Greensboro Truck Accident Lawyer
Just Who Is the Team at Whitley Law Firm?
As a child growing up in rural North Carolina, young Bob Whitley had a dream: to advocate for his seriously injured friends and neighbors. He’s done just that since 1974, helping countless claimants secure financial justice after collisions, falls, and other injurious incidents.
Our personal injury team offers more than our legal services. Each of our clients benefits from our honesty, transparency, and strong work ethic. As part of the Whitley Advantage, you get:
- Our promise to treat you as we would like to be treated—the Golden Rule
- Kindness-based service
- Communications in English or Spanish (whichever you prefer)
- Appointments based on your needs, not ours
- Phone calls returned within a day
- Your attorney’s email address and phone number
We’re Encouraged by the Feedback We Get From Clients
Some of our clients feel so empowered by our quality of service that they leave behind positive comments. This comment is from one client, but reflects the sentiments of many:
“Whitley Law Firm and I have had a long 6.5 year case together and I couldn’t thank them enough for all of the hard work they have done for me. They made every rough road a smooth one and treated me as if I were their only client. I have gotten to know a lot of the people in the firm and they feel like a part of my family.
Whit, Stephen, and Linda and the rest of the staff went over and beyond to get things done for me and I will be forever grateful. I will and have recommended the Whitley Law Firm to any and all who seek their professional services. I look forward to working with them again in my upcoming case.” —W.M.
How Much Does It Cost to Hire Our Greensboro Truck Accident Team?
You want more than financial recovery after a collision with a big rig; you want guidance, support, and comfort. Whitley Law Firm offers all of those things and more on a contingency-fee basis. In this arrangement, we make legal help financially accessible by financing each of your case’s obligations.
We pay for your case’s filing costs, consulting fees, and other tasks. Then, if we recover compensation, a percentage accounts for our attorney’s fees. That means you don’t pay a dime out of pocket. We’re committed to making this difficult time in your life as stress-free as possible.
How Our Truck Accident Lawyers Advance Your Legal Goals
If you want compensation following a serious accident, we want to get it for you. Here’s what you can expect when you entrust us with your claim or lawsuit:
We Investigate What Happened
Recovering compensation requires us to prove that another party’s negligence led to your accident, injuries, and damages. To accomplish this, we need evidence. We may:
- Interview witnesses to the collision and record their testimony
- Secure and review traffic camera footage
- Collect police and medical reports
- Consult with accident reconstruction specialists
We may also retrieve evidence from the truck driver’s log, the truck’s “black box,” and the vehicle’s inspection records. Through an investigation, we intend to determine liability for the collision.
Your Lawyer Identifies the Liable Parties
Pinpointing the liable parties in accidents involving big trucks can be complicated. That’s because multiple parties work together in the operation of a single commercial vehicle. That means, after concluding our investigation, we may find that multiple parties are liable for your losses.
These entities could include:
- The trucker
- The trucker’s employer
- The truck’s manufacturer
- The maintenance company
- A cargo-loading agency
If more than one party owes you compensation, we intend to hold them accountable. While it may feel intimidating to demand financial recovery from more than one party, it’s nothing that our Greensboro injury firm can’t handle.
We Negotiate With Insurance Companies
After identifying the liable parties and evaluating your losses, our attorneys hope to resolve your case through an insurance settlement. This is how we resolve many truck accident cases. This process requires us to understand the applicable policy, your injury’s severity, and the cost of your anticipated medical care.
Our Seasoned Litigators Can File Your Lawsuit
If settlement negotiations don’t work out, we prepare for trial and represent you in court. We can take depositions, cross-examine witnesses, and advocate for you before a judge.
Recoverable Losses Following a Greensboro Truck Accident
It’s hard to objectively evaluate your losses when you’re in the midst of a life-altering event. That’s where we come in. We review your situation from multiple angles, determining a settlement value that accounts for your past, present, and future losses.
Compensation could include:
Economic Damages (Financial Losses)
Economic losses have specific dollar values, and they include:
- Property needing to be repaired or replaced, such as your vehicle
- Medical expenses related to your injuries, which may include ambulance fees, hospital costs, care facility costs, surgery, medicine, and in-home care
- Lost income, including tips, bonuses, benefits, and commissions
- Loss of future earning capacity
We can also include the cost of anything you spent out of pocket (such as on childcare costs, transportation expenses, and in-home services) in your claim’s value.
Non-Economic Damages (Non-Financial Losses)
Non-economic losses do not come with specific dollar amounts. They refer to your accident’s effect on your quality of life, health, and emotional stability. Non-economic damages include:
- Pain and suffering and inconvenience
- Emotional trauma
- Loss of consortium
Unlike economic damages, non-economic damages don’t come with exact dollar values. That’s because there aren’t bills, receipts, or invoices to verify their values. To determine what you’re owed, we consider your quality of life, day-to-day function, and comfort levels.
Check Out the Positive Outcomes We’ve Secured for Traffic Accident Claimants
We have successfully recovered millions of dollars in compensation for our clients. To us, these are more than dollar values; they illustrate our commitment to helping injured people get their lives back on track.
Recent examples of such cases include:
- $5.5 million for a mail carrier who was struck by a tractor-trailer. She was left with paraplegia and blindness in one eye.
- $3.5 million for a young woman in a passenger vehicle injured in a collision with a commercial bus. She survived with a traumatic brain injury and a fractured hip.
- $3 million for a wrongful death case. We secured a settlement for the family of a man killed in a crash with a commercial truck.
- $1.4 million for the estate of a young man killed in a collision with a tractor-trailer. We resolved this case through negotiations with the liable insurer.
We cannot say with certainty that your case will also yield a seven-figure outcome. Yet, we can promise this: when you entrust us with your legal matters, we fight tooth and nail for what you deserve.
You Have a Limited Time to File a Truck Accident Lawsuit in N.C.
In North Carolina, you have three years from the date you were injured to file a personal injury lawsuit, per G.S. § 1-52. This may seem like a generous period. But it’s not. Time flies in the aftermath of a collision, and the more time that passes:
- The less credible some witnesses become
- The less information could be available (such as traffic camera footage)
- The more reason the insurer could have to deny your claim
Waiting too long to file may compromise the success of your lawsuit. If you want to recover damages following a truck accident in Greensboro, we encourage you to connect with Whitley Law Firm at your earliest convenience.
What Should I Do After a Truck Accident in Greensboro?
You should always do what feels right for your situation. For instance, if you sought medical care but feel unsure about your treatment plan, you can get a second opinion. If the claims adjuster keeps calling you at odd hours, let it go to voicemail.
Here are some other considerations that could bolster your injury claim:
Limit What You Post on Social Media Forums
Everything you share on social media is public record, and you wouldn’t believe the lengths some claims adjusters go to deny claims. Here’s an example. Suppose that you suffered paralysis in the collision. Then, you post an old picture of yourself at a party. Here, the claims adjuster could use this information to discredit your case, and they might not believe you when you say the photo is years old.
During your case’s progression, keep its details to a minimum. While you don’t have to scrub your accounts and delete them, it’s best to avoid posting.
Refer All Settlement Offers to Your Lawyer
The claims adjuster may make an offer immediately after your collision. At first glance, it may seem like a generous sum––perhaps even the most money you’ve seen at one time. However, don’t get fooled; insurance companies rarely make fair offers the first go-around.
Your truck accident lawyer can evaluate all offers and explain which ones meet your needs. We don’t want to leave a penny on the negotiating table when your case ends. We want you to walk away with the money you need to rebuild your life.
Keep All Information Related to Your Case
Our team can gather the information needed to bolster your claim. Yet, you can help us help you by keeping these items as they relate to your case:
- Written correspondence
- A copy of the police report
- Your imaging scan and x-ray results
Consider Legal Help
Working with Whitley Law Firm does more than brighten your day; it brightens your future. We haven’t met yet, but we already understand what you’re going through. You’re not alone. With our lawyers, you get an advocate, friend, and ally.
What Causes Truck Accidents in Greensboro, NC?
Some causes of traffic accidents include:
- Driving while distracted, including while texting or on the phone
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Driving while tired or sleepy
- Driving too fast for the weather or road conditions
- Changing lanes without checking for vehicles or not checking the blind spot
- Improperly loaded freight
- Reckless or unsafe driving, including not allowing enough space between vehicles or running red lights
- Mechanical failure
- Untrained truckers
- A lack of proper truck maintenance
- Poor road maintenance
North Carolina operates on a pure contributory negligence doctrine. If the other party can prove that you’re even one percent responsible for the accident, this could invalidate your right to damages. So, it’s crucial that our team learn the cause of your accident. That way, we can hold the responsible party accountable and shield you from unfair accusations of fault.
We Advocate for People Suffering From These Truck Accident Injuries
Truck accidents have the potential to cause serious injuries to accident victims. We advocate for people in the aftermath of suffering these and other conditions:
- Traumatic brain injuries, such as skull fractures and brain bleeds
- Spinal cord injuries
- Disfiguring burns
- Limb loss
- Internal bleeding
- Loss of vision or hearing
We can’t go back in time and prevent your accident from happening. However, we can pave the way for a brighter future.
Contact Our Greensboro Truck Accident Attorneys Today
If you or someone you love suffered serious injuries in a truck, tractor-trailer, or big rig accident, our Greensboro lawyers offer support. During your free case review, we can listen to your story, assuage your concerns, and offer a shoulder to lean on. Call (919) 785-5000 to get started. We’re here when you want us most.