With 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.
North Carolina Family Killed in Truck Accident
Just this month, all four members of a North Carolina family perished in an accident involving a tractor-trailer. According to initial reports in the media, the trucker lost control of his rig, crossed a median, and struck the family’s vehicle (which was traveling in the opposite direction). The truck allegedly rolled over and caught fire during the accident. The trucker survived the crash but was injured, according to the report.
A more recent report indicates that the accident is still under investigation and that “new information is slowly being uncovered as to how the accident may have happened.” That report indicates that state police in West Virginia, where the wreck happened, may be filing criminal charges at some point in the future, depending upon the outcome of the investigation. Accident reconstruction experts have apparently been called in to assist in the determination of the cause of the accident. The trucker was reported to remain in stable condition, with multiple broken bones.
Fatal Crash in Charlotte Claims Two Lives
Another news report indicates that two men died in an accident on I-77 when their “sweeper truck” (a vehicle used to sweep parking lots) ran off the road and hit some trees. According to authorities, wet weather may have been a factor in the crash. Additional details are not yet known, since the men apparently died instantly or shortly after the accident. State troopers said that it was several hours before the wreckage was discovered.
Apparently, no other vehicles were involved in the accident. Due to the size and weight of the sweeper truck, it is likely that the occupants of a smaller car or truck would have been seriously injured or even killed had there been a multi-vehicle accident.
Has Your Family Been Affected by a North Carolina Truck Accident?
Tragically, truck wrecks happen on a regular basis on our North Carolina interstates, roads, and city streets. If you have been hurt or lost a loved one in a semi-truck wreck, you should talk to a lawyer about filing a personal injury or wrongful death claim against the trucker whose negligence caused the crash. The trucker’s employer may also be legally liable in many cases. To talk to an experienced North Carolina truck accident lawyer, call Nagle & Associates at 800-411-1583. We represent truck accident victims across the state, including in Raleigh, Hickory, Asheville, Winston-Salem, Greensboro, Fayetteville, Greenville, and Durham.
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