Commercial truck drivers in Alabama must take extra training to receive a special driver’s license because of the added responsibility of operating such a large vehicle on the nation’s roadways. The average tractor trailer weighs over 20 times more than a passenger vehicle, often causing a great deal more damage in an accident. A recent pile-up crash on I-10 in Mobile was triggered by a large truck, injuring nine people and leading to one fatality.
Prior to hitting the first vehicle, one of the accident victims said that the driver of the tractor trailer was probably distracted. She also reported that she saw him continuously swerving before the accident occurred. In all, five vehicles were involved in the crash, although it is unknown how the other three vehicles were hit.
One car ended up beneath the tractor trailer. The driver of that car, a 22-year-old nursing student in the Air Force ROTC, was taken to the hospital with severe head trauma. She died the next day. It is unknown what the state of the other victims are and whether authorities are planning to file criminal charges against the driver of the 18 wheeler for the truck accident.
As the economy improves, the number of tractor trailers on the road is expected to increase from the growth of the trucking industry. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, the number of truck accidents in Alabama has risen significantly over the last five years, with 3,757 collisions occurring in 2014 alone. If you sustain an injury in a collision with a large truck, an attorney may be able to help you receive the compensation you are entitled to by law.
Source: WKRG News5, “Young Woman Dies from Injuries in Pile-Up Crash on I-10,” July 3, 2015