North Carolina has more miles of interstate highways than the average U.S. state. The area's size and position at the crossroads of the Eastern Seaboard make it particularly prone to truck traffic. Although most truck drivers are seasoned professionals with an eye for safety, accidents still happen.
One of the leading causes of truck accidents is sudden transitions from speed to standstill. These often happen around construction zones and areas of high congestion near urban centers like Raleigh and Charlotte. When cars cannot stop soon enough, they may slide under trailers. When trucks cannot stop soon enough, they may strike the vehicles in front of them or lose control of their haulage.
A 46-year-old truck driver is facing charges over his actions before a recent truck accident on Interstate 85. The collision near Durham occurred in the morning of a recent Wednesday, when traffic had backed up near the interchange with Interstate 70. Troopers with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol said the driver was at fault for not slowing down for traffic.
The driver's car carrier lost one vehicle in tow and it flipped into the southbound lanes of the highway. The truck then sideswiped two other northbound vehicles, causing one injury serious enough for an evacuation to a local hospital.
Even when criminal charges are not pending, victims of truck accidents can claim financial damages in civil court. This can help with medical expenses, the costs of replacing material loss or noneconomic damages for pain and emotional distress. An attorney can assist with working out these details and pursuing the right course.