Drivers of trucks and other large vehicles must always remain alert for the presence of smaller cars, motorcycles, bicycles and pedestrians on the road. A car crash involving a pedestrian or bicyclist can result in severe injury and even death, and those involved in such an accident should seek to understand their rights and responsibilities under the law.
Two North Carolina teens were injured after being struck by a truck earlier this week. The driver of the vehicle was allegedly attempting to make a right-hand turn onto U.S. Highway 70 from Drexel Road to west of Hickory when it collided with the pedestrians. One 18-year-old teen male was thrown through the air, and the other, a 19-year-old male, was run over by the truck.
The teens were crossing Highway 70 when they were hit. It's unknown if they were in a crosswalk or if the truck driver violated traffic laws by pulling onto the road.
The teens were flown to two different hospitals after the accident. The 19-year-old victim underwent surgery, and his condition is unknown. The 18-year-old victim is listed in stable condition. Troopers are still investigating the accident, and it is known that the driver pulled over after the collision. Drivers who are involved in an accident are obligated to stay on the scene.
Car accidents can have long-lasting and far-reaching consequences. Victims who sustain injuries as a result of negligence on the part of a driver may be able to seek compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages and other financial burdens created due to the accident. Understanding how to undertake the process and file a claim against the driver is the first step toward securing such compensation.
Source: WSOC, "Troopers: 2 teens airlifted after getting hit by truck in Burke Co.," Oct. 12, 2012