Injured in a Tractor-Trailer Accident?
Durham Tractor-Trailer & Truck Accident Attorney
Experienced Legal Counsel When You Need it Most
Have you been injured from trucking accidents in North Carolina? Accidents which involve commercial trucks are some of the most dangerous, because of the size and weight of the vehicles. If you believe that a negligent driver was at fault for the collision which caused your injuries, it is in your best interest to hire an experienced truck accident attorney with a proven track record to represent you.
Preserving Important Evidence Quickly
The crash scene is important evidence of how the wreck happened. Trucking companies often have investigators at the scene before the vehicles are cleared away. Even after the wreckage is gone, there are marks on the road that are very important in proving fault. Getting an expert accident reconstruction witness on the scene right away strengthens your case.
Interviewing officers, troopers, and witnesses as soon as possible strengthens your case. Most large trucks have event data recorders like the black boxes on airplanes. Information from these devices help show what the vehicle was doing before, during, and after the crash. Having that data strengthens your case.
Types of Orthopaedic Injuries include:
- Sprains and strains — Hyper-extending muscles results in severe pain and limited mobility. While these injuries tend to heal, they often affect your ability to work.
- Fractures —Sudden impacts from tractor-trailer and car accidents, can result in broken bones and stress fractures. These often require surgery, take weeks to heal, hinder your mobility and can sometimes result in permanent impairment or disability.
- Joint damage and nerve pressure — Pain in your joints limits your mobility, especially in the ankle or wrist, as in carpal tunnel syndrome. Ultrasound, laser therapies or surgery may be required to reduce inflammation.
- Spinal damage — Motor vehicle collisions can cause damage to your back or spinal cord, leaving you in chronic pain or even paralyzed.
Don Strickland will also hire highly qualified professionals to help prove your case. These individuals may include:
- EAccident investigators
- ERehabilitation specialists
- EVocational experts
- ELife care planners
Hours of Service Regulations
Because of how dangerous trucks can be in the event of an accident the FMCSA regulates how long a truck driver can be on the road and when they must rest in order to prevent fatigued driving. According to the hours of service regulation:
- Truck drivers can work up to 14-hour a day
- Three of the 14 hours driving must spent on meal or rest breaks.
- Driver must rest for a minimum of 10 consecutive hours before starting a new workday
- Truck drivers must take days off work at regular intervals. If a trucking company is open seven days a week a driver is allowed to work 70 hours in an eight-day period before taking at least 34 consecutive hours off. If a trucking company is open less than seven days a week than a driver is then allowed to work 60 hours in a seven-day period before taking 34 hours off.
Some of the maintenance duties that are commonly ignored include:
- EBrake and pad checks
- ETire checks
- ETrailer control system checks
- EFluid level check
- EOperating lights check
Pursuing Your Claim for Trucking Accidents
Most commercial trucks are not owned by their drivers, but by companies that operate a fleet of vehicles or use the truck in their day-to-day business. If you are injured in a truck crash, you can file a lawsuit against the company that owns or manages the truck. That increases the probability that you will get the full compensation you deserve.