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Lack Of Enforcement Leads To High North Carolina Truck Accident Ranking

Date Added: May 09, 2010 06:15:51 PM
Author: Brian Davis
Category: North Carolina Truck Accident Attorneys

A lack of manpower in the North Carolina State Highway Patrol Motor Carrier Enforcement Section means that many tractor trailer trucks are running illegally on North Carolina roads and highways.

North Carolina currently ranks sixth (6th) in the nation for truck accidents. This staggering statistic is certainly related to the fact that so many trucks and their drivers are operating outside of the law. In 2009, more than 50 percent (50%) of the tractor trailers inspected in North Carolina had serious safety and/or equipment violations. Of those found to be in violation, more than twelve percent (12%) were in such bad shape that they were shut down and "put out of service." Being "put out of service" means that, as a result of serious safety violations, a tractor trailer or its driver are deemed an imminent danger to the general public.

Of the almost 10 million tractor trailer trucks coming through North Carolina weigh stations each year, only a mere one percent (1%) are inspected. If more than fifty percent (50%) of those inspected are in violation of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, then one can conservatively surmise that at least every other truck you see on the road is operating in violation of the law.

Most states operate their inspection and weigh stations for commercial motor vehicles on a 24/7 basis. But not North Carolina. In North Carolina, weigh stations operate approximately 15 hours a day, five (5) days a week. At many weigh station locations, there is no State Trooper present to chase down truck drivers who refuse to stop at the weigh station. In the truck industry, North Carolina is considered "trucker friendly" due to our low number of inspections.The North Carolina State Highway Patrol says the problem is manpower. If that is the case, the North Carolina General Assembly needs to dedicate some funding toward increased enforcement. It should crack down on the truck industry by requiring that more trucks be inspected, by putting dangerous truck drivers and their unsafe rigs out of service, and by levying heavy fines to the truck companies that allow these drivers to be on the road.

As I discussed in another post on truck safety, tired truck drivers cause many fatal crashes on North Carolina highways. As a motorist, the best thing that you can do to avoid becoming a truck crash statistic is never allow your car to remain beside a tractor trailer for longer than it takes you to safely accelerate and completely pass the truck. If you are about to overtake a tractor trailer on the highway, you should wait until the road in front of your vehicle is clear. Once you have a clear path to get past the truck, smoothly accelerate past the truck. Most truck crashes happen when passenger vehicles linger in the truck driver's blind spots beside the trailer.

At Davis Law Group, we help those seriously injured by the careless and reckless conduct of truck drivers and truck companies. If you would like to speak to an experienced truck accident attorney, contact truck accident attorney Brian Davis for a free consultation. Call 888-773-8388 or email to:

To hear Mr. Davis grilling a truck driver during cross examination in a deposition, watch the ABC News Feature about Dangerous Trucks in North Carolina at

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