Hensley Cloninger & Greer, P.C. Hensley Cloninger & Greer, P.C.

Asheville Truck Accident Attorneys

Put Decades of Experience in Your Corner

Commercial vehicles are large, heavy, and difficult to maneuver. These qualities make them particularly susceptible to accidents that result in severe injuries, especially to occupants of smaller, lighter cars. 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that 117 people died in North Carolina crashes involving big trucks in 2011, and many more were injured. Hensley Cloninger & Greer has more than 30 years of litigation experience and is dedicated solely to personal injury recovery. 

Our Asheville truck accident attorneys are prepared to take on challenging claims against corporations responsible for commercial vehicle accidents involving tractor-trailers, dump trucks, garbage trucks, delivery vans, and construction vehicles.

Violations of State & Federal Regulations

Because of their potential to cause horrific accidents, commercial drivers and trucking companies are subject to strict federal and state rules governing insurance minimums, special licensing requirements, and hours of driving restrictions. 

In addition, tolerance for impaired driving is low for commercial drivers, who face DWI charges at a blood alcohol content (BAC) of only .04% or higher. Violation of these restrictions and truck accident liability laws supports your claim for damages from the commercial driver and the corporations involved in your accident.

What Should You Do After a Truck Accident?

Being involved in a truck accident can be a harrowing experience, both physically and emotionally. The aftermath of such an incident can be overwhelming, but it's crucial to know how to handle the situation responsibly. Here are some steps to take after being in a truck accident to protect your well-being and your legal interests.

  • Prioritize Safety: The first and foremost concern after a truck accident is safety. Ensure that you and anyone else involved are safe from further harm. If possible, move your vehicle to the side of the road to avoid obstructing traffic and turn on hazard lights to alert other drivers. If injuries are severe, call 911 immediately for medical assistance.
  • Exchange Information: Exchange contact and insurance information with the other party involved in the accident. Collect their name, phone number, address, license plate number, and insurance details. Also, take note of the truck driver's commercial driver's license (CDL) information.
  • Gather Evidence: If it's safe to do so, document the accident scene. Take photographs of the vehicles' positions, any damage, skid marks, road conditions, and any relevant signage or signals. This evidence can be invaluable if you need to file an insurance claim or a legal case.
  • Contact Law Enforcement: In most cases, it's advisable to call the police to the scene, even if the accident appears minor. A police report can serve as an official document outlining the details of the accident and may be essential for insurance claims and legal proceedings.
  • Seek Medical Attention: Even if you don't immediately feel injured, it's crucial to seek medical attention. Some injuries may not manifest right away, and a medical evaluation can document any injuries and provide a necessary record for your case.
  • Notify Your Insurance Company: Report the accident to your insurance company as soon as possible. Provide them with the essential details and follow their instructions for filing a claim. Be honest and accurate in your description of the accident.
  • Consult an Attorney: If the accident resulted in severe injuries or complex legal issues, it's advisable to consult with an attorney who specializes in truck accidents. An attorney can help protect your legal rights and guide you through the process.
  • Follow Through with Medical Treatment: If you have sustained injuries, follow your healthcare provider's recommended treatment plan. This not only ensures your well-being but also strengthens your case by demonstrating that you are taking your injuries seriously.

Major Causes of Tractor-Trailer Crashes

Most 18-wheeler accidents are caused by both driver error and corporate negligence. During our thorough investigation, our Asheville truck accident lawyers determine whether one of the common truck accident causes cited by the NHTSA played a role:

  • Driver fatigue or sleepiness
  • Over-the-counter drug use
  • Abuse of prescription pharmaceuticals
  • Impairment by alcohol
  • Speeding
  • Texting or talking on a cell phone while driving
  • Distracted driving
  • Shifting of an overloaded trailer
  • Mechanical failure

We find that, in many cases, the corporate environment encourages drivers to take dangerous risks. For example, supervisors may pressure a driver to speed, forgo sleep, or take stimulants to beat unrealistic delivery deadlines. The company may also refuse to pay for crucial training for drivers, at the cost of roadway safety.

Maximizing Recovery in Personal Injury Litigation

Truck accident victims typically sustain debilitating injuries, such as spinal cord or brain damage. If you were injured in an 18-wheeler wreck, you deserve the financial resources to increase your chance for recovery and improve your quality of life. 

Our lawyers skillfully direct negotiations toward the amount of damages to which you are entitled. We never accept less than you deserve, and we take your case to trial to maximize your award if it is in your best interests to do so.

To learn more about collecting damages from a negligent commercial vehicle company, call Hensley Cloninger & Greer at (828) 383-8414 or contact us online to schedule your free initial consultation. 


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