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Truck accidents: a major concern for North Carolina residents


Semi-trucks represent some of the largest vehicles on the roads of North Carolina. And in many cases, accidents involving these vehicles can cause severe injuries and even fatalities. Many truck accidents can even lead to a multiple rollover crash with other vehicles, thereby setting off a tragic domino effect.

There may be various causes to a truck accident. A distracted truck driver may be found to be driving under the influence, driving while intoxicated or even driving while texting. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, large truck accidents have reportedly risen in recent years, and a 4 percent rise in fatalities occurred in the United States between 2011 and 2012. Truck accident injuries had also increased by 18 percent from 88,000 injured in 2011 to 104,000 in 2012. In most cases, however, it was found that most of the injured were occupants of other vehicles as well as pedestrians.

A victim of a truck accident may suffer severe injuries, including head and spinal cord injuries. A victim of a truck accident may also suffer partial or total disability. It was recently reported that 81 percent of truck accidents resulted in multiple car accidents, which was substantially higher than for fatal car accidents.

With statistics such as these, it is no surprise that the victims of truck accidents may incur heavy medical expenses. Additionally, these victims may also suffer from disability or brain injuries that can even lead to psychological impairment, including depression. The victim of a truck accident or his family may seek professional help in order to obtain due compensation for their injuries, medical costs and wrongful death.

A driver found guilty of wrongfully causing a truck accident may be subjected to various penalties, including the revocation of their driving license, heavy fines and even possible imprisonment. Various factors, including the severity of the accident, the prior history of the driver and the violation of traffic rules may determine the severity of penalties imposed on the driver.

Source: www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov, "Large Trucks," Accessed on Sept. 24, 2014

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