Semi-Truck Crash Leaves One Person Dead, One Critically Injured

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A Charlotte crash involving a large semi truck left one person dead and another seriously hurt. The crash involved two semi-trucks and two other vehicles. The accident happened on the I-485 inner loop between Mallard Creek Road and Prosperity Church Road. The initial impact occurred between a semi-truck and a passenger vehicle on the inner loop of I-485. The crash caused the tractor-trailer to veer over the median and into oncoming traffic on the outer loop. The semi then hit another semi-truck in a head-on collision.


Crash Involved Four Vehicles

There were actually two complex crashes in this incident. The first accident occurred between a semi-truck and a vehicle in the inner loop of I-485. The secondary crash happened when the driver of the big rig went over the median and into traffic headed in the opposite direction. This resulted in a head-on collision with another semi-truck. Another passenger vehicle then hit the semi-trucks. The driver of the first big rig was killed in the crash. The driver of the other big rig was airlifted to the hospital in critical condition. Four other people were evaluated by medics at the scene but were not transported.


Charlotte Personal Injury Attorney Matt Arnold answers the question: “What if a loved one dies from the injuries sustained in a serious accident while the case is pending?”


Crash is Under Investigation

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol is investigating the crash. Lanes in both directions of the Interstate were closed while the scene was cleared, according to the Charlotte Fire Department, which also reported to the accident. Photos of the crash area show that the cabs of the trucks were destroyed by the accident. According to the Highway Patrol, speed was not a factor in the crash. The accident happened during a high-traffic period at about 7:30 am. Additional information will be gathered to assess the crash and determine a cause. In addition, an independent accident recon specialist may be needed to provide more insight.


What Causes Truck Accidents?

There are a number of factors that can cause or contribute to big rig accidents. Factors fall into three general categories including human error, mechanical malfunction, and road or weather conditions. In many accidents, there may be multiple factors. Some common factors include driving while tired, inexperience, distracted driving, driving while impaired, failure to yield, failure to obey traffic signals, and improper load securement.


Who is Responsible for a Truck Accident?

An assessment or review of the accident will help to determine the cause and assess negligence. The negligent driver is responsible for the accident. In this case, negligence has not yet been determined. In North Carolina, if you have any portion of negligence for the accident, you cannot collect compensation. The insurance companies will work to determine negligence and provide compensation. An experienced personal injury attorney will work on your behalf to help you get money for your injuries and other damages.


If you or a loved one were hurt in a truck accident, do not delay. Call us at Arnold & Smith, PLLC at (704) 370-2828 for a consultation to review the details of the crash.



The skilled personal injury attorneys at Arnold & Smith, PLLC are dedicated to maximizing the financial recovery and obtaining justice for every personal injury client injured by another party’s negligence. The issues our personal injury clients may be facing include, but are not limited to, slip and fall injuries, wrongful death, product liability, catastrophic injuries, dog bite claims, car and truck accident injuries, motorcycle injuries, traumatic brain injury (TBI), nursing home negligence, spinal cord injury, boating accidents, and defective medical device injury. Our personal injury attorneys understand the devastating impact such an injury can have on a person’s life, and that the effects so often go beyond physical pain and suffering. The personal injury attorneys at Arnold & Smith, PLLC are dedicated to helping clients determine the strength of their claims, and to aggressively pursuing the means necessary to achieve the best possible end result for each client’s particular situation.





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