A late-night fiery crash on I-85 involved six vehicles and left two people dead on Thursday, March 18.
Troopers say the crash happened around 10:22 p.m. Thursday near mile marker 88. First, a tractor-trailer rear-ended another tractor-trailer that was stopped on I-85 because of construction. The first tractor-trailer then side-swiped a Ford pickup and hit a Nissan Altima. Some of the vehicles were pushed into two more tractor-trailers due to the impact of the accident.
According to troopers, the Nissan and the first tractor-trailer burst into flames. Sadly one of the drivers, Sherron Alexander, 50, of Gaffney, died at the scene. Unfortunately the driver of the first tractor-trailer, Gary Parks, 61, of Campton, Kentucky, also died at the scene.
Large truck crashes can be deadly, especially when they involve smaller vehicles. However, crashes with other large trucks can also be very serious. When a large truck rear-ends any other vehicle, especially in heavy traffic, a multiple-car pileup can easily happen. These crashes can have many causes, including impaired or distracted driving, speeding, failure to obey traffic laws, or other reasons.
However, in most cases of rear-end collisions, the rear driver is at fault for not maintaining a safe following distance. It’s not possible to predict when someone else on the road might have car trouble or have to stop because of an emergency situation. Motorists should always make sure they have ample time to stop in case the driver in front of them brakes unexpectedly.
If you know a surviving family member of a person who was injured or killed in an accident, please encourage them to contact our firm immediately. The consultation is completely free, with no out-of-pocket cost to the family to hire us.
For over 25 years the attorneys at Auger & Auger have been dedicated to protecting the rights of individuals and families that have suffered injuries or lost loved ones due to the negligence of others. We have years of experience guiding and helping our clients every step of the way to receive compensation for aspects such as medical bills, funeral costs, and other monetary losses.
Editorial Note: At A&A we are always looking to improve the quality and safety and are saddened by the outcome of many tragic accidents across the Carolinas. The purpose of this news blog is to write about cases relevant to our industry and raise awareness about injury cases so that victims of similar incidents can educate themselves on theories of liability, the law, and how personal injury cases typically work. This article is created using publicly available information and is a secondary source. If you find any information here to be inaccurate, please notify us at [email protected], and we will make the appropriate adjustments.