When you take into account the sheer size and weight of an 18-wheeler,
it is easy to see how dangerous trucking accidents can be. Nearly all
such accidents result in serious and even catastrophic injuries. In 2012,
nearly 6,000 commercial truck accidents were reported in Alabama, of which,
90 were fatalities. There are many possible contributing factors in a
trucking accident, often coming from some form of negligence.
Distracted driving and driver error
Probably the most common cause of trucking accidents is driver error. This
would include distractions of all types, such as exhaustion, intoxication,
and eating. Driver error also includes failure to obey traffic rules or
make appropriate judgments. Essentially, anything that prevents a truck
driver from being able to observe and react appropriately is considered
Weather and Road Conditions often affect truck driving
Dangerous weather conditions, such as snow, ice, and heavy rain frequently
cause truck drivers to lose control. In addition to the inclement weather,
the size, weight, and dimensions of commercial trucks, and the load being
carried, the likelihood of a truck driving losing control is high. If
the truck driver is not experienced in handling a large commercial vehicle,
especially in poor weather conditions, the risk of driver error increases
Improper loading or mechanical failure
Truck accidents can also be the result of defective equipment or poor maintenance.
There can also be situations where equipment is misused, due to negligence
or lack of experience. If a mechanical failure could have been avoided
by simple maintenance or inspection, then victims may have a claim for
negligence. Specifically, if the load is not positioned or secured properly,
it can result in shifting, which can cause the truck driver to lose control.
If you have questions regarding trucking accidents,
contact us online or by calling the Law Office of Cody R. Wix, LLC, at (205) 381-4787.