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.
When you are driving on the interstate highways that connect Raleigh to other parts of North Carolina and the nation, there is no doubt that the vehicles pose the greatest risks to you and your passengers are the behemoth 18-wheelers. Tractor-trailers are difficult to stop and hard to maneuver, but they are essential components of transportation and commerce.
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.