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Large trucks and tractor trailers are part of our local landscape, both on the interstate and on local roads. Most of these big rigs go unnoticed, that is, until they are operated without proper maintenance of by drivers who are inadequately trained, fatigued, or negligent, and cause serious or fatal injuries to an innocent motorist. At Auger & Auger, the truck accident lawyers in our Charlotte offices understand the difficulties that can arise after a truck accident.
When fully-loaded, these semis and 18 wheelers are heavy, weighing up to 80,000 pounds. That kind of weight on a truck means trucks do not accelerate or brake as quickly as a car. The semis and 18-wheelers are not the only trucks that Charlotte drivers need to worry about. Our local roads are full of smaller, yet just as deadly, trucks including garbage, local delivery, food, fuel and mail trucks, all of which can cause devastating injury and damage when colliding with a passenger vehicle.
Our Charlotte truck accident lawyers have witnessed the injuries and damages resulting from a truck wreck and understand the struggle victims may face in trying to recover compensation for their losses. We are dedicated to seeing that truck accident victims are treated fairly and are adequately compensated. The insurance company for the truck that causes a wreck will immediately begin their own investigation, and try to come up with reasons why they should not pay. You need experience on your side. Our truck accident lawyers provide free consultations. Once retained, we will conduct an investigation on your behalf, and will gather the evidence necessary to prove your case so that you can concentrate on your recovery.
The best way to protect your rights after an accident with a tractor trailer truck is to get help from an experienced truck accident attorney. At Auger & Auger, our Charlotte truck accident attorneys have been helping injured victims and family members since 1990. Our attorneys are here and ready to help you to pursue a truck accident claim and recover your damages for medical costs, lost wages and pain and suffering.
Partner Herb Auger is the lead truck accident attorney at Auger & Auger. He has been successfully handling personal injury claims against large trucking companies and their insurance carriers and is well versed in the Federal Motor carrier Safety regulations which may affect your claim. “If you or a loved one was injured due to a truck driver’s negligence, filing a claim with the truck’s insurance company can be difficult. Many of these trucks are self-insured or insured out of state. Locating adequate insurance coverage can be difficult. In addition, the commercial insurance companies or large self-insured haulers employ teams of investigators to cover their tracks. They will do everything they can to deny or delay the compensation you are entitled to. Do not hesitate to call my office for a free consultation”, said Attorney Herb Auger.
Many times, accidents with a tractor trailer happen due to the very nature of those vehicles; their size and weight prohibits them from accelerating, steering, and stopping the way a car does. Other frequent causes of truck accidents include:
According to federal law, truck drivers can operate a truck for a maximum of 11 continuous hours, but then must rest for 10 hours before getting back behind the wheel. That means a truck can be on the road for 60-77 hours in a seven-day week. After two and a half days of rest, a trucker can start their week at zero hours. These laws were established because driver fatigue is one of the leading causes of serious truck wrecks. Many truckers will break these rules in order to keep their job, make more money, or meet demanding delivery schedules. A driver’s log may be the most important piece of evidence in your case.
Call our Charlotte office to speak with one of our dedicated and knowledgeable truck accident attorneys to learn about your rights and options as they pertain to your specific case. We understand that every case is different. We will listen to the facts of your case and explain your rights based on the type of truck wreck and loss that you or a family member has suffered. Your consultation is free and confidential. Many victims of truck wrecks are dealing with high medical bills, daily medical treatment, lost income, property damage, emotional distress and pain and suffering. If you or someone you love was involved in a truck accident and the truck driver was a fault, Auger & Auger can help.