Injuries Reported in Van Crash with 18-Wheeler on Peters Creek Pkwy in Winston-Salem, NC
Winston-Salem, NC -- January 23, 2022, injuries were reported after a collision between a van and a tractor-trailer along Peters Creek Parkway in Winston-Salem.
Authorities say the incident happened early Sunday morning along Peters Creek between Brewer Road and Southpark Boulevard. Reports contain few details about the cause or circumstances of the crash, but say a van and a commercial 18-wheeler collided in the area.
Police reported injuries after the crash but didn't say who was hurt or to what extent.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Truck Accident on Peters Creek Pkwy in Winston-Salem
Right now reports say only that two vehicles collided and at least one person was hurt. I don't blame police for not necessarily having all the dots connected about how that happened, but that does mean there is unfortunately a great deal of room for speculation and guesswork. While I can appreciate the urge to try and make sense of things as quickly as possible it's rarely prudent to decide for one's self how things happened--to say nothing of who or what's to blame.
To work out the answers to both those questions investigators must still look into many factors: Driver-related issues like distraction or speeding, certainly, but also problems with the vehicles themselves, road conditions and design, visibility, lighting and sightlines, inclement weather, other traffic in the area, and many other elements that could have influenced or even caused the pileup. Properly evaluating all the potential variables is crucial to learning the truth of the matter.
It's even more important to investigate carefully because the crash happened in North Carolina, which uses an archaic and frankly unfair system of liability called pure contributory negligence. In a nutshell, this system says that a victim may only collect damages if they can prove someone was 100% responsible for an accident. If defense can show the victim was even slightly to blame, the case is thrown out. Making a claim in such a state isn't impossible, but prompt and thorough investigation must be conducted to make sure the needed proof is found and secured.
If there's any doubt or confusion about what happened in a crash (and there usually is) I generally recommend working with an experienced accident reconstruction expert. This helps ensure that less-obvious details are found and the whole story is uncovered. Victims and their loved ones deserve to know that every effort was made to learn the truth--primarily for closure, but also so those responsible can be held accountable.