The News and Observer reports that the accident occurred on Capital Boulevard south of Wake Forest around 4:00 p.m when a dump truck, hauling a bobcat, rear-ended a minivan being driven by a 42-year-old woman. The paper reports that the van was then pushed into the rear of a tractor-trailer, killing the driver instantly.
The dump truck driver and the tractor-trailer driver were both injured, but police said their injuries were not life-threatening.
The North Carolina Highway Patrol is still investigating the cause of the accident but said they believe the deceased driver was slowing down when it occurred. There is no word if the dump truck driver will be charged.
WRAL investigated the driving history of the dump truck driver, Donald Wayne Caulder, and found he has a troubling record. The TV station reports that Caulder, 29, has been charged with driving without a license eight times, but he was only convicted once and found that he is facing two drug charges.
When a trucking company or business that relies on dump trucks and other large commercial vehicles knowingly allows a driver with questionable history on the road, they are partially or entirely liable when a truck accident occurs.
We don’t know what caused this collision, but rear-end collisions, whether they involve cars or large trucks, are the result of a driver following too closely. Drivers can stop on a dime for a variety of reasons, but a rear-end collision is avoidable if a motorist keeps a safe distance between their vehicle and the one in front. This accident, however, clearly shows drivers don’t leave enough room to stop and avoid a rear-end accident. Failing to be vigilant about their speed or keep a reasonable distance from a leading car is negligent.
If you are the victim of a truck accident, USAttorneys recommends you speak with one of your accident lawyers in Raleigh, North Carolina to discuss your accident and how you can recover compensation for pain and anguish. An attorney will always give you an advantage when you are in talks with an insurance company. By having one on your side from the start will ensure you receive the compensation needed to cover all of your medical expenses, property repair costs the emotional distress you experienced.
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If you are an injured truck driver, speak with a workers’ comp lawyer first.