Two motorists died this past weekend after a tanker slammed into a bridge abutment and burst into flames, according to WCNC. The accident shut down the northbound lanes of Interstate 85, the Highway Patrol reported. Interstate 85 northbound lanes will remain closed until crews complete repairs to the bridge. The accident forced the creation of a six-mile detour around the bridge.
A recent two-day forum in Washington D.C. aimed to resolve problems in these common trucking accidents in North Carolina and elsewhere across the United States. Advocates sought to place stricter regulations on these trucking companies and their commercial vehicles.
Our North Carolina car accident attorneys recognize the dangers of these oversized loads. Heavy cargo poses threats to motorists sharing the roadways with the large, commercial trucks. Drivers also experience severe fatigue while transporting these large loads as they work long, hard hours with reportedly low pay.
Big rig crashes are common across the Valley and the country, and one of the biggest factors is fatigue, reports CBS 47.
Because of such trucking accidents, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is looking to revise the current truck-driver rules to increase safety across the board.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were almost 3,500 deaths resulting from traffic accidents involving these large trucks in 2009. In that year, 75 percent of the deaths were occupants of the other vehicles, 10 percent were nonoccupants and 15 percent were occupants of the trucks.
That same year resulted in about 74,000 people with injuries from these accidents. Again, occupants in the other vehicle sustained most of the injuries.
To address these numbers, the NTSB is considering cutting back on hours that a truck driver can work consecutively behind the wheel.
But that might not solve the problem.
In an effort to protect motorists from large trucks, families of accident victims, crash survivors and safety advocates are joining members of Congress to announce the introduction of the Safe Highways and Infrastructure Preservation Act (SHIPA). This act will aim to cap the length and weight limitations for vehicles operating on federal-aid highways to help reduce the risks of potentially fatal accidents, according to the Auto Channel.
Other changes are being considered in additions to size and weight caps, but the safety board will meet with drivers, law enforcement and experts before making any decisions.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, let the truck accident lawyers in Gastonia, Hickory and Greensboro advise you of your rights. Call for a free and confidential appointment at 1-800-887-1965.