When a tractor-trailer slams into the back of a passenger car, the results can be horrific for occupants of the smaller vehicle. After all, in North Carolina 18-wheelers are allowed to weigh up to 80,000 pounds. Serious injuries and fatalities are all too common in rear-end tractor-trailer crashes.
The 94-mile drive from Raleigh to Archdale takes about an hour and a half. Interstate 85 essentially divides the town of about 11,000 residents in half. The busy highway was recently the site of a tractor-trailer crash that injured one of the town’s police officers as well as a North Carolina Department of Transportation worker.
Back in March, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issued a national declaration that temporarily suspended hours-of-service regulations for truck drivers transporting emergency relief products and certain critical materials needed to respond to the coronavirus pandemic.
As we all know, drunk drivers have long been considered the most dangerous drivers on the streets of Raleigh and across the nation. New research makes it clear that it is time to reconsider those old ideas. While drivers impaired by alcohol are still as dangerous as ever, the new study shows that the reaction times of distracted drivers can be significantly worse and result in violent motor vehicle crashes, serious injuries and fatalities.
Regular readers of our Raleigh personal injury blog will undoubtedly recall that we recently wrote about our city’s most dangerous intersections. According to WRAL, motor vehicle crashes have increased by a jaw-dropping 45 percent over the past decade, significantly outpacing the 26 percent population increase over the same time.
While the Triangle is growing at a faster clip than most other parts of North Carolina, there is a part of Wake County life growing even more rapidly: motor vehicle crashes. According to Raleigh’s WRAL, wrecks in the country have surged 45 percent over the past decade, far outpacing the 26 percent population growth over the same period.
The changes technology has brought to the American way of life over the past 20 years is undeniably significant. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has decided to assess the impact of those changes on an important part of the shipping industry. The agency recently announced that is launching a study of the causes of large truck crashes – the first of its kind since 2001.
Regular readers of our Raleigh Personal Injury Law Blog know that we cover a variety of topics here, including what can happen when commercial trucks are not driven safely. A recent tractor-trailer crash on an interstate highway showed how quickly lives can be destroyed when big rigs are involved.
There is no doubt that the biggest, most dangerous vehicles rolling on Interstate 40 are tractor-trailers. Weighing up to 80,000 pounds, large commercial trucks are difficult to maneuver and stop, especially in emergency situations.
Raleigh news outlets are reporting that there was a tragic bus accident early this morning. At least five people were killed in the crash on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in which approximately 60 people have been hospitalized with injuries.