Raleigh, NC

The city of Raleigh is located in central North Carolina and has a population of approximately 427,000 making it the second largest city in the state.  Raleigh is the capital of North Carolina and the county seat of Wake County.  Raleigh is home to North Carolina State University, Meredith College, Peace College, Shaw University, St. Augustine’s College and Wake Technical Community College.  Interstate 40 (I-40) and US 401 are the main trucking routes that run through this city.  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.  US 401 travels through Louisburg, Raleigh, Fayetteville and Laurinburg.  Raleigh-Durham International Airport provides air services to Raleigh.

Recent Truck Accidents in the Area

June 30, 2011 – Interstate 85 near the Old N.C. 86 interchange

Multiple people were injured in a collision in Hillsborourgh, North Carolina. The collision was a result of a truck driver hauling cement mixers who lost control of his vehicle when he thought that his load was too high to fit under a bridge. The truck driver braked hard causing his trailer to jackknife and overturn and for the cement mixers to shoot across the roadway. When traffic stopped for the accident, a truck driver approaching from the rear then slammed into an empty tanker truck and burst into flames. The second truck driver jumped out of the burning truck but did not survive. A Mazda Protégé and a Crown Victoria were also caught in the middle of the collisions. There were numerous people injured in the collisions and transported to area hospitals.

Highway Clearance: Truck drivers are professional drivers who are faced with making judgment decisions each day on the road. If they are not trained properly to handle a situation, they will make the wrong choice with catastrophic consequences. Truck drivers should know if their load is cleared for the highway on which they are traveling and if the load will clear the bridges and overpasses on the highway before they begin their trip. It is the responsibility of the truck driver to control his vehicle and not to slam on the brakes in such a manner that the trailer off-tracks with the tractor, causing the vehicle to jackknife. Properly trained truck drivers should never jackknife their vehicle. We have handled several cases involving tractor trailers that have jackknifed or overturned. You can view our 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.

Contact Us

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.

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