A collision involving an overturned UPS tandem tractor-trailer took place on Capital Boulevard on Friday, May 5th putting one driver in the hospital.
Why are there so many truck accidents in North Carolina?
The crash occurred in the pre-dawn hours in the area of Perry Creek Road and Durant Road in Raleigh when the UPS vehicle and a passenger sedan collided with one another.
According to eyewitnesses, the impact caused the truck to overturn and left the smaller vehicle almost unrecognizable. The driver of the passenger vehicle, whose identity has not been released, was transported by first responders to a local trauma center. Their current condition is unknown.
The driver of the UPS truck was reportedly uninjured during the incident.
This crash remains under police investigation at this time.
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Common Causes of North Carolina Truck Crashes
If it seems like there are more commercial trucks on North Carolina roadways and interstates these days, it’s because there are. Currently, there are almost 11 million commercial trucks registered within the United States. That’s an increase of 74% over the past two decades.
Although steady growth in the commercial trucking industry is a boon for the country’s economy, it brings with it the increased potential for serious motor vehicle accidents.
Accidents involving large trucks, such as 18-wheelers, tractor-trailers, semi-trucks, dump trucks, and big rigs, are most commonly the result of:
- Aggressive motorists
- Impractical delivery deadlines that encourage truck drivers to speed and violate the Hours of Service rules as laid out by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
- Failure to conduct regular inspections and maintenance
- Following too closely
- Drunk and/or drugged driving
- Distracted driving, such as using a cell phone while at the wheel
- Failure to have and use appropriate blind spot mirrors
- Exceeding the speed limit or driving too fast for current road conditions
Once every 16 minutes, someone is seriously injured or killed in a commercial truck accident somewhere in the United States. The North Carolina Department of Transportation reported that over 16,000 crashes involving commercial trucks took place in 2021. 3,800 of these truck crashes resulted in injuries to at least one person and 150 resulted in at least one fatality.
Commercial Truck Crash Statistics
Commercial trucks are more prone to fatal accidents than standard passenger vehicles. Between 2019 and 2020, there were 4,998 fatal collisions involving commercial trucks according to a publication from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
Roughly 67% of all fatal truck crashes take place on rural roadways.
As tragically common as truck accidents are, there is no way of knowing when a driver will come across a sleep-deprived, aggressive truck operator who is going into the 14th hour of his shift just to make a liveable wage and meet an unrealistic delivery deadline, or which truck drivers have fudged the entries in their Hours of Service logbooks.
Even though they are well aware of these frightening statistics, lobbyists for the trucking industry continue to demand more and more slack in the safety rules and regulations in order to make more money.
Were You Injured in a North Carolina Truck Crash?
If you were injured in a truck crash in North Carolina, it is essential that you speak with an experienced lawyer who can ensure that you understand your legal options and assist you in pursuing full and fair financial compensation for your damages.
Schedule a free consultation with a qualified North Carolina truck accident attorney from Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp by calling (833) 997-1774. We can provide the guidance and advice you need to achieve a successful outcome for your North Carolina truck accident case.
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