Preventable accidents on the Alabama roadways are often tragic, especially when you or a loved one suffers a severe injury. Because the risk is so much greater when one of the vehicles involved is a tractor trailer, it makes sense for the law to hold commercial drivers to strict requirements. Even so, accidents involving large trucks continue to plague the state. We at The Sapp Law Firm, LLC, have provided legal assistance to many people who have been affected by truck crashes.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the number of people who were killed in truck accidents increased by 17 between 2014 and 2015, with a total of 101 fatal injuries last year. This represents more than 11 percent of the total traffic deaths in 2015. Over the past five years, the average number of fatalities have been fairly steady at 100.2.
Many times, collisions are due to poor driving behaviors rather than factors outside of the driver’s control. For example, truck operators are trained to be aware of how long it takes to bring the vehicle to a stop, so when they have short following distances behind passenger cars, they should know that they are putting others’ lives at risk.
Sometimes, it is not trucker negligence on the road, but off it that creates the hazard. Truck operators are required to inspect their vehicles and perform maintenance before getting behind the wheel every day. Failing to notice something as simple as a bad tire tread has the potential to cause a serious hazard to those behind. For more information about the responsibilities of commercial vehicle drivers, please visit our web page.