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North Carolina truck collision kills 2

Truck transport is a requirement for many products and services in North Carolina and elsewhere across the United States. Unfortunately, this also means that truck accidents are relatively common, especially near crowded roads with blind curves and sudden changes in speed. There are many things drivers can do to avoid collisions with tractor-trailers and other heavy vehicles, but some things cannot be avoided.

A recent accident on Interstate 77 in Yadkin County took the lives of a married couple. Investigators with the North Carolina Highway Patrol say that the collision happened near stalled traffic in a construction zone. A tractor-trailer did not slow down in time to avoid the victims' pickup truck.

The force of the crash pushed the truck into another tractor-trailer, which in turn may have hit another. The pickup burst into flames, and although passing motorists and passengers tried to extinguish the fire, the couple inside did not survive. Although no charges were filed initially, news reports said troopers may charge a driver in connection with the accident.

Truckers failing to stop in time to hit slower or stopped vehicles is one of the most common types of truck accidents and one of the deadliest. Drivers are best off keeping their distances from trucks or using flashers to indicate slower speeds to help truckers judge distances and hazards.

Victims of truck accidents and the survivors of truck crash fatalities have the right to claim financial damages if they would help with recovery. An attorney can help review the facts of an accident and make a recommendation on how to pursue compensation.

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