Accidents are not particularly common in North Carolina, with the state often appearing in the middle of nationwide traffic crash and fatality lists. But the risks are real, especially where many kinds of vehicles are sharing the same roadways and intersections. Trucks, tractor-trailers and other heavy types of transport are more likely to cause serious damage or severe injury if they are involved in accidents.
This is also true even when operators of heavy vehicles were not at fault for the beginning of a collision. The high mass and low maneuverability of large trucks make it more difficult for drivers to negotiate the hazards that may appear. Drivers must always be aware of larger vehicles even when they are being operated responsibly.
The driver of a pickup truck was charged after the collision of a dump truck and a school bus. Troopers in Gaston County say the driver caused the accident when the pickup truck attempted to pass the bus and crashed into the dump truck after overcorrecting. This allegedly caused the dump truck's driver to lose control and strike the side of a school bus.
The bus, loaded with 27 students at the time, fortunately, reported only one minor injury. The driver of the pickup truck was charged with improper passing and reckless driving, as well as improper equipment on the road due to a problem with the vehicle's tires.
Victims of truck accidents may sue the driver or drivers responsible for financial damages that assist with recovering from injuries or damage. An attorney can help plan this process if victims and their families find it necessary.