Causes of Truck AccidentsJuly 31, 2014
Alabama truck accidents have been known to cause an immense amount of property damage and severe injuries to all individuals involved. A fully equipped truck can weigh up to 80,000 pounds whereas the average car weighs 3,000 pounds. So, when collisions occur between these two vehicles, they often cause serious injuries.
Studies show that trucks account for approximately two percent of all vehicles on the road and are the cause of eight percent of all road accidents. If you or a loved one has been involved in an Alabama truck accident, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your losses including; lost wages, property damages, and medical bills.
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Truck Industry Regulations
The Federal Motor Carrier Administration regulates many different features of a truck to protect other drivers on the road. They regulate a number of features including; truck size, truck weight, and the truck driver’s behavior.
Some additional regulations include;
- Fully loaded large trucks should weigh less than 80,000 pounds
- Truck drivers should only be on the road eleven hours out of every fourteen hours while they are on shift
- Truck drivers should only be on duty sixty hours over seven days or seventy hours over eight days
- Truck drivers must have thirty-four hours off between each seven or eight day shift
If you or a loved one is suffering from an Alabama truck accident, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your losses. Contact Citrin Law Firm today for your free case review.
Accidents Caused By Truck Drivers
In 2000, 4,930 large trucks were involved in fatal automobile accidents, 101,000 large trucks caused injuries, and 351,000 large trucks caused property damages. Many of these accidents were a result of the negligent actions of these truck drivers. In 2007, The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration released a study discussing the most common causes of truck accidents where the truck driver was at fault. The following are some of the results:
- Road rage
- Drowsy driving
- Distracted driving
- Driving under the influence (alcohol, illegal drugs, prescription medication)
- Drivers were lost or unfamiliar with area
- Inadequately trained truck drivers
- Driver failed to check blind spots
- Loading truck beyond capacity
- Companies required too much from drivers
…just to name a few.
If you have been injured in a truck accident as a result of the negligence of a truck driver, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses.
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Accidents Caused By Car Drivers
Over half of all large truck fatalities occurred on conventional two lane roadways that were not divided. Many times these accidents are not the cause of the truck driver, however the driver of the passenger vehicles ignorance of the trucks abilities. A large truck does not have the same abilities as a passenger vehicle in that it does not have the visibility, braking or acceleration of a car. Often times, this will lead to truck accidents.
- Common causes of truck accidents caused by passenger vehicles include:
- Changing lanes abruptly in front of a truck
- Driving between large trucks for an extended time
- Driving in the trucks “no-zones”
- Failing to speed up or slow down when a truck is changing lanes or merging
- Maneuvering to the right of a truck that is making a right turn
- Merging improperly into traffic, forcing the truck to react quickly
- Pulling into traffic in front of a truck without enough acceleration
Many of these causes of truck accidents can be avoided by drivers paying attention to their surroundings, recognizing that trucks do not have the same abilities as cars, and abiding by all traffic laws.
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Contact An Experienced Alabama Truck Accident Attorney
In 2006, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reported that approximately 141,000 truck accidents occurred each year and over half of these accidents were caused by the negligence of the truck driver.
At Citrin Law Firm, our truck accident attorneys have obtained many favorable outcomes for victims of Alabama truck accidents, whether through a settlement with their insurance company or by a jury verdict.
We encourage you to contact our attorneys as soon as possible if you have been injured in a truck accident, regardless of the cause. We believe that victims of truck accidents should focus on recuperating from their injuries instead of worrying about how they will afford expenses caused by the accident. We will fight for you to secure your financial stability by holding the responsible parties liable for damages.
With our main office in Mobile, we are available to help any Alabama resident who has been involved in a collision with a large truck.
Our law firm operates on a contingency fee basis, meaning if you choose our firm, we will not charge you unless you receive a favorable outcome for your claim.
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