The driver of a car was injured in west Charlotte, North Carolina on Sunday after the motor vehicle collided with an 18-wheeler truck. Medics took the driver, who had serious injuries, to Carolinas Medical Center. The motor vehicle accident took place on Billy Graham Parkway and West Boulevard.
The car ended up going under the truck and being completely totaled. Police have been working on determining the cause of the truck accident.
Any time a person is involved in a motor vehicle accident involving a large truck, there is a good chance that the persons involved who were not riding in the truck may have sustained serious injuries. Large trucks tend to be very heavy in weight as well size. While the driver of a truck may be protected by the size and weight of a truck during a collision with a motorcycle or small car, the passengers in the other vehicles may not be as lucky.
By law, truck drivers have to adhere to stricter standards of safety than the drivers of cars and motorcycles. Regardless, truck accidents do occur, and the injuries that result are often serious and life threatening.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a truck accident in North Carolina or South Carolina because a driver acted negligently or carelessly, you should speak with a personal injury attorney right away.
Your attorney can investigate the accident scene and the vehicles involved while the evidence is still preserved. He or she can also look at the truck driver’s log reports to see whether the truck driver had been driving longer the legally allowed driving time for truck drivers when the accident occurred.
Some common causes of motor vehicle accidents involving trucks:
• Driver fatigue
• Not enough truck driver training
• Drunk driving
• Improperly loaded trucks
• A truck that is poorly maintained
• Equipment failure
• Driving for a longer period of time than is legally allowed
• Using the cell phone while driving
• Reckless driving
Not only can the truck driver be held liable for a victim’s injuries, but the truck company and the company that hired the truck can also be named as responsible parties if evidence shows that they acted negligently—whether directly or indirectly—and were also responsible for the accident taking place.
Driver Runs Into 18-Wheeler, Rushed To Hospital, WSOCTV.com, September 23, 2007
Related Web Resources:
Facts About Trucks – Eighteen Wheelers, The Truckers Report