From a negligent truck company to truck driver fatigue, there are all sorts of reasons why truck accidents continue to take place. Sadly, in Jasper, Alabama, and throughout the United States, people may lose their life or suffer from a permanent disability after a semi truck crash. Furthermore, there are other types of pain and suffering caused by a truck accident that aren't always given as much attention, such as lost wages and medical bills.
With this week being National Nursing Home Week, many throughout Alabama, and the rest of the U.S., are celebrating nursing care facilities, their employees and their residents. While it is important to recognize the excellent care and support that most nursing homes provide, it is also important to raise awareness about the problem of nursing home neglect. Unfortunately, there are situations when those who are charged with caring for an incapacitated or elderly person may not provide a reasonable standard of care. In these cases, it can result in personal injury, permanent disability or death.
Workplace accidents can happen in any industry or type of business. Some industries, however, are more likely to experience accidents that result in injured employees or other situations. The construction, oil and gas as well as transportation industries are all known to have higher than average rates of people being injured on the job and associated claims. Employees in these situations can face lost wages, out-of-pocket medical expenses and more.
An injury can be sustained in any line of work. An Alabama worker in some industries or job functions can have an inherently higher rate of being involved in a work-related injury than others. Construction, mining and transportation are among these industries. When an employee is injured on the job, one means by which he or she can receive help is through the system of workers’ compensation.
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.
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.
On-the-job accidents can happen in any industry or any profession in Alabama. Some can be relatively minor and others can result in damage that leads to permanent disability. A work-related injury, whether due to an accident or environmental nature at a jobsite, requires prompt attention and can sometimes be the subject of a workers' compensation claim, allowing the injured employee to recoup lost wages or out-of-pocket medical expenses.
A workplace accident and any resulting injuries can occur in any line of work, at any location. However, some industries understandably are more dangerous and carry higher rates of injured employees. In Alabama and around the nation, these include oil and gas, transportation and construction. Sometimes accidents are truly just that, unavoidable situations. Other times, a noticeable OSHA violation may contribute. Still other times, there may even be negligence. Neck injury, back injury permanent disability or even death can be the end result of a work accident.
Accidents involving large commercial vehicles—especially semi-trucks—are some of the most devastating. The injuries resulting from a semi-truck or tractor trailer accident tend to be more severe, sometimes even fatal. Many of these accidents are caused by truck driver fatigue. New regulations set by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration went into effect on July 1 with the intent on preventing the number deaths that occur each year from drowsy truck drivers.