Accidents that involve truck or bus rollovers are relatively rare, but they have devastating consequences. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety states that rollovers represent 2% of accidents, but cause over one-third of traffic deaths. In 2013, more than 7,000 lives were lost nationwide in these crashes. Fortunately, a new federal rule could reduce the risk of these catastrophic accidents for drivers in Wilmington and other parts of North Carolina. Read the rest »
Unfortunately, collisions involving large trucks and passenger vehicles are all too common on the roads throughout North Carolina. In fact, the state’s Department of Transportation reported that there were more than 3,400 accidents involving semitrailers in 2013 alone.
Due to the size differences between the vehicles, such collisions often result in serious injuries or death for the passenger-vehicle occupants. While not all trucking crashes can be avoided, there are steps that drivers can take to reduce their odds of being involved in these types of accidents. Read the rest »
A while ago, WITN-TV reported that a tractor-trailer driver died after a crash on Interstate 40 in Duplin County. The accident also resulted in a truck passenger being taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center for treatment of critical injuries. Based upon its investigation, the North Carolina Highway Patrol believes that the tractor-trailer driver probably fell asleep behind the wheel. Read the rest »
North Carolina’s Motor Vehicle Division compiles yearly traffic crash reports; the most recently published report is for 2015. In 2015, auto crashes rose 11% and fatalities rose by 8% from 2014. New Hanover County had 21 total accident fatalities. Accidents involving large commercial trucks are particularly dangerous due to their massive size and weight. With the increasing likelihood of being involved in an accident, you should know the steps to take. Read the rest »
Large, commercial truck drivers have a particular responsibility to other vehicles on our roads, as their trucks weigh significantly more than others with which they share the road. When a reckless truck driver causes an accident, catastrophic damages can occur. A recent wreck in North Carolina claimed the life of a motorist, even after authorities were alerted to the truck operator’s dangerous driving.
Suffering the death of a loved one in a fatal accident has to be one of the most difficult experiences possible in life. Only those who have been through it themselves can understand the utter shock and grief a person suffers upon learning that a family member has been killed. When a death has occurred as a result of a North Carolina truck accident, feelings of anger and frustration may accompany grief, especially if the accident was caused by another person’s negligence.
In March 2015, a commercial vehicle and a train collided on the tracks in North Carolina. Dozens of people were injured in the train vs. truck accident. An investigation has been ongoing in the case, and accident reconstruction investigators are reportedly preparing to issue their final report on the crash.
In Nov. 2014, a North Carolina police officer was killed while on duty. The Union County Sheriff stated that the truck accident death was the first time a deputy from his department had ever died on the job. The tragedy is said to have occurred on Highway 74 in Monroe.
In March 2015, a tragedy occurred in North Carolina that resulted in injuries to 55 passengers who were aboard a train when it collided with a semi truck. The tractor-trailer involved in the case was reportedly stopped on the railroad tracks, although signs were reportedly clearly posted prohibiting vehicles from stopping. The railroad company has claimed lack of driver training and negligence on the part of the trucking company in its recently filed case.
A series of train crashes have recently been reported across the nation. The third in two months occurred in early March in North Carolina. The tragedy involved a tractor-trailer, and, even with a video of the event, a violation of safety regulations is not apparent.
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