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Is the law applying to a car and truck wreck case different from a car injury case and how?

There are many parts that are the same, but evidence law applying to interstate trucking is vastly more complicated.  For example, federal motor carrier safety laws apply to trucking.  There are many insurance regulations governing trucking.  The law of statutes of limitations usually, not always, is governed by state laws.  Please review our practice area (trucking injury) for extensive discussions of car/truck accidents/collisions.  Our firm has handled major injury cases involving trucks and tractor trailer crashes, for example review our case result section on this website.
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How much time does it take to resolve a truck accident case? Do most cases settle or go to trial?

The amount of time required to resolve your truck accident case depends primarily on the circumstances of your specific case. Some truck wreck cases take a few months to resolve, while others take a year or longer. Due to the extensive amount of damages involved in a typical truck crash case, the truck company insurers are more likely to authorize a time-consuming, all-out vigorous defense. This usually means truck accident cases take longer to resolve than typical car accident cases.

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Do commercial trucks like 18-wheelers and tractor-trailershave a right-of-way superior to that of a car when travelling on NCpublic roads?

No. Commercial trucks and tractor trailers must obey the same, and sometimes more extensive traffic laws than an average passenger vehicle. All too often, some truck drivers take the “I’m bigger, so you must move out of my way” approach to driving, but you have an equal right to travel on the same roads that they do.  Of course you should always be mindful of your safety when encountering large commercial vehicles like big rigs and tractor-trailers on the road.

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