By John Cooper, North Carolina Trucking Accident Lawyer
A tragic accident in North Carolina which claimed the lives of three people has illustrated why speed can kill, especially when tractor-trailers are in the vicinity.
Three people were killed in a wreck on I-77 in Charlotte early Monday morning.
Troopers from the North Carolina Highway Patrol reported three people were killed around 2 a.m. when a BMW became pinned underneath a tractor-trailer after crashing into the back of the 18-wheeler, WCNC reported.
Trooper said all three people in the BMW died at the accident scene.
All lanes of the Interstate were closed for two hours while police investigated the accident. All lanes of I-77 were reopened around 5:30 a.m. according to media reports.
Investigators said the BMW was “traveling at a high-speed” when it crashed into the back of the tractor-trailer. Investigators said bad weather was not a factor in the wreck.
The TV report stated the driver of the 18-wheeler told troopers he believed he had a flat tire, not realizing a car had crashed into the back of his truck. The truck driver ended up dragging the BMW several thousand feet before stopping.
Excess speed accounts for about a third of all auto and truck accidents in the United States. If you drive too fast, you have less time to react. There is also an increase in forces on the human body in a collision at high speed. This means injuries are worse at high speed and deaths are more likely.
If you are in a collision with a large vehicle such as a truck, your chances of surviving are even slimmer. My thoughts are with the families of those who died in this crash. Families of passengers who are killed in a car wreck, due to the fault of a speeding driver, have grounds to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the insurance policy of the at-fault driver, irrespective of whether he or she survived a crash.
If you have lost a loved one in a crash involving excess speed, call our North Carolina and Virginia injury lawyers at 757.455.0077.