Winston-Salem, NC

The city of Winston-Salem is located in northwestern North Carolina and has a population of approximately 229,800 making it the fourth largest city in the state.  Winston-Salem is the county seat of Forsyth County.  Winston-Salem is home to Wake Forest University, the University of North Carolina School of Arts, Winston –Salem State University, Carolina Christian College, Piedmont Baptist College, Salem College, and Forsyth Technical Community College.  Interstate 40 (I-40) is the main trucking route running through Winston-Salem.  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.  Smith Reynolds Airport provides air services to Winston-Salem.

 

Recent Truck Accidents in the Area

May 16, 2011 – Ramp from Silas Creek Parkway to Stratford Road

Donald Daniels was sitting in the median when a tractor-trailer ran over his legs in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Because Daniels was disabled, he could not get out of the way of the truck when he realized it was too close to him.

Monitoring Trailer Placement: Truck drivers are trained to use extreme care on entry and exit ramps, because their articulated vehicles track differently than normal vehicles.  The trailer tires do not necessarily follow in the same arc as the tractor tires. Truck drivers have a responsibility to make sure that the trailer has sufficient room to avoid pedestrians in and around the roadway. We have handled a number of truck on pedestrian collisions.You can look at our past case results by clicking here.

May 4, 2011 – Southbound lanes of Interstate 77 in Statesville, just south of I-40 at mile marker 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, slammed into the back of the car. 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.

http://www.wbtv.com/story/14572573/wreck-closes-southbound-i-77-near-statesville

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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