• May 25, 2022

18-Wheeler Hits Fire Truck on I-77, One Injured in Jonesville, NC

Jonesville, NC -- May 23, 2022, a firefighter was injured when a tractor-trailer hit his crew's parked truck on Interstate 77 in Jonesville.

Authorities say the incident happened Monday afternoon along I-77 near exit 75. Preliminary investigation suggests an Arlington Fire Department team was dispatched to help with a crash in the area. They parked their truck in the roadway to help merge traffic into one lane; some time after they stopped the fire truck was hit from behind and on its left side by a tractor-trailer.

Both trucks were heavily damaged in the crash and one firefighter was transported to a local hospital.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Fire Truck Accident on I-77 in Jonesville

People may see the reported circumstances of this wreck and think there really can't be much more to say. A moving vehicle hit a stopped one, which is generally enough for many folks to think the striking driver is entirely to blame. That's not how the law regards these situations, though.

The first thing to do is make sure the whole story is known and proven with evidence. That means considering any and all possible factors: The big rig's speed, how long the fire truck was stopped before the crash, if its lights were activated, whether the truck driver was awake and paying attention, if the 18-wheeler was in good shape, road conditions and weather, and many other variables still have to be addressed. The point isn't to complicate things, but rather to ensure the real cause of the crash is found. A wreck caused by simple carelessness would probably look the same as one caused by brake failure, for example, but the two would be regarded differently by the law.

18-Wheeler Hits Fire Truck on I-77, One Injured in Jonesville, NC

Another reason to ensure the whole story is known and backed up with facts is that trucking companies are notorious for refusing to accept fault. What may seem pretty clear-cut in the story above would inevitably be disputed by a company unwilling to admit its driver made a mistake. Injured victims are often buried under arguments about sun glare, poor road conditions, sudden and mysterious mechanical failures, and many other issues being truly to blame for a crash. Defense attorneys even try to turn the tables on the victims and claim they caused their own damages--even if they were parked in a large, bright-red truck at the time.

Basically all I'm saying here is that this crash, like any other, deserves further close investigation. It's important to learn all its facts and use those to build the narrative of what happened. Using that, the injured victim stands a much better chance of holding the right parties accountable for the damage done. Will police be as thorough as is needed to get the job done right?

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