Truck Accidents

Trucking Accident Attorneys in Winston-Salem & Greensboro

Strong legal advocacy for truck accident injuries in the Piedmont Triad

North Carolina’s economy relies on tractor-trailers hauling goods back and forth via our highways and roads. However, along with these big rigs come big risks. Trucks of this massive size and weight take longer to stop, have more trouble maneuvering, and can jackknife or tip over. When passenger vehicles collide with trucks, the aftermath of the accident can be devastating.

If you or a loved one were injured in a truck accident, the personal injury attorneys at Hartsoe & Associates, P.C. understand what you are going through. Accidents and wrecks involving semis and 18-wheelers are physically, emotionally, and financially catastrophic. We have over two decades of experience working with these types of cases and can help you, too.

Truck accident statistics

For the purposes of statistics, large trucks are defined as medium to heavy trucks – not including buses or motor homes – with a gross vehicle rating over 10,000 pounds. These can be commercial or privately-owned vehicles. According to Injury Facts, in 2018, about 4,800 big trucks were involved in fatal crashes. This is a 51 percent increase since 2009. Injury Facts also reports that large trucks accounted for nine percent of all vehicles involved in fatal crashes.

What are the most common kinds of commercial truck accidents?

Because of the mass and size of a tractor-trailer, an accident with a truck is almost always much more serious than an everyday car accident. And, injuries tend to be severe, or even catastrophic, depending on what type of truck accident in which you are involved. Our attorneys have experience handling a variety of truck accidents, including:

  • Backups and backovers
  • Jackknifes
  • Rollovers
  • Tire blowouts
  • Underrides

When we take your case, the team at Hartsoe & Associates investigates the specifics of your accident – why it happened, how it happened, and who is responsible.

What are common truck accident injuries?

Because commercial trucks are so much larger in size than passenger vehicles, injuries from accidents tend to be much worse. Common injuries from semi-truck accidents include:

  • Amputations
  • Broken bones and fractures
  • Burns
  • Internal bleeding
  • Internal organ damage
  • Lacerations
  • Spinal injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Wrongful death

Who is liable for my Winston-Salem truck accident injury?

Truck accidents should be handled differently than a car accident by your insurance company. More than one party may be liable for your injuries and losses, which adds more insurance companies, more adjusters, and more paperwork to the picture. This, in turn, can make filing a personal injury action complicated, and it may be smart to consider working with an experienced attorney.

When filing a claim for compensation after a trucking accident, there may be more than one liable party, or defendant. Some of the potential parties, depending on the circumstances of your accident, may include:

  • Truck driver. The driver’s negligent actions can make him/her responsible for the accident, like driving under the influence, driving distracted, or other reckless driving.
  • Trucking company. Companies are responsible for the actions of their employees when those drivers are acting within the scope of their employment.
  • Maintenance company. If defective or improper maintenance led to the accident, the company or parties responsible for maintaining the fleet could be held liable.
  • Truck and auto manufacturers. When faulty tires, brake systems, or other vehicle parts contribute to an accident, the manufacturer may be held responsible under product liability law.

Our attorneys work to identify all liable parties to ensure you are compensated fully for all of your injuries and losses.

How much is my Greensboro truck claim worth?

With a successful truck accident injury claim, you are likely entitled to financial compensation. At Hartsoe & Associates, our lawyers work to seek recovery for your losses, including things like:

  • Medical expenses, current and future
  • Disability
  • Lost wages and future earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Property damage

We work to ensure that you are physically and financially secure, both now and in the future.

Piedmont Triad truck accident attorneys with experience

If you were injured in an accident with a commercial truck, Hartsoe & Associates, P.C. can help. We provide smart and knowledgeable representation when you need it, providing compassionate service to injured clients. We serve the Winston-Salem and Greensboro areas, as well as the Piedmont Triad. To schedule a consultation with an experienced attorney, please call 336-725-1985 or fill out our contact form.