Logging Trucks – An Ongoing Hazard on North Carolina’s Roads

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North Carolina is home to at least four distinct mountain chains:  the Great Smoky Mountains, the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Brushy Mountains, and the Uwharrie Mountains. It is, therefore, no surprise that forestry is a big business in the Tar Heel State.

In fact, according to the North Carolina Forestry Association’s website, the forest products industry is the top manufacturing industry in the state. While that’s a good thing for the economy, it does come at a price.

Logging is one of the country’s most dangerous occupations, resulting in many serious injuries and deaths to those who work in the industry. In addition, the vehicles used in the timber industry pose a substantial risk to members of the general public with whom they share the road.

North Carolina Woman Killed in Logging Truck Wreck

Since big trucks – such as semis, 18-wheelers, and other commercial carriers – are so much larger and heavier than regular passenger vehicles, those in smaller vehicles are at a substantial disadvantage when a collision occurs. Earlier this month, a North Carolina woman was killed when her vehicle was involved in a head-on collision with a logging truck in Sampson County. Reportedly, the wreck happened after the logging truck struck another vehicle that was stopped to make a turn, ran off the road, turned over, and then hit the woman’s car head-on.

In Texas, another logging truck driver allegedly rear-ended a passenger vehicle, killing the occupant. The logging truck then ran off the road and caught on fire. The truck driver died in the accident. A state trooper was reported as having said that the truck driver “never hit his brakes” and was “obviously not paying attention.”

Filing Suit After a Logging Truck Accident

Both logging truck drivers and the companies for which they work can be held liable if a driver or company’s breach of the duty of due care caused an accident. The burden of proving negligence rests on the plaintiff, as does the responsibility of proving the damages that he or she sustained in the crash.

A prompt, thorough investigation into the cause of a logging truck wreck can be of great assistance should litigation ensue at some point in the future. Unfortunately, evidence that could support the plaintiff’s case can quickly disappear if it is not properly preserved following the crash, and, for obvious reasons, representatives of the trucker’s insurance company are not likely to consider the plaintiff’s point of view when they investigate the accident.

To Talk to a Knowledgeable North Carolina Truck Accident Lawyer About a Logging Truck Wreck

If you have been injured in an accident caused by a negligent logging truck operator, you have the right to seek compensation for your injuries in a court of law. An experienced North Carolina truck accident attorney at Nagle & Associates can explain the litigation process to you in detail so that you understand both what you must prove in order to win your case and the damages to which you may be entitled if your lawsuit is successful. Call us at (888) 841-7177 to get started today!

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