The city of Durham is located in north central North Carolina and has a population of approximately 229,100 making it the fifth largest city in the state. Durham is the county seat of Durham County. Durham is home to Duke University, Apex School of Theology, North Carolina Central University, The Art University of Raleigh-Durham, and Durham Technical Community College. The main trucking route running through this city is Interstate 85 (I-85). 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. Raleigh-Durham International Airport provides air services to Durham.
Recent Truck Accidents in the Area
October 5, 2011 â€“Interstate 26
In Hendersonville, North Carolina, Donnie Jones jumped from his tractor-trailer while driving when he began experiencing brake problems.Â His tractor-trailer continued down the interstate until crashing into a guard rail.Â After the initial wreck, traffic stopped and a second tractor-trailer driven by Anthony Meadows lost control, overturned and crashed into three vehicles.Â Mr. Meadows was charged with failure to reduce speed and four people were injured.
Failure to Maintain Awareness and Reduce Speed: Speed is a major factor in tractor-trailer accidents. The truck driver should be trained to constantly be on the lookout for potential hazards in the roadway and to maintain a speed that is slow enough to leave time to stop for impeding traffic. It is critical that the truck driver is looking far enough into the distance to recognize when traffic is coming to a stop. Many times the truck driver does not give him/herself enough space or look far enough into the distance to avoid a collision. These types of accidents are always preventable. We have handled a number of tractor trailer collisions where speed has played a factor. You can view our case results by clicking here.
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.