Interstate truck accidents in North Carolina cause serious damage and injuries. A mid-summer crash in Charlotte involved four vehicles—including a tractor-trailer. A small car was almost entirely crushed by the truck, which trapped two victims inside with life-threatening injuries. Seven people were injured in total because of the chain of accidents.
In a separate North Carolina truck accident on Interstate-40, a rental truck driver from Statesville, Alan George, was driving while impaired. George was cited for careless and reckless driving, and driving with an open container. His careless driving caused a collision with another truck operated by Wake County Schools, causing injuries to both George as well as the other truck driver, George Byron, of Raleigh.
Filing a truck accident personal injury lawsuit in North Carolina is different than a car accident injury claim. Trucks operate under special truck insurance policies. In the Charlotte accident, a claim will most likely be filed by the innocent victims who were pinned in their Ford after a tractor-trailer struck them from behind. The statute of limitations in North Carolina is three years from the date of the accident, but if one of the victims dies the statute of limitations is 2 years from the date of the victim’s death. North Carolina laws require commercial truck owners who haul non-hazardous materials to carry an insurance policy that covers a minimum of $750,000 of liability. What can this liability coverage be applied to? NC truck accident victims can receive compensation for:
- Emotional distress
- Permanent disfigurement or disability
- Caregiver costs
- Lost wages
- Property repair or replacement (vehicle damage)
- Past, present and future medical costs