The North Carolina Highway Patrol stated March 22 that a woman was killed in a crash with a tractor trailer in Zebulon NC. The fatal truck crash happened on NC 96 near Fowler Road.
The police stated that the wreck happened between a big rig carrying lumber and a Chevy SUV. The driver of the SUV died at the scene. There were two children in the SUV at the time; their condition is not known.
A witness to the truck crash stated that the intersection is very busy and lacks a stoplight. It is not clear at this time who was at fault in the crash. It is believed that one of the vehicles may have failed to stop at the busy intersection.
While we do not yet know what caused this accident, many of our legal cases involve negligent truck drivers that cause serious injuries and deaths on American roadways. In the majority of truck accidents where the truck driver was at fault, these are the leading reasons for the crash:
- Illegal drugs
- Lack of familiarity with the road
As the commercial driver’s manual in Virginia states, speeding is a major cause of truck accidents; we have worked on many fatal truck accident cases where truck drivers were driving too fast for conditions.
As more investigation is done on the above North Carolina truck crash, we will learn if the truck driver was at fault. When the truck driver is at fault, a good North Carolina truck accident attorney can be helpful, as filing a wrongful death lawsuit can lead to a multi-million dollar settlement. Those funds can ensure that surviving children are cared for and get the education they need, among other things.