Early Monday morning, there was an incident involving a semi truck in McDowell County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened on US 226A at about 3:30 a.m. Very few details about this event have been released, but we do know that a semi truck got stuck on a curve in the road. Initial reports indicate that the tractor-trailer got stuck in the 3800 block. Both directions of the roadway had to be closed as crews and first responders worked the scene. The semi truck driver was cited with failure to maintain a lane. Thankfully, no injuries were reported, and no other vehicles were involved. The roadway was reopened for traffic by 6:30 a.m.
Truck Crash Statistics in The U.S.
· There were 4,761 people killed in crashes involving large trucks in 2017.
· Between 2016 and 2017, there was a nine-percent increase in large-truck crash fatalities.
· In 2017, 72 percent of people killed in crashes involving large trucks were occupants in other vehicles.
· 78 percent of the fatal crashes involving large trucks occurred on weekdays in 2017.
Crashes Involving Commercial Trucking Vehicles
The majority of fatalities in crashes involving semi trucks are to occupants in smaller passenger vehicles. Commercial trucking vehicles are just so much larger and heavier than cars and light trucks and SUVs. Even at relatively lower speeds, crashes involving tractor-trailers can be devastating, catastrophic or worse for occupants in other vehicles. Since semi trucks are so much larger and heavier than other vehicles on the road, trucking companies and truck drivers have additional rules and regulations to follow.
Truck Accidents in Asheville
After any kind of accident involving a tractor-trailer, semi truck or other type of commercial trucking vehicle, it's important to speak with a Personal Injury lawyer who has proven truck accident case experience. These cases often involve multiple investigative agencies and can be lengthy. A lawyer can stay on top of any investigative developments and fight to get you the compensation you deserve to pay for medical bills and other expenses associated with your injuries.
If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a truck accident in Asheville or in any of the nearby Western North Carolina communities, contact the skilled and proven team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 828-303-2842 for a free case consultation today.