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Truck Accidents 

Consult a Qualified Trucking Accident Attorney

The computer monitor you're looking at right now, the paper these words can be printed on — these are only two examples of the millions of goods that trucks haul across the United States, traveling billions of miles each year to do so. However, as our attorneys can tell you, many of these trucks are involved in accidents at some point — often with terrible consequences. Unfortunately, trucking accidents occur every day in Greenville and across North Carolina. It is important to remember that following a semi truck accident, the advice of a qualified lawyer is critical. If you've had a collision with a large truck, you can benefit from the experience and knowledge of Edwards & Edwards in Greenville. Contact a trucking accident attorney from our firm today to discuss your case.
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Semi Truck and Logging Truck Accidents

In 2005 in the United States, 114,000 people were injured in collisions with large trucks (trucks that are 10,000 pounds or more), and another 5,212 people died in such crashes, according to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Semi trucks, tractor-trailers, and logging trucks are a common sight on the highways around Greenville and eastern North Carolina. They pose a serious risk to drivers. Accidents involving these trucks can be deadly.
For example, when drivers of semis or logging trucks exceed the speed limit, their vehicles can be extremely hard to control and even harder to stop in an emergency. The reality is that many truck operators are hauling more weight than is legally permitted. Regardless, they drive at excessive speeds in order to make more money and lower their overhead costs. When truck driver negligence causes injury, property damage, or even wrongful death, a truck accident lawyer from our firm can help.
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What to Do if You Are Involved in a Trucking Accident
The North Carolina laws governing traffic and truck accidents will be explained to you when you contact our office in Greenville and speak directly with a trucking accident attorney. We hope that, at the time of the accident, you:
  • stayed at the scene
  • exchanged information with anyone who was involved
  • checked for injuries or damage
  • called the local police or sheriff if the accident resulted in an injury or approximately $500 or more property damage, and
  • sought medical attention if there was even a minor-seeming injury
Don't worry if these guidelines weren't followed perfectly — a trucking accident attorney from our firm can still help you. The property damage, medical or funeral bills, rehabilitation costs, loss of income, insurance claims … we are quite familiar with all of these issues and how to resolve them. Whether your case involves only a truck accident or could also be considered an auto accident or motorcycle accident, we have the expertise to advise and represent you.

How a Truck Accident Lawyer Can Help

When you contact us or visit Edwards & Edwards at our Greenville offices, an experienced truck accident lawyer will take all the time needed to explain the legal ramifications of your truck accident case. We will also discuss whether you can pursue a personal injury or wrongful death claim against the driver of the truck, another vehicle's driver, or any other parties involved. If you've been in a truck accident in or around North Carolina, guidance from a semi truck accident lawyer with the relevant experience can be crucial to the outcome of your case.

We know that a truck accident can be completely unexpected. Typical truck accident scenarios are as follows (these are NHTSA data):
  • 61 percent of fatal accidents in which a large truck is involved happened in a rural area
  • 67 percent of such crashes occurred during daylight hours
  • 83 percent of all large truck crashes with a fatality involved multiple vehicles (i.e., the truck and one or more other vehicles)
However, since a large truck was involved in one out of eight traffic fatalities in the U.S. in 2005, there are many different truck accident scenarios that could give rise to litigation. At Edwards & Edwards, we have the experience to represent victims in Greenville and across North Carolina who have been involved in any type of trucking accident. Each attorney from our firm is quite familiar with the legal options and strategies that can be pursued on behalf of truck accident victims.

The NHTSA also notes that in 74 percent of the injuries in truck accidents in the United States are inflicted on the occupant of the other vehicle (15 percent of the time, it's the truck's driver or a truck passenger). And of truck accident fatalities, 76 percent are the other vehicle's occupants (driver or passengers). Clearly, the consequences of being in a collision with a large truck can be devastating. If it happens to you, contact Greenville area truck accident lawyer Joseph T. Edwards or attorney Sharron R. Edwards — they're prepared to fight for your legal rights.
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