The city of Charlotte is located in southwestern North Carolina and has a population of approximately 709,400 making it the largest city in the state and the fifteenth largest city in the United States. Charlotte is the county seat of Mecklenburg County. Charlotte is home to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Art Institute of Charlotte, DeVry University at Charlotte, Johnson & Wales University: Charlotte, Johnson C. Smith University, Carolinas College of Health Services, Central Piedmont Community College, and Kings College. The main trucking routes running through Charlotte are Interstate 77 (I-77) and Interstate 85 (I-85). I-77 enters North Carolina from Virginia in the northwestern corner and runs directly south through Mooresville and Charlotte and continues running south into South Carolina. I-85 enters North Carolina in the central northern part of the state from Virginia and travels southwest through Durham, Greensboro, Concord, and Charlotte and continues south into South Carolina and Georgia. Charlotte Douglas Airport provides air services to Charlotte.
Recent Truck Accidents in the Area
October 13, 2011
Tomas Herrera, Jr. was injured in a vehicular collision when a tractor-trailer rear-ended his tractor-trailer. Eric Fitzgerald Lee of Greenville, South Carolina and Tomas Herrera, Jr. of San Benito, Texas were traveling along Interstate 85 in Gaston County, North Carolina when Mr. Lee ran into the back of Mr. Herrera causing an explosion due to hitting his fuel tank.Â Mr. Herrera was injured and treated at Gaston Memorial Hospital.
Truck-on-truck Accidents: When truck drivers are involved in accidents with other tractor-trailers on the highway, it usually results in catastrophic injuries. A good truck driver should exercise additional caution around another tractor-trailer because of the lack of maneuverability of two large vehicles in close proximity. We have handled a number of truck-on-truck accidents. To review our case results, click here.
June 13, 2011 â€“ near the City Boulevard exit on I-85
Four people were injured in a multiple vehicle collision in Charlotte, North Carolina. Three tractor-trailers and several vehicles are involved in the accident. The cause of the accident is still under investigation.
Multiple Vehicle Collision: When a truck driver makes a mistake, it can easily result in a collision with multiple vehicles. Because of the size and weight of the tractor-trailer, if the truck driver changes lanes and strikes a nearby vehicle, it can have a domino effect where other vehicles are also hit and become a part of the collision. It is difficult for police officers to figure out how the accident started. The Trucking Attorneys use accident reconstruction experts that can re-create the cause of a collision. We have handled numerous multiple-vehicle collisions involving tractor-trailers and commercial vehicles. You can see our case results by clicking here.
May 5, 2011 â€“ Intersection of Highway 150 and Henry Dellinger Road
North Lincoln High School student Haley Shay Campbell, 17, was killed and six other people were injured in a collision with a white utility truck shortly after school dismissed at 3:20 p.m. in Denver, North Carolina. The North Carolina Highway Patrol continues to investigate the accident.
Utility Vehicle Responsibility: Commercial vehicles include any vehicle weighing in excess of 10,000 pounds, even if the vehicle is not a tractor-trailer. A work truck or utility truck can meet the definition of a commercial vehicle if it exceeds the weight requirements. A commercial vehicle must meet the requirements of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. In addition, certain states have adopted special safety regulations for commercial vehicles. We have handled numerous cases involving work trucks and utility vehicles that are classified as commercial vehicles. You can see our case results by clicking here.
May 4, 2011 â€“ Southbound lanes of Interstate 77 in Statesville, just south of I-40 at mile markerÂ 49-A (Garner Bagnal Boulevard)
A Kannapolis woman, Heather Christine Childers, 36, a passenger in a car, was critically injured and the driver of her vehicle, Charles Lee Anderson, 38, was also injured in a three-vehicle accident in Statesville, Iredell County, North Carolina involving a tractor-trailer. The wreck happened around 2:40 p.m. According to reports, a pickup truck slowed for traffic with the Anderson car stopping behind him when a tractor-trailer, which was going about 40-45 mph,Â slammed into the back of the car.Â The chain reaction caused the car to slam into the back of the pickup truck. The tractor-trailer was driven by Richard Melvin Ingle, 61, of Connelly Springs, NC. The truck driver will be charged with failure to reduce speed and possibly following too closely.
Failure to Reduce Speed/Close Following Distance: Truck drivers have to manage space in front of them and keep a diligent lookout for other vehicles in order to have sufficient time and space to stop for slowing traffic. Because of the weight of the tractor-trailer, a truck driver for a standard 60-foot tractor-trailer must keep a distance of 6 seconds from the vehicle in front of him at speeds under 40 mph. As speed increases, the truck driver must allow additional time to stop. At 55 mph, it will take a tractor-trailer about 450 feet to stop. The most common cause of truck accidents is the failure of the truck driver to allow enough time and space from the vehicle in front of him. The results of this error in judgment are usually catastrophic when the 80,000 lb tractor-trailer collides with the back of a stopped or slowing vehicle. This kind of rear-end accident is preventable if the truck driver would simply follow standard guidelines for safe driving. We have handled a number of rear-end accidents involving tractor-trailers and commercial vehicles. You can click here to see our case results.
North Carolina Law
Interstate trucking companies are governed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (â€śFMCSRâ€ť), 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.