Trucking Accident in Columbus, North Carolina Causes Multi-Car Pileup

A recent trucking accident in Columbus, North Carolina closed the northbound lanes on Interstate 26 for a several hours. The accident happened when the driver of a semi-truck jumped out of the cab of his big rig. When he left the semi, it plowed through traffic causing a multi-car accident on the Interstate near mile marker 66, according to Fleet Owner.
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After the trucker jumped from the big rig, it traveled for nearly a mile without a driver, crashed into a guardrail and finally stopped on the side of the road in some bushes, according to a North Carolina Highway Patrol spokesman.

Our Asheville trucking accident attorneys understand that accidents involving tractor-trailers are very dangers and oftentimes end fatally. These trucks carry so much weight and size that they can crush a passenger vehicle. These drivers are required to hold specific licenses and to obtain extensive trucking knowledge to operate these rigs safely. Motorists are asked to travel cautiously among these large vehicles. Defensive driving habits may be one of your best defenses against an accident with a tractor-trailer.

After the big rig came to a stop on the side of the road, another semi-truck crashed because of the debris that was scattered along the road from the initial accident. The driver of the second semi lost control of his vehicle, flipped over and hit a pickup, a van and a flatbed.

The drivers of both of the semis where flown to hospitals in the area while the passenger-vehicle drivers were taken to hospitals by EMS.

It has yet to be determined why the driver of the semi jumped out of the vehicle. Investigators are looking into the accident.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were nearly 3,500 fatalities resulting from trucking accidents in the U.S. in 2009. There were an additional 74,000 injuries resulting from these types of accidents. Roughly 300,000 trucks on U.S. roadways were involved in these accidents throughout the year. Nearly 100 large trucks were involved in fatal trucking accidents in Missouri in 2009. Occupants of the passenger vehicles involved in the accidents accounted for a majority of the injured and fatalities.

Fatalities resulting from trucking accidents in 2009:

-75 percent occurred to the occupants of another vehicle.

-10 percent occurred to those who were nonoccupants.

-15 percent occurred to the occupants of a large truck.

Injuries resulting from trucking accidents in 2009:

-74 percent occurred to the occupants of another vehicle.

-10 percent occurred to those who were nonoccupants.

-16 percent occurred to the occupants of a large truck.

Passenger-vehicle drivers are urged to be cautious when traveling near these large trucks. Be sure to stay out of their blind spots and remember to give them some distance. Never tailgate or cut off a tractor-trailer. A few simply safety steps can help to keep you and your loved ones safe when driving near large commercial vehicles.

If you or someone you love has been involved in a traffic accident with a tractor-trailer, contact the North Carolina injury attorneys at Grimes Teich Anderson LLP to discuss your rights. Call 1.800.533.6845. No Attorney Fees Until You’ve Been Paid.

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