A North Carolina tractor trailer driver died after he was hit while trying to help a car driver who had rear ended his truck near Charlotte, North Carolina on I-85.
The Charlotte police stated that the night time crash on Oct. 21 happened when a car rear ended the first tractor trailer. Both the car and the big rig pulled over onto the shoulder. The truck driver got out of his rig to check on the car driver. He was then hit and killed by another tractor trailer.
A state trooper who responded to the accident warned all drivers to use extreme caution when exiting their vehicle on an interstate, even when they are on the shoulder. Distracted drivers often are not paying attention to vehicles that are pulled over.
Our hearts go out to the truck driver who was simply trying to help the driver of the vehicle that rear ended his truck. If that truck driver had simply slowed down and/or moved over, the accident probably never would have happened. Also, the original accident could have been avoided if the car driver had been paying attention to the road.
Our personal injury and wrongful death lawyers in Virginia have successfully sued many at-fault drivers in truck accidents. If you have been injured or had a loved one die due to the actions of a truck driver, you should know that you can sue for damages. If the truck driver is found to be at fault, a civil lawsuit can potentially award you millions of dollars, or at least enough for you to recover from your injuries.