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Jury awards surviving family members $90 million in big rig wreck

As we well know from this past North Carolina winter, weather can rapidly change for the worse, bringing with it dangerous driving conditions. In some cases, motorists are urged to wait for a storm to pass than to try to navigate slippery roads with minimal visibility.

Part Two: Truck accidents, by the numbers

Regular readers of our Raleigh Personal Injury Law Blog know that in our previous post, we took a look at some of truck accident data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). One of the most important points made by the nonprofit organization is that 18-wheelers weigh up to 30 times as much as passenger vehicles and require up to 40 percent more road distance in which to come to a full stop.

Coalition aims to eliminate traffic deaths by 2050

If the initiatives of the Road to Zero Coalition are successful, fatal traffic accidents in North Carolina will eventually be a thing of the past. The safety coalition, which is made up of 675 members, aims to bring the number of traffic-related deaths to zero by 2050. After several years of decline, the number of motor vehicle fatalities increased by 5.6 percent in 2016. Of the 37,461 fatalities, 4,317 were in traffic accidents that involved large trucks.

What to expect in a truck accident settlement

In their effort to receive compensation for injuries, truck accident victims can choose to pursue a lawsuit in civil court or to settle the case out of court. These two options are given under civil law in North Carolina, and they come with their advantages and disadvantages. There is no question, though, that settling out of court can save victims both time and money.

New technology aims to reduce risks of truck driver fatigue

Truck accidents can cause devastating personal injuries and even fatalities on the roadways of North Carolina and across the country. There are over 7 million people employed in the trucking industry, and they transport over 70 percent of the country's cargo. While truck drivers can earn a good living, the arduous, tiring schedule can be difficult to handle. Turnover is regularly higher than 90 percent.

Truck and bus inspection spree begins June

Drivers of commercial trucks and buses, whether they're in North Carolina or elsewhere in the nation, will want to ensure that they comply with vehicle and driver safety regulations. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance has scheduled its annual International Roadcheck for June 5 to June 7. The 72-hour inspection spree will take place across America, and drivers who are found violating regulations will be issued out-of-service orders.

Commercial truck drivers at high risk for drowsy driving

Drowsy driving leads to an estimated 100,000 annual car accidents in North Carolina and across the U.S. Among these crashes, those involving commercial trucks and big rigs are the most likely to end in catastrophic injuries and even death. This is understandable as cars cannot compare to trucks in terms of size and weight.

OOIDA seeks review of rule change

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, a group that lobbies for the interests of independent truck drivers, is seeking to have their complaint against a rule change made by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reheard. The rule relates to the guidelines for the screening of truck drivers for sleep apnea. This issue affects North Carolina drivers given that fatigued driving has been linked to several fatal tractor-trailer crashes.

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