Being involved in a car accident is never a fun experience. Even in the best situations, it can lead to having to deal with car insurance companies and large amounts of paperwork. All of this is easily dwarfed when a person is involved in a car accident involving a large truck or tractor-trailer. In Asheville, NC, due to the proximity of two major highways, Interstate 26 and Interstate 40, that run in and around the Asheville area, the presence of large trucks and tractor-trailers is especially evident. Since these two Interstate systems account for a large amount of truck traffic throughout the regional and national area, the chances of being involved in an accident with a truck may be higher in the Asheville area.
Truck accidents or tractor-trailer accidents are usually much more serious then a normal car accident due to the size and nature of trucks. Trucks are designed to be able to carry a large amount of cargo for long distances in an efficient manner. In order to do this, a truck must be large and weigh a significant amount. Due to the simple physics of a large object moving at a significant speed on an Interstate system, any accident or collision is sure to create a dangerous situation.
Factors of Truck Accidents in Asheville
Since most trucks dwarf both passenger vehicles and SUVs, safely driving a truck takes a much higher degree of skill and knowledge. Even a truck driver with a high degree of experience and a stellar safety record can fall victim to ever changing traffic and weather that can cause an accident. Due to this fact, there are millions of different factors for accidents involving trucks. However, these are some of the more common factors:
- Blind spots
- Less maneuverability
- Aggressive driving
- Fatigue associated with unrealistic delivery schedules
Any one of these factors can lead to serious truck accidents that could potential cause major damage and injury or death. Minimizing any of these factors can easily reduce the probability of accidents involving trucks.
Because trucks are generally commercial in nature, there exists a potential for more liability due to the extensive regulations and laws regarding trucks. Since many truck accidents are a result of truckers not following the required regulations or laws, establishing liability can become easier to prove with a thorough investigation.
Since most trucks are commercial in nature, they are required to have large insurance policies in order to cover any potential liability from accidents. By having large insurance polices, individuals who have been involved in truck accidents have access to money that can cover anything from damages to medical bills. However, in order to get this money from these insurance policies, you may need to hire an attorney with experience in dealing with both trucking companies and their insurance companies.
Hiring an Attorney
Finally, you should consider hiring an attorney. Since accidents involving trucks have the potential to be very severe and complex, hiring an experienced truck accident attorney will insure that you will have a advocate on your side that is determined to do everything possible in order to resolve your case.
If you or someone you know has been injured accident involving a truck, don’t hesitate to Contact Us at Minick Law, P.C. for a free consultation about your claim.
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James Minick is a criminal defense attorney in Asheville, NC and is the owner of Minick Law, P.C.