The sudden loss of a family member or friend is something we all hope to never experience. Everything in life changes in an instant and the overwhelming emotional toll that results can be everlasting. Unfortunately, truck accidents result in thousands of fatalities every year in the United States. Three fatal accidents involving dump trucks occurred on the same day recently in North Carolina.
A Stoneville truck driver was killed when his vehicle ran off of a road and overturned. The 65-year-old man was trying to slow down before an intersection when his brakes locked up causing him to lose control of his vehicle. The man was later pronounced dead at a local hospital.
In a second deadly accident, a construction worker from McDowell County got pinned under the rear of a dump truck. The man was pronounced dead at the scene. The third tragedy occurred on U.S. 221 just north of Marion. A driver was killed when a rock came off of a dump truck and went through his windshield. This victim was also pronounced dead at the scene.
The diversity in these three accidents shows that some trucks and construction vehicles can present danger to their drivers and anyone in their vicinity. North Carolina has laws in place that allow for a victim or their families to file personal injury or wrongful death claims when these unfortunate events occur. If a vehicle operator is found liable for being negligent or acting recklessly, then he or she could face serious consequences. In cases involving a fatality, monetary damages can be sought to help cope with funeral and burial expenses as well as other damages permissible under our laws. When truck accidents result in serious injuries, compensation can be awarded to help cover medical bills, lost wages and any rehabilitation.
Source: News-Record.com, Stokesdale accident among 3 fatal N.C. crashes involving dump trucks, No author, Sept. 4, 2013