North Carolina drivers may not always notice semis and other large vehicles on the roads. When their operators are trained to drive them safely and they abide by the rules of the road, semis, 18-wheelers and other large vehicles are simply other automobiles traveling down the roads and freeways. However, when problems occur with large vehicles, the dangerous situations they create can impact the safety of others.
Just recently several tractor-trailers were involved in a collision in Orange County. Three large vehicles collided with each other and ended up blocking lanes on Interstate 40 East and Interstate 85 North. The incident happened near an on-ramp where semis and other large vehicles can stop to be weighed, and as a result of the incident one of the tractor-trailer's drivers was taken by ambulance for medical treatment of injuries.
Although thankfully no other parties were reportedly hurt, this story provides a very good example of how the large size of a tractor-trailer can create major hazards for all parties who must drive on North Carolina roads. Semis and 18-wheelers can be incredibly difficult to see around and very hard to drive near when their operators fail to keep their trucks in their lanes. Their massive weights can make them difficult to stop and hard to maneuver when evasive action is needed.Although no cause has been released for this recent incident, it demonstrates quite clearly how easily large trucks may be involved in collisions.
Truck accidents put all drivers and their passengers at risk for injuries and even death. Often when a truck accident occurs a victim has the right to sue the responsible parties for the losses incurred. However, every case is different, but victims can often pursue losses from medical expenses, property damage and lost wages from missing work.
Source: abc11.com, "Tractor Trailers Collide on I-40/I-85 In Orange County," Feb. 6, 2017