• April 06, 2022

One Killed in Multi-Truck Accident on US-52 in Surry County, NC

Surry County, NC -- April 5, 2022, one person was killed when a tractor-trailer hit a pickup and a tow truck on U.S. Highway 52 in Surry County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 3:00 a.m. on US-52 near Pilot Mountain. The details of the wreck aren't available yet, but reports say the pickup truck driver was killed and an 18-wheeler overturned in the multi-vehicle collision. Several other people were reportedly injured but there were no other details provided.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Truck Accident on US-52 in Surry County

There are few details available but news reports already paint a picture of a fairly chaotic scene. It's important to learn as much as possible about the crash's cause and circumstances, particularly because it proved fatal.

Just to gain a better understanding of what happened investigators must look into many factors: Potential driver issues like distraction or speeding for a start, but also problems with any of the vehicles involved, road conditions and design, visibility, lighting and sightlines, inclement weather, any other traffic in the area, and many other elements that could have influenced or even caused the crash. Without considering all these variables no one can be certain the whole truth is found.

One Killed in Multi-Truck Accident on US-52 in Surry County, NC

It's even more important to go over the crash with a fine-toothed comb for all its details because it happened in North Carolina, which is one of just four states using an outdated and unfair system of fault called pure contributory negligence. In a nutshell it says that an injured victim found at all responsible for their injuries has no claim. Even if a jury finds they're just 1% at fault, the case is thrown out. This system is highly adversarial toward victims, so if any of the injured victims or the family of the man killed felt the need to seek damages they would need an airtight case with abundant clear evidence. That's certainly not impossible, but it would likely take more information than reports offer so far.

Unfortunately police traffic divisions don't always have the time or resources to conduct the thorough investigation needed for such a case. They'll work out a timeline of events but likely will not go the extra mile to find every subtle detail, even if those could make a huge difference in securing much-needed help for the people affected. That's why I often recommend that victims and families work with independent investigators to find the proof they need. At the very least a comprehensive investigation may bring some answers and closure that a "by the book" police investigation can't.


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