A Jacksonville Trucking Accident Attorney Can Help if You’ve Been Involved in a Trucking Accident
Accidents involving large commercial trucks are dangerous and complicated. Commercial trucks dominate the highways across the country. If you happen to be on an interstate highway at night, you’ll see that most of the vehicles on the highway are large commercial trucks. They are just as common during the day. Unfortunately, the number of trucks on the road comes with a certain number of accidents; despite the fact that truck drivers are supposed to be professional drivers, driving is all they do. If you’ve been hurt in an accident, you need a Jacksonville trucking accident lawyer who will fight for your rights and get you the money you need to get your life back on track.
Why Are Trucking Accidents So Dangerous In North Carolina?
Accidents involving large commercial trucks and typical passenger vehicles are far more dangerous to the passenger vehicle’s driver and passengers. After all, large commercial trucks weigh up to 80,000 lbs, and a common passenger vehicle weighs only around 4,000 lbs. The sheer force of impact, which is significant even at relatively low speeds, is absorbed by the passenger vehicle.
Aside from being devastatingly damaging, truck accidents are uncommonly complicated. Two primary factors that contribute to the complexity of truck accidents are (1) determining whether the truck driver violated any state or federal trucking regulations, and (2) determining which entities or individuals may share the fault. If you’ve been involved with a large commercial truck accident, contact a Jacksonville trucking accident lawyer at the Pope Law Firm immediately. Delays in action benefit the trucking representatives as it gives them time to conceal or eliminate evidence.
Trucking Regulations in North Carolina
The maintenance of large commercial trucks is similar to the maintenance of any motor vehicle in that it needs to be performed regularly. The difference is that passenger vehicle maintenance is largely discretionary, as vehicle owners may choose to ignore tasks like refilling wiper fluid, performing 3,000-mile oil changes, and maintaining proper tire pressure.
However, large commercial trucks are far more complicated to operate and maintain, which is clear by a cursory glance at a truck’s dashboard packed with gauges, levers, indicators, switches, signals, and other instrumentation. Because of this, commercial trucking maintenance is regulated by state and federal law. A Jacksonville trucking accident attorney at the Pope Law Firm is familiar with these regulations and will know whether any regulations were violated and contributed to the accident.
Liability for North Carolina Truck Accidents
Aside from the myriad of commercial trucking regulations, trucking accidents are further complicated by finding the identity of the various people and entities that may share the fault. The responsible parties may include:
- The trucking company
- The truck manufacturer
- The truck driver
- The truck owner
- If the truck is leased, whoever leased the truck from the owner
- The shipping or loading company
- The truck maintenance company
- Any number of third-party independent contractors
A Jacksonville trucking accident lawyer at the Pope Law Firm can investigate the various parties’ identities and share of fault. Additionally, there are state and federal laws that help regulate truck accidents.
Let A Jacksonville Trucking Accident Attorney At the Pope Law Firm Help You With Your Trucking Accident Claims
A Jacksonville trucking accident lawyer at the Pope Law Firm has the skill and experience necessary to wade through the various complications involved in a trucking accident in the Jacksonville area. If you’ve been involved in an accident with a commercial truck, or any other kind of truck, we’ll collect the evidence, establish the legal facts, develop the various legal strategies, help you choose your options, and represent you against any insurance company or opposing party before critical evidence can be “lost” or destroyed. Contact us first. We can help.