What Makes Truck Accident Injuries So Severe?
Data available from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) shows that a fully loaded semi-truck can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds. When analyzing the size discrepancy between the average passenger vehicle, which weighs approximately 4,000 pounds, we can see why these accidents often result in such severe injuries.
When we turn to data available from the North Carolina Department of Transportation, we can see that there were thousands of truck crashes reported across the state during the latest year and that these numbers have remained fairly steady each year throughout the last decade. Specifically, the DOT says that there were:
- 3,466 truck/trailer crashes
- 313 truck/tractor crashes
- 5,115 tractor/semi-trailer crashes
- 331 unknown heavy truck crashes
Call Price Petho & Associates P.L.L.C. at (704) 850-6322 for a free consultation about your truck accident case. We offer free consultations.
Most Common Charlotte Truck Accident Injuries
Commercial truck accidents in Charlotte often result in severe injuries for victims. Drivers and passengers in traditional vehicles simply do not have much protection when they are struck by a much heavier commercial truck. At Price Petho & Associates P.L.L.C., it is not uncommon for our attorneys to help clients who have sustained the following injuries:
- Spinal cord injury with paralysis
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Other severe back or neck injuries
- Broken and dislocated bones
- Internal bleeding
- Internal organ damage
- Crush injuries or amputations
- Severe puncture wounds or lacerations
Due to the often catastrophic nature of truck accidents in Charlotte, we also regularly help clients who have sustained severe emotional and psychological trauma as a result of the crash and their subsequent injuries.
How Long Do You Have To File A Truck Accident Claim In Charlotte?
Anybody injured in a Charlotte truck accident needs to be aware of deadlines regarding filing lawsuits in these cases. The North Carolina personal injury statute of limitations is three years from the date an accident occurs. This means that victims have a three-year window with which to file a lawsuit against an alleged negligent truck driver or trucking company, or they will lose the ability to recover the compensation they deserve.
It is important to get started on these cases as soon as possible. Often, victims end up dealing with aggressive insurance carriers that will seek to delay a settlement for as long as possible.
What Kind Of Compensation Is Available For These Claims?
If you or somebody you care about has been injured in an accident caused by the careless or negligent actions of a truck driver or trucking company, contact an attorney immediately. At Price Petho & Associates P.L.L.C., our Charlotte truck accident lawyers are regularly able to help clients recover the following types of compensation for these claims:
- Full coverage of medical bills related to the crash
- Lost income if a victim cannot work
- General household out-of-pocket expenses
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of personal enjoyment damages
- Possible punitive damages in cases of gross negligence
The total amount of compensation available to victims in a Charlotte accident case is going to vary depending on the circumstances related to each particular situation.
Let Price Petho & Associates P.L.L.C. help you obtain the compensation you deserve. Call (704) 850-6322 today.