Should I do if I am Involved in a Truck Accident?
- Get emergency medical help immediately.
- Remain at the scene (unless you require immediate medical attention) and contact the police.
- Collect information from the other driver(s). This should include their names, addresses, phone numbers, license plate, driver’s license, and insurance information.
- If possible, take photographs of the scene, including damage to your car, the tractor trailer and any other vehicles, and any injuries. Also try to take notes about the scene and events while they are still fresh in your mind.
- Call Grimes Teich Anderson, LLP and ask one of our North or South Carolina truck accident lawyers.
- Keep track of expenses associated with your injury.
- Keep a record of the number of days you are unable to work, if any.
- DO NOT discuss the accident with anyone but the officer. Ask the officer for his or her business card and the incident number so that you can obtain a copy of the accident report.
- DO NOT admit fault, apologize, or offer to pay medical bills.
- If you are taken into custody, do not make any statements to the police without the presence of your truck accident attorney from Grimes Teich Anderson, LLP.
- When you leave the scene, get medical attention as soon as possible. Remember, even serious medical conditions may not be immediately apparent. It is important that you seek treatment as soon as you can so that a medical professional can determine if you have been injured in the accident.
- DO NOT post anything regarding your accident on any social media, such as Facebook, MySpace or Twitter.
Insurance companies’ primary loyalty is to their investors, policyholders, and insureds. This fact means that their goal is either not to pay a claim at all or to pay as little as possible. If a tractor trailer is involved in an accident, this fact is especially true because the amount of the liability of the companies is significantly increased and because truck drivers are held to a higher standard of care than ordinary passenger vehicle drivers. If you have been injured in a truck accident, under the law you may have the right to be “made whole,” that is, put back where you would have been in if the semi accident had not occurred. Although insurance companies may offer to pay you some compensation, they do not always offer you sufficient compensation to make you whole. It is important to keep this fact in mind and realize that the offer an insurance company makes may be far less than the compensation you may be entitled to.
The tractor trailer accident lawyers at Grimes Teich Anderson LLP have negotiated truck accident settlements with insurance companies and know how to get you the opportunity to receive the full compensation you deserve under the law. Whether it is by settling the case or by taking the case to trial, Grimes Teich Anderson, LLP, will pursue your claim as far as is reasonably necessary to seek the full compensation that you may be entitled to under the law.