car accidentAccording to a news article out of Leavenworth County, Kansas, a truck driver from Asheville, North Carolina, was involved in what local officials called a “horrific accident” near a work zone earlier this month.

The multiple fatality truck accident was so bad that the county’s emergency management director reportedly called it “one of the worst he has ever seen.” In all, five people were killed in the series of collisions.

Two Trucks, Several Smaller Vehicles Involved in Crash

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A devastating North Carolina truck accident can be caused by many things – distracted driving (amazingly, even professional truck drivers often text while operating an 80,000-pound vehicle), driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and speeding, just to name a few.

However, one of the most common causes of big rig wrecks is driver fatigue. It makes sense if you think about it: truckers spend a lot of time on the road. It can be tiring. It can be boring. But – and this is the important thing – there are ways to minimize the effect of fatigued driving on truckers.

In fact, there are not only “suggestions” from agencies like the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (get enough sleep, maintain a healthy diet, take a nap, avoid medication that causes drowsiness, recognize the signals of drowsy driving…), but there are laws in place designed to combat this growing problem. Both truckers and trucking companies can find themselves in “hot water” if these rules are not followed.

truck cabThe State of North Carolina publishes “Traffic Crash Facts” each year, summarizing information such as the total number of persons killed in motor vehicle accidents across the state, the primary causes of traffic accidents, and the various types of vehicles involved in such accidents. Reviewing this information gives one the sense that there is at least some degree of predictability to car and truck crashes.

For example, factors such as alcohol use, excessive speed, and distracted driving are commonly cited by investigating officers as causing or contributing to truck accidents, car wrecks, and motorcycle collisions. However, not every accident follows a predictable pattern.

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Commercial trucks cause accidents, injuries, and deaths in many different ways. Usually, the truck is in motion when a crash or collision happens, but this is not always so.

Sometimes, the problem is not so much with the truck itself but with the cargo. Part of a truck driver’s job is to make sure that the load is properly secured. When this does not happen, the results can be tragic.

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question markWith several busy interstates (I-40, I-73, I-85, and I-840) running through the town of Greensboro, North Carolina, residents are all too aware of the many dangers associated with big trucks and tractor-trailer traffic in general.

However, a recent accident in a residential area along U.S. 29 left many locals shaking their heads and wondering “what if.”

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Summer is just around the corner and, with it, an increased amount of travel for many North Carolina families. The destination may be a quick getaway to the beach, an out-of-state trip to a friend’s wedding, or a jaunt across the country for a niece or nephew’s high school graduation.

Whatever the purpose of the trip, there’s one thing you can expect:  there will be plenty of traffic, lots of big trucks on the road, and a heightened level of danger when traveling through work areas and construction zones.

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truck cabsWith each passing year, there are more and more large trucks, semis, tractor-trailers, buses, and other commercial vehicles on the road. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration tracks certain data pertaining to large trucks and buses.

According to government estimates, there were slightly fewer than six million registered large trucks and buses in 1975; currently, that number is approaching 12 million. It’s no wonder that semi-truck wrecks are so common.

Two recent big truck accidents highlight some of the dangers involved in the increasing number of trucks and other large vehicles across the country.

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Speeding – whether it takes the form of violating the posted limit, driving too safely for the conditions, or even drag racing – is one of the leading causes of motor vehicle accidents in North Carolina and across the nation.  According to government estimates, accidents related to speeding have an economic cost in the tens of billions of dollars.

While it’s never a good idea to speed, this is especially true when it comes to tractor trailers. An average semi-truck can have a length in excess of 50 feet and a weight in the neighborhood of 80,000 pounds. It’s difficult enough to stop something that large under ideal conditions, even more so when the operator is traveling too fast.

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NY Bridge

Early this week, a North Carolina truck driver was allegedly involved in a hit-and-run accident on the George Washington Bridge. One person was killed, and two others were seriously injured in the crash.

The bridge, which is sometimes called the “GW Bridge” or the “GWB,” is a very heavily traveled, double-decked, suspension bridge that crosses the Hudson River between the states of New York and New Jersey.

Its primary function is serve motor vehicle traffic between the New Jersey city of Fort Lee and the Manhattan area of New York City, although its upper deck also allows pedestrian and bicycle traffic. It was the subject of the 2013 “Bridgegate” scandal, which involved the closure of certain toll lanes leading to the bridge.

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truck cabIt’s not clear whether famed New York Yankees catcher Yogi Berra really said, “It’s like deja vu all over again,” but the phrase is widely attributed to him, nevertheless.

As we report to you the third – yes, third – instance of a roll-away truck wreaking havoc here in North Carolina in recent months, we think we know what he meant.

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