Log from log truck impales vehicle, injuring UAH student

The impact of any motor vehicle accident can be extremely severe. When a large commercial vehicle accident occurs, the potential for grave danger can increase. Alabama roads see a large number of semi-trucks, logging trucks and other such vehicles. Great care is required on the part of these drivers and the people who load them in order to ensure the highest level of safety for all. Liability for a truck accident can rest with the trucking company, truck owner or individual truck driver.

Earlier this fall, an accident involving a logging truck and a Chevrolet Blazer SUV occurred on Highway 82 between Tuscaloosa and Starkville. A recent article described the accident and the resulting injuries that were sustained by the victim in the sport utility vehicle, a college freshman and basketball player for the University of Alabama at Huntsville. Upon arriving at the hospital after the crash, the young man was initially listed in critical but stable condition with a severed abdominal muscle and other injuries that resulted from him being impaled by the steering column after his steering wheel was ripped off in the wreck.

The logging truck was making a left-hand turn when a log came off of the truck bed and proceeded to go into the Blazer windshield, directly hitting the driver’s face and taking off the steering wheel. The victim was airlifted to a hospital in Columbus, MS. The report did not indicate whether or not the truck driver was injured nor did it indicate if any charges were filed against the driver or any other entity. From the news article, the student is not expected to have any permanent disability from the accident.

In the blink of an eye, many things can change if proper actions are not taken by all parties. Anyone injured in accidents like these may be able to obtain proper help with the advice of an experienced attorney.

Source: AL.com, “UAH freshman Kip Owens back on the court after near-disastrous accident,” Mark McCarter, December 8, 2013   

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