The rules of the road are designed to protect everyone on the road. When driving, everyone is responsible for operating their vehicle with care and obeying the law. This is particularly true of the drivers who pilot large, heavy trucks. If they fail to observe a yield sign while driving, the result can be a disastrous accident for everyone involved.
According to the National Safety Council, in 2021, accidents involving large trucks resulted in a total of 5,788 fatalities in the United States alone. Of the fatalities in large-truck crashes, the majority were occupants of other vehicles (72%), followed by truck occupants (17%), and nonoccupants such as pedestrians and bicyclists (11%).
If you were injured in an accident caused by a trucker’s failure to yield the right-of-way, you might be entitled to compensation for your injuries. The experienced Charlotte truck accident lawyers at DeMayo Law Offices have handled truck accident claims and cases for over 30 years and are here to help you.
Due to their complexity, cases involving commercial motor vehicles and trucking companies necessitate an experienced team equipped with the proper skills and adequate experience. Don’t try to file your claim or negotiate a settlement with the insurance company on your own; studies have shown that your settlement will be as much as three times larger if you have a truck accident lawyer on your case.
Don’t wait. Contact DeMayo Law Offices, Your North Carolina Law Firm™, right away by calling (704) 333-1000. We can set up a free consultation to discuss your case and your possible compensation.
One of the basic safety practices that help keep all vehicles on the road safe is to “yield” properly. Truckers, like all drivers, must come to a complete stop at a stop sign and yield to oncoming traffic to avoid accidents.
Yielding is required when entering a highway from an on-ramp. When a truck driver ignores or fails to see a traffic sign, or fails to yield correctly, the collision that results can be catastrophic. Some common “failure-to-yield the right-of-way” accidents involving trucks are:
Trucks are much bigger than cars and require more distance and time to accelerate, so when they merge onto highways with incoming traffic, they need to be especially careful. Accidents can happen when trucks merge and don’t give cars enough time to slow down or change lanes.
Trucks that roll through stop signs or ignore yield signs can be especially dangerous for passing vehicle traffic.
When trucks fail to yield or run a red light to make a left turn, oncoming traffic can slam into the truck.
A loaded semi-truck can weigh as much as eighty thousand pounds, and accidents with three-thousand-pound passenger vehicles can be tragic. Besides physical injuries and vehicle damage, victims often suffer from post-traumatic stress syndrome and other psychological trauma after this type of accident.
Listed below are some of the types of injuries failure-to-yield accidents can cause:
Failure-to-yield accidents are generally the result of unsafe driving practices by the truck driver. If you were injured in an accident of this type, through no fault of your own, you are likely entitled to compensation.
Given the training and experience of most professional truck drivers, many people wonder why so many failure-to-yield right-of-way accidents happen in North Carolina every year. Professional drivers are expected to follow basic road rules, like coming to a complete stop at a stop sign or merging correctly into oncoming traffic.
Failure to perform these routine acts safely is usually negligence on the driver’s part. Below are some typical reasons failure-to-yield truck accidents happen in North Carolina and around the United States:
Like all drivers on the road, truckers have no excuse for being inebriated or under the influence of drugs while driving. Being intoxicated can severely inhibit reaction time, making drivers susceptible to sloppy merging or failing to see road signs. Drivers who drive under the influence and cause accidents are liable for the injuries and damages incurred by the other party.
Truck drivers put in long hours, and being tired occasionally could be expected. However, truck drivers must limit their hours according to the Hours of Service guidelines promulgated by the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration (FMCSA). Dozing off for a few seconds can cause trucks to drift or roll through a stop sign into a zone where they should have yielded. Sometimes this can be enough to cause a horrendous accident.
Drivers may not text or use any device other than one that requires just one push of a button. Eating, grooming, and reaching for the radio can be extremely dangerous. It only takes a split second of being distracted and taking your eyes or mind off the road for an accident to occur. Distracted driving can easily lead to a failure-to-yield accident.
Sometimes a driver tries to stop and does everything right, but the brakes fail or lock up and slide into oncoming traffic. In cases like this, the truck driver may not be to blame for the accident. Several players are involved in commercial trucking, from the truck and trailer manufacturer to the trucking company. The trucking company is expected to provide regular maintenance for the vehicle.
Truckers who drive negligently and injure drivers of passenger vehicles are liable for their actions. Sometimes, the company they work for or the manufacturers of the trucks they’re driving are so liable. When a trucker acted within the scope of their employment when the accident occurred, an employer may be held indirectly liable.
Having the right truck accident attorney on your team to defend your rights and help you navigate the complexities of the legal system is crucial to getting the most out of your claim.
If you were injured in an accident with a truck, knowing what steps to take afterward is important. In fact, it can make the difference between getting the maximum amount for your claim or getting a token settlement. Listed below are some steps to take after an accident:
Here are common questions people have about trucking accidents in North Carolina:
A lawyer is not legally required but is highly recommended whenever you have an accident claim. Because trucking accidents can involve different parties such as the trucking company, the truck manufacturer, and the driver, trucking accident claims tend to be complex.A knowledgeable lawyer can help you understand the challenges of the case, manage communications with the insurance company for you, gather evidence on your behalf, have the resources to investigate the accident, and will increase your chances of obtaining total and fair compensation.
The truck accident attorneys of DeMayo Law Offices work on a contingency fee basis. This means they will only be paid if your case is successful, and you recover compensation for your injuries. You pay nothing upfront.
Initially, there is no way to know exactly how much your claim is worth. Your skilled attorney will consider out-of-pocket expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and loss of quality of life. Taking all those factors and the severity of your injuries into account, your lawyer can arrive at a good assessment of what would be a fair amount of compensation for your claim.
Have you been injured in a truck accident caused by a negligent tractor-trailer driver?
When truckers fail to obey road signs and make mistakes on the road, pedestrians and drivers can be injured or killed as a result. At DeMayo Law Offices, we take pride in fighting on behalf of our clients to help them recover fair claim amounts and make their lives whole again. We have over 150 years of combined experience representing truck accident victims in Charlotte.
If you or a loved one has been injured in Charlotte in a failure-to-yield truck accident, contact DeMayo Law Offices, Your North Carolina Law Firm™, today at (704) 333-1000. We’re here to stand up for you.