Fatal crashes involving large trucks in the United States jumped an alarming 42 percent from 2009-2017, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data. In Alabama, deaths ranged from a low of 80 in 2009 to a high of 144 in 2016. Underscoring the danger to other motorists, 82 percent of the fatalities recorded in 2017 nationwide were not occupants of the large trucks.
The appalling numbers came during the same period that federal and state agencies have been employing sophisticated technology to track mechanical and safety violations nationwide – a system designed to improve the well-being of motorists.
“We hold this industry to a higher standard for safety, and we agree with that we should, because we recognize there’s a higher consequence for accidents,” said Greg Fulton, president of the Colorado Motor Carriers Association.
What Causes Truck Accidents in Alabama?
Truck accidents happen for many reasons, many of them due to drivers who are:
In some cases, the fault can be traced to poorly maintained trucks, including inadequate tires and faulty braking systems.
Chris Turner, director of crash and data programs for the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, defends truckers while at the same time noting not every driver is as careful or skilled as necessary.
“This is their livelihoods and they take it seriously,” he said of drivers. “But like any situation or profession, there are those who aren’t as professional, and they are the ones who are typically involved in those type of collisions.”
Large Truck Accident? Large Problems for You
If you’ve been the victim of a large truck accident in Alabama, it’s likely you are suffering physically, emotionally, mentally and financially. Your injuries may mean you cannot work for an extended period of time, unable to provide for your family while medical bills pile up. Trucking companies are going to hide behind their lawyers and insurance companies to avoid a meaningful financial settlement that meets your needs. They may even blame the accident on you.
You need someone looking out for your interests. The truck accident attorneys at Shuttlesworth Law Firm LLC in Birmingham have experience with cases just like yours. They will independently investigate your accident while aggressively fighting for your rights and fair compensation so you can put your life back in order. At the same time, you will be treated with compassion and respect, and you pay no fees unless they win your case.
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