Tractor-Trailer Driver is Sued for Personal Injury in North Carolina Following Multi-Vehicle Crash on I-40

September 17, 2008, by Michael A. DeMayo

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol is charging truck driver Carroll Edward Jett with misdemeanor death by vehicle for allegedly causing a multi-vehicle pileup on I-40 last July 1. The deadly multi-vehicle collision occurred east of Asheville when the tractor-trailer that Jett was driving ran into six motor vehicles that were stopped from behind.

According to a police citation, the 60-year-old tractor-trailer driver was speeding. Although no toxicology tests were performed, the Highway Patrol does not believe alcohol or drugs were a factor in causing the crash. 11 people were injured and Haiden Bailey, a 15-month-old toddler, died in the tractor-trailer accident.

54-year-old McDowell County resident Margie Gail Durie sustained serious injuries in the crash. She filed her personal injury lawsuit against Jett, truck owner and employer Coretrans, and Marlboro Warehouse Co.

Durie’s lawsuit accuses Jett of failing to slow down his tractor-trailer, violating state and federal safety laws while operating the truck, failing to pay attention to work zone conditions, failing to keep a proper lookout, and operating his tractor-trailer while recklessly disregarding other people’s safety and rights.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:

• 4,808 people died in large truck accidents last year.
• 802 of the victims were in the truck.
• 3,601 truck accident victims were riding the other vehicles that were involved in the crash.

Driver charged in I-40 pileup, Citizen-times.com, August 29, 2008

Woman injured in July I-40 crash sues trucker, trucking company, Citizen-Times.com, August 1, 2008

Related Web Resources:

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (PDF)

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

 
 

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