According to ABC 11, North Carolina was sixth in the country for truck accidents in 2009. Many of these accidents could have been prevented if there had been proper safety reviews performed on the trucks involved. According to the ABC 11 report, over half of the trucks that were inspected in North Carolina had traffic, safety, and maintenance issues. Many trucks were immediately prevented from continuing operation until the necessary improvements and repairs were made.
According to the ABC study, millions of trucks travel through North Carolina each year, but only a small fraction are inspected by road officers. Many defective trucks escape detection until it’s too late – until a serious accident has happened.
The ABC study further found that the weigh stations in North Carolina are not always open and even when they are, officers are not always there to do the necessary inspections. State troopers do try to pull over the trucks with obvious defects, but not all defects are obvious. The report stated that the Highway Patrol does work with the North Carolina Trucking Association to prevent accidents but there just aren’t enough resources to catch all the bad trucks.
Truck accidents don’t always happen because the truck is faulty. Poor roads, poor weather conditions, and poorly trained or inattentive drivers (trucks drivers, car drivers, and any type of driver) can cause an accident. Still, there is no excuse for a truck owner not to routinely inspect the truck before it is placed on the road. When a truck owner fails to properly inspect the truck, the owner may be liable for punitive damages.
If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident involving an 18-wheeler, or any other vehicle, you may be eligible for compensation from the party responsible for this unfortunate event. At Joe Miller Law, Ltd., our legal team has years of experience helping accident victims just like you fight for the full and fair compensation they need after an accident, and we are ready to help. Call us today at (888) 694-1671 to learn more.