Motorists to be Cautious near Interstate 40; Recent Rockslides Causing Car Accidents in North Carolina

According to the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), Interstate 40 West from Exit 20 all the way to the Tennessee state line has been reopened, as of Feb. 5 at 2:30 a.m. That portion of the road was closed on Jan. 31 because of a rock slide accident at mile marker 451.
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Officials report that traffic is back to normal flow on Interstate 40 West through North Carolina, but travelers making their way into Tennessee will experience narrowed roadways near one of the accident sites. In the area, roadways have been reduced down to one lane. The NCDOT is asking all motorists to travel carefully through the entire area to help to reduce the risks of car accidents in North Carolina.

Our Charlotte car accident lawyers understand that a severe rock slide occurred on Feb. 3 at around noon on Interstate 40 West. This rock slide, near mile marker 7, left about 600 tons of rock on the roadway below. Some of the rocks were boulders the size of small cars. The NCDOT and the Tennessee Department of Transportation worked together to shut down, repair and reopen the portions of the road that experienced rock slides. Ameritech Slope Constructors Inc. of Asheville and crews with NCDOT worked together to get nearly 200 tons of loose rock away from the mountainside and safely hauled away. NCDOT says these efforts have made the area now safe for travel.

Motorists are urged to stay up-to-date with the latest travel information on the Interstate and elsewhere throughout the state. This information is available by calling 511. Not near a phone? Just visit the Department’s website for important North Carolina travel information. On your smart phone? Just type “m.ncdot.gov” into the browser to be taken right to the Department’s website.

The NCDOT offers a few safe driving tips to motorists to help to prevent an accident with a falling rock or another vehicle.

Safe Driving Tips:

-Stay alert. Focus on your entire surroundings.

-Always wear a seat belt. It has been proven in a number of studies that seat belts can significantly reduce your risks of injury and even death in the event of an accident.

-Never drink and drive. Alcohol impairment reduces your ability to react to roadway dangers.

-Make sure all passengers, especially children, are properly buckled in during each car ride.

-Never tailgate another vehicle. You need time and space to safely view your surroundings.

-Keep a lookout for debris that is already in the roadway, including rocks and boulders.

-Never drive while distracted.

-Check road conditions and closures before heading out.

Rock slides can happen at any time. Motorists are asked to be cautious and to keep their attention on the roadway and on the surroundings. Remember, roadways with mountainous side require your full attention and focus.

The Carolina personal injury lawyers at the Lee Law Offices, P.A. represent those who have been injured in car accidents throughout both North and South Carolina. Call our law firm today if you or a loved one has been injured in a traffic accident. Call for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 1-800-887-1965.

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