With the holiday season in full swing, residents in North Carolina are likely making some gift purchases online. The ease of purchasing an item with a click of a button in order for it to be delivered to your door is very beneficial. However, the increase in online shopping means an increase in commercial trucks transporting and delivering goods to homes across the nation. While it is commonplace to see these large vehicles traveling on the roadways, the rush of the holiday season in conjunction with inclement weather in some states can create many risks and dangers.
North Carolina drivers share the road with many different types of vehicles. Semi-trucks are a major part of our roadways. Due to their size, any accident that involves tractor-trailers can cause serious injuries and even death.
Drivers in the Cary area understand the importance of driving safely. But, even the safest drivers can find themselves in serious situations. A truck accident is one situation that can often lead to a serious or catastrophic injury.
Large trucks carry goods all throughout the country and to stores and retail centers right here in North Carolina. Though most trucks and commercial vehicles safely make it to their destinations, others are involved in serious vehicle accidents while out on roads and highways. This post will examine some of the general elements that victims of truck accidents must prove in order to win their civil cases; readers are cautioned, however, that as every truck accident case is different, consultation with personal injury attorneys is imperative to understand how particular cases will be addressed under the law.
North Carolina residents may be surprised to hear that approximately 28 percent of commercial truck drivers are afflicted with mild to severe sleep apnea according to a study sponsored by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. This finding magnifies the dangers posed by fatigued drivers.
The U.S. Department of Transportation is delaying measures aimed at preventing truck accidents. Once again, it put a hold on regulations mandating training requirements for large truck and bus drivers even though Congress has requested these regulations for at least 26 years. This inaction has the potential to affect all motorists in North Carolina and nationwide.
A truck accident involving a car colliding into the underneath side of a semi-truck, known as a side underride crash, can be deadly. North Carolina residents may be interested to hear that estimates by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) indicate that an underride crash was related to approximately 50 percent of the fatal accidents between a large truck and passenger vehicle.
Regulations should be amended to require logging devices, hair testing, speed limiters and other safety features that could prevent truck accident deaths and injuries, according to the Trucking Alliance. The advocacy group, comprised of freight transportation carriers, made this request in a recent letter to U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao.
In 2015, 4,067 people in this country were killed in accidents involving a large truck. This was a four percent increase from 2014, according to a February 2017 report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. A large truck is classified as a medium or heavy truck with a gross vehicle weight rating over ten thousand pounds.
A previous post on this blog discussed the potential impact spinal cord injuries can have on a Cary, North Carolina, resident after he or she suffers one in the course of a serious car or truck accident. Indeed, while serious spinal cord injuries can happen in a variety of contexts, one need only think about the sheer size of a truck compared to car to realize the risk of a serious injury to the back or neck whenever a truck is involved in an accident.