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When a regular commuter vehicle is involved in an accident with a large commercial vehicle, there is the potential for serious physical injuries.

If you or a loved one suffered a debilitating injury in a collision with a large truck, semi-truck, or tractor-trailer, our firm’s Winston-Salem truck accident lawyers can pursue the justice you deserve and settle for nothing less. Our attorneys have over 80 years of combined experience handling a variety of personal injury cases and know how to guide you through the process with care, compassion, and honesty.

That’s all part of the Whitley Advantage—we treat all our clients like family and tailor our approach to their case with their unique needs in mind. Call the Whitley Law Firm at (919) 785-5000 for a free consultation.

What Types of Compensation Could You Recover from the At-Fault Party in a Winston-Salem Truck Collision?

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Every truck crash injury claim is different, so we cannot say what kinds of damages you could seek until we talk to you and investigate the truck accident. Some of the common categories of compensation we have won for our truck collision clients include:

  • Lost income: If you did not get your full, regular pay when your injuries prevented you from working
  • Medical bills: For the healthcare services you needed to treat your wounds
  • Pain and suffering: For the inconvenience, physical discomfort, and emotional distress of the accident and your injuries
  • Wrongful death: Funeral and burial costs and other related expenses if your close relative lost their life in a Winston-Salem truck collision that was not their fault.

The Whitley Law Firm has been serving injured accident victims since 1974. Since then, we have fought for every dime they deserve so they can get back on their feet.

How a Winston-Salem Truck Accident Lawyer at Our Firm Can Help

Coping with serious injuries can make pursuing a legal case seem like an insurmountable task. The good news is that when you have the Whitley Advantage in your corner, you can fully focus on your recovery. We take on every aspect of your case on a contingency-fee basis. That means we only get paid if we recover compensation for you.

Some of the things we can do for you include:

Gathering Different Forms of Evidence

Our in-house investigator can look into the commercial trucking company’s driver policies to determine whether any dangerous practices contributed to the accident and your injuries.

From there, they and your lawyer can examine driving logs, interview witnesses, and review records and policies. We may also look into whether the driver’s background was adequately investigated at the time of employment, whether the training and support provided to drivers was appropriate, and whether the driver was unfairly penalized for not driving fast enough, or offered bonuses or incentives to cut corners with safety measures.

Filing Your Lawsuit Before the Statute of Limitations Expires

Your Winston-Salem truck accident attorney can make sure that your case is filed within the time limit imposed by law in North Carolina, which is typically three years from the date of the accident, or from the time the victim discovered or should have known about the injury, according to G.S. §1-52.

Staying in Touch With You Throughout Your Case

Just because we handle the entirety of your case doesn’t mean that you should be left in the dark.

For instance, we will give your attorney’s phone number and email address, so you can always contact us if you want to find out about the status of your case or just need someone to talk to. We can cover also a wide range of other services not only for trucks but also as a Winston-Salem car accident lawyer. If we don’t answer your phone call right away, you can expect us to call you back within 24 hours. You can also text us for quicker answers.

Common Types of Trucking Accidents We Handle

Numerous factors can contribute to an accident involving a large truck including:

  • Jackknife accidents
  • Overloaded trucks
  • Unevenly loaded trucks
  • Rollovers
  • Distracted or drowsy drivers
  • Poorly trained or vetted drivers
  • Inexperienced drivers
  • Drivers under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or other substances
  • Vehicle defects
  • Faulty brakes
  • Trucks in disrepair
  • Maintenance and inspection negligence
  • Excessive speeding
  • Aggressive driving
  • Head-on collisions
  • Crossing the median or center line
  • Sideswipe crashes
  • Rear-end collisions

No matter what caused the Winston-Salem truck accident that injured you, we could help you seek compensation from the negligent party responsible for the collision.

What Responsibilities Do Trucking Companies Have?

When a trucking company puts a commercial driver on the road, it has a duty to the public to make sure that the truck driver is fit to be in control of such a heavy-weight vehicle. Trucking companies should conduct adequate background and reference checks and should perform drug and alcohol tests – both as a condition of employment and at random throughout the duration of employment.

The trucking company also has a responsibility to the driver and the public to promote safe driving company policies. This means that drivers should be allotted ample time to complete their runs or deliveries, so that drivers are not encouraged or incentivized to drive drowsy, skip adequate rest time, or take drugs to stay awake.

Our investigator will determine whether or not the trucking company upheld this duty.

How Common Are Truck Accidents in Winston-Salem?

In 2020, there were about 415,000 crashes in the United States involving large trucks or buses, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, a division of the US Department of Transportation.

Of those accidents, 4,444 involved at least one fatality, and approximately 101,000 – or 24 percent – of the accidents involved a nonfatal injury.

Getting Help With Your Truck Collision Claim

You can reach out to the Whitley Law Firm today for a free initial consultation. There is no obligation. We have a “no-fee” guarantee, which means that you do not have to pay any attorney fees until we win.

Let our family help your family go after the compensation you deserve. We have been advocating for injured people in North Carolina since 1974, and now we’re ready to work for you—not the other way around. Call us today at (919) 785-5000 to learn more.