2 Dead After Truck Accident Near Greensboro
Two people were killed Sunday, July 19 when the driver of a tractor-trailer somehow lost control of his vehicle and plowed into a group of motorcyclists on the shoulder of the highway. According to local authorities from Guilford County, the deceased victims were a 37-year-old man from Woodbridge and a 51-year-old man from South Chesterfield, Virginia. Four other people were also reportedly injured in the accident and sent to the hospital to recover.
All of the riders were members of the Black Eagle Ryders motorcycle club, and they were out on a ride together when the accident occurred near Greensboro. Investigators believe the driver of the truck could have fallen asleep at the wheel. He faces charges of misdemeanor death and felony hit and run.
The investigators determined the six motorcyclists who were struck were all parked on the shoulder of the highway making some repairs to one of the bikes when the truck unexplainably drifted all the way over from the middle lane and ran right into the group. After the impact, the truck continued to drive south on Interstate 85. According to police, the truck driver only stopped because he had a flat tire, which probably happened during the accident. The truck driver was not injured in the crash, and police do not believe alcohol or drugs were a factor.
Trucking companies are forced to have very strict regulations about the amount of time their drivers spend on the road. One of the leading causes of trucking accidents is driver fatigue, as drivers spend many hours on the road with the goal of meeting their tight deadlines. When drivers cause accidents while disobeying these regulations, either the driver, the trucking company or both could be considered liable in the accident.
For more information on proving negligence after a trucking accident, meet with a skilled North Carolina personal injury attorney at the Lanier Law Group.