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time to investigate

When a North Carolina truck accident causes a loss of life or serious injuries, litigation often results. Sometimes, it is clear how the accident happened and who was at fault. In such cases, the primary argument is not liability but instead how much compensation is due the victims.

Other times, however, the cause of the crash is less obvious, leading to speculation, disagreement, and a hard-fought battle in the courtroom to determine who should pay. In cases in which liability is contested, considerable weight is often given to the testimony of eyewitnesses, first responders, and accident reconstruction experts.

The process of investigating the cause of an accident can be a lengthy endeavor. (This is one of the many reasons that it is wise to contact an attorney as soon as possible after being involved in an accident, especially a semi-truck wreck.)

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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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construction vehicle

Just a few months ago, we told you about a truck accident in Georgia that claimed a young mother’s life. She died because a careless truck driver failed to put on the truck’s brakes while making a safety inspection. The driver was charged criminally and eventually pled guilty to vehicular homicide and involuntary manslaughter.

Now, a young North Carolina boy has lost his life in another “runaway truck” accident.

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truck crashDepending upon which source you consult, there either is or will soon be a serious shortage of professional truck drivers in the United States. For example, a 2015 analysis of the issue by the American Trucking Associations (ATA) states that there have been at least intermittent shortages of drivers for the past 15 years and predicts that, “by 2024, the shortage could be as high as 174,500.”

So what does this mean for the average family in North Carolina or elsewhere across the country?

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You're Hired

What responsibility does a company have to investigate a potential employee prior to hiring that person to fill a particular position? The answer to that question depends upon several factors, including the potential for harm to the employer’s clients and the general public if the “wrong” type of individual is hired.

Exactly what amounts to “wrong” varies from industry to industry, with there being considerable variation in what should trigger a red flag during the pre-employment investigative process. For instance, a school looking to hire a pre-school teacher would probably be very concerned about an accusation of child sexual abuse at a prior job, and a bank would be very unlikely to hire a person convicted of armed robbery.

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