According to a report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately two out of every three drivers will be involved in an injury during a motor vehicle collision at some point in their lifetime. In fact, some reports even suggest that North Carolina motorists should expect to be involved in an accident every 10 years. These kinds of statistics indicate the serious danger involved in operating any vehicle on the roadways of North Carolina.
While any type of auto accident can be dangerous, those collisions involving trucks tend to be much more severe. Due to the size, weight, and structure of the majority trucks, accident victims are often placed in a vulnerable position when a truck crash occurs. Armored trucks, for instance, are large trucks which transport valuables, like large quantities of money, to places such as banks and retail companies. These trucks are designed to block attempts of robbery or hijacking.
Therefore, armored truck accidents are often severe in terms of both associated injuries and property damage, especially in cases where the armored truck was entrusted to an individual who is either negligent or unqualified. If you or a loved one has suffered any injuries during a collision, Mike Lewis Attorneys is here to help. Our staff and lawyers have experience in litigating armored truck accidents and will prepare a case which achieves the maximum compensation possible.
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Common Injuries in Armored Truck Accidents
A typical armored truck may weigh up to 55,000 pounds. An average passenger vehicle, on the other hand, weighs about 4,000 pounds. Clearly, the variance in weight and size of these two vehicles creates a potentially devastating situation if a collision were to occur. An armored truck weights approximately 14 times that of a standard vehicle. Combining this difference in weight with a forceful impact and high speeds creates a catastrophic event in the case of crash.
The following are some of the most common injuries linked to armored truck accidents:
- Ear injuries
- Neck injuries
- Dental damage
- Ocular injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Head injuries
Seeking medical attention immediately following a motor vehicle collision is imperative. If you or a loved one has endured any of the above injuries following a crash, a Winston-Salem personal injury lawyer from Mike Lewis Attorneys is here to help. With years of litigation experience, we know what it takes to get the job done. Our staff is dedicated to providing you with the personal attention that you deserve after suffering from a traffic crash.
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Liability in an Armored Truck Crash
Armored trucks are all operated and owned by the corporations in which the employ the truck drivers. When a crash occurs involving an armored truck, the operator of the vehicle is considered to be the agent of their employer. As such, this employer is likely to be made responsible for any damages which follow the collision. In an armored truck lawsuit, the company who employs the trucker is held liable for the negligence which caused the accident.
In addition to driver negligence, negligent employment is another potential form of liability in an armored truck lawsuit. These situations arise when the company was aware that the trucker was either a bad driver, was not qualified to operate an armored truck, or has a history of reckless or negligent driving behavior. In these instances, the company is held liable in the lawsuit.
Finally, if the armored truck was not inspected in the proper manner, both the trucker and the trucking company may be liable. The truck driver and the trucking company are responsible to ensure that all parts on the truck are functioning adequately. When a defective or failed piece of equipment causes the collision, this indicates that the vehicle was not properly inspected. Therefore, it is absolutely essential that both the trucker and trucking company ensure that the vehicle goes through inspection prior to navigating the roads and highways of North Carolina.
While the liability can fall under the trucker or the company, having knowledgeable, experienced legal representation is critical to successful navigating the litigation process. Mike Lewis Attorneys takes pride in our years of success in the North Carolina court rooms. If you or a loved one has been injured, please contact our Winston-Salem or Greensboro offices today for a free, no-obligation consultation.
Contact an Experienced North Carolina Lawyer Today
With over 150 years of combined legal experience, the staff at Mike Lewis Attorneys knows what it takes to win in a lawsuit. We unite a vast knowledge of the law with a strong compassion for helping people to create a winning combination. Our personal injury lawyers take great pride in our role in the North Carolina community. With offices in both Winston-Salem and Greensboro, we are able to provide dedicated professional legal services for all accident victims in the state.
If you or a loved one has suffered in an armored truck accident, we are prepared to take on your case today. After winning millions of dollars in past verdicts and settlements, we have built a strong reputation throughout the state.
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