Truck accidents often result in severe injuries for the various parties involved in the collision. Time and time again, the severity of these accidents is highlighted by incidents in and around the Charlotte area. Here, the Charlotte truck accident attorneys want to discuss a recent collision that shut down a portion of Interstate 77 in North Charlotte for hours. The crash involved a semi-truck and several construction vehicles, and one person died as a result.
Severe Truck Crash Highlights The Dangers Of These Vehicles
In late September 2020, a crash involving a tractor-trailer and several construction vehicles left one person dead. The incident happened in the early morning hours of September 28 in the southbound lanes of I-77, near W.T. Harris Boulevard and just before Interstate 485.
The North Carolina Highway Patrol said the crash involved at least three vehicles, including a semi, a dump truck, and a white pickup truck. Fire officials say that the tractor-trailer hit several construction vehicles. Two people were taken to the hospital, including the driver of the tractor-trailer, who later died from their injuries.
Investigators at the scene say that it appeared that the driver of the tractor-trailer did not see the lane closure related to construction, which led to the driver crashing into two Sugar Creek Construction vehicles.
This incident highlights two significant hazards – construction zones and large commercial trucks. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, a fully loaded semi-truck can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds. A vehicle of this size can cause significant damage in the event a collision occurs. However, the incident in question may not have happened had the construction zone been more visible to drivers. Construction companies and municipal agencies have a duty to ensure that drivers are able to see when road construction may impede traffic flow.
According to data from the North Carolina Department of Transportation, we know that the following types of vehicles were involved in vehicle collisions during the latest reporting year of data available:
- Single Unit Truck (2-Axle, 6-Tire) – 4,869 Collisions
- Single Unit Truck (3 Or More Axles) – 2,233 Collisions
- Truck/Trailer – 3,466 Collisions
- Truck/Tractor – 313 Collisions
- Tractor/Semi-Trailer – 5,115 Collisions
- Tractor/Doubles – 127 Collisions
- Unknown Heavy Truck – 331 Collisions
Unfortunately, thousands of people were injured, and hundreds of lives were lost in these collisions.
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If you or somebody you care about has been injured in an accident caused by a truck driver or trucking company, you need to speak to an attorney as soon as possible. At Price, Petho & Associates, our qualified and experienced team will conduct a complete investigation into your case so we can obtain any compensation you are entitled to for your injuries. This can include full coverage of your medical bills, compensation for lost wages, coverage of any out-of-pocket expenses you incur, property damage expenses, pain and suffering damages, and more. When you need a Charlotte truck accident attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation of your case by clicking here or calling 704-850-6322.