As with typical automobile accidents, truck related accidents share many of the same initial sources. There are, however, a number of specific circumstances that are unique to the trucking industry that cause certain truck accidents to take place. The nature of the semi-tractor truck in one of these collisions in nearly all cases imparts massive trauma, or death, to the occupants of the smaller automobile while the truck driver walks away — injury free. If you have been hurt or lost a loved on in a truck accident, contact our expert Alabama truck accident lawyers here at Wettermark & Keith, LLC. Our top attorneys have over three decades of experience battling these large companies and have the resources needed to make your case come to fruition.
One of the primary contributing factors in truck related accidents is simple driver fatigue. Truck drivers are typically paid by the amount of cargo they haul and how quickly then can get it from one destination to the next. To make a quicker profit, truckers may work unreasonably long hours to incur bonuses or incentives for finishing their route ahead of time. Unfortunately, truck drivers are not immune to the effects of driver fatigue and the longer they stay up the more likely they are to cause an accident. According to data gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 13% of truck accidents occur due to drivers falling asleep at the wheel.
In order to reach destinations quicker which in turn may net a bonus from their employers, truck drivers can choose to disobey posted signage and travel above the speed limit. State governments put speed limits in place to reduce the likelihood of injury and try to save lives; when truck drivers ignore these signs they put the lives of those they share the roads with in direct danger. Many turns and curves on state interstates have reduced speed signs in place to lessen the number of traffic collisions incurred while negotiating them. Trucks traveling too quickly through these turns can easily spin out of control and cause a multi-car accident.
Distracted driving remains a significant source for accidents in Alabama. Additionally, driver inattention causes a large number of vehicle collisions as well. When drivers of large commercial vehicles fail to pay attention to the changing conditions around them, serious catastrophic accidents can take place. Alabama, while still a cell phone use allowed state (by most drivers), has legislation in the form of House Bill 2 on the calendar for 2012 which would ban the use of cell phones while driving. Reports published by the NHTSA illustrate a direct correlation between cell phone use / texting while driving a motor vehicle. Truck drivers engaged in phone conversations while driving put the lives of others on the road at great risk.
Contact our law office today if have been the victim of a catastrophic truck accident in the greater Alabama area. With the aid of our top injury attorneys we can help you and your family pursue the compensation you need in this hard time.
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