XPO Logistics Express Truck Accident Lawyers in Charlotte
XPO Logistics is a trucking company that provides less-than-truckload (LTL) and truck brokerage services in 18 countries. The corporate headquarters of XPO Logistics is in Greenwich, Connecticut. Founded in 1989, XPO Logistics provided expedited services, freight brokerage, and freight forwarding. Now, XPO Logistics is one of the largest ground expedite companies in the United States.
XPO Logistics serves over 1,500 customers throughout the United States and in Canada. In the last 10 years, XPO Logistics has acquired multiple billion-dollar companies, including the European-based Norbert Dentressangle, Con-way, and TransForce. XPO Logistics offers LTL services, last mile, freight brokerage, drayage and global forwarding, and intermodal services.What to Do After a Commercial Truck Accident
If you or your loved one has been seriously injured in a commercial truck accident, your best course of action is to discuss your case with an experienced lawyer. In commercial truck accident cases, time is of the essence. Your lawyer will need to quickly start investigating the accident to collect and keep all the evidence you will need to prove liability and obtain compensation for your injuries.Causes of Commercial Truck Accidents
Most commercial truck accidents are avoidable when trucking companies and their drivers take safety precautions. A study conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) analyzed over 120,000 commercial truck accidents. They concluded that 87% of these truck accidents were because of the negligence of the truck driver. Unfortunately, most truck accidents could have been avoided had one or both drivers been driving safely and attentively.
Our Charlotte truck accident lawyers will work diligently with investigators and other professionals to determine how your truck accident occurred. To obtain compensation, you will need to show that the at-fault party’s negligence, recklessness, or intentional behavior caused the truck accident that resulted in your injuries.Faulty Truck Maintenance
Federal regulations require that trucking companies and truck drivers frequently inspect their vehicles. Before every long trip, they should inspect a vehicle for any signs of faulty maintenance. If they discover any safety issues involving any part of their commercial truck, they should take the truck off the road until the proper maintenance work and repairs have been completed. Trucking companies also need to maintain their vehicles and keep detailed logs of maintenance regularly.Driver Fatigue
Truck drivers must take regular rest breaks during the day to limit the number of hours they drive. The Federal Motor Carrier and Safety Administration requires truck drivers and companies to ensure their drivers comply with day and hour regulations. When truck drivers avoid taking the breaks they need, they put others at risk. Driving for long periods can result in serious fatigue. A driver may fall asleep at the wheel, swerve in and out of their lane, or make poor decisions that result in truck accidents.Driver Inexperience
Driving a commercial vehicle is much different than driving a passenger vehicle. As a result, truck drivers need to have an understanding of how large commercial trucks operate. For example, they need to know how to turn a large vehicle without hitting other vehicles and handle heavy loads and other operational issues. When truck drivers do not have enough training, they and the trucking companies that hire them can be held liable for any accidents.Driver Distraction
Driver distraction is a common cause of accidents in any type of vehicle. In addition to driver fatigue, Charlotte truck drivers may become distracted because they're texting, talking on their smartphone, using a GPS, eating, adjusting the radio, or simply not focusing on the road.Speeding
Truck drivers can be tempted to speed to arrive at their destination more quickly. There is an incentive to break the rules and not drive safely to finish a job as quickly as possible. Speeding puts others at risk and can cause devastating accidents.Contact a Charlotte Commercial Truck Accident Lawyer
At Arnold & Smith, PLLC, we have the resources, experience, and skills to effectively advocate for you and your right to compensation. Arnold & Smith, PLLC has a proven track record of success in commercial truck accident cases. After you meet with us during your free consultation, we will begin advocating for you, negotiating with the trucking company and insurance company, and advocating for your rights. Contact us today to schedule your free initial consultation to learn more about how we will fight for you.