North Carolina semi accidents in focus as authorities preach safety and increase enforcement

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol is conducting a two-day crackdown on commercial vehicle safety, according to NBC News in Charlotte.

Our Charlotte, North Carolina trucking accident lawyers applaud efforts by law enforcement to ensure semis and other large commercial vehicles are complying with the state and federal safety regulations that are in place to protect the public.

In 2009, a total of 8,641 commercial vehicle accidents were reported, claiming 98 lives and injuring 1,839.

This week’s enforcement on I-77 will have troopers looking for overweight trucks and semis that are speeding, tailgating or being operated aggressively. Dubbed “Operation Road Watch,” it is the first project to focus exclusively on commercial vehicles and will be conducted in other counties later in the year.

Meanwhile, the patrol is also urging motorists to keep safety in mind when around semis and other large trucks. The initiative is called “Don’t Press your Luck! Leave room for trucks.”

-Don’t cut off trucks. When passing, allow at least one car length for every 10 mph of speed before merging.

-Don’t tailgate. When following a truck, leave yourself enough room to stop safely.

-Don’t speed. use a safe speed when passing trucks.

The North Carolina semi accident lawyers at Lee & Smith represent clients who have been seriously injured or killed in accidents throughout the state, including Asheboro, Burlington, Concord and Greensboro. Call today for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 800-887-1965.

Contact Information