Carolina, commercial traffic resulting from industrial, retail and agricultural
entities shares the state's highways. Major roads such as Interstate 40,
Interstate 85 and Interstate 77 service urban centers such as Charlotte,
Raleigh and Greensboro. And the state's system of two-lane highways helps
commercial vehicles reach rural points throughout the state. That traffic leads
to more than 5,200 fatal and non-fatal truck accidents every year, crashes that
leave thousands of motorists injured or dead. If you are suffering following a
truck accident in North Carolina, contact an attorney who understands the
complicated web of legal jurisdictions in the United States, and how choosing
the right jurisdiction can greatly impact the settlement amount that victims
I regularly engage in continuing legal education presentations around the country, including the following events in or near North Carolina:
- Tennessee Association for Justice, Nashville (October 5, 2007)
Topic: Punitive Damages In Large Truck Cases
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (Title 49, Parts 350-399) govern all vehicles engaged in interstate traffic.
There are some situations where a tractor-trailer or other commercial motor vehicle is involved in only intrastate travel. For example, an appliance store in Charlotte may own a truck that only makes in-state deliveries.
The North Carolina Department of Public Safety has adopted Title 49, Parts 382, 383, 384, 390, 391, 392, 393, 394, 395, 396, 397, 398, and 399 of the federal regulations.
For an overview of laws that affect trucks operating only in North Carolina, visit our North Carolina Trucking Laws page.
Your truck accident case may be larger than you think. My experience often enables me to maximize awards, well beyond what the co-counsel originally expected. My book Litigating Truck Accident Cases, published by West Publishing, is considered the definitive work on handling truck accident cases. Contact me if you are seeking co-counsel on your case.
Fatal Truck Accidents: 151 per year
Non-Fatal Truck Accidents: 5,376 per year
Accident Locales: 73%(Rural), 27%(Urban)
Carrier Fact: 41% of North Carolina's truck accidents involve carriers whose principle place of business is not North Carolina.
In 89% of North Carolina truck accidents, weather conditions were NOT a factor.
Interstate 26: I-26 is a major route in America's Interstate Highway system running from Tennessee to South Carolina. The portion of I-26 that runs from Mars Hill, North Carolina east to I-240 in Asheville, North Carolina carries signage reading FUTURE I-26 because it does not yet meet all of the standards of the U.S. Interstate Highway system.
Interstate 40: Running 421 miles through North Carolina from the Tennessee border to Wilmington, North Carolina, I-40 contains the stretch of highway known popularly as "tobacco Road" because it links the Universities whose sports teams comprise the Tobacco Road rivalry.
Interstate 77: Beginning at the South Carolina state line, I-77 passes through or near the cities of Charlotte, Lake Norman, and Statesville.
Interstate 85: The second-longest Interstate in North Carolina behind only I-40, I-85 spans 233 miles of the state from the South Carolina border to the border of Virginia and ultimately links the major cities of Atlanta, Charlotte, Greensboro, Richmond, and Washington, D.C.