Alabama truck accidents can be extremely serious, especially with the large size and weight of the vehicles involved. In 2013, new laws were enacted by the federal government to help reduce truck driver fatigue and thereby reduce truck accidents and injuries resulting from a truck accident, including death. When a truck accident occurs, whether due to a fatigued driver or some other reason, the potential of a serious head injury, permanent disability or more is very real.
A recent three-vehicle accident involving a 2000 Freightliner semi is one of many examples of this type of scenario. On the evening before New Year’s Eve, the truck was travelling on I-65 near Atmore at approximately 9:45 p.m. when it hit a 2010 Dodge Challenger from behind. The Dodge vehicle became engulfed in flames. The four people in the Dodge were all from Camp Lejume, N.C., two of them minor children and of them adults. The driver and adult passenger were taken to nearby hospitals for treatment while the seven- and nine-year old girls died at the scene of the accident.
The article that detailed the crash did not indicate a potential cause for the accident as the Alabama State Troopers have not released any further information. The driver of a third vehicle that was also involved in the wreck was transported to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, FL. At this point, no charges have been filed in this semi truck crash case.
The sobering reality of a trucking accident is all too easily evidenced in this and other crashes. If you or someone that you know is involved in a crash with a commercial truck, it can be wise for you to talk with an attorney to understand your rights.
Source: NorthEscambia.com, “Two Children Killed In I-65 Crash,” December 30, 2013