On Sunday night, there was a crash involving a semi truck on Interstate 26 in Asheville. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened near the Brevard Road exit at about 9:30 p.m. Initial reports indicate that a semi truck merged into the lane of another vehicle. That vehicle then hit a guardrail and overturned in the roadway. The big rig involved did not stop after the wreck. At this time, it's not clear whether or not the truck driver was aware of the crash.
Overturned Vehicle on I-26 in Asheville
Thankfully, no serious injuries were reported on the scene. There were two adults and a small child in the car at the time of the crash. Traffic was at a standstill as first responders and crews worked the scene. There has been no word on whether or not authorities were able to locate the tractor-trailer involved in this crash. This incident could still be under investigation with law enforcement agencies.
U.S. Large Truck Crash Statistics
· In 2015, there were 4,067 people killed in crashes involving large trucks.
· An estimated 116,000 people were injured in crashes involving large trucks in 2015.
· In 2014, 111,000 people were injured in crashes involving large trucks.
· 74 percent of people killed in crashes involving large trucks in 2015 were occupants in other vehicles.
Big Rig Safety in Asheville
Truck drivers need to have spatial awareness of their surroundings before merging or changing lanes. Even though these large commercial trucking vehicles do have blind spots, it's still critical for truck drivers to be aware of their surroundings and whether or not other passenger occupant vehicles are nearby. In accident cases involving big rigs, thorough and comprehensive investigations are essential to determine if the truck driver or trucking company was in compliance with all state and federal safety regulations at the time of the crash. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is the agency tasked with regulating the commercial trucking industry.
If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in an accident involving a semi truck in or around the Asheville area, contact the skilled and proven Personal Injury team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897 for a free case consultation today.