Every year thousands of people are killed and hundreds of thousands more are injured as the result of accidents involving large trucks. It should come as no surprise that trucks are one of the most dangerous vehicles operated in America due to their large size when compared with the relatively small size of cars and SUVs. A truck is considered large if its gross vehicle weight rating exceeds 10,000 pounds. In 2003 alone, 457,000 large trucks with a gross vehicle weight greater than 10,000 pounds were involved in traffic accidents in the United States; A whopping 4,669 trucks were involved in fatal truck accidents.
The Law Office Of K. Gregory Gunter is dedicated to helping people who have been injured in accidents involving semi-trucks or tractor trailers. Our firm has the experience and proven track record that can help you prevail against the trucking companies and their insurance companies. If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, we can help. Remember, we handle cases for the entire state of North Carolina and will travel to your home to assist you.
The costs of so many truck accidents can affect everyone. It should come as no surprise that a serious truck accident can destroy lives. In fact, it is estimated that quality of life losses from truck accidents each year exceeds $13 billion dollars. One out of every nine traffic fatalities involves a trucking accident. The average driver should realize that large trucks (10,000 lbs or more) account for approximately 4 percent of all registered vehicles and 8 percent of total vehicle miles traveled. In 2003, large trucks accounted for 8 percent of all vehicles involved in fatal truck crashes and 4 percent of all vehicles involved in injury and property damage only crashes.
If you have been the victim of serious truck accident, you deserve a truck accident attorney that will be able to adequately represent you and your family. Often we find that that the at fault driver was conducting him or herself in a negligent manner when the accident occurred. A good truck accident attorney will work through the discovery phase of litigation and determine whether the at fault driver was speeding or otherwise operating the truck in a reckless fashion. However, we often find that the company employing the at fault driver was negligent in hiring the driver in the first place. If the at fault driver had a bad driving history when he or she was hired, the hiring corporation may also be named in the complaint.
It is important to realize that a truck accident attorney may have to spend significant resources on trial experts, investigations and exhibits to successfully and thoroughly represent the interests of the client. This is especially true if the accident has resulted in the wrongful death of a truck accident victim. Our firm has the resources to ensure that you and your family get the recovery you deserve. You can rest assure that The Law Office of K. Gregory Gunter has the experience, skill staff and resources to maximize your recovery.
If you or a loved one is in need of help, please call us toll free 844-279-9114 to speak with an experienced attorney today. We are always happy to answer all of your questions.
If you have been involved in an accident involving a tractor trailer, here are some of the questions you should ask so that you can help ensure the outcome of your claim.
Is there anything I can do in preparation for a conference with an attorney?
Yes. It is important for the injured party to make a record of the events leading up to the accident. However, the most important task for the injured is to make sure that all evidence is preserved.
What’s involved in “making a record?”
If you have been in a serious accident, chances are that someone has already started a record for you. There is likely already a police report detailing the incident. If your condition required medical care, hospital records will confirm your injuries.
Never hesitate to “get checked out” even when you feel “O.K., but shaken up.” Many times the onset of physical complaints begins 12 to 24 hours after an accident. Maybe you did walk away from being rear-ended by a truck and only feel “shaken up,” but tomorrow morning when you get out of bed, things may be different.
What should I do to preserve the evidence?
If possible, try to avoid moving the vehicle until the police have arrived. Also, attempt to take photos of your vehicle as well as the vehicle that struck you. In addition, take photos of the accident scene including any skid marks make by the vehicles.
Next, obtain the names and contact information for anyone who witnessed the accident. Since cases can sometimes take years to resolve, being able to later provide this information to your attorney will help ensure your ability to show exactly what happened.
When searching for a truck accident attorney, you should be careful to choose a law firm that has the required experience and skill to aggressively represent your interests. We feel that our success in the personal injury arena will allow us to do so.
Please allow our experience to work for you. Simply fill our free online form on the right to discuss your potential case or call us toll free anytime day or night 844-279-9114.