Truck Accident Attorneys in Asheville
Handling Catastrophic Injury Claims for Truck Accident Victims
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. We 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.
Major Causes of Tractor-Trailer Crashes
Most 18-wheeler accidents are caused by both driver error and corporate negligence.
During our thorough investigation, our 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
- 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.