North Carolina residents use a variety of vehicles to go about their daily business, whether that means going to and from work, dropping off and picking up children at school, buying groceries or taking a leisurely drive. Normally, most people drive confidently but with a certain amount of caution around most other vehicles. When it comes to large vehicles such as tractor-trailers, box trucks and other large commercial vehicles, however, many people become alert to the dangers these vehicles pose by their sheer size and weight.
In east Charlotte recently, a truck accident involving a passenger vehicle and a tractor-trailer sent one person to the emergency room for treatment of minor injuries. According to the Charlotte Fire Department, the accident happened on Albemarle Road and occurred when the tractor-trailer tried to turn right from the the left lane and struck a Cadillac in the right lane.
Truck accidents happen for various reasons, including improper truck maintenance, overloading and fatigued or impaired drivers. Although the reasons for accidents can be many, they rarely excuse the fact that innocent people are injured and sometimes killed. Serious injuries can take considerable time to heal, and sometimes long and drawn-out rehabilitation is needed for full recovery, either of which can drain a victim’s financial resources.
With the circumstances of each accident different from all others, there may be no specific amount an injured party or surviving family members can claim in damages. Any law enforcement investigation into an accident and medical reports can help the injured person or survivors claim compensation. With the help of an experienced legal professional, a plaintiff can seek compensation and damages from a driver or trucking company to meet medical expenses, cover lost wages and pay other related costs.
Source: WCNC.com, “Minor injuries in E. Charlotte tractor trailer crash,” May 28, 2014