Most Cary residents have been on a bus, in a taxi or on a plane. These transportation options are all considered "common carriers". But what are common carriers and what duty do they have to their passengers?
A reckless or negligent driver is not the only cause of a fatal commercial vehicle accident. Highway safety features, even as simple as markings, can prevent crash deaths in North Carolina. For example, the National Transportation Safety Board recently determined that one state's failure to provide sufficient traffic guidance and highway markings caused a March 2016 Greyhound bus accident.
Although this blog has discussed the possible devastating losses a bus or other commercial vehicle accident can cause, some residents of Cary, North Carolina, may not think about school bus accidents. This is especially true for those accidents involving unprotected children moving toward or away from the bus.
Last week's post discussed the rules North Carolina truckers must follow on how long they can drive before stopping for an extended break. The idea of these regulations is that fatigued driving is dangerous, so those who driver large vehicles must stop to sleep from time-to-time to avoid commercial truck accidents.
As last week's post reminded our Cary, North Carolina, readers, no one who has been injured in an accident involving a commercial vehicle should assume that the case will go smoothly simply because the driver of the truck or delivery van got a ticket. These sorts of cases can actually be among the trickiest and most frustrating for clients because of the current state of North Carolina's negligence laws.
In addition to large trucks hauling freight, there are all kinds of commercial vehicles traveling on the roads in and around Cary, North Carolina. For instance, commercial vehicles include delivery trucks and vans, which could range from the van of the local florist to the box-shaped trucks of major private carriers like UPS and FedEx.
Although it is often taken for granted when discussing responsibility for commercial vehicle accidents, there is in fact a particular legal doctrine, accepted in North Carolina, which specifically those in North Carolina who are injured by a negligent driver to sue the driver's employer.
According to the most recent statistics available from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, of the 411,000 or so truck accidents reported in 2014, about 1 percent resulted in a fatality. Additionally, about 20 percent resulted in an injury significant enough to be reported.
People who drive when they are too tired to operate a vehicle safely can put themselves and others in an extremely dangerous position. In fact, a drowsy driver can act much the same way as an intoxicated driver on the road. Particularly if the overly tired driver is using a large business vehicle, a serious or deadly accident can result from a person's poor decision to keep driving on insufficient rest.
Many residents of Cary, North Carolina, may have heard the term "pain and suffering" discussed in the context of a lawsuit pertaining to a commercial vehicle accident or some other personal injury lawsuit.