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Who is Responsible in a Truck Accident?

Our North Carolina truck accident attorneys can help you determine liability.

Truck drivers and trucking companies are held to high standards for a reason. That’s because when a fully loaded, 80,000 pound tractor-trailer is involved in an accident with a smaller vehicle, the consequences can be devastating. The truck may be transporting a tanker full of potentially explosive gasoline. A bus may be carrying dozens of people. Clearly, the stakes are high with truck accidents.

A truck driver in an accident may be responsible for causing the crash, but typically there are many different entities that may be liable. The following is a list of individual or entities that may be named as a defendant in a trucking accident lawsuit:

  • The truck driver
  • The owner of the truck or the trailer (the owner may or may not be the driver)
  • A company that manufactured the tractor or the trailer or parts that may have been defective and contributed to the crash (such as tires, brakes, etc.)
  • A company that loaded cargo onto the trailer (in cases where the truck was overloaded)

How to deal with insurance companies and trucking accidents

It’s not uncommon for multiple insurance companies to be involved in a trucking accident. Each potentially liable may point a finger at the other party. That’s one of the reasons why these accidents can become complex very quickly.

Insurance adjusters and attorneys for the trucking company and possibly other parties that may be at fault are quick to respond to the scene of severe truck accidents. Commercial trucking companies are aware of the potential level of liability they may face when an individual suffers a catastrophic injury or dies as a result of the accident.

Accident victims or families who lost loved ones who simply want to get compensation for their losses often get frustrated by the complicated process. They may even find these insurance companies pointing a finger at the victim.

Level the playing field. Call 704-375-8488 right now to arrange a free consultation with an experienced attorney in Charlotte, NC.

What to do after a truck accident

While it’s important to contact an attorney as soon as possible, we urge victims, if they are able to do so, to take a few steps immediately to help support their truck accident claim.

At the scene of the accident, make sure you have all of the following:

  • Names, addresses and phone numbers of those involved
  • Insurance information from the other driver(s)
  • Contact information for all witnesses
  • Names of the police officers at the scene including whether they are local, state or federal officers
  • Accurate information about the location of the accident
  • Make note of all apparent injuries (take pictures if you have a camera)
  • Make note of all visible damages to the vehicles involved (take pictures if you have a camera)

The day after the accident, make sure you have done the following:

  • Inform your insurance company
  • File a police report about any injuries or extensive vehicle damage
  • Find out if a report needs to be filed with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)
  • Contact an attorney

Let us protect your rights. Contact Hull & Chandler, P.A., today.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a semi-truck accident, you may be entitled to recover compensation for injuries, property damage, missed work, medical bills and disability and other damages. Remember, the trucking company’s insurance adjusters and attorneys do not have your best interest at heart and may try to get you to give up your rights. Therefore, it is essential that in the event of a semi-truck accident, your interests are represented and your rights are protected.

Contact Hull & Chandler, P.A., for a free case consultation. Call 704-375-8488 today. We proudly serve Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, Union County, Cabarrus County, Gaston County and other counties throughout North Carolina.