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When you choose Henson Fuerst truck accident lawyers to represent you, you can expect to be treated like family and provided with honest and compassionate legal representation. If you have questions about a vehicular accident you were involved in, contact our North Carolina truck accident attorneys for a free consultation.
Our accident lawyers only get paid when you do. So, if there is no recovery for your case, then there is no attorney’s fee. It’s that simple. We work hard to defend your rights and help you recover the compensation you need to move forward after an accident involving a tractor-trailer or commercial truck.
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The Insurance Company Doesn't Make Getting Compensation Easy - A tractor-trailer accident lawyer can help negotiate the maximum settlement
From tired drivers to improper maintenance and overloading, many factors can cause a tractor-trailer accident. However, the consequences of a collision between a commercial truck and a passenger car can be catastrophic regardless of the cause. These tragic accidents are devastating to families and can leave a lifetime of pain for the victims.
Insurance companies recognize how devastating a tractor-trailer accident can be and are well aware of how vulnerable you may be following an accident. Unfortunately, since they work for the trucking company, they will not hesitate to manipulate you into accepting a quick settlement before the full extent of your injuries is known. If you do not take their offer, they do everything they can to disprove your claim and minimize the payment you deserve after a crash or wreck involving one of their trucks. That’s unfair and at Henson Fuerst, we will not let a trucking company or their insurance company take advantage of you.
We Care About Making You and Your Family’s Life Whole Again
The aftermath of a truck accident can be extremely emotional and stressful. We understand that it’s easy for victims to be taken advantage of when an insurance company knows you’re struggling to pay your bills and provide for your family. You don’t need the added stress of dealing with an insurance adjuster or revisiting the accident scene for evidence when you are injured. We know the different tactics insurance companies use to reduce the compensation amount you need, and we’re prepared to do whatever it takes to fight back on your behalf.
No one is prepared to be involved in an accident. But when it happens, you need a law firm by your side that understands how to get you back on the road to recovery. By choosing Henson Fuerst to represent you, you’ll have a powerful advocate on your side, allowing you to focus on your physical rehabilitation and mental well-being. With us, you’ll be treated like family. Our truck accident lawyers care about every person that walks through our doors. We take the time to learn the full scope of the effects of the accident on you both physically and mentally to make sure you’re fairly compensated for things like current and future medical care, lost wages, and pain and suffering. We are not afraid of large and powerful corporate defendants, and we won’t stop working for you until we get justice for you. Contact us today by calling 919-781-1107 or by submitting a free consultation form online.
Investigation Is The Key to Proving Negligence In Your Truck Crash Injury Case
Truckers travel across North Carolina every day, transporting freight on I-95, I-40, or I-85 or driving along rural roads, which account for more than half of all fatal collisions. With so many drivers relying on highways to get to work every day, it takes just one mistake by a truck driver for your life to change in an instant. After a tractor-trailer accident, victims often suffer from the emotional scars that traumatic experiences frequently leave behind, as well as the substantial physical toll on your body, and financial losses.
To win a truck accident case, you need to prove that the driver, truck company, or other entity was at fault and are responsible for your injuries. This is why gathering evidence and crafting a strong narrative are crucial to achieving the best possible results in a case. Medical records, a police report from the accident, photos or video of the accident, witness testimony, and other evidence can be used to show negligence in tractor-trailer accidents. Unfortunately, the longer you wait to collect and verify evidence, the more difficult it gets. As a result, when a truck accident victim is not represented, they seldom receive the compensation they deserve. The trucking company will send investigators to the accident scene as quickly as possible to reduce their liability. Before it’s too late, you might consider having an attorney investigate the scene on your behalf to safeguard your right to compensation.
"My husband was in an auto accident with life threatening injuries. I called Henson Fuerst Attorneys for assistance in my husband's case. Mr. Mason and Ms. McPhatter handled all our legal needs while my husband went through extensive medical recovery and helped take stress off of us so we could focus on my husband's care. They were very attentive to our case and us personally. My husband and I are very happy with their professional services and care. I highly recommend Henson Fuerst to anyone who requires assistance with an injury case. Thank you so much for all your efforts in our case."
"I was involved in a car accident last year and was advised to check out Henson Fuerst. I can honestly say they took excellent care of me from my very first visit. I was always kept in the loop of what was going on. I was very happy with the outcome and I would recommend this firm to anyone especially anyone involved in an automobile accidents! Thanks again."
"I had a awful car accident which resulted in 4 long years of pain, surgeries and pain pills. Henson Fuerst, especially Carma Henson, was there every step of the way. The office staff are very pleasant and are so helpful with the process. After my case was settled, it was like losing a close friend when I said my goodbyes. They are a great bunch of lawyers with great big hearts."
Common Questions For A Truck Accident Attorney
Who can be held responsible for a truck accident?
If you’ve been injured or lost a loved one in a tractor-trailer accident, several parties may be held responsible for your losses. The liable parties can include the following:
- The truck driver
- The truck company
- The owner of the truck
- The company leasing the truck or trailer
- The shipper who wanted the load transported
- The manufacturer of the truck, trailer, or parts
What compensation can I receive after a tractor-trailer accident?
The financial fallout starts right after the accident and may last for years to come. This is why receiving a full and fair settlement is critical to you and your family’s long-term financial security. Without knowing the details of your accident, it is impossible to give you an accurate estimate of the value of your tractor-trailer injury claim. Generally, though, the value of your case relies on multiple factors, including:
- The cost of both past and future medical care
- Your lost wages
- Any lost earning capacity
- How your injuries affect your daily-life
- Your future prognosis
- Any changes in quality of life
- Pain and suffering
How long do most accident cases last?
The time it takes to resolve a case depends on many factors; the most important are what happened in the wreck and what were the resulting injuries.
- Cases involving soft tissue injuries that get better with treatment from an orthopedic or chiropractic doctor and physical therapy can typically be negotiated and settled without filing a lawsuit and generally last six to nine months.
- Cases involving more substantial injuries, such as broken bones or surgical procedures, typically last nine to 15 months.
- Cases that involve more substantial and permanent, life-long injuries can last one to three years, depending on the circumstances. If we file a lawsuit instead of settling out of court, it may take an additional 16 to 24 months or longer before the case is resolved.
Is the insurance company’s offer “fair”?
The answer really depends on whether you feel that the amount of money offered by the insurance company is enough to avoid the considerable hassle of going forward with litigation. Many people ask friends or family members who have had car wrecks how much they settled their cases for. In our experience, this is can be misleading because no two cases are the same.
At HensonFuerst, when we have a “final” offer from the insurance company, we meet with you and explain all of your legal options. Typically, that means you can accept the final offer or reject the offer and file a lawsuit. It’s our job to explain the risks and benefits of each option so you can make the decision that best fits your personal situation.
How does a truck accident lawyer negotiate my case?
Generally, before we file a lawsuit on your behalf, our North Carolina auto accident attorneys will attempt to negotiate with the insurance company to reach a settlement. In the majority of cases we handle, we do not begin negotiating your case until you have healed. This way, we are aware of all of the damages and losses related to your injuries and how those damages will affect your quality of life.
Why should I hire a truck accident attorney?
Our North Carolina auto accident lawyers recommend that you seek the help of a lawyer if:
- Your claim involves large injuries
- you had (or continue to have) substantial medical treatment (treatment that extends beyond more than a few visits to a doctor)
- You have suffered permanent injury that resulted in scarring, the need for surgery, or a permanent disability
What are the leading causes of truck accidents?
Unsafe, Distracted, or Impaired Driving
Truckers work long hours for many days at a time and may become distracted or fatigued while on the road. Drivers may be behind schedule, speeding through the highways in a reckless manner. These dangerous behaviors may cause accidents that the driver and the employer can be held responsible for.
Poor Truck Maintenance
Trucks require frequent maintenance. Tractor-trailers are often driven thousands of miles per week. If the trailers are not adequately cared for, they can become dangerous quickly. If a trucking company fails to perform regular maintenance inspections on a truck and an accident occurs, they can be held responsible for any injuries or property damage the truck causes.
Equipment Failure or Improperly Loaded Cargo
If a truck’s equipment failure was caused by a defect, a product liability claim may be filed to hold the manufacturer or distributor accountable. If a truck is improperly loaded, the contents on the trailer may spill out onto the road, or, if the weight of the cargo is not distributed evenly, it could cause the truck to flip and cause serious injuries.
Blind Spots or “No-Zones"
The FMCSA defines "No-Zones" as areas in the front, sides, and rear of trucks where truck drivers can’t see other vehicles. When drivers are in trucks’ "No-Zones", serious accidents can occur if the truck drivers make sudden maneuvers. These accidents may be considered the other drivers’ fault.
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What you can expect when choosing a Henson Fuerst truck accident attorney to represent your case
The truck accident attorneys at Henson Fuerst understand how difficult it may be to get compensation after you have been in a car wreck, especially given North Carolina’s contributory fault rules. This implies that in order to get compensation, the sufferer must be completely blameless in the accident. You may be able to recover medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering if it can be shown that you were entirely free of fault. Because contributory negligence makes accusing another driver for an accident more difficult, you may need the assistance of a North Carolina truck accident lawyer.
For over 45 years, we’ve been helping car and truck accident victims throughout North Carolina fight for the full and fair compensation needed to provide care and recover losses. If you’ve been involved in a tractor-trailer accident, our attorneys will advocate for you throughout the settlement process. Insurance claims adjusters are tasked with safeguarding the interests of their employers, which may or may not coincide with your needs. We will work hard to protect your best interests and help you recover fair compensation for your accident claim.
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR) are federal laws that monitor interstate commercial drivers and their companies in addition to state laws placed on the trucking industry. There are some exceptions, but as a general rule, FMCSR applies to most interstate product or passenger transportation. These regulations include:
- Alcohol and Drug Testing
- Hazmat Tractor-Trailers Regulations
- Hours of Service and Log Books
- Required Inspections
- Truck Driver Requirements and Qualification Files
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A child involved in a truck accident suffered numerous brain bleeds as well as severe and permanent cognitive, physical, and emotional deficits as a result of his Traumatic Brain Injury. The case was filed in court and settled after multiple depositions of the parties and medical experts. The settlement was collected in full.
Meet our North Carolina Truck Accident Lawyers
Thomas Henson, Jr.
Thomas Henson, Jr. joined Henson Fuerst in 1989 and has dedicated his career to handling complex litigation and catastrophic injury matters. He remains an active member of the Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group of the American Association for Justice.
Additionally, he is a certified brain injury specialist through the Brain Injury Association of America. As a brain injury specialist, Thomas has extensive knowledge on the effects of a TBI, what resources are available to survivors, appropriate treatment methods, and much more. Thomas understands the impact a truck crash can have on a victim’s livelihood, and their family’s, and treats each case with the care, compassion, and devotion it deserves.
David J. Mason
David Mason joined Henson Fuerst in 2018 and has spent a majority of his career as a car accident lawyer, personal injury litigator, and trial attorney, advocating on behalf of injured people in North Carolina. David’s experience combined with his passion for justice allows him to handle each case he manages with the care and attention it needs.
As your truck accident lawyer, he promises to treat you with respect and be the enthusiastic advocate that you need on your side. Truck accident cases are often complex and require an experienced lawyer. Whether you seek a strong voice or thoughtful ears, David will guide you through the legal process with a keen focus on you and your case.
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