Truck Accident Lawyers in Raleigh, NC
Proven Results in North Carolina Tractor-Trailer Accident Cases
Edwards Kirby is a nationally recognized law firm led by two of the nation’s most respected Civil Trial Attorneys – Former Senator John Edwards and Attorney David Kirby.
Backed by decades of experience, award-winning lawyers, and record-setting results, we know how to help victims and families fight for full financial compensation after they’ve suffered losses in preventable accidents – including wrecks involving commercial trucks and tractor-trailers, serious injuries, and wrongful death.
To discuss a potential truck accident case with an attorney, call (919) 335-7005 or contact us online. We offer FREE consultations and serve clients across North Carolina.
Truck Accident Liability: Who’s Responsible?
Because commercial trucks and tractor-trailers are massive machines that pose risks to public safety, the trucking industry is subject to numerous regulations. Trucking operators and others involved in commercial trucking also have legal obligations to take reasonable measures to ensure the safety of people on the road.
Despite these precautionary measures, not everyone complies with traffic laws, trucking regulations, or their duty of care – all of which can come with major consequences when they involve cargo carriers. Fortunately, victims injured by the negligent or wrongful acts of others, and families who lose loved ones in preventable crashes, have the right to seek compensation for their damages by holding at-fault parties financially responsible.
Determining who can be held liable for a semi-truck accident is a fact-specific matter that varies from case to case. Even if wrecks are caused by negligent truckers – which they often are – truck drivers may not be the only party to bear financial responsibility for damages. That’s because trucking operators are often responsible for their employees, and because they may have been negligent as well.
While investigations into fault and liability are crucial to trucking accident cases, there are a number of common causes, violations, and negligent acts attorneys look for to determine who can be held responsible. Examples include:
- Truck drivers who were negligent when operating their vehicles.
- Trucking companies that negligently hired unfit drivers, violated Hours-of-Service rules, or committed other regulatory violations.
- Vehicle maintenance companies responsible for inadequate truck maintenance.
- Third party companies or distributors that overloaded delivery trucks / big rigs, or loaded unsecured cargo.
- Truck or auto part manufacturers that made defective products.
Because there may be multiple potentially liable parties – and because the stakes are often elevated when victims suffer serious injuries or wrongful death – truck accident claims can be complex. Our tractor-trailer accident attorneys have the experience and resources to help.