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July 23, 2014

Overturned Semi Truck in Polk County

On Tuesday afternoon, an overturned 18-wheeler had traffic backed up in Polk County. The incident happened on I-26 near the Saluda exit (exit 59). According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the big rig was hauling water when it blew a tire. Apparently, the rig struck the overpass and then overturned. First responders were swiftly on the scene, where at least one person was trapped by the wreckage. Crews also had to deal with a fuel spill. One person was taken to Pardee Hospital.

Traffic Backed up in Polk County

All westbound lanes had to be closed for first responders and cleanup crews. Traffic was diverted onto Highway 176 through Saluda. According to the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), all lanes were expected to be open again by about 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday night. There's no information on the extent of injuries involved or the victim's current condition. Very little information has been released about this crash, which is likely still under investigation with authorities.

Motor Carrier Safety Across the U.S.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's (FMCSA's) primary mission is to reduce crashes, injuries and fatalities involving large trucks and buses. Since semi trucks and tractor trailers can weigh in excess of five tons, safe driving and management practices are top priorities for the FMCSA. In addition to regulations about driver fitness, hours of service and safe cargo handling, there are also regulations regarding the use of hand-held mobile phones while operating certain commercial vehicles. The FMCSA's website has a variety of safety resources for consumers too.

After a Truck Accident

Cases involving commercial trucks are much more complicated than traditional automobile accidents. After an accident involving a big rig, it's important to speak with an experienced truck accident lawyer as soon as possible. Since commercial trucking companies and drivers have to adhere to a variety of federal trucking laws and regulations, it is often necessary to conduct an additional accident investigation. Federal trucking laws were put in place to keep roadway users safe. Semi trucks are so much larger and heavier than traditional passenger vehicles, so it's absolutely critical that trucking companies and commercial drivers play by the rules. If you or a loved one has been injured in a crash involving a tractor trailer, contact the skilled team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897 for a free case consultation.

June 26, 2014

Big-Rig Crash in Asheville

On Thursday afternoon, a crash involving an 18-wheeler happened on I-26 West in South Asheville. Lanes were backed up for hours as crews worked the scene. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the wreck, which also involved a Dodge pickup truck, happened at about 2:00 p.m. near mile marker 34, between the Long Shoals Road exit and Brevard Road exit.

Very little information has been released about this crash, but as of about 4:00 p.m., all lanes were back open for traffic. There's still no word on the cause of the crash, or who was at fault. Thankfully, no injuries were initially reported. If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, contact the skilled team at Davis Law Group, P.A. for a free consultation today. In many cases, it's necessary to have a more in-depth and thorough investigation conducted when accidents involve tractor trailers.

June 6, 2014

Semi Truck Wreck on I-26

On Wednesday morning, a wreck involving a tractor trailer sent three people to the hospital. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, at about 9:30 a.m., an 18-wheeler was traveling too fast downhill on I-26 near the Saluda exit, when one of its wheels went off of the roadway. The driver over-corrected, the load shifted and the truck overturned, striking a car in the process.

Two people from the semi truck and one person from the other vehicle were transported to the hospital. The tractor trailer's load of ready-cook rice was spilled across the roadway too. First responders and crews were on the scene for hours, and all four lanes were finally opened again just before 5:00 p.m. The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. wishes everybody speedy and full recoveries from their injuries.

May 30, 2014

Multiple Tractor Trailer Crashes on I-40

On Wednesday afternoon, parts of I-40 had to be shut down after multiple wrecks. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, there were two jackknifed semi trucks involved. The first crash happened at about 6:20 p.m. on I-40 West at the Crooked Creek Bridge. A big rig jackknifed, and a chain-reaction crash followed behind it.

Later, just before the Sugar Hill Road Exit, another semi-truck, this one hauling cars, jackknifed. At least five people were taken to McDowell Hospital from the crash at Crooked Creek Bridge. Very little information has been released on exactly how these wrecks happened, but heavy rain was reported in the area. Could it have been two separate cases of driving too fast for conditions? If you or a loved one has been injured in a wreck involving a semi truck, contact the skilled team at Davis Law Group, P.A. for a free consultation today.

May 28, 2014

Logging Truck Wreck on Highway 25

Last week, a logging truck and a fuel tanker nearly collided on Highway 25. The near-collision caused the logging truck to spill its contents across the roadway. Traffic was backed up for hours. The incident happened in Greenville, South Carolina on Highway 25 North. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the driver of the logging truck tried to go around a small trailer that was turning right off of the highway, but he didn't know that his left lane wasn't clear. There was a larger taker truck hauling ethanol in the other lane. He reportedly never hit his breaks, but did strike the smaller trailer rather than hit the large tanker truck. Enormous logs were spilled all over the roadway. Thankfully, he didn't hit the fully-loaded fuel tanker. The wreck could have been a lot worse.

Accidents Involving Logging Trucks

Like any other load, logs should always be properly secured. A safety checklist, published by Virginia Tech, encourages logging truck drivers to be "knights of the road." Courteous driving habits must always be practiced, because if logging trucks are involved in accidents, the results can be devastating. The importance of roadworthiness can't be overstated either. Logging trucks, like other commercial trucking vehicles, have to comply with a variety of federal rules and regulations to ensure public safety.

Volatile Fuels and Chemicals

Wrecks with semi trucks are dangerous enough, because of their size alone. Fuel tanker trucks are carrying especially dangerous contents, in the event of a wreck. Crashes involving fuel tanker trucks can create large explosions and fires which can be devastating and even deadly for those involved. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's (FMCSA's) Hazardous Materials Compliance Basic Factsheet offers a quick overview of regulations for motor carriers that transport hazardous materials like ethanol.

After a Wreck Involving a Tractor Trailer

After about three hours, the highway was opened for traffic. The logging truck driver was charged with driving too fast for conditions. Thankfully, no injuries were initially reported. A near-wreck involving a large fuel tanker and spilled logs could have been catastrophic. If you or a loved one has been injured in a wreck involving a semi truck or tractor trailer, contact the experienced team at the Davis Law Group, P.A. for a free consultation today.

May 9, 2014

Oversized Load and Lost Cargo on I-26

On Monday afternoon, a large truck hauling an oversized load lost its cargo on I-26. The incident happened just past the Long Shoals Road exit on I-26 West. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, a mobile home that the truck was hauling slid of the trailer during transport. Traffic was delayed between the Fletcher exit and the Brevard Road exit until about 6:00 p.m.

WLOS News didn't report if any other vehicles were involved, but unsecured cargo can cause devastating wrecks. Drivers expect tractor trailer cargo to be secure. Drivers and commercial trucking companies have a specific rules and regulations to follow to ensure roadway safety for all motorists. If you or a loved one is injured in a crash involving a semi truck, contact the experienced team at the Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897 for a free consultation today.

April 23, 2014

I-40 Tanker Truck Crash

On Monday afternoon, a tanker truck overturned on I-40 in Haywood County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the wreck happened near mile marker six at about 3:00 p.m. For unknown reasons, the tanker truck, hauling sodium chlorite, overturned on the roadway. There is no word on whether or not any other vehicles were involved. I-40 had to be shut down as HAZMAT crews and officials with the North Carolina Department of Transportation worked the scene. No information has been released on the cause of this wreck.

Tanker Truck Was Hauling Toxic Chemical

Sodium Chlorite is a toxic chemical, similar to bleach, that is corrosive. There was also some concern about people breathing in vapors at a nearby rest area. No injuries were immediately reported, but traffic was backed up for more than eight hours. Eastbound lanes were the first to reopen, but the right westbound lane wasn't open until 8:30 a.m. the following day.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), hazardous material shipments make up between four and eight percent of all shipments. This may seem like a relatively small number of shipments, but even one tanker wreck or spill can have an incredibly large impact on victims and communities. The PHMSA also reports that in 2013, North Carolina had 366 Hazmat incidents costing a total of $1,647,081 in damages.

After a Truck Accident

After any type of truck accident, victims need to contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. It's not uncommon for tanker truck drivers to haul caustic, flammable and toxic chemicals. If tanker drivers aren't careful, everybody on the road is put at risk. Because the commercial trucking industry has additional rules and regulations to follow, you need an attorney with extensive truck accident litigation experience. An experienced lawyer can stay on top of official investigations and find out if truck drivers were violating any commercial trucking regulations at the time of the crash. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving a semi truck or tanker truck, contact the skilled team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897 for a free consultation today.

March 14, 2014

Multiple Crashes in Asheville on Thursday Morning

There were multiple crashes in and around Asheville on Thursday morning. Traffic was backed up in a variety of locations. Additionally, the morning commute was further delayed by the poor weather conditions. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, power lines were down on Sugarloaf Rd near Highway 280. Also, a three-vehicle wreck happened on Hendersonville road at Caribou road.

First responders with the Asheville Police Department were working multiple scenes this morning. There was even a crash involving an 18-wheeler in Haywood County. The wreck happened near 18-MM westbound, in the Gorge. Dispatchers were letting motorists know that they could take I-26 to I-81 as a detour if travelling west. No injuries were immediately reported in the crash involving the semi truck, but very few details have been released on the crash. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car or truck accident, contact the experienced team at the Davis Law Group, P.A. for a free consultation today.

March 11, 2014

Overturned Tractor Trailer on NC 226

On Monday, a semi truck overturned on NC 226, also known as Coxes Creek Road. The 18-wheeler was hauling a mobile home at the time of the crash. The roadway was shut down for hours as crews worked on the scene of this McDowell County wreck. Motorists were diverted on detours through NC 226A and NC 221 North. At least two people were injured as a result of the crash.

At Least Two People Injured in NC 226 18-Wheeler Crash

According to WLOS ABC 13 News, one victim was taken to Blue Ridge Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries, and a second victim was airlifted to Mission Hospital for treatment of serious injuries. Very little information has been released about this crash which is likely still under investigation. There is no word on what caused the 18-wheeler to overturn in the roadway. Additionally, there is no information on the condition of the two victims involved in this collision.

Large Truck Crash Causation Study

When a semi truck overturns and results in an injury-causing wreck, it's absolutely critical to find out why and how it happened. In 2007, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published the results of a Large Truck Crash Causation Study. Half of the collisions studied involved passenger vehicles. The study found that for crashes involving both large trucks and passenger vehicles, there was a statistically significant link between the 10 factors listed below for both the trucks and passenger vehicles.

Associated Factors for Large Truck Crashes Involving Passenger Vehicles

1. Interruption of traffic flow
2. Roadway unfamiliarity
3. Inadequate surveillance
4. Driving too fast for conditions
5. Illegal maneuver
6. Inattention
7. Fatigue
8. Illness
9. False assumption of other road user's actions
10. Distraction by object or person in the vehicle

Commercial Truck Accidents in North Carolina

Crashes involving commercial trucks can leave victims in the hospital and out of work. Since the trucking industry has a variety of additional laws and regulations to follow, it's a good idea to contact an experienced truck accident attorney as soon as possible if you have been injured in a crash. The experienced team at the Davis Law Group, P.A. can answer your questions and make sure you're on the right track for getting the compensation you deserve after an accident involving an 18-wheeler.

March 6, 2014

Rule for Electronic On-Board Recorders Perpetually Delayed

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) seems to perpetually delay the proposed rule for requiring electronic on-board recorders (EOBR's) for vehicles in the trucking and transit industry. Many suggest that the delay is the result of the well-healed truck industry lobby. Proponents of the potential rule are hoping that greater accountability and accurate logging of hours will help to improve roadway safety for motorists across the U.S. With 26,000 Americans dying each year in crashes with big trucks, we need all the help we can get to make truck drivers safer.

Electronic On-Board Recorders (Electronic Logging Devices)

EOBR's, also known as electronic logging devices, are on-board monitors that will keep track of the amount of time a particular vehicle has been driven. These devices are of incredible importance to the trucking and transit industry, where hours-of-service (HOS) rules regulate how often and for how long a driver can get behind the wheel. It's not uncommon for unscrupulous drivers to violate HOS rules. These rules were put in place to prevent collisions caused by driver fatigue. If EOBR's are required on all commercial trucks, it will be difficult for truck drivers to violate HOS rules without getting caught. Accurate logging of hours and greater accountability will help keep big-rig drivers awake and alert.

Safety Implications

Critics are citing too much regulation and 'unnecessary' expense as two reasons why they don't agree with the proposed rule. It's important to note that the potential safety implications of EOBR's would mean fewer crashes involving fatigued drivers. Since crashes involving tractor trailers are often incredibly devastating, preventing these wrecks needs to be a top priority for the FMCSA. Semi trucks are much larger and heavier than traditional passenger occupant vehicles, and crashes can often cause serious and fatal injuries.

After a Truck Accident

After any kind of accident involving an 18 wheeler or other commercial truck, you should contact an experienced truck injury lawyer. Professionals in the trucking industry have an important set of rules and regulations to follow. If those regulations aren't being properly adhered to, people can get hurt or killed. Evidence of negligence or misconduct might not be immediately apparent either, so an experienced truck accident attorney can ask the right questions and safeguard your rights. An attorney can be your advocate during this difficult time. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving an 18-wheeler, contact the skilled team at the Davis Law Group, P.A. for a free consultation.

January 29, 2013

Bus Crash Last Night - Did Driver Fall Asleep?

Imagine a city bus full of passengers heading down a busy city street. The bus driver slumps over in his seat. The bus blows through a red light and T-bones a car, sending it spinning around in the street. Just like in the movies, the bus keeps crashing into cars and taxis as it careens through intersections. This scenario happened in New York City last night. The driver lost consciousness while going north on Madison Avenue near East 81st at around 7:05 p.m.

A frightened but quick thinking passenger, Guy Praisler, rushed to the front of the bus, jerked at the driver and grabbed the wheel. hero bus crash.JPG The driver then woke-up and hit the brakes.

Really?? Now the bus driver claims to have fainted. As someone who has investigated dozens of bus and truck crashes, this sounds like a classic case of a fatigued bus driver falling asleep behind the wheel. The statistics would certainly indicate that fatigue is the most likely cause of this crash.

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May 7, 2012

Train Cuts Tractor-Trailer in Two - No Injuries Reported

Last Friday, a dangerous railroad crossing in Kings Mountain, North Carolina claimed a tractor-trailer loaded with cotton bails as its latest victim when a huge train sliced the 18-wheeler in two near Battleground Avenue and Oak Street in Kings Mountain. Luckily, no one was injured. The video is amazing.

Town officials have long known about the dangers presented by the dangerous railroad crossing according to the Gaston Gazette, but until now had failed to act. The problem is that the railroad tracts are quite high above the level of the road, and the road ramps sharply upward as you approach the tracks. In this collision, the tractor-trailer's landing gear caught on the tracts, and the truck was stuck.

Although there are signs on both sides of the tracks prohibiting tractor-trailers from using the crossing, there have been 4 such train wrecks at this crossing since 2011, and 14 since 1976. North Carolina DOT has been after city leaders since 2008 to make them close the crossing. City leaders have previously failed to take action. The near fatal collision in this case should cause the city to close the crossing.

The truck driver and his passenger narrowly escaped the speeding locomotive, jumping from the truck just seconds prior to impact. After the crash, city leaders decided to temporarily close the railroad crossing, and have indicated that they plan to hold a public hearing on the issue of permanently closing the crossing. For the City to Ignore such a clear safety hazard for so long amounts to a reckless indifference to the safety of the general public.

Cities and towns in North Carolina, in conjunction with DOT, decide where railroad crossings will occur. If any crossing presents an unusual hazard, such as this one, city leaders have the authority and obligation to close it.

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January 28, 2012

Bigger & Heavier Trucks Mean More Dangerous Roads

triple trailer truck.jpgThis image could become a common sight on the interstates and rural roads throughout North Carolina and around Asheville if the truck industry is successful in Washington this week.

Truck industry big shots are pushing Congress to let states decide how big and how heavy highway trucks should be, and their goal is simple: To Put Bigger and Heavier Trucks on the Road! The problem is that bigger and heavier trucks mean more deaths and destruction for our nation's citizens. This coming Thursday, Congress will vote on the bill.

One North Carolina State Trooper, Nathan Mitchell, will be in Washington on behalf of the NC Troopers Association. The Asheville Citizen Times reported that he plans to tell Congress that bigger and heavier trucks will mean more Americans will be killed and maimed if the measure passes. Trooper Mitchell's position is supported by statistical data.

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November 8, 2011

Sleep Disorder Blamed in Many Fatal Truck Accidents

tired truck driver.jpgOdds are that if you are driving on an interstate highway, more than 25% of the tractor-trailers you see will be operated by a fatigued truck driver. This is because approximately 3 million U.S. truck drivers have what is called Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). OSA is characterized by sleep-disordered breathing that results in daytime sleepiness, sleep attacks, micro-sleeps, psychomotor deficits, and disrupted nighttime sleep. OSA dramatically increases a truck driver's risk of being involved in a fatal truck accident. Unfortunately, many truck companies continue to deny that many of their drivers suffer from OSA and refuse to conduct company sponsored screening for the disorder. The problem of fatigued truck drivers has been a deadly problem for years.

In 2008, the medical advisory panel of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration - the government agency that regulates the truck industry - recommended that companies screen their drivers for OSA. Very few truck companies have done anything to identify which of their drivers have OSA. One exception, is Schneider National Trucking.

Don Osterberg is the Vice-president of Safety at Schneider. He stated, "[s]o now we're three and a half years later and the DOT has taken no action." The lack of a federal regulation did not stop Schneider from taking responsibility for its drivers. Schneider screened all of its more than 2000 truck drivers. They discovered that a very significant percentage suffered from OSA. The great thing about this disease is "how effectively it can be treated," Osterberg said. Schneider's program is not perfect, but at least they have taken a huge step in the right direction. More screening and regular monitoring is needed throughout the trucking industry.

Many doctors treat sleep apnea with a device called a CPAP - for "continuous positive airway pressure." The CPAP delivers air through a tube and mask into the nose and mouth, thereby keeping the airway open and allowing the patient to maintain continuous deep sleep. Without the device, those with OSA literally stop breathing for short periods of time, and then when their oxygen level gets to a dangerous point, they wake themselves up enough to start breathing again. This cycle repeats over and over again each night, preventing the person from ever reaching the very important deep "REM" sleep.

As a result of Schneider's screening program, the company saw a 30 percent decline in the number of truck accidents over a 2 year period. This has resulted in dramatic savings for the company and it's insurer. The cost savings, in the number of innocent lives that have been saved by this program, is what is really important.

Many fatal truck accidents in North Carolina are the result of an overworked, and over-tired truck driver falling asleep at the wheel. We have seen this problem way too many times in our law firm. As we have discussed before, there are several tips you can follow that might prevent you from being in a truck accident:

1. If you have to pass a tractor-trailer, watch for signs that the truck driver might be fatigued such as weaving or erratic driving. If you observe any signs of fatigue, back off and do not attempt to pass.

2. If you are going to pass a tractor-trailer, then wait until you have a clear path to drive completely past the entire big rig and accelerate so that you do not get caught in the truck driver's blind spot. Do not allow yourself to get stuck beside a tractor-trailer.

3. If you have to stop on the highway because of traffic in front of you, leave room between your vehicle and the vehicles in front of you - so that you have an emergency escape route, and you should watch for approaching trucks.

4. Avoid driving late at night. Many truck drivers prefer to drive at night because traffic is lighter, and law enforcement has fewer officers patrolling the highways. Unfortunately, this is also when many tired truckers fall asleep at the wheel.

5. Report truck drivers who are weaving or driving erratically to law enforcement. In North Carolina, you can dial the State Highway Patrol on your cell phone by pressing *47 and then "send".

At Davis Law Group, we believe that the federal government should require each motor carrier to pay for OSA screening of each of its truck drivers, and then mandate treatment for those with OSA. This would save countless lives each year on our nation's highways.

Please drive safely out there!

July 5, 2011

Truck Driver Crashes Into AmTrak Train - Wilmington Passengers Safe

nevada train crash.jpgA tractor-trailer driver slammed his big rig into the side of an AmTrak train at a public crossing in a rural Nevada town on Friday. The collision ripped several of the train cars apart and caused a terrible fire. The LA Times reported at least 6 people, including the truck driver, were killed and scores were injured.

The passenger train was traveling from Chicago to California at the time of the crash. Two of the passengers on the train were from Wilmington, North Carolina. Grandfather Jay Peterson and his grandson Chris Lachance planned for their train journey to be a great summer adventure - destined for a toy train convention - but it was full of more excitement than they expected. The two North Carolina citizens stayed calm during the disaster and provided much needed help and aid to those who were injured.

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