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Understanding why truckers might be speeding

You can typically tell when a driver is speeding on Jasper's roads based on how fast you are traveling in your own vehicle. To witness a semi-truck speeding would certainly be quite alarming, and when one strikes your vehicle while doing so, you may justly wonder why. Yet oftentimes, truckers speed not because they do not care about the law, but rather because they feel pressure to complete their routes within a certain amount of time. Many have come to us here at The Sapp Law Firm after having been hit by truckers who made such claims wondering if it is possible to hold those pressuring trucker drivers to drive fast responsible. 

Drawing attention to truck driver fatigue

There are a number of reasons behind the prevalence of large truck collisions and many drivers recognize that drug use, distractions and speeding are very dangerous. However, fatigue is another serious problem in the trucking industry and a lot of large truck collisions have happened because a truck driver was too tired. There are a number of ways in which fatigue can interfere with a person's ability to drive a large truck (or any vehicle, for that matter). For example, they may fall asleep while behind the wheel, paying attention to signs or they could have difficulty reacting when there is danger on the road.

How to avoid becoming involved in a truck accident

As you travel along the roads of Alabama, it isn’t uncommon to drive alongside large tractor trailers and other trucks, in addition to cars and motorcycles. While all of these vehicles pose a certain degree of danger to you as you’re driving, tractor trailers are especially hazardous. The sheer size of these vehicles alone can cause extreme damage if they should become involved in a catastrophic accident. Large trucks need a greater distance to stop when driving at high speeds. Furthermore, the blind spots surrounding tractor trailers inhibit truck drivers’ ability to see other vehicles that are driving next to them or behind them. There are some key tips that you should keep in mind when sharing the road with large trucks.

Who is responsible when a truck's load falls?

The semi-trucks and big rigs that you see driving through Walker carry a good number of the products that allow you to enjoy daily living. In your home or on the store shelf, these singular items may pose no threat whatsoever. However, stacked alongside thousands of duplicate and companion items, these can become dangerous (even deadly) projectiles in the event of an accident. Sometimes, they may even be the cause of a truck accident themselves. The question then becomes who is responsible for the security of such a load: the trucker transporting it or the motor carrier contracted to deliver it? 

What is respondeat superior?

A collision with a semi-truck in Walker can leave you facing seemingly insurmountable expenses for both your care and recovery as well as the repair of your vehicle. These costs may make it necessary for you to seek compensation beyond auto insurance coverage limits. The question then becomes whether the truck driver that struck you is solely liable, or should the company that employs him or her be held responsible as well? 

What kind of training do truck drivers have?

Have you ever driven behind or next to a semi-truck in Alabama that is weaving, speeding or just following too close? It can be a scary experience because nobody wins against a truck that big, not even the truck driver. If the truck is hauling fuel or another hazardous material, the fear factor increases. It makes you wonder about the experience of the truck driver and whether you will be involved in or witness an accident. 

Are long trucker commutes endangering motorists?

Commuting times have increased for Alabama workers across multiple industries, and the trucking industry is no exception. As the trucking field has grown, so has the distance between many major metropolitan areas and affordable housing options, which means many truckers now face commutes in excess of 150 minutes. Unfortunately, longer trucker commutes have negative effects on trucker performance, which endangers not only the truckers themselves, but also you and everyone else on the roadway.

Understanding federal hours-of-service regulations

Many working professionals in Jasper may never think to go into a work meeting while drowsy, yet may not think twice about getting behind the wheel while sleep deprived. That may be because many may place more value on their job performance than daily ancillary activities like driving. Following this line of thinking, one might assume that those who drive professionally would also never drive while drowsy. Statistics show, however, that this is not always the case. Data shared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows commercial vehicle drivers (including those operating tractor trailers) are among the most likely to drive drowsy. 

The do’s and don’ts of driving around big rigs

Every time you take to the roads in Alabama, you run the risk of coming in contact with commercial trucks, and even if you always maintain safe driving practices, sharing the road with such large, heavy vehicles poses various risks. At the Sapp Law Firm, L.L.C., we have a firm understanding of the types of accidents and injuries that often result from car-and-truck crashes, and we have helped many clients seek recourse after suffering injury because of the actions of negligent truck drivers.

Drowsy driving and truck accidents: Preventative tips

If you travel frequently on I-65 or I-22 in the vicinity of Jasper and Birmingham, then you know this part of the state sees a lot of traffic from large commercial trucks. In fact, because of the size and weight of their vehicles, truck drivers are legally held to a higher standard of safety than drivers of smaller vehicles.

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