Charlotte, North Carolina trucking accidents a serious threat to motorist safety

A Charlotte, North Carolina semi accident closed a portion of Interstate 77 over the weekend, WCNC reported.

Our North Carolina truck accident attorneys continue to be concerned about the high number of accidents involving trucks and other large commercial vehicles. The extreme weight of tractor trailers — many weigh as much as 80,000 pounds, or 20 times the weight of a passenger car — make them deadly in the event of an accident involving other motorists on the road.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports there were 380,000 trucking accidents on the nation’s highways in 2008, which claimed 4,229 lives and injured more than 90,000. North Carolina trucking accidents killed 143 motorists that year; South Carolina truck accidents claimed 81 lives.

The accident happened shortly before noon on I-77 southbound, near where it intersects with I-485 in north Charlotte. The southbound lanes were closed for several hours and traffic was rerouted to U.S. 21. The North Carolina Highway Patrol reports that one person was transported to the hospital with undisclosed injuries.

The vast majority of fatality victims in large trucking accidents are motorists in other vehicles. In 2008, three quarters of those killed or injured were passengers in another vehicle, accounting for 3,139 deaths and 64,000 injuries.

Channel 9 reported that troopers were uncertain about what caused the accident.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a North Carolina tractor-trailer accident, contact the Carolina injury lawyers at Lee & Smith today for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 800-887-1965. Serving North and South Carolina, including Hendersonville, Concord and Burlington.

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