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Truck Accident Attorneys in Charlotte

Personal Injury Attorneys at the Saffa Law Firm

Delivery trucks, semi-trucks, tractor-trailers, and 18-wheelers make up a large percentage of vehicles on our North Carolina roadways. These vehicles require special certifications to drive them, are challenging to operate at times, and can weigh thousands of pounds. Because of these factors, large truck accidents can create severe, even deadly consequences for other the drivers involved, especially individuals in small passenger-sized vehicles. The types of injuries one may sustain in an accident with a large truck include brain and spinal cord injury, paralysis, permanent disfigurement, permanent injury, internal injuries, and even death. All of these injuries will undoubtedly take a heavy toll on the victim's quality of life - physically, emotionally, and financially. If you have been injured in a truck accident, or if your loved one was recently killed in an accident with a large truck, you can turn to our Charlotte personal injury lawyers atSaffa Law Firm for help.

There are multiple circumstances that can lead to or contribute to a truck accident, such as:

  • Underride accidents
  • Jackknifing the truck
  • Oversized loads that create instability
  • Cell phone use
  • Neglecting to follow safety guidelines in traffic
  • Dangerous weather
  • Poor road conditions
  • Tailgating another vehicle
  • Driving aggressively
  • Lack of experience or training in driving a large truck

Others on the road are very much at risk when something goes awry with a large truck, which is why it's of so important for truck drivers to take extra care and caution when on the road. There are certain regulations in place which apply to truckers, like restricting the number of hours the driver is allowed to drive (due to an increasing amount of accidents caused by tired and fatigued truck drivers). When guidelines like this are not followed and tragedy strikes, a professional lawyer can help the victim hold the truck driver or company legally accountable for their negligence and wrongdoing.

Call us today at (704) 710-8182 and schedule your free consultation!

What Causes an Underride Accident?

Annually, it is estimated that more than 350 people are killed when a car strikes the back of a big truck and slides underneath. Protective gear known as rear impact shields are typically fastened to the rear bumpers of big rig trucks. These rear impact guards are designed to stop cars upon collision and prevent the vehicle from sliding underneath. Unfortunately, many of the rear impact guards actually do not perform to industry safety standards. The resulting losses can be devastating, and more often than not, fatal.

Most underride accidents occur because:

  • Trucks lack protective or reflective guards to prevent collision
  • Trucks are installed with faulty or inadequate rear guards
  • Trucks that stop frequently or unexpectedly, leading to a rear-end collision
  • Drivers following too closely to a semi-truck

Representing Victims of a Jackknife Collision

Jackknifing refers to when the trailer bed of a tuck swings around to the front to create a 90 degree angle and resembles a pocket knife, or a "jackknife." When a truck or tractor tows a trailer, the trailer can swing out from behind and cause the entire vehicle to skid, spin, overturn, or go backwards. When the tractor trailer jackknifes, the driver will have no control over the vehicle, which greatly increases the chances of devastation or fatality.

Some of the most common causes of jackknifing accidents include:

  • Losing control of axels, steering axels, or driving axels
  • Sharp turns or unexpected sharp turns
  • Slippery road conditions, leading to loss of control
  • Speeding or sudden stopping

At Saffa Law Firm, our Charlotte personal injury lawyers know exactly how to investigate your potential claim. We have tried numerous jury trials and we are confident in our ability to maximize your compensation to the fullest extent. From uncovering evidence to creating a compelling case that can persuade a panel of jurors, we know what it takes to bring your claim to a favorable outcome.

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Truck accidents are among the most dangerous types of automobile collisions. In instances involving jackknifing, however, the chances of fatality tend to skyrocket. Because vehicle rollovers and multiple car pile-ups are often the result of jackknifing accidents, motorists and their passengers can be subject to some of the most painful injuries – or worse, fatality. Were you involved in a jackknifing accident? Are you ready to take legal action to secure compensation for your injuries? We're ready to help.

Contact our Charlotte jackknifing lawyers today and we can help create a solution-oriented plan of action for your specific case.

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