A 23-year-old woman died and two other people were injured in a multiple-vehicle truck-car wreck in Raleigh.
The accident started around 10:45 pm on I-40 eastbound near Hammond Road. An initial collision occurred when a tractor-trailer attempting to get into an eastbound lane instead crashed into a car. With the car stalled, another crashed into its rear. The second car contained a passenger who was declared dead at the scene.
Authorities shut down eastbound lanes on I-40 for about two hours after the accident.
It is still not clear what caused the initial crash. Raleigh police are still investigating the incident, and no charges have been filed.
This fatal accident is devastating in more ways than one. First, it involved a collision between a truck and a car. In such a crash, a truck’s size and weight can easily crush a smaller vehicle. To compare, a tractor-trailer can be as heavy as 80,000 pounds while a regular passenger car is only about 5,000 pounds.
Wreckage is piled up with the involvement of multiple vehicles. Usually, a multiple-vehicle accident happens as a chain reaction. Such is this case here where a fatal crash occurred directly after a separate and preceding collision.
While the investigation is still ongoing, especially in regard to the truck-car crash, motorists have been cautioned to drive carefully around trucks. It can be difficult to judge a safe speed and distance from these large vehicles, and many car drivers fail to consider blind spots, leading to unsafe lane switching or passing. In fact, the American Trucking Associations says that 81% of fatal truck-car accidents are caused by car drivers.
As for trucks, driver fatigue and equipment failure are some of the most common accident causes. Truck drivers travel long distances for many hours, and it can take a toll on their driving ability. The vehicles themselves can be difficult to maneuver, and a slight failure of any of its parts can greatly affect operation. These are among the major reasons many trucks, especially tractor-trailers, get involved in accidents like rollovers and jackknifing.
The involvement of more than two vehicles makes the accident much worse, and more parties will likely point fingers at who is at fault. The blame could be shared by more than one party. In North Carolina, contributory negligence may apply; if the victim has in any way been negligent and has thus contributed to an accident, he or she may not claim damages.
There are many significant factors to consider in a multiple-vehicle truck-car crash. For the family of the victim, competent legal help is crucial in their quest for justice. There are many complicated dealings in these cases. The claimant need an accident attorney who has thorough knowledge and experience and proven reliability in the field.