If you drive southwest of Raleigh for a little more than four hours, you will arrive in Orangeburg County, South Carolina. That is where a jury recently awarded a father and son $35 million in a personal injury lawsuit.
The rise of micro-mobility in Raleigh and across the U.S. over the past few years has been fueled by a desire by consumers for cheap, convenient transportation options in urban areas clogged by automobiles. The micro-mobility trend has seen the emergence of shared and dockless electric scooters (or e-scooters) marketed by companies such as Lime and Bird in Raleigh.
Regular readers of our Raleigh personal injury law blog know that we have often touched on the dangers posed to motorists by the massive tractor-trailers that roar along on our interstate highways. We have rarely seen the type of devastation witnessed earlier this week in a crash near Denver in which an out-of-control 18-wheeler sped down a hill and slammed into a traffic jam, starting a chain-reaction inferno on an interstate.
It takes just a little while to drive the 30 miles southeast of Raleigh to get to Smithfield. The Johnston County seat was earlier this week the site of an 18-wheeler crash on Interstate 95 that resulted in injuries to two people, law enforcement officials said.
Raleigh media is like and national news outlets; all spend much of their air time and page space devoted to political scandals, sports, entertainment and the weather. While all certainly have their place, those topics too often crowd out important issues deserving of time and attention.
They are the biggest vehicles on the interstate highways bisecting the Raleigh metro area: 18-wheelers. The large commercial trucks weigh tens of thousands of pounds more than passenger vehicles, making them much more difficult to maneuver and to bring to a stop in critical moments.
Regular readers of our Raleigh personal injury blog know that impairment and excess speed are often cited in motor vehicle accidents. We read recently of a deadly crash in which both factors were found to be present in a wreck that happened nearly a year ago.
If you are like most drivers, you have probably felt a little nervous when driving next to an 18-wheeler. There are good reasons for these feelings. While semi-truck accidents do not occur as frequently as those among passenger vehicles, the results of a wreck with a large commercial truck can be devastating. Even a seemingly minor collision can do serious damage to a smaller motor vehicle and its occupants.
They roll in and out of Raleigh all day and all night. Commercial trucks bring us goods we need and leave with goods we supply to others. Most trucking is done safely, but when a truck accident occurs it often results in catastrophic injuries and deaths.
It is about a 10-hour drive north from Raleigh along the coast to get to Edison, New Jersey. It’s the kind of drive that long-haul truckers make routinely, usually without incident. Unfortunately, when mistakes are made with tractor-trailers, everyone on the road is in danger of severe injuries or being killed by the enormous, heavy trucks.