Auto & Trucking Accidents

In North Carolina and the United States as a whole, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for persons of every age from 4 to 33. In North Carolina alone in 2003, 1,552 people were killed and 134,472 people were injured in 231,247 reported traffic accidents. Said another way, a traffic accident occurred every 2.3 minutes, one person was injured every 3.9 minutes, and one person was killed every 5.6 hours.

A high percentage of traffic accidents involve large trucks (over 10,000 pounds), such as tractor-trailers. Given their size, crashes involving large trucks are more likely to result in serious injury and death than crashes in passenger cars. In 2004 in North Carolina, there were 4,450 reported crashes involving large trucks, resulting in 3,340 injuries and 1.8.1 deaths. Both federal and state regulations govern the operation of large trucks, including safety regulations dealing with equipment standards and the hours of drivers.

With the number of aggressive, distracted drivers on the roads today, automobile and trucking accidents unfortunately have become an everyday occurrence. The cost of being in a serious traffic accident, including car accidents, trucking accidents, bus accidents, and motorcylce accidents, can be tremendous. In addition to physical pain and suffering, many victims face high medical bills, lost income, emotional trauma, and permanent disabilities. Fatal crashes may result in a Wrongful Death claim against the other driver.

Motor vehicle injury claims are governed by the law of negligence. In North Carolina, an operator of a motor vehicle must exercise ordinary care, which is defined as that degree of care that an ordinarily prudent person would exercise under similar circumstances. Operators of motor vehicles are also required to keep a proper lookout and maintain their vehicles in reasonably good condition. The North Carolina General Assembly has enacted additional laws establishing the standards for operation of a motor vehicle on the highways. Pedestrians must also exercise reasonable care to protect their own safety.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle crash caused by another driver, you may be entitled to significant financial compensation. The best defense against ruthless insurance companies out to settle cases for pennies on the dollar is an aggressive lawyer with the professional qualifications to ensure that you obtain fair compensation for your injuries or the death of a loved one. At Hodges Coxe & Potter, LLP we have considerable experience in helping victims of serious motor vehicle crashes evaluate their claims and obtain fair compensation for the physical, emotional, and financial suffering caused by the negligence of another driver.

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