If you drive a little more than 100 miles south of Raleigh, you will arrive in Fairmont. The small town is home to a truck driver who was involved in a fatal tractor-trailer crash in September.
There were three people in the Ford Focus as it sped down Durham-Chapel Hill Boulevard on a recent weekend night. Around 9 pm, the 41-year-old driver lost control of the compact car, causing the vehicle to slam into a bridge column near the interchange with Academy Road.
If you get on Interstate 40 and drive west of Raleigh for about four hours, you will come to Buncombe County. The county is well-known as part of the Asheville metro area, but it’s also a scenic recreational area famous for the Blue Ridge Parkway and Pisgah National Forest.
If you drive southwest of Raleigh for about three hours, you will arrive in the fast-growing Charlotte suburb of Gastonia. The city of nearly 80,000 residents is home to a 33-year-old trucker w was recently driving his tractor-trailer on an interstate highway in Tennessee when the vehicle’s left-front tire blew out.
If you drive north of Raleigh for about four hours, you will come to a spot on an interstate highway where two people recently lost their lives. According to Virginia State Police, the two were killed in a violent tractor-trailer crash on I-81 in Roanoke County.
If you drive northeast of Raleigh on Interstate 95 for 400 miles, you will arrive in Newark, Delaware. The home to the University of Delaware was also the site of a recent I-95 tractor-trailer crash that killed a young girl and man in a multi-vehicle series of violent collisions.
Regular readers of our Raleigh personal injury law blog know that we have written in the past about underride collisions involving tractor-trailers. Underride crashes occur when a passenger vehicle goes under a big rig in a crash. In these crashes, the most vulnerable part of the passenger vehicle – the windshield, roof and side windows – are violently struck by the underside of the tractor-trailer. The result, says stopunderrides.org, is often “horrific death and debilitating injuries” for the driver and other occupants of the passenger vehicle.
Because North Carolina has a military tradition second to none, we know that many of our Raleigh Personal Injury Law Blog readers are well-versed in both military and U.S. history. It might come as a surprise to some to learn that more people have been killed in car crashes in the U.S. since 2000 than American military personnel died in both World Wars.
The arguments against drunk driving are well-known and obvious. The most important argument is that driving while impaired causes motor vehicle crashes that result in injuries and fatalities.
People who shop for a new car at a Raleigh dealership are often surprised to find so many vehicles outfitted with technologies that can help drivers stay safe. New vehicles can warn drivers that they are drifting in their lanes, following another vehicle too closely, and that another vehicle is in their blind spot. Some new vehicles can park themselves in tight spots, help drivers back up safely and slam on the brakes in an emergency, among other safety features. A new-car buyer can also find that their insurer will reward them with lower rates for having the advanced technologies on-board.