Troopers believe that a brake failure on a big rig resulted in a crash in the western part of the state on Friday, July 17. The Buncombe County incident occurred at about 8 a.m. on an off ramp leading from Interstate 40 to Wiggins Road. At the time, the semi was en route from the Memphis area to Salisbury, and the driver pulled off the interstate to take a break.
Truck Lands on Vehicles
Authorities say that the brakes failed as the tractor-trailer traveled down the off ramp. The driver swerved to avoid oncoming traffic, and the rig flipped on its side. It landed on two vehicles – a car and a Mountain Mobility van. The three occupants of the van were not injured. The female motorist in the car escaped injury as well. The trucker sustained minor cuts in the accident.
Troopers Issue Citation
The semi driver told ABC 13 News that the female motorist in the car narrowly escaped serious injury. Troopers charged the High Point truck driver with careless and reckless driving. Crews were on the scene to unload approximately 20 tons of cotton from the overturned trailer.
Although the investigation into this accident continues, injuries linked to alleged brake failure sometimes result in civil litigation that seeks compensation. In some cases, it is possible to seek monetary damages for medical expenses, pain-and-suffering and lost wages.
If you or a family member suffers injury in a traffic accident, it is possible to meet with trucking accident attorneys about the matter. Our firm provides this type of consultation at no cost to you. We fight the insurance companies to get just compensation for our clients. To ask your questions, or to learn more, please contact us.