Trailer Disconnect Accidents in Charlotte

Trailer disconnect accidents can be deadly. These types of accidents happen when a trailer hitch unexpectedly malfunctions and disconnects from the truck. In other cases, the truck operator’s negligence in improperly connecting the trailer to the truck’s cab results in the connection easily being knocked loose. When the trailer and truck are not safely secured, a bump in the road, a pothole, or even high speeds may cause the unstable hitch to come apart. The trailer will become detached and swerve into another vehicle, causing a deadly accident.

Causes of Trailer Disconnect Accidents

Trailer hitches can unexpectedly malfunction, causing the trailer to become disconnected. Whenever a trailer becomes disconnected and causes an injury, it's essential to undergo a thorough investigation. Multiple parties could be at fault for the injuries that result. In some cases, the truck driver is at fault. Truck drivers are ultimately responsible for checking the trailer hitch and ensuring it is secure and safe. When truck drivers do not use reasonable care when attaching the trailer and checking the trailer hitch, they may be liable for any accidents caused by negligence.

The truck driver may have carefully inspected the trailer hitch in a reasonably safe manner. Another party may be liable when the truck driver was responsible for safely connecting the trailer to the cab, but the trailer still disconnected. Perhaps the trailer hitch manufacturer produced an unreasonably dangerous product, even when used correctly. In other cases, the manufacturer of the truck could be at fault.

Perhaps the truck owner failed to replace a faulty trailer hitch that they should have known was dangerous. In that case, the victims may be able to bring a lawsuit against the truck driver, the trucking company, the manufacturer, or all three.

Why You Need an Experienced Attorney on Your Side

Dangerous and deadly truck accidents are complicated. When you are dealing with a large trucking company or a trucking manufacturer, you are facing a legal contest with fewer resources as an injury victim. Large trucking companies, commercial insurance companies, and truck manufacturing companies have significant resources. They also have in-house attorneys dedicated to making sure they minimize having to pay out compensation to trucking accident victims.

In many cases, these companies will begin sending investigators to the accident scene. Insurance adjusters or trucking company employees may contact you immediately after you have been injured. Dealing with insurance matters and trucking companies can seem overwhelming, especially when you have suffered and are actively managing a catastrophic injury. Injured victims are at a disadvantage because they do not know how to navigate the process of seeking compensation.

When you hire one of the experienced Attorneys at Arnold & Smith, PLLC, you can rest assured that we will advocate strongly for your rights. Our services can protect you while you focus on recovering from your injuries. One of the Managing Members of our firm used to be an insurance defense attorney, so they know both sides of this process. We are familiar with the tactics used by large commercial insurance companies to avoid paying compensation. The insurance companies may try to blame you for the accident, even if you were not at fault.

When you work with Arnold & Smith, PLLC, we will immediately begin investigating your case. We will begin gathering evidence about the hitch failure before the evidence can disappear or witnesses forget what happened. You will not have to contact the insurance company or the trucking company. Instead, one of our skilled attorneys will handle all communication and negotiation on your behalf. We want our clients to focus on recovering from their injuries while handling every aspect of their claim while advocating for their right to compensation.

Contact a Personal Injury Hitch Lawyer Today

All truck accidents have the potential to be devastating. However, the results can be catastrophic and deadly when a trailer detaches from a truck cab and swings into innocent victims. If you or your loved one has been seriously injured in an accident caused by a disconnected trailer, you may have the right to compensation.

One of the experienced attorneys at Arnold & Smith, PLLC, can help you hold the party responsible liable for any damages you are entitled to, which may include your medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering. At Arnold & Smith, PLLC, we can provide you with the legal help you need to recover compensation for your injuries. Contact us at 704.370.2828 today to schedule your free initial consultation at one of our convenient locations in Charlotte, Mooresville, and Monroe.

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