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.
Most motorists who drive in the area of Cary, North Carolina, probably recognize the serious danger of fatigued drivers operating large trucks or other commercial vehicles. Aside from just using common sense and not driving when too tired, many truck drivers and trucking companies have an obligation to follow specific federal rules pertaining to how long they can travel before needing to stop and rest.
A previous post here discussed a serious accident that potentially involved a combination of drunk and drugged driving, a scenario that is, sadly, all too common in the Cary, North Carolina, area, even among truck drivers and drivers of other commercial vehicles.
As last week's post discussed, truck drivers who are using North Carolina's roadways to haul goods in interstate commerce are prohibited under federal regulations form texting while driving. "Texting" is broadly defined to include just about any use of a computer or phone keypad. Moreover, if drivers want to use a cell phone, they must use a hands free device.
Last week's post discussed a tragic accident where a North Carolina resident died on account of a distracted driver. Unfortunately, this accident was not the first time that a distracted driver on North Carolina's roadways has left a person seriously injured or dead, nor is it likely to be the last.
A recent truck accident relatively close to Cary, involving two commercial vehicles and a minivan left a North Carolina woman dead. The woman was an English teacher at an area high school.
According to reports, at least two people were thrown from their vehicles following an accident on Interstate 540, which as most residents of Cary, North Carolina, know, is located in the Raleigh metro area.