A recent report by Raleigh-Durham’s WTVD station notes that the number of North Carolina’s tractor-trailer truck accidents places the state in sixth place in the nation. According to the report, of the trucks inspected in North Carolina in 2009, more than half presented violations of maintenance or safety. More than 12% of the trucks that were inspected and found to be in violation of laws and regulations had to be taken off the road immediately because of the severity of the danger they posed, whether due to faulty equipment, insufficient maintenance, improperly secured loads, or other concerns.
The report also briefly details the story of a 21-year-old man who was killed while riding his bicycle in Goldsboro when a speeding truck crashed into him. The driver of the truck had been working for 23 hours straight when his vehicle crashed into the man.
The trucking industry is heavily regulated; among the rules that apply to truck drivers in North Carolina (as elsewhere) are limits imposed on the number of hours that the driver can be on the job. In addition, truck drivers must conduct a safety inspection before they set off; they must check their breaks; and they must secure the truck’s load so that it will not fall off during driving, becoming a major hazard to other people on the road.
A person injured in a crash with a tractor-trailer in North Carolina might decide to sue the driver and the driver’s employer in order to recover compensation for pain and suffering, medical bills for the treatment of the injury suffered, and any wages lost due to the accident. In such a lawsuit, a driver who was found to have violated any safety rule would be more likely to be considered negligent and be held responsible for the harm that resulted from his negligence.
The attorneys at Lee & Smith have extensive experience in representing people injured car accidents in both North and South Carolina. If you or someone you love has been injured in such an accident, we would be happy to provide a free consultation regarding your case. Please contact us by phone or email.