Tractor-Trailer Accident on I-77 Injures Three Earlier This Month

Three people were seriously injured when a tractor-trailer and car collided on Interstate-77 last month.18 Wheeler Super Singles

In late December, a car and tractor-trailer were involved in a deadly crash that seriously injured three individuals.

The accident occurred on May 2nd, right on the North Carolina and Virginia boarder on Interstate 77, which connects Columbia, SC to Ohio, by way of cities including Charlotte. This is a very typical spot for accidents to occur due to the curving roads that bind the two states.

According to the police reports, driver of a small sedan lost control of his vehicle and crossed over into the fellow driver’s lanes. Particularly, he crossed the path of a FedEx truck/tractor-trailer,  who was making a haul to Harper’s Ferry at the time.

Upon impact, the tractor-trailer caught fire and bursted into flames. It is believed it may of had some hazardous materials inside. The Hazmat crew was called to the scene immediately.

Luckily, nothing leaked out of the containers in the tractor-trailer,so the flames were able to be contained. The crew took about 4 hours to clean up the debris; blocking two of the four lanes on the highway.

One of the driver’s was taken to the closest hospital via helicopter, while the paramedics drove the other two injured parties to the hospital by ambulance.

Large commercial “big rigs” or “18-wheelers” are the biggest, heaviest vehicles permitted on our nation’s highways. Because of their sheer size and weight, they can become unstable at highway speeds unless all rules are strictly followed.  If not, “accidents” occur and almost always results in serious injury and/or death.

Both State and federal agencies have tried to minimize the risks by enacting extensive regulations for the trucking industry. Nevertheless, many trucking companies and private drivers still refuse to follow basic safety and maintenance rules that have been put in place. With the difficult economy, there has been less demand for trucking combined with higher fuel prices.

As a result, routine maintenance is delayed, and drivers are pressured to get their loads to their destinations quickly, no matter what. As a result, truckers are forced to drive longer and perform vehicle maintenance only when absolutely necessary just to survive. The fatigue that the truckers experience is exponential when determining who is at fault

If you have been injured in a similar action listed above, contact an attorney as soon as possible to hear your possible rights. For more information on serious tractor-trailer accidents and injuries, contact the tractor trailer accident attorneys at Reeves, Aiken, and Hightower, LLP toll-free at 877-374-5999 for more information.


Wreck on 321 This Morning Yielded Personal Injuries

Early this morning in the wee hours between about 4:30 a.m. and 5:00 a.m., a tractor-trailer was involved in an accident with two other vehicles, causing personal injuries for the persons in the sedant hat was hit.

According to the DOT, the tractor-trailer had been driving down Interstate 81 and made his way onto 77 and then to 321, when the accident occured. The roads were slick and as the tractor-trailer rounded the corner, he over-corrected his vehicle, ramming it into two other cars. The tractor-trailer then flipped on its side, when it stayed for what seemed like hours with the driver pinned inside. The other two drivers were pushed off to the median.Personal Injury Attorney

Only one of those drivers suffered serious personal injuries, and had to be rushed to the hospital via helicopter for immediate assistance.

The rule in South Carolina is that the plaintiff’s negligence must not exceed that of the defendants.  So, in a case where a jury determines that the plaintiff and the defendant split fault exactly 50-50, the plaintiff will receive 50% of damages.  If the plaintiff is the least bit more at fault than the defendant, the plaintiff is barred from recovery.  This rule is called the 51% bar.  In a multi-party lawsuit, the plaintiff’s negligence must not exceed the combined negligence of the defendants.  So, even if there is no defendant individually responsible for the 51% negligence, the plaintiff’s claim is not barred.

This is a much easier bar than North Carolina.  North Carolina adheres to the Contributory Negligence standard which states that if the plaintiff is found to be 0.00001% at fault, his claim is barred. Here, a North Carolina case may prevail on the fact that the driver was “reckless, willful, and wanton.”

If you have been injured in an accident in North or South Carolina, contact the law offices of Reeves, Aiken & Hightower, LLP for a confidential consultation toll-free at 877-347-5999.


Rock Hill Had A Serious Fatality Friday Last Week After a Commercial Truck Crash

istock-overturned SUVLast Friday in Rock Hill was filled with deadly crashes for all York County drivers.

At one point, there were four different areas in the County with residents and civilians dying from different traffic accidents in the Carolinas.

The Rock Hill Herald has just released that a man from Salisbury, age 48, and his female passenger from Rockwell, age 42, both were fatally wounded on Interstate -77 in York.

The man was driving a commercial tractor-trailer, when he must of dozed off at the wheel, causing the two ton vehicle to veer off the right side of the southbound land they were travelling in, just past S.C. 901 in York County.

The accident caused the Interstate to be barricaded off for essentially the rest of Friday afternoon. The big rig eventually found itself halfway in the street, and the other half stuck in a plot of 100 year old oak trees.

The York County Coroner was able to identify by the positions of the bodies, that the 48 year old man was in fact the driver, and the female was his girlfriend accompanying him on his drive to deliver products for the company he worked for.

They were sadly pronounced dead on scene by the time the EMTs arrived, due to the serious impact of the collision.

All too often over-correcting forces drivers into the path of oncoming vehicles or propels them off the other side of the road.  Many times, the over-correcting is a result of losing control of the vehicle due to distractions like texting while driving. Drivers should always remain vigilant about safety and pay attention while driving.

If you or someone you know is involved in a serious tractor-trailer accident, you need an attorney.  Hire attorneys for your cause by calling Reeves, Aiken, and Hightower,LLP at   877-374-5999 toll-free.


Tractor-Trailer Hits Utility Pole in Rock Hill

A  tractor-trailer driver lost control of his vehicle last Wednesday afternoon on Highway 5 in Rock Hill, where the end result took out a utility pole and lots of traffic lights.

The devastation to the traffic lights caused quite a halt in traffic, but the Rock Hill Fire Department and the City’s utility Department rushed to the scene to work on the

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restoration of power to the traffic lights.

According to the official reports, the source of the accident was by the truck driver making an ” evasive” maneuver to avoid hitting a vehicle that ” cut him off” the driver said. He said that the sedan in front of him came out of no where, and then sped in front of his vehicle, forcing him to turn the vehicle in the manner in which he did.

The accident knocked out lights on both S.C. 5 and Herlong Avenue.

Thus, the driver will not be found to be at fault in this incident,and no one was harmed by the accident.

Sadly, this is not always the case and often times, someone does get hurt. If you have been involved in a tractor-trailer accident, contact the law offices of Reeves, Aiken, and Hightower,LLP toll-free at 877-374-5999 for more information on your options.


Man and Passengers Injured in York County Tractor-Trailer Accident

A man from Winnsboro was injured in a vehicle collision Monday afternoon when his Dodge Ram rear-ended a tractor-trailer.Tractor-Trailer Accident Attorney

The accident report states that the crash occurred a little before 1:30 p.m. on Interstate-77, near mile marker 82 in Rock Hill.

The 42-year-old was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the incident, yet still suffered serious injuries. Moreover, the passengers in his vehicle suffered minor injuries, and all reported to of been wearing their seatbelts as well.

Apparently, he rear-ended the tractor-trailer that was stalled out on the highway due to mechanical issues, causing the accident under dangerous driving conditions. On that particular afternoon, there was a downpour of rain, which made the roads slick and it was difficult to see the next car in front of you.

The man had five passengers in his truck, one being an adult female, and the other four were her minor children. They were all transported to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte via ambulance. The driver however, had to be airlifted from the scene, and reports on his current condition are not yet available.

Traffic was subsequently stalled for almost two hours while clean-up crews worked around the clock to make way for the current drivers.

The man, once released from the hospital, will be charged with ” driving under dangerous conditions.”

If you have been injured in a serious car or tractor-trailer accident in South Carolina, contact the law offices of Reeves, Aiken, and Hightower, LLP toll-free at 877-374-5999 for assistance with your case.

Deadly Tractor-Trailer Accident Resulted in Two Fatalities in Rock Hill

A tractor-trailer accident in Rock Hill resulted in the death of two individuals a few days ago.

Channel 9 reported on this case, and stated that the tractor-trailer was in route from New Jersey when the driver slid off Interstate-77 and hit an embankment, just on the south side of Rock Hill, SC.

The male driver, and his female passenger, ages 48 and 42 respectively, were both killed upon impact. According to the reports, the tractor began to drift off the highway, and contistock-overturnes tractor-trailerinued to do so until hitting the bank and then almost 250 feet into the woods thereafter.

Crews reported that it was nearly impossible to see the tractor-trailer from the highway after the accident. It took fire-fighters almost an hour to cut down the surrounding woods to reach the people in the cab, and by the time they did, it was too late.

The cab where the man and woman were found it was barely recognizable as well, flipped over on its side, and spilling the imported crab legs back into the woods.

After all day clean-up and an investigation, it was concurred that the driver of the tractor-trailer began to drift off the side of the highway, and eventually hit an embankment on the side of the road before the 18-wheeler went racing through the Carolina Pines.

Moreover, there were no reported signs that the man ever applied his brakes at the time of the accident. In fact, it seems as though he simply drifted off the side of the road, and did not even realize that he was doing so. There were no reported drugs or alcohol in either of the victims bodies at the time of the accident. There is still no solidified answer as to what caused this particular accident, yet one can only imagine.

This is sadly a common scenario for truck drivers who have been on the road for hours without the proper amount of sleep.

For more information on serious tractor-trailer accidents and injuries, contact the law offices of Reeves, Aiken, and Hightower, LLP toll-free at 877-374-5999