Police report a tractor-trailer crashed into an SUV, causing the SUV to flip over in Liberty, North Carolina. Three young children who were inside the SUV were injured and taken to Moses Cone Hospital and Brenner Children’s Hospital. No information about their condition has been released.
According to law enforcement, the crash happened around 11:30 pm Saturday night, at the intersection of Greensboro Street and Swannanoa Avenue. In addition to the Liberty Police Department, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, NCSHP Motor Carrier Enforcement, Liberty Fire Department and Randolph County EMS all responded to the scene of the crash.
A full and detailed investigation is currently being conducted to determine what caused the truck accident. Police do not suspect the tractor-trailer driver of being impaired, however, they do say charges against the driver may be filed once the cause of the accident has been determined.
Tractor-trailer accidents often lead to more serious injuries than other vehicle accidents because of their weight and size. One of the most common reasons for truck accidents is driver fatigue. Although the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) mandates that a tractor-trailer driver cannot be on the road more than 70 hours per week, many drivers improperly log their hours in order to skirt those rules, enabling them to spend more hours on the road, putting themselves and other commuters at risk.
Another common cause of tractor-trailer crashes is speeding. In fact, according to national statistics, almost one-fourth of truck accidents involve a truck driver who is driving over the posted speed limit. Vehicles of this massive size need more time to slow down or stop when the breaks are hit, so a truck that is speeding can be deadly.
Liability for injuries and damages in truck accidents can also be more complicated than other vehicle accidents and often require the assistance of an experienced North Carolina personal injury attorney. Not only may the truck driver be responsible, but the trucking company he or she is working for can also be sued for damages.
Contact a North Carolina Truck Accident Attorney to Advocate for You
If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, you need to contact a skilled North Carolina truck accident attorney to find out what legal recourse you may have against the truck driver and trucking company for the pain and loss you have suffered. Our Carolinas personal injury firm has successfully represented many clients and their families who have been injured or killed due to someone else’s negligence and will aggressively fight to get you the compensation you deserve.