Robeson County, North Carolina – One person was life-flighted to the hospital after a multi-vehicle crash unfolded on Friday.
According to Police reports, the incident occurred just before 7 a.m. on Highway 74 when a semi-truck carrying logs with a log overhang executed a legal U-turn but failed to yield the right of way, colliding with a second tractor-trailer transporting lumber.
The impact caused the second trailer to veer off the road and collide with a large Chevy truck towing an enclosed trailer. The Chevy truck’s trailer became dislodged and traveled alongside the tractor-trailer, where both vehicles ultimately came to a rest in the shoulder lanes and caught fire.
The driver of the second tractor-trailer sustained significant injuries and was air-lifted to the hospital for treatment, where she passed away from her injuries.
The injured driver was driving a semi-truck registered to her husband, who was resting in the back compartment at the time of the collision.
None of the drivers involved were found to be speeding or under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Thoughts on Failure to Yield Accidents
The reports indicate that this accident was entirely the fault of the log truck: there was no speeding, no impairment, and no disregard for traffic laws. But it only takes one driver not following basic safety road rules to cause a catastrophic collision. In this incident, the truck carrying logs failed to yield. Failure to yield the right of way is the primary cause of fatal accidents, causing thousands of deaths a year (Insurance Information Institute). When drivers break simple safety laws, they must be held accountable for any serious injuries or deaths they cause.
This woman and her husband deserve answers and justice for the harm they have suffered. Trained professionals must conduct an investigation to determine all parties that need to be held liable for her injuries. If the truck driver’s employer did not provide their driver with adequate training or did not have a work culture that encourages safe driving practices, they can also be held accountable for the harm their driver caused on the roadways.
It will be important that those affected here receive the answer they need so they can recover compensation for the expenses and harm they have suffered.
The Ammons Law Firm represents clients nationwide in catastrophic injury and wrongful death litigation, with extensive experience in complex auto/tire defect and commercial vehicle cases.
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