Harold Neal, 46, was traveling along US 17 Bypass on May 13 in New Bern, North Carolina when he and his truck plummeted more than 50 feet off the Bypass Bridge. Amazingly he survived with some injuries, which is a win in my opinion, but that didn’t stop the North Carolina Highway Patrol from filing charges. At least they did show some leniency and only charged Neal with “exceeding safe speeds.”
The video of Neal’s truck flipping off the Bypass Bridge went viral. Trooper R.L. Hopper told WITN News that Neal’s truck was moving too fast for the wet roads that rainy morning and most likely hydroplaned into the barrier. North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) work crews finished repairs May 26, having to build a form for new concrete to cure for several days. Lanes are now reopened at the scene of the accident.
This is another reason to have dash cameras in your truck. Whenever there is a situation like this, you want as much evidence you can leverage in your favor. Video, telemetry such as speed and distance from objects are all good information to have. Having rear-facing cameras to monitor blind spots and other traffic also are nice investments into your defense.