A Greensboro man was killed Thursday on U.S. 29 after wrecking a refrigerated tanker truck full of liquid oxygen. The North Carolina Highway Patrol reports that the semi was northbound near Carter Lodge Road at the base of White Oak Mountain when he lost control at about 4 a.m.
Investigators believe he ran off the right side of the road and over corrected. The truck slid on its side for almost 100 yards before coming to rest. The accident blocked both northbound lanes and spilled liquid oxygen in the median. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. Traffic was detoured for more than 11 hours.
Tanker trucks are particularly dangerous because they often carry hazardous or flammable liquid. No word yet on the cause of the accident or whether driver fatigue could have been a factor.
Tractor-trailers are highly regulated because of the dangers they pose to motorists on the road in the event of an accident. A North Carolina semi accident lawyer should always be called to represent motorists involved in an accident with a semi or large commercial truck. State and federal regulations, out-of-state trucking and insurance companies and other factors make representing victims of North Carolina trucking accidents a complex process.
Nationwide, 380,000 large trucks were involved in accidents in 2008, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. A total of 4,229 motorists were killed and more than 90,000 were injured.
One of every nine traffic fatalities nationwide involves a large truck. Motorists in passenger cars or other vehicles involved in the accident are frequently seriously injured or killed.
North Carolina trucking accidents claimed 143 lives in 2008; while South Carolina trucking accidents fatally injured 81 motorists.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a trucking accident, contact the Carolina injury lawyers at Lee & Smith today for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 800-887-1965.