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October 22, 2021

WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE IN A CAR ACCIDENT

The scene immediately following a car accident can be very confusing and chaotic. It can be difficult to think clearly with your emotions running high. You may not know what to do.

At Hardee, Massey & Blodgett, we hope that you are never have to experience a car accident, but if you do, we hope that these tips will help you be more prepared. The time right after the car accident is important from a medical and legal standpoint. Being prepared and knowing what you need to do will ensure your rights are protected – especially if you were injured due to the negligence of another.

Accidents happen to the most responsible drivers and those accidents can range from minor fender benders to a severe collisions. And every accident deserves the same amount of attention, and the same steps should be followed in every accident. Our tips cannot prevent the accident from happening, but they can help immediately following the accident.

Make Sure You Are Safe.

If possible, put your car in park and turn it off. If the accident is minor, and you can, move off the road or out of traffic to a safe location. Even if the accident is minor, never leave the scene. If someone is injured, you should not move them for any reason other than an emergency.

Call the Police and Report Your Accident.

By doing so you are ensuring the accident gets investigated and documented, as well as first responders will be called out to help.

Get Medical Attention.

If you are unsure, always seek medical care. If you are taken by ambulance to the emergency room, and the emergency room doctor recommends that you follow up with another doctor, you should do so as soon as possible.

Use Your Health Insurance When Receiving Care.

Using your own insurance at the hospital or doctor’s office can prevent medical bills from piling up and it will ensure you get the medical care you need – even if the accident is someone else’s fault.

Report the Accident to Insurance Companies.

You should call your insurance company and report the accident, as well as calling the at-fault driver’s insurance company and report the accident. The at-fault driver’s insurance company should be noted on the Accident Report you are given by the police who responded to the accident. You should be sure to write down the “claim” number given by both insurance company.

DO NOT Speak with An Adjuster.

Once you’ve reported the accident you will get calls from an insurance adjuster. If you are going to contact an attorney, do not provide any information beyond what is necessary to the insurance adjuster. Do not do a recorded interview and do not sign anything before speaking with your attorney.

Document. Document. Document.

Be sure you are keeping track of all the information and documentation you are receiving related to the accident and your damages. Make sure you are taking photos, keeping receipts, and keeping track of all your medical bills and records. Make sure to include time lost from work and any other out-of-pocket expenses that resulted from the accident.

Call an Attorney.

If you or a loved one is injured, you need to speak with an experienced attorney early. An experienced personal injury attorney can likely help you navigate the legal process. We encourage you to contact us for your free consultation with a personal injury attorney in our Greenville, NC office. If you cannot come to us, we can come to you. Contact the attorneys at Hardee, Massey & Blodgett today.

June 24, 2021

DID YOU KNOW TRUCK DRIVERS HAVE WORK WEEK LIMITS?

Semi-trucks and tractor-trailers that drive on North Carolina’s roads and highways have to go through extensive training and certify their skills before ever getting behind the wheel of a big rig. For some, it may be very confusing why there are so many accidents caused by truck drivers.

If someone is so capable and certified, how can they make the mistakes that led to the truck accident? It is important to remember that truck drivers are human, and they are susceptible to the same issues as the rest of us – and one of those things is they could experience fatigue while behind the wheel. No doubt, a drowsy truck driver may pose an even greater risk than someone driving a car or SUV while fatigued.

Federal lawmakers understand this too, and this is why they place strict hours-of-service regulations on truck drivers. This is done to protect you and others from their potential fatigue. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration the regulations restrict drivers to:

  • 11-hour driving limit after 10 consecutive hours off duty
  • 14-hour limit after coming onto duty following 10 consecutive hours off duty
  • 30-minute break when driving for 8 hours
  • Not driving more than 60-70 hours in a 7–8-day span

What this means, is that off-duty periods of 36 and 10 consecutive hours (respectively) reset the work week and an individual work shift.

A review of a truck driver’s work logs might reveal whether they complied with the regulations mentioned above. However, there are exceptions to these rules. One being drivers operating within a 100-mile radius of their destination do not adhere to these regulations. And another being government officials may also choose to suspend these regulations during times of national or local emergencies.

If you have been injured in a tractor trailer accident, you need a team of truck accident attorneys on your side. The attorneys at Hardee, Massey & Blodgett have over 58 years of experience with these types of cases and they will do everything in their power to ensure you get the compensation you may  deserve for your injuries. Let us put our experience to work for you, call 252-378-2525 today.

March 12, 2021

WAYS YOU CAN AVOID A TRUCK ACCIDENT

As the driver or passenger of a car or pickup, you could sustain serious injuries if the vehicle you are in is involved in a collision with a large truck. Tractor trailer trucks exert a great deal of force because of their significant mass.

There are many things you may not be able to change or control when you encounter a large truck on the roadway. However, you can adapt your driving behavior to avoid accidents with these types of vehicles. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration describes several things you can do as the driver of a passenger vehicle to avoid a truck accident.

 

  1. DO NOT CUT OFF TRUCKS

When passing, be sure that you allow enough stopping distance between you and the truck before you return to your lane. The larger the vehicle, the more time it takes to stop.

 

  1. AVOID TAILGATING

Following another vehicle too closely is always dangerous and discourteous. Your vehicle is smaller and lower to the ground than a truck, meaning that it could get stuck under the trailer in a crash. Therefore, you should always avoid tailgating, especially in a situation where the truck could roll back, such as on an upward slope or at a stoplight.

Another reason why following too closely is dangerous is because it puts you into the truck driver’s blind spot. Remember that trucks have larger blind spots than passenger cars.

 

  1. PROVIDE TURNING ROOM

A tractor-trailer requires a turning radius of 55 feet. For the trailer to go where it should, the cab has to swing wide. You should stay back when stopped at an intersection to allow the truck adequate turning room.

 

  1. STAY OUT OF THE NO ZONES

You may not know this, but large trucks and buses have blind spots on all four sides of the vehicle. A common guide is if you cannot see the truck driver in their vehicle side mirror, it can be assumed that the driver can’t see you. DO NOT drive in their blind spots, slow down or move ahead to stay visible, and take extra care when merging in to their lane.

 

A truck accident can lead to catastrophic injuries, such as broken bones, organ damage and lost limbs, as well as brain or spinal cord injuries. You cannot control the truck driver’s schedule, speed or state of mind, but you can put yourself in a better position to avoid a collision.

 

The experienced truck accident attorneys at Hardee, Massey & Blodgett are here to answer any of your questions if you’ve been involved in an accident with a large vehicle. Let us put our over 58 years of experience handling tractor trailer accidents to work for you.

February 23, 2021

INFORMATION ON LARGE VEHICLE ACCIDENTS

TRUCK ACCIDENT ATTORNEY: GREENVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA

 

Any time you are driving on a major highway you will eventually cross paths with a vehicle that is larger than an average sized or compact car. No matter how many years you have been driving, it can be intimidating driving on the highway – large SUVs and tractor trailers passing by you at high rates of speed – especially if you are driving a compact or a standard four-door sedan.

 

Driving around vehicles that are hauling or pulling cargo, ones that have more than our wheels, will definitely make most people think twice before passing or merging into their lane. It is very important to always be operating your vehicle in a responsible and safe manner, but what is more important is making sure you are sharing the road with large vehicles and tractor trailers.

 

People who are in accidents with tractor trailers and larger vehicles are automatically at a higher risk of having more serious and sometimes fatal injuries. Trucks are dangerous, but SUVs and vans can also so more damage to a compact sized car. Even the best car, with the highest safety ratings, can only protect its driver and passengers from so much. When you are driving at high rates of speed and hit another vehicle (or it hits you), nothing can prevent 100% of the injuries. Injuries caused by large vehicle accidents are often difficult for the injured party and their families, which is why, the attorneys at Hardee, Massey and Blodgett want you to know that you do not have to navigate the legal system alone, they are available to help 24/7.

 

Most of the time large vehicles on the road are owned by a company or corporation. Most tractor trailers are part of or an extension to a business. In the event of an accident, this should change how you and your attorney approach a claim. There are definite differences in how accidents with a car and tractor trailer should be handled, and it can be confusing, with or without injuries. This is just another reason why you should consider getting the help of an experience motor vehicle attorney if you are going to file a claim.

 

If you were in an accident with a large vehicle, you need a team of fighters on your side. The attorneys at Hardee, Massey & Blodgett have over 58 years of experience with these types of cases and they will do everything they can to ensure you get the compensation you may  deserve for your injuries.

 

Do not be scared or confused, do not try to deal with insurance companies on your own. Put Charles Hardee, Brack Massey and Kyle Blodgett to work for you today. Put their experience to work for you, call 252-378-2525 today.