On Sept. 20, it was reported by the North Carolina Highway Patrol that four people suffered injuries after a concrete truck overturned onto a van. It appeared that the concrete truck was attempting to make a right turn but was traveling too fast.
The incident occurred at about 8:30 a.m. The concrete truck was heading north on NC-49 when the driver attempted to make a right turn onto Zion Church Road in Cabarrus County. However, the concrete truck had too much speed to make the turn, causing it to overturn on top of a Honda Odyssey van that was stopped in a turn lane. First responders were able to get two of the occupants out of the van quickly. They were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.
However, the other two occupants, an adult driver and a teenage girl, were pinned in the wreckage. A nearby crane was brought to the crash site and was able to lift the 30,000 pound concrete truck off the van. After about an hour, the other two occupants were removed from the wreckage and were airlifted to a hospital. The concrete truck driver was cited for driving at an unsafe speed.
Due to the size and weight of the trucks, commercial truck accidents are likely to result in serious injuries to occupants of other vehicles. If the truck driver was liable for causing the accident, those who were injured may be able to seek compensation for their injuries. A personal injury attorney may help them file the claim against the liable truck driver and the company that hired the truck driver. If a settlement out of court cannot be reached, the attorney may assist with filing a lawsuit.
Source: WCNC, “13-year-old airlifted to hospital after accident with cement truck“, Ashley Daley, Sept. 20, 2017