Durham Truck Accident Lawyer
If you recently suffered catastrophic injuries in a truck accident, you may be feeling lost and overwhelmed by your next steps. Your exhaustion during the healing process as well as anxiety over medical bills and other obligations may be getting in the way of your recovery, so we don’t want you to take on another task. That’s where our team comes in.
You can get the experience, compassion, and counsel of our team for absolutely no upfront costs, starting with your free consultation. We want to guide you toward the best decision for your future, regardless of whether we take you on as our client. If we do decide to work together, we will handle everything related to your case. You deserve an opportunity to rest and focus on your health.
Using almost five decades of experience as a firm, our Durham truck accident lawyers offer exceptional legal representation, blended with genuine, wholehearted care. We have demonstrated success in complex truck accident cases, but more importantly, we have connections to this community that inspire and enable us to care for seriously injured people in North Carolina.
Recover With the Peace of Mind That Your Case is in Capable, Caring Hands
Tractor-trailer accident cases are incredibly challenging due to the life-changing injuries suffered by the victims, the potential for several liable parties, and the complex state and federal laws central to the legal process. As a result, these types of cases are often heavily defended by those responsible, their insurers, and legal teams. Therefore, choosing the right legal representation to help you navigate your truck accident can make a positive difference in the outcome.
When our clients come to us, we know they feel vulnerable and may be anxious about their recovery, finances, and future. So our first and highest priority is your health and comfort, which is the foundation of the Whitley Advantage—a promise to treat our clients with the genuine care and compassion we would give to our own families.
In practical terms, this could mean getting you the medical care and treatment you need during the early stages of your rehabilitation. After all, you have enough on your plate without the added worries of whether the insurance company will approve your care. Leave the legal burden to us. Let us tend to your comfort and well-being first so that you and your family have a little breathing space after this traumatic experience.
We Will Pursue Justice While You and Your Family Recover
Serious accidents cause significant losses. You shouldn’t be burdened by the financial and personal impact of these losses. To alleviate some of your suffering and prepare for your future medical needs, we will pursue damages like:
- Lost wages
- Reduced earning capacity if your injuries limit or prevent you from working
- The cost of your current and anticipated medical care, treatment, and rehabilitation
- Impaired quality of life
- Emotional distress
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage or loss
- Wrongful death
Whatever the cause, we find the evidence we need to pursue justice while caring for and supporting you during every stage of the legal process.
We Will Identify All Liable Parties in Your Truck Accident Case
While we tend to your immediate personal needs, we also make progress on your financial recovery. We investigate the accident’s cause by gathering and preserving evidence before it is lost, forgotten, or destroyed.
Truck drivers and transportation companies must adhere to specific state and federal safety regulations. When the rules are ignored, the risk of an accident caused by negligence increases. Examples of negligence in truck accident cases can include:
- Driving while fatigued due to unreasonable delivery schedules
- Driving while impaired by drugs or alcohol
- Reckless driving, especially in adverse weather conditions
- Improperly secured loads
- Loads in excess of the truck’s maximum capacity
- Unsafe passing
- Insufficient driver training or employment background checks
- Poor fleet maintenance
Determining fault in a tractor-trailer accident can be challenging. Sometimes, the driver is at fault, but multiple parties may often be responsible, including the transport company. While this provides more avenues from which to seek compensation, it makes the legal process far more complex.
Contributory Negligence Laws Could Be Used to Defend Against Your Claim
North Carolina is a state that still uses an old method of determining blame for accidents—contributory negligence. Simply put, contributory negligence means that if you are found to be in any way responsible for the accident, you cannot recover compensation for your losses.
As at-fault parties commonly abuse contributory negligence laws to defend themselves, we understand this tactic well, having served injured people in Durham for the last five decades. As such, we prepare our cases in meticulous detail and work with accident reconstruction, medical, and financial experts who can provide testimony to demonstrate how the other side is responsible for the harm you suffered.
We Will Fight for the Full Extent of Your Current and Future Financial Damages
Large rigs can easily exceed 26,000 pounds in weight alone, increasing to 80,000 pounds when fully loaded. Sadly, in the unfortunate event of a collision, few vehicles can stand up to the impact. While commercial transportation companies are aware of the risks of operating tractor-trailers and despite strict industry laws and regulations, thousands of preventable injuries and fatalities involving trucks still happen yearly.
Truck accidents often result in catastrophic injuries that require extensive, lifelong medical treatment and therapy costs. We can help you recover compensation for:
- Broken bones
- Cognitive impairment
- Crush injuries
- Lost mobility and independence
- Emotional trauma such as PTSD, anxiety, or depression
- Loss of limbs or the use of a limb
- Spinal cord and neck injuries
- Traumatic brain injury
Our truck accident attorneys aim for a detailed understanding of how the accident has affected you and your family, your health, your ability to work, your enjoyment of life, and your future. In doing so, we can assess how much compensation will be required to meet your current and ongoing needs before we lead negotiations.
There is a Limited Time to Demand Compensation
Unfortunately, you could risk your right to demand compensation if you do not act in time. NC G.S. §1-52 requires injured parties to demand compensation within three years after an accident. Our Durham truck accident attorneys will manage these deadlines for you.
We Are Here to Support You and Your Family Every Step of the Way
At the Whitley Law Firm, we provide more than compassionate legal representation. Our truck injury attorneys are dedicated to doing what is right by our clients. We ensure our clients are well looked after during and after the legal process. For this reason, we build genuine connections with everyone we help and are well-regarded within the community. In addition, we offer the following to our clients:
- Litigation attorneys with proven skills and experience
- More than 80 years of combined legal experience
- A free case evaluation
- Representation on a contingency-fee-basis
- Law offices in Durham and other parts of the state