Truck Accident FAQs

According to the United States Department of Transportation, as of March 2013, there were more than 10.2 million large trucks registered in the United States. Each day millions of truck drivers take to the roads to deliver goods from one location to the next, interstate and intrastate. Although the number of large trucks registered in the United States has decreased over the years, the number of large truck accidents has remained rather stagnant.

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In North Carolina there were more than 9,600 truck accidents reported in 2012, with about 130 of these accidents leading to fatality.

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Truck Accident

What is a commercial truck?

A commercial truck is a large truck typically equipped with a trailer that is hauling commercial goods. Some types of commercial trucks include FedEx and UPS trucks, 18-wheelers, and tanker trucks.

How may I be compensated for a truck accident?

If you have been the victim of a serious truck collision, you may be entitled to compensation for property damage, medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and more.

How quickly should I contact a truck accident lawyer?

Speaking with an experienced truck accident attorney can help you determine what your legal rights are and if you may be entitled to compensation for your suffering.

What is non-truck insurance liability?

Also known as “bobtail” insurance, non-truck liability coverage is a voluntary type of coverage that covers a truck driver who is involved in a crash while the driver is not delivering goods or under contract with a delivery company.

Who may be held liable in a truck accident?

Truck accident liability can be difficult to determine as a number of individuals may be held responsible. These can include the company who hired the driver, the actual truck driver, or the company whose goods were being shipped.

Does North Carolina have commercial truck driving laws?

Yes. Truck drivers must have a commercial driver’s license (CDL) in order to legally drive a commercial vehicle. Drivers are not required to pass any training, but it is in their best interest to learn all the basics of driving such a large vehicle, as well as state regulations on speeding, using electronic devices, changing lanes and more.

Are there federal laws on commercial truck driving?

Rules and regulations have been set forth by the U.S Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) on licensing, cargo securement, vehicle maintenance, and more.

What are the most common causes of truck accidents?

Some common causes of truck accidents include failure to check blind spots, fatigued driving and speeding.

What is a truck’s “no zone?”

A truck no-zone is an area that most drivers should avoid. They are blind spots located around the truck. While most vehicles have blind spots only to the right and left side of the vehicle, truck no-zones also exist in front of and behind a large truck.

How long do I have to file a truck accident claim?

In North Carolina a personal injury claim, including those for truck accidents, must be filed within three years of the date that the injury was discovered (or should have been under reasonable circumstances), but no later than 10 years after the act that caused the injury occurred.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a North Carolina truck accident caused by a truck driver’s negligent actions, the victim may be entitled to compensation for their suffering. The truck accident lawyers at Riddle & Brantley can help you determine what your legal rights are and if you may be eligible to make a claim.

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