The coronavirus pandemic and the presence of COVID-19 in our communities has changed every aspect of our lives. Both due to stay-at-home orders and concerns over the spread of the virus into our homes, consumers have increasingly turned to online retailers to supply everyone from meals and groceries to cleaning wipes and jigsaw puzzles.
One thing the pandemic has not changed is the dangers posed by commercial trucks. The products and goods purchased from retailers like Amazon and Walmart are predominantly transported via semi-trucks and tractor-trailers. Even during a time when rush hour traffic is as light as ever, commercial trucks continue to make their presence known on Interstate highways, state highways, and county roads throughout North Carolina.
Justice For North Carolina Fatal Truck Accident Victims
In all fairness, large trucks are involved in fewer accidents than passenger vehicles. This isn’t a big surprise when you consider the fact they are driven by professional drivers who have earned a commercial driver’s license. The reason it’s crucial to focus on truck accidents is that, when they do happen, they are likelier to result in catastrophic injury and death.
Statistics provided by the North Carolina Department of Transportation show that “tractor/semi-trailer” were involved in 5,115 crashes in 2018. Those crashes resulted in 1,250 injuries and 67 deaths.
When someone loses a loved one due to the negligence of a truck driver or trucking company, civil law provides an answer. A wrongful death claim can provide financial compensation for funeral and burial costs, the deceased’s pain and suffering while alive, lost future earnings, loss of companionship, and more.
The first step in making things right is getting in touch with a proven attorney who can inform you of your rights and hold negligent individuals and companies accountable.