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Raleigh Truck Accident Lawyer

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Holding Truck Drivers and the Trucking Industry Accountable

Traffic accidents involving tractor-trailers and other commercial vehicles are more likely to result in serious injury or death. Beyond the sheer size and weight of these behemoths that share our roadways, these devastating outcomes can often be traced to tight delivery schedules, driver fatigue, aggressive driving, cellphone distraction, poor maintenance or improperly loaded cargo.

Trucking is a mammoth $600 billion a year industry. On-time delivery equates to big money, which means that the safety of the motoring public is often sacrificed in pursuit of profit. Damages in a truck accident also equate to big money, so the trucking company and its insurance carrier will dispatch a “ground team” to analyze the accident scene and minimize their financial exposure.

Time Is Critical After a Truck Crash
The legal team at Owens & Miller PLLC acts swiftly to preserve evidence that may be crucial to recovering your full and rightful compensation. Call our Raleigh law firm at 919-480-8152 or 800-724-2409 to start the investigation. Free consultations.

The Right Experience for Tractor-Trailer and Truck Accidents

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Will Owens and Kimberly Miller are accomplished trial lawyers who have handled truck accident cases across North Carolina. Will Owens is also an active member of the Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America (APITLA), a national organization of truck accident lawyers working together to help eliminate unsafe and illegal interstate trucking practices.

Our lawyers are knowledgeable about the North Carolina statutes and federal trucking regulations that govern 18-wheelers, freight vans, dump trucks and other large commercial trucks. We are also extensively familiar with trucking industry practices, namely the ways that transportation companies cut corners and skirt the rules to save time and money.

Owens & Miller works to uncover truck driver negligence or intentional acts on the part of the trucking company, the trucker and any third parties:

  • Overloaded trucks in violation of weight restrictions
  • Improperly secured cargo in violation of Department of Transportation (DOT) standards
  • Driver fatigue in violation of Hours of Service regulations
  • Driver error (too fast for conditions, tailgating, changing lanes, failure to yield)
  • Neglected maintenance (bald tires, worn brakes, broken lights)
  • Negligent hiring, training or supervision

Our attorneys know what evidence must be obtained before it is lost. For example, the truck’s electronic control module (“black box”) provides data on the truck’s direction, speed, RPM, gear and other useful information that may indicate that the collision was not “just an accident.” We put the trucking firm on notice to preserve this data, which might otherwise be purposefully destroyed.

We likewise arrange for the truck to be inspected before it is repaired or scrapped, and we obtain driver logbooks, dispatcher logs, truck stop receipts, weight station records, maintenance records, criminal records and driving history of the trucker, and any other relevant evidence.

Scary Statistics: Truck Accidents by the Numbers

  • 3,000 to 4,000 — People injured or killed in truck crashes in North Carolina alone each year (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration)
  • 4,000 pounds — Weight of an average passenger vehicle
  • 80,000 pounds — Weight of a fully loaded tractor-trailer
  • 30 percent —U.S. Department of Transportation estimate of commercial trucks exceeding the allowable weight limits
  • 40 percent — National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimate of large truck accidents in which driver fatigue is a contributing factor
  • Once per month — In a survey by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), one in five over-the-road truckers reported falling asleep at the wheel at least once in the previous month.

North Carolina tractor trailer accidents accounted for over 7,600 accidents in 2012, according to the North Carolina Department of Transportation. As a result of these truck accidents, more than 100 people died and over 2,200 suffered injuries.

County

Number of Truck Crashes* (2012)

Alamance

178

Chatham

86

Cumberland

302

Durham

375

Franklin

50

Harnett

107

Johnston

193

Orange

141

Wake

1,069

Wilson

107

*Includes tractor trailers, single unit 2-axle/6-tire trucks, single unit 3+ axle trucks

Raleigh Truck Accident Attorneys – Durham Semi Truck Crash Attorneys

Many personal injury attorneys think they can handle a trucking accident claim. Unfortunately for their clients, this is not always the case. Trucking accident claims are not simply a bigger version of a car wreck claim. The stakes are higher, the insurance issues are more complicated, the applicable law is very specific and the case may come down to expert testimony and high-tech accident reconstruction.

You need an attorney with actual experience in truck crash litigation. You need a true trial lawyer who is willing to take the trucking companies and insurers all the way to trial. You need a law firm that stands up for your future needs and the suffering you have endured.

Call Owens & Miller at 919-480-8152 or 800-724-2409 or contact us online. Will Owens or Kimberly Miller — not a case manager or paralegal — will personally meet with you. We can arrange home or hospital visits, including evening or weekend appointments.

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