Obtaining compensation after a commercial truck accident

As a motorist, you are constantly at risk. Between sudden obstacles, pedestrians, cyclists, and other motor vehicles, the possibility of an accident is always present. Commercial vehicles, however, pose a unique threat, as they are considerably larger than the average car and can cause extreme damage and injury.

If you or a loved one was seriously hurt in a wreck with a large truck, the attorneys at Hunter & Everage can help. Our firm routinely assists individuals and their families in the Charlotte and Richmond metro areas as they seek damages after a traumatic accident. Call our Charlotte, North Carolina, office at 704-251-2945 or our Richmond, Virginia, office at 804-297-0838 to schedule your free consultation.

The average car is no match for a commercial vehicle

Eighteen-wheelers and other commercial trucks significantly outweigh standard motor vehicles. Because of this weight disparity, when a collision occurs, the results can be catastrophic. Accidents involving trucks frequently lead to severe, permanent, and even fatal injuries.

Commercial trucks can also carry flammable cargo. When an accident happens and these materials spill, explosions, fires and other hazards are possible. Because of these risks, commercial truck accidents are distinctly dangerous events.

Why do these accidents happen?

A truck accident can happen for many reasons. At our firm, we commonly find that collisions occur when truck drivers ignore safety laws, but other dangerous behaviors are often present. Some common causes of commercial truck accidents include:

  • Driver fatigue: Truck drivers only have so many hours in a day that they can drive. When they exceed this allotment, fatigue can set in, which puts other drivers at risk.
  • Overloading: Carrying too much freight can impact a vehicle’s ability to maneuver, which could lead to an accident.
  • Speeding: Failing to observe the speed limit is a common cause of commercial truck accidents.
  • Missing reflectors: Without reflectors to make themselves known, commercial vehicles are more susceptible to collisions.
  • Drug and alcohol use: Some truck drivers drink or take other substances while operating their vehicles for long stretches of time.

An experienced personal injury attorney can help you in the aftermath of a commercial truck accident. Time is often of the essence for these claims, as witnesses and critical evidence need to be promptly assessed. At our firm, we act quickly and effectively to help our clients seek the compensation they deserve.

Call our Charlotte or Richmond office today for more information

If you have questions about a potential commercial truck accident claim, the attorneys at Hunter & Everage can help. For a free initial consultation to discuss your case, email us or call our Charlotte office at 704-251-2945 or our Richmond office at 804-297-0838. We proudly serve clients in both North Carolina and Virginia.

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