Tractor Trailer Accidents

Being involved in any sort of vehicle collision can be scary but being hit by a commercial truck while driving a smaller vehicle can be terrifying and often catastrophic. The average commercial truck can weigh anywhere from ten thousand to eighty thousand pounds while the standard passenger car typically only weighs about three thousand pounds. In the event of a commercial truck versus passenger car crash, it is easy to see just how these accidents are often very disastrous or even deadly events. Winston-Salem attorney Garry Whitaker is an experienced truck accident attorney. He has more than 30 years of legal experience. He understands the ins and outs of the legal system and can provide much-needed insight during this time.

Truck Accidents are Complex

Filing a lawsuit against the truck driver and/or trucking company can become complicated, as there are complex elements of the case that do not usually arise with other types of vehicle accidents. Having an attorney like Garry Whitaker, who is familiar with commercial truck legalities, can help increase your chances of receiving fair compensation.

If you drive in North Carolina, you know that you must often share the road with large tractor trailers. Being involved in an accident with one of these trucks is extremely dangerous, as their sheer size can cause a great deal of property damage and serious injury or death. There might be multiple individuals or organizations at fault for a trucking accident in North Carolina. An experienced attorney like Garry Whitaker can investigate the accident and determine the cause. He can help you pursue justice against negligent or reckless parties.

Common causes of truck accidents in Winston-Salem and throughout North Carolina and the surrounding areas:

• Fatigued drivers. There are strict laws related to how many hours a truck driver can stay on the road before resting. Drivers who fail to adhere to these laws risk the safety of all motorists and passengers.

• Equipment failure. Trucks contain complex equipment, and tire blowouts and other malfunctions can cause them to lose control. This may be due to product defects or the trucking company’s failure to properly maintain the vehicle.

• Poor road conditions. Weather hazards or poorly designed roads may cause a large truck to lose control or overturn. Although sometimes the government agency in charge of road upkeep may be held liable, drivers also need to account for changing conditions.

• Inadequate driver training. Some trucking companies allow drivers to hit the road before properly training them. It takes a professional driver to manage a large truck and protect others on the road.

Texting While Driving 

Texting and driving and other forms of distracted driving are the primary cause behind serious auto accidents every day. While the risks of texting while driving are obvious, so many people ignore the danger. In fact, a most accidents caused by texting and driving can easily be avoided. Garry Whitaker has extensive experience in representing individuals who have suffered injuries resulting in long hospitalization, high medical bills, or lost wages as a result of the negligence of another driver. He works hard to find settlements and jury verdicts on behalf of his injured clients.