US Xpress Enterprise: Charlotte Truck Accident Lawyers
US Xpress Enterprise is America’s third-largest privately-owned truckload carrier that has over 30 years of experience. Founded in 1986, US Xpress Enterprise began with a modest fleet of only 48 trucks. Today, with 13 locations from Illinois to Florida, U.S. Express Enterprise employs more than 6,850 drivers and owns over 7,000 trucks and 15,500 trailers. US Express Enterprise is an LTL (less than truckload) carrier, meaning they deliver mixed freight. This type of trucking is opposite to a truckload LT carrier that delivers trucks with similar goods, materials, and products to multiple locations.Common Causes of US Xpress Enterprise Truck Accidents
Truck drivers have a duty to drive safely under the circumstances. To drive a large commercial truck, truck drivers must obtain a commercial driver's license. Commercial truck drivers need to follow more rigorous requirements, such as taking breaks on a schedule to avoid becoming fatigued. Truck drivers also have a responsibility to maintain their trucks and report any issues with the vehicle to avoid a collision.
When truck drivers fail to use reasonable care and maintain their trucks, devastating accidents can occur. Truck drivers' negligent decisions cause many truck accidents. Some truck accidents are caused by mistakes, such as making an unsafe Lane change by maneuvering without checking the mirrors correctly. Other truck accidents are caused by intentional or reckless behavior. Suppose a truck driver decides he is behind schedule and starts to speed and cut off other drivers. In that case, he would be liable for any injuries caused by his reckless driving.
Preventable mistakes, such as driving while distracted, are among the most common causes of truck accidents. Truck drivers are on the road for a long time, and it is tempting for them to text, call someone, or watch videos while driving. They may try to eat their meals while driving to save time, putting other drivers on the road at risk. Using stimulants to stay awake and driving while intoxicated with alcohol are other common causes of truck accidents in North Carolina and throughout the United States.Injuries Commonly Caused by Truck Accidents
Unfortunately, when a truck collides with a passenger vehicle, the people inside the passenger vehicle are more likely to suffer severe injuries. Semi-trucks are extremely heavy and can crush a smaller vehicle, make a smaller vehicle flip over, or cause dangerous fires. In these types of accidents, fatalities are far more common. When the victim survives, they can suffer catastrophic injuries that are ongoing, such as:
- Second and third-degree burn injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Wounds that require amputation of a limb or limbs
- Bone fracture
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Spinal cord injuries
- Neck injuries, such as whiplash
- Severe bruising
- Soft tissue damage
If you or your loved one have been seriously injured in a truck accident, you need an experienced lawyer on your side. Trucking companies and insurance representatives will start investigating your case immediately to find evidence that they are not responsible for paying your damages. They will also begin negotiating aggressively and will probably offer you a settlement that is far too low. When you work with an experienced lawyer, your lawyer will take over the negotiations for you and handle all communication with the insurance company while protecting your compensation claim.
Identifying who is at fault for the accident is the first step in recovering compensation. At Arnold & Smith, PLLC, our skilled personal injury lawyers have extensive experience investigating complex truck accident cases. We use our resources, experience, and the help of experts to reconstruct the accident and prove that the defendant or defendants were at fault for your injuries. We will interview witnesses, discover any available video footage, and investigate any other factors that played a role in the accident.
There are two key ways to recover compensation after a truck accident. First, you can recover compensation by suing the truck driver who caused the accident and/or the trucking company that employed him. Second, you can file a claim for compensation with the truck accident company's commercial insurance policy. In both cases, you will need a skilled lawyer to guide you through the process and negotiate for the best outcome possible.Contact a Charlotte Truck Accident Lawyer Today
If you or your loved one has been injured in a serious truck accident involving a US Xpress Enterprise driver, you need an experienced lawyer. Contact the personal injury lawyers at Arnold & Smith, PLLC, today to schedule your free initial consultation.