Many motor vehicle accidents happen at intersections, where vehicles come in as many as four, or more, different directions. A passenger van and lumber truck recently crashed at an intersection in South Mills, North Carolina, several hours outside Wrightsville Beach. The result was two fatalities and an injured truck driver.
Roads were closed for several hours as crews cleaned up and investigated the fatal truck accident. It happened on the evening of May 6 at the intersection of U.S. 17 and Main Street. The van was on Main Street attempting to turn left while the lumber truck was traveling northbound on U.S. 17.
The two vehicles collided, killing the two occupants -- a driver and passenger -- of the van. The driver of the lumber truck was hospitalized with injuries, but they are not considered to be life-threatening.
It is unknown which driver will be held liable for the accident. While it is possible that the driver of the van turned directly in front of the truck, it is also likely that the truck driver caused the crash through a variety of factors. He could have been negligent by failing to yield the right of way, running a red light or speeding. He could also have been intoxicated or distracted.
If the truck driver is held liable for the accident, he could possibly face criminal charges for this actions under vehicular homicide or manslaughter. In addition, he could face wrongful death lawsuits from the victims' family members. Truck accidents are often very complex cases because there are many variables involved. There are also multiple parties who could be involved, which could further complicate the process.
Source: The Virginian-Pilot, "Police ID 1 of 2 killed in N.C. lumber truck collision" Jeff Hampton and Lauren King, May. 07, 2014