Victims of commercial trucking accidents in North Carolina often suffer catastrophic injuries that result in long-term injuries and pain and suffering. Generally, the more extensive the injuries, the more you will have to pay for medical treatments. By filing a negligence claim against the truck driver and their employer, you may be able to recover damages to cover your medical expenses and other accident-related costs.
Filing a negligence claim following a truck accident
If you decide to file a negligence claim after a truck accident, you will need to prove that the truck driver’s negligence caused the accident. Common examples of driver negligence include:
- Failing to decrease speed.
- Following too closely behind another vehicle.
- Failing to stop at a red light.
- Driving while distracted.
- Failing to properly maintain the vehicle.
You can also claim that the employer of the truck driver was vicariously liable for the accident if the driver was within the scope of their employment at the time of the accident. Employer’s may also be held liable for negligently:
- Hiring an unqualified driver.
- Entrusting its truck to an unqualified or unlicensed driver.
- Failing to properly train a driver.
- Failing to properly supervise a driver.
- Negligently retaining the driver.
- Failing to schedule regular inspections of the vehicle.
Filing a negligence claim against a truck driver and company can be difficult for accident victims to navigate without the help of an experienced personal injury attorney. An attorney can review the facts of the case, collect evidence, and present your case in an effective way, so that you get the compensation you deserve.