Truck accidents are less common than passenger car collisions, but they tend to be far more dangerous. The sheer size, weight of a moving truck can cause tornado-like damage and injury to people near an accident. North Carolina, which has several interstate highways and many other roads, is a hot zone of truck transport where people must be vigilant.
Information about the most common types of truck accidents can help drivers in and near these large vehicles on the road avoid the worst case scenario. The leading cause of collisions is driver error on the part of either truckers or other drivers nearby.
Poor vehicle maintenance and equipment failure are the second and third most common causes of truck crashes. Keeping clear of trucks and trailers with unsecured parts, hanging chains and other signs of unsecured hardware can prevent serious injury caused by falling parts. Improper loading is also a common problem, so loose straps or open doors are a sign of a possible hazard.
Many truck accidents are caused or worsened by bad weather. Most truckers will reduce speed by as much as half in rain, sleet, snow and other precipitation. An extra gap between cars and trucks in inclement conditions may save a life.
Victims of trucking accidents and families of those who have died in fatal trucking crashes have the right to sue responsible parties for financial damages in the wake of a tragic crash. An experienced North Carolina truck accident attorney may be able to provide useful guidance to victims and families weighing their best options for recovery.