Kinston Truck Accident Attorneys
Tractor-trailers are common vehicles riding the roads of eastern North Carolina. These vehicles can weigh up to 80,000 pounds and when accidents occur due to negligent truck drivers, the results of the collision can be devastating and even fatal.
In 2016, North Carolina reported over 4,000 accidents involving tractor-trailers and out of these collisions over 1,000 resulted in serious injuries.
After being involved in an accident, the Kinston injury attorneys at Riddle and Brantley can assist injured victims by conducting a full investigation of the accident, evaluating your claim and determining the best route to further represent you. We have retired law enforcement officers including retired NC State Troopers to help conduct our investigations. We also have truck accident experts to help us determine the cause of the crash and whether the truck or driver was in violation of federal trucking safety rules and regulations.
Our Experience Representing Kinston Truck Accident Victims
The attorneys at Riddle & Brantley have handed many truck accidents and have obtained millions of dollars in compensation for our clients involved in these serious accidents. Some of the cases we’ve won include:
$5.45 million settlement for a family of four that were killed on an interstate in North Carolina when a tractor-trailer rear-ended their vehicle. After a full investigation, it was determined that the accident was caused by the combined negligence of a pavement marking company and two truck drivers.
$1.25 million settlement for a 75-year-old female who was involved in a three-vehicle collision with a truck. The victim suffered serious injuries including a fractured ankle, hip, and sternum; requiring several weeks of hospitalization and rehabilitation.
$1.8 million settlement for a truck driver who was hit head by a dump truck after he crossed the center line. The victim suffered multiple injuries including the loss of his left leg below the knee. This case was special in that it also provided worker compensation benefits for all medical bills totaling $350,000.
What Makes Tractor-Trailer Accidents Different?
Any motor vehicle accident can be devastating, leading to serious injuries or even death. These vehicles, when fully loaded, can weigh up to 80,000 pounds (sometimes more with a special permit).
These massive vehicles are often powered by engines that produce more than 1000 horsepower and travel our interstates at average speeds over 70 MPH.
Such vehicles can take hundreds of feet to come to a complete stop, even when the driver and tractor-trailer are both functioning properly. However, when there is a mechanical failure or a driver falls asleep behind the wheel, these vehicles can become extremely dangerous.
North Carolina and National Trucking Regulations
Due to the dangers of tractor-trailers, truck drivers and trucking companies are subject to numerous laws and regulations:
Hours of Service: The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulates how long a driver can be behind the wheel of a tractor-trailer. Nationwide, truck drivers cannot drive for more than 11 hours after taking a 10-hour break. They are also required to take a 30-minute break every 8 hours. Drivers are also required to keep a logbook (or electronic log) showing they have abided by these rules.
North Carolina Vehicle Safety Regulations: The North Carolina Highway Patrol conduct spot safety inspections at weigh stations across the state. For minor violations, truck drivers are given a grace period to fix the issue. More serious violations can result in the vehicle being taken off the road.
Medical Examinations: Before a truck driver can operate a tractor-trailer, he or she must pass a medical examination to ensure that there is no risk of medical conditions that could become hazardous on the road.
Although these and many other safety regulations have been put into place throughout the state and the country, some drivers and trucking companies still operate out of compliance. When this happens, and a serious injury to another motorist results, the Kinston truck accident lawyers at Riddle & Brantley know how to help.
Kinston Truck Accident Attorneys Protect Your Rights
Truck accidents are capable of causing devastating injuries and the North Carolina trucking companies that cause these accidents are quick to cover up any signs of negligence. The Kinston truck accident attorneys at Riddle & Brantley have years of experience uncovering the truth and recovering compensation for accident victims.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a truck accident in Kinston or Lenoir County, we may be able to help. Contact our attorneys to get the help you deserve. The case evaluation is always free and there is no obligation to you. If you are not located in Kinston, Contact our truck accident lawyers in one of our many other locations across North Carolina.