Commercial trucks cross the highways in and around Charlotte on a daily basis. These vehicles play a crucial role in not only the economy of this city but also all of North Carolina and the United States. However, large commercial vehicles can lead to significant injuries in the event they are involved in an accident with other vehicles on the roadway. At Price Petho & Associates P.L.L.C., our knowledgeable team is here to help when you need a Charlotte commercial truck accident attorney by your side. If the actions of a truck driver or trucking company have caused you harm, we will work to secure full compensation for your losses.
North Carolina commercial vehicle statistics
When we turn to data available from there North Carolina Department of Transportation, we can see that commercial trucks account for thousands of crashes each year. According to the latest data gathered (2019 statistics), there were 6,143 total tractor-trailer truck crashes. These incidents led to 60 fatal crashes and 1,257 injury crashes.
Additionally, there were 2,606 single-unit truck crashes (3 or more axles). These incidents were responsible for 19 fatal crashes and 584 injury crashes.
Large commercial trucks are particularly dangerous on the roadway because of their size and weight. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), a fully loaded tractor-trailer can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds. Traditional passenger vehicles that weigh, on average, 4,000 pounds, will likely sustain severe damage if an accident occurs involving a large truck. This can be devastating for drivers and passengers inside the passenger vehicle.
Accidents involving commercial trucks in Charlotte often involve the negligent actions of a truck driver or trucking company. This can include:
- A driver operating while impaired alcohol or drugs
- A driver operating while distracted by phones or other devices
- A failure to abide by the FMCSA hours of service regulations
- Failing to properly inspect and maintain each vehicle
- A general failure to obey traffic laws
- Improperly loaded trucks
Common injuries after a Charlotte commercial truck accident
At Price Petho & Associates P.L.L.C., our Charlotte commercial truck accident lawyers have extensive experience helping clients in the aftermath of these incidents. We regularly help victims who have sustained the following injuries:
Victims involved in commercial truck accidents are also likely to suffer from some sort of emotional or psychological trauma in the aftermath of the incident, caused by both the accident itself as well as the subsequent injuries and the recovery process.
Contact our truck accident lawyers in Charlotte
If you or somebody you care about has been injured by the actions of a commercial truck driver or commercial trucking company, contact the team at Price Petho & Associates P.L.L.C. for help today. We pledge to fully investigate your accident so we can obtain compensation for your losses. This can include coverage for:
- Your medical expenses
- Lost income if you cannot work
- Household out-of-pocket expenses you incur
- Loss of quality of life damages
- Pain and suffering damages
- Property damage expenses