Tractor Trailer Debris Can Lead to Accidents and Injuries

A very scary situation occurred June 5 on I-77 near Charlotte, North Carolina when a tractor-trailer dropped a mechanical part on the highway that led to several cars getting flat tires in the middle of the busy interstate. While no one was injured in this serious truck incident, trucks dropping parts on the highway has the potential to lead to serious accidents that could injure or even kill motorists.

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While no one was injured in this serious truck incident, trucks dropping parts on the highway has the potential to lead to serious accidents that could injure or even kill motorists.

According to witnesses, the tractor-trailer dropped a drive shaft in the middle of the interstate. Rather than slam on the brakes and avoid the part, several drivers had no choice but to run it over.

According to the roadside assistance crew that came to the accident scene, there are trucks in North Carolina that drop drive shafts on the highways in the state every week.

The North Carolina State Police reminded truck drivers that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration or FMCSA mandates that all truck drivers conduct a daily inspection of their rigs. This should occur both at the beginning and end of the work day.

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Our personal injury attorneys in North Carolina and Virginia want to point out the importance of tractor trailer drivers doing regular safety inspections of their rigs. While no one was hurt in the above incident, our attorneys have seen many people injured and killed due to truck accidents, and trucks that were not properly maintained.

Truck accidents in 2014 led to 3978 fatalities. The better maintained tractor-trailers are, the less likely that people will be injured or killed in truck crashes.

According to the CDL manual for North Carolina, tractor trailer drivers should inspect their truck before, during and after a trip. Some of the aspects that the trucker should examine are:

  • Tires, rims, and wheels
  • Brakes
  • Reflectors and lights
  • Brakes and electrical connections
  • Trailer coupling parts
  • Cargo securement features
  • Drivetrain

Our tractor trailer crash attorneys have seen many serious truck crash cases that lead to serious injury and death. We would like to see all truckers and trucking companies do a better job of checking their rigs to make sure they are safe for the road.

When people are hurt in truck crashes, there can be very expensive and serious injuries, such as this $550,000 truck crash settlement we handled in 2016. Many of these accidents can be avoided both by proper truck care, and by truckers paying attention to the road while they are driving.