The city of Greensboro is located in north central North Carolina and has a population of approximately 260,000 making it the third largest city in North Carolina. Greensboro is located in Guilford County. Greensboro is home to North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Bennett College for Women, Greensboro College and Guilford College. Interstate 85 (I-85) and Interstate 40 (I-40) are the main trucking routes running through Greensboro. I-85 enters North Carolina from Virginia in the central northern part of the state and travels southwest through Durham, Greensboro, Concord, and Charlotte and continues south into South Carolina and Georgia. I-40 is the third longest east-west highway in the United States, running from California to Wilmington, North Carolina. In North Carolina, I-40 travels through Asheville, Morganton, Statesville, Greensboro, Raleigh and Wallace and ends in Wilmington. Piedmont Triad International Airport provides air services to Greensboro.
Recent Truck Accidents in the Area
June 6, 2011 – Edgeworth Street
A white Jeep was heading north at about 9:55 a.m. when the driver turned west onto West Friendly Avenue and collided with a dump truck in Greensboro, North Carolina. The driver and passenger in the Jeep were seriously injured. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.
Smith System of Defensive Driving: Truck drivers must be diligent in their lookout for vehicles around them. Because of the size and velocity of a tractor-trailer, even a low speed collision with a passenger vehicle can have devastating results. Truck drivers are taught to use the Smith System of Defensive Driving. The Smith System cautions the truck driver to be aware of traffic around them and to always have an escape route in mind for all traffic on the roadway. Truck drivers are professional drivers and are held to a higher standard of care than a regular driver like you and me. We have handled numerous collisions involving tractor-trailers and commercial vehicles. You can see our case results by clicking here.
May 16, 2011 – Ramp from Silas Creek Parkway to Stratford Road
Donald Daniels, a Winston-Salem Journal hawker who was struck by a tractor-trailer Thursday, remained in stable condition Saturday at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. A representative of the Journal said Saturday that Daniels, 52, successfully came out of another operation that morning and was up and talking. Daniels was sitting in the median when a tractor-trailer ran over his legs. Daniels is disabled and could not get out of the way of the truck. Winston-Salem police are investigating the accident. Donations to help pay his medical expenses can be made at any Southern Community Bank branch. Checks should be made out to “account to benefit Donald Daniels.” The Winston-Salem Journal has pledged a $1,000 contribution.
Monitoring Trailer Placement: Truck drivers have to be careful in ramp maneuvers because their articulated vehicles track differently than normal vehicles. The trailer tires do not necessarily follow in the same arc as the tractor tires. It appears from the news story that the victim probably was passed by the tractor, but the trailer tires came across the area of the median where he was. We have handled cases in the past involving accidents caused by trailers, and you can look at our past case results by clicking here.
North Carolina Law
Interstate trucking companies are governed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (“FMCSR”), including trucking operations, driver qualifications, hours of service, maintenance of equipment, insurance, and alcohol and drug testing. North Carolina also has state specific regulations governing intrastate trucking companies. Intrastate trucking companies pick up and deliver loads only in the State of North Carolina and do not cross state lines. The North Carolina Department of Transportation, Division of Motor Vehicles has adopted many of the federal regulations as also being applicable to intrastate trucking companies. Under North Carolina law, intrastate trucking companies must have minimum liability insurance coverage in the amount of $750,000. Motor carriers of household goods and passengers are regulated by the North Carolina Utilities Commission. Motor carriers of general cargo are regulated by the International Registration Plan Unit. North Carolina has special exemptions for recreational vehicles, military equipment, fire and emergency vehicles and certain farm vehicles.
If you or a loved one has been a victim of a trucking accident, you should contact a trucking attorney at Fried Rogers Goldberg LLC as soon as possible to make sure that evidence is preserved and not destroyed by the trucking company. You can contact us by calling 877-591-1801 or clicking here to email us.