Truck accidents have the potential to be very severe, regardless whether you are in a truck or in a car. Heavy trucks have become more common occurrences on roadways due to the increased demand for goods throughout the country. As a result, there are a number of new, inexperienced truck drivers on highways for the first time who may not know how to quickly swerve out of the way to avoid an accident. Other driver distractions additionally lead to serious truck accidents and injuries.
Data collected regarding truck accidents in Alabama for the last ten years indicates a downward trend in the number of truck accidents, although the number remains high in terms of fatalities and injuries. The total number of trucks involved in accidents in Alabama in 2011 was just under 7,000, including all types of heavy trucks.
The leading cause of truck accidents is the failure to yield to right of way, followed closely by tailgating. While this data does not indicate whether the truck or another vehicle was at fault in the accident, it remains clear that truck accidents are often much more severe than other accidents. For example, if one car was tailgating another car and a rear-collision occurred, only minor injuries would be sustained (depending on rate of speed). However, if a heavy truck was tailgating a car, severe injuries could occur even at a slow rate of speed.
Truck accidents can often lead to serious injuries, no matter how small the accident may seem. A rollover accident involving a heavy truck can completely crush a nearby car that was in the wrong place when the accident occurred. A heavy truck which t-bones a small car can also completely compact or crush the car. Additionally, any truck which is involved in a head-on collision with a car will almost surely involve fatalities.
As a victim of a truck accident, you should not be forced to pay for any outstanding medical bills, car repairs, or loss of income. The responsible party for the accident should be held accountable for your injuries and any related damages. However, it is important to speak to an experienced personal injury attorney regarding the fault of the accident. If you were partially at fault for the accident, under Alabama law you cannot recover any compensation. For example, if you were speeding and another car hits you due to driver negligence, you may not be able to recover because of your speeding. A personal injury attorney will closely analyze the facts of your case, interview witnesses, and will analyze your injuries to determine the amount of compensation you may receive from an accident claim.
If you have been the victim of a truck accident, do not hesitate to contact the attorneys of Wettermark & Keith. Our attorneys have years of experience in handling accident cases involving heavy trucks and understand just how devastating these accidents can be to drivers and passengers alike. Contact our Montgomery office today for your initial free consultation.