On Monday afternoon, there was a crash involving a large truck in Waynesville. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened on Raccoon Road. Very few details about this wreck have been released, but we do know that a driver reportedly lost control of a Consolidated Waste Services (CWS) truck before the vehicle left the roadway and landed in a ditch. Thankfully, no injuries were reported on the scene. Initial reports indicate that the truck may have had a blown tire prior to the crash. A portion of the roadway had to be closed as first responders and crews worked the scene.
Tire Safety on Large Trucks
Large commercial trucking vehicles have additional rules and regulations to follow for safe roadway operation. These trucks are much larger and heavier than traditional passenger occupant vehicles, and sometimes they haul hazardous and volatile chemicals. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has regulations associated with the care and maintenance of tires on large trucks. Since a blowout on a large truck can spell disaster, it’s essential that all tires be appropriately maintained. After any kind of large truck crash involving a blown tire, it will be necessary to determine if the tires were the right size for the vehicle’s size and weight, and that they were maintained within the regulatory standards for safe trucking operations.
Large Truck Crash Stats
- An estimated 116,000 people were injured in large truck crashes in 2015.
- In 2015, 4,067 people killed in wrecks involving large trucks.
- Between 2014 and 2015, there was a four percent increase in large truck crash fatalities.
- In 2014, 3,908 people were killed in crashes involving large trucks.
- An estimated 433,000 large trucks were involved in police-reported crashes in 2015.
Asheville Truck Accident Lawyer
Accidents involving commercial vehicles often require lengthy investigative efforts. Since there are additional rules and regulations involved, it’s critical to have somebody on your side who can stay abreast of all investigative details and make sure your rights are protected. If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a crash involving a semi truck, tractor-trailer or any type of commercial trucking vehicle, contact the skilled and proven Truck Accident team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897 for a free case consultation.