A truck accident can be one of the most dangerous and debilitating types of motor vehicle accidents. The large size and weight of some trucks can lead to catastrophic injuries or even death for some accident victims. Both North Carolina and federal laws govern the way that truck drivers and truck companies must operate these vehicles, but in some unfortunate situations, accidents still take place. Attorney Jason Burton is a dedicated advocate for North Carolina truck accident victims. He is available to discuss your potential case and whether you are entitled to compensation.
In a recently issued opinion, the North Carolina Court of Appeal considered a dispute in a lawsuit involving a truck accident. The facts of the case are as follows. A truck driver arrived at a facility to pick up a load of cargo that was assembled on wooden pallets. The truck driver provided instructions to the workers at the facility regarding how to load the pallets onto the truck. The truck driver left. At one point on his trip to the cargo’s final destination, the driver checked that the cargo was still loaded securely. He tightened some of the straps at this time. Later, while still transporting the cargo, he saw sparks coming from the back of the truck in his side-view mirror. After he pulled over, he concluded that one of the pallets had fallen off.
The pallet fell into the roadway and into the path of a motorcycle traveling in the opposite direction. The driver of the motorcycle attempted to avoid colliding with the pallets but was ultimately unable to do so. A passenger on the motorcycle was ejected from the bike as a result of the impact and suffered serious injuries that ultimately took her life.
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