Recent Truck Accidents Highlight Problem of Higher Profile Vehicles on North Carolina Roads

bridgeAny vehicle that has a large amount of surface area exposed to cross winds can be considered a “high profile” vehicle. This includes not only vans and sport utility vehicles (SUVs) but also tractor-trailers, big rigs, 18-wheelers, and the like. Such vehicles tend to be “top heavy” with a higher center of gravity than other vehicles, making them more prone to rollover accidents.

High profile vehicles can be especially dangerous in high winds. An inexperienced driver can lose control of a high profile vehicle even with a modest amount of wind if he or she is not careful, and it is important that professional truck drivers understand and appreciate the dangers of driving such vehicles.

Trailer Flips Over, Killing Motorist

The fact is that a semi-truck can flip over in a number of circumstances. Recently, two tractor-trailers collided in Lenoir County, North Carolina, and a motorist was reportedly killed when one of the trailers overturned onto his vehicle. According to a local news report, one of the truck drivers was charged criminally with misdemeanor death by vehicle following the accident.

Such accidents are not uncommon. Although truck drivers can be injured as well, the driver and passengers in the smaller vehicle are at an especially high risk of serious injury or death when a truck rollover strikes a car, truck, or SUV.

North Carolina Truck Driver Killed When Rig Goes Off Bridge

In another truck accident, a North Carolina truck driver died after his truck went over the edge of a bridge in another state. It is uncertain whether wind factored into the accident, but wind advisories had been in effect earlier in the day. Last fall, another North Carolina man died when his tractor-trailer overturned on a different bridge, again possibly due to wind conditions.

Because of the possibility of a serious accident caused by a big rig flipping over – either because of weather conditions or because of the nature of the vehicle – it is imperative that professional truck drivers be adequately trained as to proper driving techniques, including recognition of situations in which it would be unsafe to operate the truck at all, despite the driver’s skill level. For example, some bridges have rules under which trucks weighing less than a certain amount (such as those with empty trailers) are not allowed to pass over the bridge when the wind reaches a certain speed. It is important that truckers obey such directives, since an accident under such conditions could injure or kill not only the truck driver but also innocent motorists in the vicinity of the truck.

Need Advice About a North Carolina Truck Accident?

Truck accidents can happen for many different reasons. When a collision occurs because a trucker or trucking company breached a duty of care that was owed to a motorist, the injured person has a right to seek compensation through a negligence lawsuit. Proving liability in a truck accident case can be difficult, however, since the trucking company’s insurance company has many well-trained professionals working on their side of the case. To put an experienced North Carolina truck accident lawyer to work on your case, call Nagle & Associates today at (800) 411-1583. We handle cases throughout North Carolina, and someone is always available to take your call.

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