Truck and Trucking Accidents
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North Carolina Truck and Trucking Accidents
If you were injured in a North Carolina trucking accident that was someone else's fault, you may be entitled to compensation to pay for:
- Past, present, and future medical bills for treatment related to your trucking-accident injuries
- The repair or replacement of your motor vehicle and any property that was damaged or destroyed in the accident
- Lost wages for time off from work (including time spent going to doctor's appointments and physical therapy)
- The cost of hiring someone to do household chores that you're unable to do because of your injury
- Permanent disability and disfigurement stemming from the truck crash
- Any future earning ability lost due to your injury
- Emotional distress stemming from the trucking accident
- Any other costs you've incurred because of the accident
If anyone was killed in the truck crash or if either driver was intoxicated, the state of North Carolina will prosecute the driver at fault and/or the intoxicated driver. In the case of other trucking accidents, you may ultimately have to file a trucking accident personal injury lawsuit in North Carolina courts to collect compensation for your injuries.
How Is Fault Determined?
To collect money stemming from an truck crash injury claim, North Carolina law requires you to prove that the other driver was negligent. You must show:
- The driver who caused your injuries had a responsibility not to injure you and failed to live up to that duty
- There is a connection between the other driver's responsibility and your injury
- You suffered damages, or a financial loss, as a result of your accident
North Carolina law will reduce the total amount you can recover if it's found that your carelessness contributed to your trucking accident injuries.
How Long Do You Have to File a Claim?
North Carolina law gives you three years from the date of your trucking accident in which to file a claim against the other driver. (This is known as the statute of limitations.) If you and your North Carolina trucking accident lawyer are unable to negotiate a settlement with the other driver (or the driver's insurance company), you should consider filing a lawsuit before the statute of limitations runs out.
North Carolina Trucking Insurance Requirements
North Carolina laws require commercial truck owners carrying non-hazardous materials to have at least $750,000 of liability insurance coverage.
Additional North Carolina Trucking Accident Resources
North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles commercial trucking information
North Carolina Department of Transportation Crash Data, Facts & Statistics