North Carolina Truck Accident Lawyers

Winston-Salem Truck Accident Lawyers

If you were injured in a tractor-trailer accident, our North Carolina Truck Accident Lawyers can get you the compensation you deserve.

Semi-truck accidents can be devastating due to the size and load of the truck. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a tractor-trailer accident, our team of North Carolina Truck Accident Lawyers will get you the compensation you need.

How many semi-truck accidents happen per year in North Carolina?

According to the 2021 North Carolina DMV Crash Facts Report, North Carolina experienced a 20% increase in motor vehicle fatalities over the previous five years and 11% more vehicle crashes than 2020. In total, there were nearly 16,500 tractor-trailer accidents across the state.

Where in North Carolina Are Commercial Vehicle Accidents Common?

Rural roads and Interstates are where fatal tractor trailer accidents are most likely to happen. Rural locations are where 54% of all big truck accidents occur, and Interstate crashes account for 27%.

When Do Tractor-Trailer Accidents Happen?

The majority (82% of all fatal crashes) of commercial vehicle accidents happen during the work week (Monday through Friday). 37% of fatal accidents happen in the evening (6 p.m. to 6 a.m.).

Does Weather Play a Factor in Big Truck Accidents?

While the weather can make a difference in a tractor-trailer accident, the majority of fatal accidents take place on clear days (67%). The second highest percentage of fatal accidents occur on cloudy days (14%).

Why are Tractor Trailer Accidents so dangerous?

The average passenger vehicle weighs about 2.5 tons, whereas the average commercial truck weighs about 40 tons. This means that big trucks require a much longer braking distance and they are harder to maneuver. It is because of the size difference that most fatalities in accidents between a passenger vehicle and a tractor-trailer are the occupants of passenger vehicles. In fact, in 2020, 71 percent of people killed in large-truck accidents were occupants of other vehicles. Currently 15.5 million trucks operate in the U.S. Approximately 2 million are tractor-trailers. In North Carolina in 2020, 7.3% of large truck accidents were fatal crashes.

What classifies a vehicle as a commercial truck?

A truck is classified by its Gross Vehicle Weight Rating, or GVWR. The GVWR is the maximum weight, including the cargo and passengers. This number is the maximum weight the vehicle can safely travel with.

Main causes:

  • Distracted Driving
  • Fatigue / Drowsy Driving
  • Faulty Equipment
  • Negligence / Inexperience
  • Weather Conditions
  • Drugs / Alcohol

Common Injuries

  • Sprains and Fractures
  • Head Injury
  • Wrongful Death

Recent News

North Carolina Truck Classifications

In North Carolina, there are three classes of commercial trucks: Class A, Class B, and Class C. Class A is any combination of vehicles with a Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) over 13 tons, provided that the GVW of the vehicle(s) being towed is greater than 5 tons. A Class B truck is a singular vehicle with a GVW of 13 tons or more. If towing or carrying a vehicle, it must have a GVW under 5 tons. Finally, a Class C Truck does not fall into Class A or Class B, but can carry 16 or more passengers or transport hazardous materials.

Class A Truck

Class A

Heavy duty tractor-trailers or dump trucks with a GVWR of 26,001 pounds or greater.
Class B Truck

Class B

Medium Duty dump trucks or box trucks with a GVWR of 10,001 to 26,000 pounds.
Class C Truck

Class C

Light duty trucks with a GVWR under 10,000 pounds.
Source: https://www.ncdot.gov

DO I NEED A Tractor-Trailer Accident Lawyer?

Tractor-trailer accidents may involve multiple cars and several insurance policies. A tractor-trailer accident attorney will investigate the accident, handle the paperwork, investigate the trucking company, and negotiate with the insurance company. If a settlement cannot be reached, we will file a lawsuit on your behalf and stand by you at every step of the way. The insurance company will always want to pay you as little as possible. Our tractor-trailer accident lawyers have years of experience negotiating claims to get the most amount of money for our clients and we'll fight for you. You pay nothing unless we win.

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  • What should I do after I have been involved with a tractor-trailer accident?

    Try and remain calm and assess if you and your passengers have any serious injuries. Call 911 to speak with a dispatcher who will notify the police and any other first responders. If you or your passengers have been injured, seek immediate medical treatment. Write down or request all details about the accident, including photos, video surveillance, license plate numbers, insurance details, contact information, witness contact information, and police reports.

  • What shouldn't I do after I have been involved in a truck accident?

    Don't be rash; remain calm and collected, and think before you speak. Do not claim fault, even if you were the cause of the accident. Do not post on social media. Finally, do not provide comments to news crews that may show up at the scene.

  • What do I do if contacted by an Insurance Adjuster?

    You are not obligated to speak to an insurance adjuster. Simply mention that you have spoken to a lawyer and they will contact the insurance company. Many times the insurance adjuster will try and illicit a response that says you will be okay. The adjuster works for the insurance agency and will do anything to reduce the amount of compensation that you may receive.

  • What can a tractor-trailer accident lawyer do for me?

    A tractor-trailer accident lawyer will work to get you the maximum compensation possible for your case. Attempting to settle with the insurance company on your own can leave hundreds of thousands of dollars on the table. Your truck accident attorney will fight to get you a fair settlement for property damage, medical expenses, loss of wages, or long-term medical care.

  • How much does it cost to hire a tractor-trailer accident lawyer?

    You pay nothing unless we win your case. Our attorneys cover all associated costs and only receive payment if you receive a verdict or settlement for your case. Hiring our truck accident lawyers costs you nothing out-of- pocket.

  • In North Carolina, who can be held liable for a truck accident?

    There are several parties who may be held liable for a truck accident in North Carolina, including:

    • The driver

    • The owner of the trailer or cab

    • The trucking company

    • The driver's employer

    • Those responsible for maintaining the truck

  • Where are your offices located?

    We have offices conveniently located in Winston-Salem and Greensboro, North Carolina. However, if you cannot get to our offices, let us know; we will come to you.

North Carolina OFFICES

Our local offices are near you in Winston-Salem and Greensboro, North Carolina. Tractor-trailer accidents are very serious - If you can't make it to us, a Daggett Shuler Truck Accident Lawyer will come to you.
Tractor Trailer on highway

What do I do if I have been in a tractor-trailer accident in North Carolina?

In many cases, tractor-trailer accidents can result in very serious injuries or death. If you have been in a commercial truck accident, perform a self-assessment to determine if you or your passengers have been injured. Do your best to remain calm and stay in your car until help arrives or it is safe to step out.

1. Call the Police

Dial 911 so the emergency operator can route your call to the nearest law enforcement agency and other first responders. Notify the dispatcher of any injuries you or your passengers may have incurred. Be sure to get a police report, even if the accident was minor.

2. Get medical treatment

A medical evaluation for you and your passengers may find injuries that did not have immediate symptoms. By getting a doctor to do a full physical assessment, you may uncover hidden injuries that may have been life-threatening if left alone. Additionally, a medical report can be used to help your case and determine how much compensation you may receive.

3. If possible, document any evidence from the crash

If you are able, document any evidence at the scene of the truck accident. This includes pictures of damage and the accident scene if possible, driver's contact information, insurance details, license plate numbers, witness contact information, and details about the accident. You may also note any weather patterns that may have affected driving conditions.

4. Be calm and be careful what you say

The police will be investigating the crash and taking statements from the drivers and any witnesses. Do not admit fault, even if you were at fault. There may be multiple factors that can reduce your liability and admitting fault will hurt your case. Do not post on social media or make comments to any news stations that may be looking for more information.

5. Contact an experienced truck accident lawyer

Your next step should be to contact a commercial truck accident lawyer who can fight and get you as much compensation as possible to cover medical bills, pain and suffering, long term disability, missed time at work, and any other monetary compensation that you may be owed. Our North Carolina tractor-trailer accident lawyers work to get you the most compensation for your truck accident claim. Call us at (336) 288-2234 to speak to a truck accident attorney today.

HOW ARE ACCIDENT VICTIMS AFFECTED AFTER THE CRASH?

01

Medical Expenses

A truck accident can result in severe injuries and expensive hospital bills.
02

MISSED WORK TIME

Lost wages due to medical treatment are common after a severe tractor-trailer accident.
03

future damages

Victims may experience pain and suffering and emotional distress after the car accident.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a North Carolina commercial vehicle accident and been injured, contact the experienced truck accident lawyers at Daggett Shuler. Our legal team has the knowledge and experience to handle these complex cases. Our phones are answered 24 hours a day. To learn more or to schedule a FREE, no-obligation case evaluation, call us at 336-724-1234.

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North Carolina Offices

Winston-Salem, North Carolina

2140 Country Club Rd
Winston-Salem, NC 27104
P: (336) 724-1234
F: (336) 724-6111

Greensboro, North Carolina

3859 Battleground Ave
Greensboro, NC 27410
P: (336) 288-2234
F: (336) 724-6111
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What can a truck accident lawyer do for me?

Daggett Shuler’s team of seasoned commercial truck accident lawyers will handle everything for you so you can focus on what’s most important: your recovery. With decades of combined experience, we know how to handle these often-complicated cases to get the maximum recovery you are entitled to. And at Daggett Shuler, we’ll always provide you with the care and respect you deserve.

If you were involved in a tractor trailer accident IN NORTH CAROLINA, OUR TRUCK ACCIDENT ATTORNEYS CAN GET YOU COMPENSATED.

When you work with Daggett Shuler Law, you pay nothing unless we recover for you. Let us guide you through each step of your case—helping you pick up the pieces and move forward with your life.

At Daggett Shuler, you can depend on us.