Large trucks and eighteen-wheelers are some of the most dangerous vehicles on the road. If they are not operated or maintained appropriately, then they can put motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists at serious risk of injury. If you are hurt in an accident involving a large truck or eighteen-wheeler, then you may be able to bring a civil claim for damages against the parties responsible for the accident. For many victims of this type of accident, the injuries can be extensive and even life-altering. If you are overwhelmed by the idea of pursuing your legal right to compensation, then you should speak with a personal injury lawyer at Maurer Law about how a Raleigh truck accident lawyer can help you.
Recently, a large truck overturned on Interstate 85 near Hillsborough, according to a local news report. The North Carolina State Highway Patrol investigated the accident and concluded that the eighteen-wheeler ran off the right side of the road and struck a guardrail near Exit 163. The accident caused the trailer to detach from the cab. The trailer fell down into an embankment alongside the road. Law enforcement officials also stated that the trailer contained blankets and comforters. The driver did not receive any injuries as a result of the crash and no other bystanders were injured.
Although no one was hurt in this situation, it highlights the dangers of trucks on the roadway. The blankets and comforters loaded into the truck may have been a factor in the crash. If cargo is not loaded properly or if a vehicle is overloaded, then it can cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle. If another vehicle or pedestrian had been in the vicinity when the trailer dislodged from the tractor, then it could have led to a serious accident.
Truck accidents can also happen if a vehicle is not maintained properly. These large and complicated vehicles require routine maintenance, particularly because of the wear and tear that they endure on the roadway. Also, many trucking companies fail to hire drivers with adequate training and experience.
In other cases, trucking companies fail to perform routine drug screenings or to ensure that their drivers are keeping clean driving records. Another common cause of truck accidents is distracted driving. Many truck drivers spend long hours behind the wheel or are in a rush to get to their next destination. If the driver is not paying adequate attention to the road, then serious accidents can happen in the blink of an eye.
If you were hurt in a truck accident, Maurer Law is ready to help you figure out whether you should pursue compensation. Our Raleigh truck accident lawyers have handled a wide variety of truck accident claims and are prepared to put their experience to use for you. We offer a free consultation so that you can discuss your situation with one of our staff members and learn more about what your case may be worth. To get started, call 1-888-258-1087 or contact us online to get started.