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Interstate trucks are subject to special laws in North Carolina

Truck drivers often carry very heavy loads on North Carolina roads. Many truck drivers drive at night or travel across state lines as part of their job. Truck drivers are usually commercial drivers who have been hired by the trucking company to use their trucks to help them succeed in business.

It is important to consider the large size of the trucks as well as the quantity of the freight that can be transported at various times of the day. With that in mind, North Carolina authorities have established specific rules for interstate truck drivers in order to prevent truck accidents.

Motorcycle accident deaths continue to drop across United States

Although the accident rates for motorcycles has been declining over the last few years across the country, these riders remain the most vulnerable class of vehicle accidents on North Carolina's roads. The typical vehicle operator is exposed to the road, the elements and other vehicles and usually has no other protection than a helmet. Motorcycles do not have the safety features and devices that most modern cars do such as airbags and seat belts that can lessen the impact of an accident.

This is why so many riders involved in motorcycle accidents suffer serious injuries, including head and brain trauma, neck and spinal cord injuries and fractures and internal organ damage. In too many cases, accident victims succumb to their injuries.

Seeking fair compensation after fatal car accidents

In most fatal car accidents, family members and loved ones of North Carolina victims often seek legal recourse with the help of legal professionals. They seek help to initiate a lawsuit against a negligent car driver, as well as their insurance company. In some cases, a civil lawsuit for wrongful death may also be initialed by the bereaved family members. North Carolina laws, however, provide that any such lawsuit has to be initiated no more than two years from the date of the fatal car accident.

Over the years we have observed, through the various fatal car accidents victims that we have represented, that the decision maker in a particular case - whether the judge or jury - will look into all of the various aspects of the accident. Additionally, the court will look at the victim to determine the extent of the damage.

What causes truck accidents on the road?

Truck accidents often lead to serious injuries because they have the potential to cause multiple car and vehicular accidents in addition to pedestrian and bicycle accidents. Due to the size of most trucks, trucking companies try to ensure that only experienced commercial drivers are hired to drive such large vehicles.

The victim of a truck accident may suffer serious injuries or the person may even succumb to injuries. In most cases, the victims as well as their dependents may wish to consult an attorney in order to initiate a lawsuit against the trucking company to obtain compensation for accident-related medical expenses.

North Carolina drunk drivers can face tough consequences

Drunk driving is without argument an irresponsible and dangerous practice of motorists in North Carolina and beyond its state lines. National statistics show that someone dies nearly every 45 seconds due to the consequences of a drunk driving accident. Stringent laws are an important part of protecting the public and ensuring that pedestrians and other vehicles and passengers are safe while travelling on North Carolina highways and byways.

Drunk driving charges are brought against a driver with a blood alcohol concentration exceeding the legal limit. That measurement is usually obtained during a traffic stop by using standardized field sobriety tests, such as breathalyzers. The BAC legal limit for non-commercial drivers is 0.08 percent. Commercial drivers have a stricter BAC limit of 0.04 percent. Underage drivers, those younger than the legal drinking age of 21, can be arrested for drunk driving if any traceable level of alcohol is found in their bloodstream or on their breath.

North Carolina considering bill to alter trucking regulations

Many people think that trucks are safer than all other forms of transportation due to the fact that most truckers are more experienced and better trained than other drivers who drive personal vehicles. On the other hand, a truck accident also has a greater chance of causing extreme devastation, accidents and fatalities due to the size of the vehicle.

A new trucking law has been proposed in North Carolina that states that the truckers are allowed to operate the truck on the road for a longer time period than what was allowed previously. The new law would also increase the maximum length of trucks that are allowed on state roads. However, the new law has encountered opposition by many Raleigh residents who believe that the proposed change would create more truck accidents than before.

Reckless driving is one of the major causes of car accidents

Reckless driving is one of the worst forms of traffic violations. Traffic violations involving reckless driving include speeding, not stopping at traffic signals, tailgating and randomly changing lanes without using the proper signals to warn other drivers on the road. Such reckless driving has the potential not only to cause accidents with other vehicles, but also accidents that involve pedestrians.

At our law firm we have seen many cases in which the victim of a car accident that was caused by reckless driving was able to recover compensation because the person experienced personal injury. This is often the case even when the law enforcement officials did not cite the driver for any criminal charge.

Liability in the event of a North Carolina tour bus accident

Many tourists visit North Carolina's attractions and beautiful countryside every year, and oftentimes they come in large groups that hire tour buses to explore the various points of interest found in the state. A tour bus involved in an accident can be damaging on many fronts, because out-of-state victims may not know state motor vehicle laws or who to contact in case of an accident. Tour buses, much like any other large vehicle, can cause greater destruction in the event of accident as opposed to smaller personal vehicles.

Liability for tour bus accidents is mostly similar to that of any other large commercial vehicle, such as a truck or commuter bus. Commercial drivers are subjected to more stringent driving regulations due to the nature of their jobs. For commercial drivers of any type of vehicle, the legal permissible level of blood alcohol is 0.04 percent, as opposed to the 0.08 percent limit set for adult non-commercial drivers.

MAY IS BIKE MONTH

As the weather warms up, more and more bicyclists are sharing the road with motorists. Because bicycles are vehicles, bicyclists must obey the same traffic laws as other drivers, this includes DWI laws.  Bicyclists usually ride on the right side of the lane, but are entitled to use the full lane.

Driver charged after fatal accident on wet NC Highway 42

The loss of a family member is rarely easy for those left behind, but the experience is typically much worse when the death resulted from negligence on the part of another. One recent Johnston County accident has probably left one family in anguish and considering what the future holds.

According to the North Carolina Highway Patrol, a 33-year-old Clayton woman was killed and her teenage daughter was injured on North Carolina Highway 42 when the woman's sports utility vehicle struck a utility trailer. The fatal accident happened when an eastbound pickup truck was speeding and passed several vehicles while trying to merge with traffic. With road surfaces wet from rain, the pickup driver lost control and his vehicle crossed traffic, striking the guardrail of the westbound lane. His truck and trailer ended up in the westbound lane where the trailer was struck by the victim's vehicle. That impact of collision caused the trailer to detach from the pickup; the trailer was then struck by a third vehicle.