On Thursday, there was a crash involving a two semi trucks and a utility truck in Henderson County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the wreck happened on Interstate 26 and sent at least two people to the hospital. The collision occurred at about 10:00 a.m., in the eastbound lanes of I-26, near Exit 44. Very few details about the truck crash have been released, but we do know that a utility truck reportedly merged and collided with a tractor-trailer. That truck hit another big rig, and diesel fuel was spilled onto the roadway. At least two people were transported to Park Ridge Hospital, and a portion of the roadway had to be closed as crews and first responders worked the scene.
Tanker Truck Crash in McDowell County
Last week, we reported on the tanker truck crash that happened in McDowell County. A tanker hauling heating oil overturned beside the roadway and spilled fuel onto the roadway. Although there has been no word on the official cause of the crash, the driver reportedly said that his brakes malfunctioned prior to the wreck. Investigations involving large trucks are often lengthy due to the additional regulations associated with the commercial trucking industry. If malfunctioning brakes or any other type of mechanical issue causes a crash involving a big rig, it’s essential to determine whether or not the vehicle was in full compliance with all safety maintenance regulations.
Truck Crash Driver Death Statistics
- Crashes are the leading cause of on-the-job death for truck drivers in the U.S.
- In 2012, approximately 700 drivers of large trucks or their passengers died in crashes in 2012.
- An estimated 26,000 were injured.
- About 65 percent of on-the-job deaths of drunk drivers in 2012 were the result of a motor vehicle crash.
Truck Accidents in Asheville
Accidents involving tractor-trailers can cause significant damage to smaller passenger occupant vehicles. Commercial trucking vehicles are much larger and heavier than most other vehicles on the road, and sometimes, they’re carrying hazardous or combustible materials, in addition to their regular fuel tanks.
If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in an accident involving a semi truck in Asheville or in any of the surrounding Western North Carolina communities, contact the skilled and proven Personal Injury team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 828-279-7799 for a free case consultation today.