From Lowboys To Semis, NC Truck Accidents Are Hazardous
Big industrial trucks come in all sizes, shapes and weight. They even have special names — tractor-trailers, semis, 18-wheelers, flatbeds or lowboys. Regardless of their name or size, these trucks can cause serious damage in a North Carolina truck accident.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation reports that there were 9,631 truck accidents on North Carolina roadways in 2012. There were 134 fatal accidents and 2,807 crashes involving injuries in 2012.
The causes of NC truck crashes
As there are indicators of growth for the U.S. trucking industry, motorists on North Carolina’s highways are wary of increased truck accidents. The common causes of NC truck accidents include:
- Fatigue and drowsy driving
- Overly aggressive driving
- Failure to maintain the safety of the truck’s equipment
- Distracted driving, such as using handheld cellphones and texting
- Impaired driving because of over-the-counter medication
- Lack of proper training for drivers
Hours of service rules
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulates the commercial trucking industry. New hours of service (HOS) regulations became effective July 1, 2013 to avoid driver fatigue and promote safety. A property-carrying driver may drive a maximum of 11 hours after 10 hours off duty and he may not travel beyond the 14th consecutive hour after 10 consecutive hours off duty. A driver may not drive after 60 hours on duty in seven consecutive days or 70 hours in eight consecutive days after 34 or more consecutive hours off duty.
Why you need a lawyer
As soon as a truck accident occurs, the trucking company is likely to dispatch its law firm, insurance company, investigators, engineers and other agents to gather evidence and develop its spin on the accident. To combat their version, you need to hire an experienced North Carolina truck accident lawyer who is experienced in handling trucking companies’ teams.
If you have suffered injuries from a truck accident involving negligence by a truck driver, then call the Law Offices of Brian deBrun to schedule a consultation. We are dedicated to offering prompt and personal service.