November 17, 2011
A wreck involving a car and two tractor-trailers in Rowland, North Carolina, has left one person dead. According to WRAL News, the accident happened Thursday around 5:00 AM, along the northbound lanes of I-95.
State Troopers say the driver of one of the tractor-trailers crashed after veering into the center of the road and over correcting. The truck then overturned and skid to a halt, blocking lanes in both directions. A car traveling in the same direction behind the truck did not have time to respond to the wreck and the two vehicles collided. Another tractor-trailer traveling southbound swerved to miss the overturned truck and ran over the passenger side of the wrecked car, killing the person in the font seat of the vehicle.
The crash affirms North Carolina’s number six spot on the top ten states with accidents involving tractor-trailers. Reports by the North Carolina Highway Patrol show that most of those accidents occur because of driver fatigue and safety/maintenance issues with the vehicles. Channel 11 News reports that in 2009, out of the 9.3 million trucks that passed through North Carolina weigh stations, 50 percent had maintenance issues that needed to be addressed. Of those, 12 percent were deemed inoperable and taken off the road immediately.
The North Carolina Truck Accident Lawyers with HensonFuerst understand the dangers that tractor-trailers can pose to drivers on highways and have experience helping victims that were involved in accidents with big rigs at no fault of their own. If you have been hurt, get in touch with us today so we can talk with you about your case.