A grandmother, her granddaughter and the granddaughter's 3-year-old son lost their lives in a collision with a flatbed truck on NC 14 near Broadleaf Road. The November 5, 2015, fatal collision reportedly occurred because the victim's car had been pushed into the path of the truck when it was sideswiped by a tractor-trailer and sent over the center line of the highway outside of Eden, North Carolina (NC).
Officers from the State Highway Patrol have cited the tractor-trailer operator with making an unsafe move, which is one of the traffic violations that can mean changing lanes or merging without checking one's blind spots or yielding right of way. The trucker has also been charged with three counts of causing a death while operating a motor vehicle. The flatbed driver escaped injury and will not be charged.
Semi operators must exercise great patience and caution when moving over or entering a highway. The height of their cabs combine with the length and width of their trailers to create large areas that they simply cannot see in their side mirrors. Looking over their shoulders does not provide much of a solution to checking blind spots because the trailer blocks all but a small part of the view just to lower left.
Unfortunately, when a big rig does strike a car while changing lanes, the occupants of the smaller vehicle are almost guaranteed to suffer sever or fatal injuries. Getting knocked off the road, being pushed onto the wrong side of the road and ending up trapped under the wheels of the tractor-trailer are all possibilities that can turn deadly following a commercial truck driver's negligence or recklessness.