Early Sunday morning, a crash involving a semi truck sent at least two people to the hospital. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened sometime around 4:30 A.M. in the westbound lanes of I-26, near the Long Shoals Road exit (Exit 37). For currently unknown reasons, an SUV collided with the large commercial truck. Both occupants inside of the SUV had to be taken to Mission Hospital for treatment of injuries. The driver of the 18-wheeler was not injured in the crash.
Tractor Trailer Crash in Asheville
As they cleared the scene, first responders and other crews had to shut down an area of Interstate 26 in South Asheville. At this time, very few details about the crash have been released. We do not know how or why the crash happened. Wrecks involving commercial trucks often take additional investigative efforts due to the federal safety regulations involved.
Tractor Trailer Crash Facts
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is the agency tasked with regulating the commercial trucking industry. Since commercial trucks are so much larger and heavier than passenger occupant vehicles, they have additional rules and regulations to follow for safe roadway operation. According to the FMCSA, in 2012, 3,802 large trucks were involved in fatal crashes across the nation. This represented a five percent increase from the year before. Additionally, 3.5 percent of large truck drivers involved in fatal crashes had alcohol detected in their blood.
Common Types of Truck Accidents
- Rollover accidents Jackknife accidents
- Tire blowouts Underride accidents
- Distracted driving
When to Call a Truck Accident Lawyer
If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a tractor trailer accident, you need to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Whether it was a jackknife accident or a case of distracted truck driving, the sooner you speak with a lawyer, the better. Multiple law enforcement agencies may be handling the investigation. Staying on top of all official developments will be your lawyer’s top priority.