Truck Accident Lawyer in Charlotte

A crash with a tractor-trailer or other large truck is every driver’s worst nightmare. Especially if you are in a smaller vehicle, the result of an accident with an 18-wheeler may be catastrophic. Truck accidents occur all too frequently in Charlotte and the Carolinas. Mecklenburg County is a hub for transportation companies with I-77 and I-85 serving as major trucking routes. When trucks and tractor-trailers operate at high speeds on congested roadways alongside commuters, accidents happen. If you or someone you love has been hurt in a truck accident, you do not have to carry the burden of your injuries alone. Turn to the attorneys at Warren & Kallianos, PLLC who have experience with 18-wheeler accidents in Charlotte.

While you are recovering from your injuries, you may feel worried about paying your medical bills and taking care of your family. You need reliable guidance about your legal options.

The Charlotte truck accident lawyers at Warren & Kallianos have the knowledge and resources to handle complex truck accident claims. With 55 years of combined legal experience, we have earned a reputation for securing large verdicts and truck accident settlements for victims in the Charlotte area and throughout North Carolina and South Carolina. You pay us nothing unless we win your case, so contact us today, or reach us through our website’s online contact form to get started.

How a Charlotte Tractor Trailer Accident Attorney Can Help

When winning means everything, the experience of the lawyers you choose can make all the difference. If you choose Warren & Kallianos, you will be working with truck injury attorneys with a proven record—attorneys who have been recognized by legal publications and their peers for outstanding legal representation.

The ways our law firm can help you pursue an injury claim after a truck accident include:

  • Investigating all aspects of the truck accident to determine all parties that should be held liable;
  • Identifying all potential insurance policies held by the at-fault parties;
  • Communicating with the insurance companies on your behalf;
  • Requesting that medical providers postpone any debt collection efforts pending the outcome of your injury claim;
  • Keeping track of all filing deadlines and preparing your case for trial;
  • Presenting a persuasive case in court if the insurance companies refuse to make reasonable settlement offers;
  • Resolving any liens to make sure that you recover as much compensation as possible.

You may be worried about how to afford the services of an experienced injury attorney. At Warren & Kallianos, we charge no legal fee unless we successfully recover compensation for you. If we are successful in obtaining an insurance settlement or a jury award for you, then an agreed-upon percentage of that amount is deducted as our legal fee.

Causes of Truck Accidents

Truck accidents occur for a variety of reasons, but the cases we handle have one thing in common: negligence. In legal terms, a negligent act is any behavior that is careless or reckless and results in injury or damages to another person. Truck drivers must drive safely and stay focused when they are on the road. When they fail to do so, they should be held accountable for their actions. Some of the most common causes of trucking accidents include the following:

  • Violation of hours of service regulations, which limit the number of hours a commercial driver can operate a truck without a rest break;
  • Inadequate licensing and training of the driver;
  • Lack of oversight and supervision of the driver;
  • Failure to ensure that cargo is properly loaded and secured; and
  • Improper maintenance and repair of the commercial motor vehicle.

All of these issues are preventable. Unfortunately, many trucking companies skip important safety training and vehicle inspections simply to save time or money. Maintaining vehicle maintenance and drivers’ certifications is the responsibility of the trucking company. Those companies that fall short in safety standards or training may be legally liable for accidents that occur. An experienced trucking accident lawyer at Warren & Kallianos can help you hold them accountable.

Types of Compensation Available in Truck Accident Claims

People injured in tractor trailer accidents may be entitled to several types of compensation depending on the type of injuries involved.

The kinds of compensation that you may recover include:

  • Medical costs related to the accident:
  • Lost earnings from missed work due to injuries in the crash;
  • Lost future earnings due to ongoing impairments or inability to return to work;
  • Pain and suffering;
  • Permanent impairment and/or disfigurement;
  • Vehicle repair and replacement, and the cost of a rental car; and
  • Punitive damages in exceptional circumstances.

Fatal injuries are a tragic outcome of many truck accidents. In these situations, the immediate family may be entitled to bring a wrongful death action to recover money to pay for funeral and burial costs, medical bills, pain and suffering of the loved one prior to his or her death, lost earnings of the loved one, loss of companionship and other losses.

Truck Accident Cases We’ve Handled

The lawyers at Warren & Kallianos are proud of our strong record of helping people in Charlotte and across the Carolinas. We have obtained more than 75 six-figure and seven-figure verdicts and settlements for people who were hurt by the negligence of others. *While every case has its own set of facts, we are proud of the record of results we have obtained in truck accident cases including:

  • $4,500,000 Trucking Accident and Wrongful Death: Settlement for client whose wife and unborn child died when their vehicle was hit head-on by a dump truck that negligently crossed the centerline of the road.
  • $2,200,000: Settlement for clients injured in a collision with a dump truck that turned in front of their vehicle. The trucking company was sued for, among other things, negligent hiring and retention of the dump truck driver.
  • $1,600,000: Settlement for a client who sustained a severe hip injury in a head-on collision with a tractor-trailer.
  • $675,000: Settlement for a client who sustained lower extremity fractures when her legs were run over by the rear wheel of a tractor trailer. The client was riding a motorcycle and laid down her motorcycle to avoid colliding with a tractor-trailer that negligently moved into her lane of travel.
  • $525,000: Settlement for a client whose tractor-trailer careened off a bridge after being struck by another vehicle that came into his lane of travel. The client sustained a brain injury and multiple orthopedic injuries.

These are the stories of people who were in difficult situations similar to yours. They did not wake up anticipating an accident would change their lives, but it did.

When accidents occur because of negligence, the injured people should not be the ones forced to pay for their misfortune.

Following an accident, medical bills, insurance costs, and loss of income from the inability to work can start to add up quickly, causing anxiety and stress to build. It is easy to panic and take the first settlement offered to you by the trucking company’s insurance adjuster, but they are probably not giving you what you deserve. A qualified truck accident lawyer can assess your case and fight to ensure that you and your family are getting what you need to remain financially stable and move past this accident.

Frequently Asked Questions 

How much compensation could I receive for my case?

Interstate trucking companies and commercial truck drivers are required to carry higher amounts of insurance than automobile owners because of the significant harm large trucks can cause. The settlements may be larger because of the severity of the injuries. A few of the factors that can influence the value of your case are the severity of your injuries, who was at fault, and the amount of insurance available to provide compensation. We can offer an assessment of what your case might be worth after a free review of the details of your accident. If you feel like you have a valid injury claim, do not hesitate to contact our trucking accident lawyers.

Why should I hire a personal injury attorney?

Truck accidents are more complex than wrecks involving two cars. If you have been injured, you should not try to handle the truck accident claims on your own. For most people, it is difficult, time-consuming, and unsuccessful. The trucking company will have lawyers representing the motor carrier and the truck driver. You should have an experienced lawyer fighting for your interests. Our lawyers have the experience and resources to uncover relevant documents, negotiate effectively on your behalf and take your case to trial if necessary. Working with experienced truck accident attorneys increases your chances of obtaining the compensation you need.

Why should I choose Warren & Kallianos?

When you choose Warren & Kallianos, you can be assured that you will work directly with attorneys who have a proven track record of success with truck accident claims. Our attorneys have been recognized as Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America, members of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and listed among the Top 100 Trial Lawyers. You can trust Chris and Jeff to put in the effort required to help you secure a positive outcome in your truck accident case. We have a history of helping fellow Carolinians who have been injured in accidents, and we want to put our knowledge and experience to work for you.

Contact Us

The Charlotte truck accident lawyers at Warren & Kallianos know the severe damage that a truck or tractor trailer accident can cause. As you struggle to recover from serious injuries, you may be feeling stressed, overwhelmed, and frustrated. That is why we want to assist you. We have handled a large number of commercial motor vehicle cases and want to answer every question and concern you have about your case. If you have a claim, we have the resources and knowledge to fight for maximum compensation. Contact our Charlotte offices by calling (704) 586-9137 for the legal guidance and support you need.

* The verdicts and settlements set forth below were obtained by our law firm from 1992 to the present. In most cases, liability and/or damages were contested, the adverse parties were represented by counsel, and the matters involved complex factual and/or legal issues. All verdicts obtained were collected. These cases are illustrative of the matters handled by our firm and not all case results are provided. The case results depend on a variety of factors unique to each case. Please note that prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome. 

Trucking Accidents

Compensation Available in Truck Accident Claims

Due to the size and weight of tractor-trailers and other heavy trucks, they often produce
serious injuries when involved in a crash. Victims of a truck accident may be entitled
to several types of compensation for their losses.

While each case is unique and the total amount of compensation is affected by a number of factors, some of the kinds of compensation that a truck accident victim may recover include payment for:

  • Medical costs related to the accident, including the cost of rehabilitation and future medical care.
  • Lost earnings due to injuries sustained in the crash.
  • Reduced future earnings due to ongoing impairments or an inability to return to work.
  • Pain and suffering.
  • Vehicle repair or replacement, including the cost of a rental car while your vehicle is being repaired.
  • Punitive damages in exceptional cases.

Fatalities are a tragic result of many truck accidents. In these situations, the surviving close relatives may be entitled to bring a wrongful death action to recover money to pay for funeral and burial costs, medical bills, lost earnings of the love one, pain and suffering, loss of companionship and other losses.

A Track Record of Success with Truck Accident Cases

The Charlotte truck accident lawyers at Warren & Kallianos have handled a large number of commercial motor vehicle cases. We are prepared to answer all your questions and advise you about your legal options.

If you have a valid claim, we have the resources and knowledge to fight for your right to maximum compensation for your losses. We are proud of our track record of getting results in truck accident cases. * Examples of our verdicts and settlements include:

 

$4,500,000

Trucking Accident, Wrongful Death – Settlement for client whose wife and unborn child died when their vehicle was hit head on by a dump truck that negligently crossed the centerline of the roadway.

$2,200,000

Settlement for clients injured in a collision with a dump truck that turned in front of clients’ vehicle. The trucking company was sued for, among other things, negligent hiring and retention of the dump truck driver.

$1,600,000

Settlement for client who sustained a severe hip injury in a head-on collision with a tractor-trailer.

$944,854.51

Settlement for client who suffered a leg amputation in a collision with a tractor-trailer. Settlement included payment of all available insurance coverage.

$700,000

Settlement for client who sustained a left arm nerve injury in a collision with a tractor-trailer.

$675,000

Settlement for client who sustained lower extremity fractures when her legs were run over by the rear wheel of a tractor trailer. Client was riding a motorcycle and laid down her motorcycle to avoid colliding into a tractor-trailer that negligently moved into her lane of travel.

$525,000

Settlement for client whose tractor trailer careened off a bridge after being struck by another vehicle that came into his lane of travel. Client sustained a brain injury and multiple orthopedic injuries.

$430,893

Settlement for client who sustained a head injury in a T-bone accident with a commercial motor vehicle.

$365,000

Settlement for client who sustained multiple injuries when his vehicle was rear ended on the interstate by a tractor trailer.

$275,000

Settlement for client who suffered a shoulder injury requiring surgery due to a collision with a tractor-trailer.

$275,000

Settlement for client who sustained a back injury in collision with a dump truck while riding his motorcycle.

To find out about more of our firm’s verdicts and settlements in truck accident cases.

Check out our Results Page

Violations of Safety Regulations Often
Play a Role in Truck Accidents

Because of the danger of operating commercial motor vehicles, both state and federal laws set standards and requirements relating to their operation. In many instances, accidents can be linked to the failure of the driver and/or the trucking company to comply with applicable laws and regulations.

It is important to select a law firm that is familiar with the applicable laws and regulations, such as:

  • Hours of service regulations that limit the number of hours a commercial motor vehicle driver can drive without a break.
  • Licensing, training and qualifications of the driver.
  • Oversight and supervision of the driver.
  • Ensuring that cargo is properly loaded and secured.
  • Maintenance and repair of the commercial motor vehicle.

Most truckers are under extreme pressure from their employers and shippers to deliver loads on time. They also face economic pressure to get in as many miles as possible, because most drivers are paid by the mile not by the hour. This can lead to many dangerous practices such as speeding, reckless driving, driving while overly tired and abuse of legal or illicit drugs in an effort to stay awake.

Trucking Accidents

Truck Accidents Are Different

Over our decades of helping truck accident victims, the attorneys at Warren & Kallianos have often seen how much more complex truck accidents can be when compared to most crashes that involve only passenger cars. There are many reasons for this, such as:

HIGHER STAKES: Crashes that involve an 18-wheeler or other heavy commercial vehicle frequently cause more serious injuries than those that involve only cars. Because of this, trucks typically carry insurance coverage with higher limits. This means that more money is on the line and insurance companies want to pay out as little as possible.

MORE PARTIES INVOLVED: Truck accident claims often involve more than just the drivers who were in the crash. Examples of other potential defendants include the trucking company, the shipper, the company that owns the cargo, and the company responsible for repairing and maintaining the truck, among others. The tractor and the trailer may be owned or leased by different companies or individuals, each with their own insurance. The cargo may also be separately insured.

REGULATIONS: Truck drivers and the companies that employ them are more heavily regulated than other motorists. This makes it critical to work with a personal injury lawyer who understands trucking regulations and can look for violations that could establish liability.

MORE DATA: In many cases, there is more relevant data about trucking accidents that may be useful when bringing a claim – if the attorneys and investigators know where to look and what to do with the information. For example, many heavy trucks are equipped with data recorders similar to the “black boxes” that are so critical in airline crash investigations. These data recorders may contain important information about how the truck was being driven at the time of the crash. How fast was it going? Did the driver apply the brakes? Another potentially important source of information is the driver’s log. Truckers are required to log their time on the road to comply with hours of service regulations. The logs – and any discrepancies they may contain – could be evidence of driver fatigue, for example.

As with other cases, accidents involving commercial motor vehicles require immediate investigation into the facts and circumstances of the accident as well as expert testimony to demonstrate how the accident occurred and the nature and extent of the injuries caused by the accident. The trucking company and its insurance carrier will have its investigators and attorneys working the case as soon as possible. Don’t wait to contact Warren & Kallianos.

Warren & Kallianos has the experience and resources to properly investigate and handle all types of commercial motor vehicle claims. If you have been injured in a trucking accident, contact us to schedule a free and confidential consultation.

* The verdicts and settlements set forth below were obtained by our law firm from 1992 to the present.  In most cases, liability and/or damages were contested, the adverse parties were represented by counsel, and the matters involved complex factual and/or legal issues. All verdicts obtained were collected. These cases are illustrative of the matters handled by our firm and not all case results are provided.  The case results depend on a variety of factors unique to each case.  Please note that prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome. 
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