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Major truck accident on I-40 claims at least 3 lives

With several interstate highways and countless other byways, it often seems all roads lead to North Carolina. Strong agricultural and industrial sectors mean there are a lot of trucks bringing materials and finished goods to and from the state's centers. But this also poses risk to Tar Heels when trucks are carelessly operated.

A collision of commercial vehicles became the source of a massive accident that killed at least three people and injured several others on Interstate 40 in Johnston County. Officers with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol said that a utility truck failed to slow down when approaching a tractor-trailer in stopped traffic.

The truck went on to hit several vehicles, causing a chain reaction ramming some cars into others. A total of nine vehicles were involved. The highway was closed for hours while rescue teams worked to free trapped motorists and passengers before the scene could be cleared.

Commercial drivers require specific licenses to operate semis, dump trucks and other heavy equipment. These vehicles and the opening companies also need sufficient insurance in the case of damage, injury or death caused by a truck or its driver. This makes it easier to claim financial damages for the victims of these accidents as well.

Anyone considering a civil lawsuit against a trucker, a trucking company or its insurer may consider legal representation to make the process go faster and more smoothly. An attorney may help strategize a legal way to help victims of trucking accidents rebuild their life after an unexpected tragedy.

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