One Killed in Car Hauler Accident on US 52 in Surry County, NC
Surry County, NC -- January 27, 2022, one person was killed as the result of an accident where a car fell off a truck and caused a crash on US 52.
Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 4:10 p.m. along US 52 in the Pilot Mountain Park area.
Officials said that a car was traveling along the highway when another vehicle (described as possibly a racecar) fell off a hauler and collided with the car.
One person from that car reportedly died from their injuries. Other injuries were reported, but investigations are ongoing at this time.
Commentary on Car Hauler Accident on US 52 in Surry County
It shouldn't take an experienced truck wreck attorney to point out that something seriously wrong had to happen for a car to fall off a hauler like this. The question is why it happened and who's responsible. To be blunt, the most likely explanation is that the truck driver didn't secure the cargo properly.
Just about every commercial truck driver learns on their first day how to do a pre-trip checklist. Making sure cargo is secure is one of the highest items on that list, so failing to hook up a car properly is usually a huge oversight.
Additionally, it's also possible that this was a maintenance issue. If the equipment used to secure the cargo was worn and needed to be replaced, a company failing to maintain their equipment can easily lead to a deadly wreck. That's absolutely something to address since that behavior could be putting others at risk if more of their vehicles are in a state of disrepair.
Finally, while far less common, it's also important investigators have the experience and tools to look into mechanical defects. Manufacturing issues are relatively rare, but they do happen. Even an experienced truck driver may not realize there's something wrong until it's too late. That problem can also put many lives at risk if the issue is a design flaw or an entire batch of product sold in poor condition. That's not the kind of thing authorities tend to look into on their own, so the sooner investigators look into things, the better.