The commercial trucks involved in large and potentially deadly trucking accidents are governed by numerous federal regulations such as driver rest periods, specific driver logs, and required insurance coverage. Not only are these large vehicles dangerous due to their massive size and weight, but also due to their sometimes dangerous cargo. If you have been the victim of a trucking accident then call our Alabama truck accident lawyers for a consultation in one of our Alabama locations currently including Montgomery, Anniston, Birmingham, and Huntsville.
These vehicles can carry flammable and hazardous materials which can result in respiratory injuries, chemical burns, fires, and chemical spills. One of the most common causes of trucking accidents are driver impairment or fatigue.
According to federal law, commercial truckers are allowed to drive their 18-wheelers for a continuous 11 hours of service (HOS) a day. They must stop their trucks when they reach this mark, but it is not uncommon for drivers to begin to tire before this 11 hour mark and begin taking drugs to help them stay awake. This can create dangerous driving conditions, especially for the last hour or two before the 11 hour mark (where drivers are more susceptible to fatigue or impairment).
It is an unfortunate fact that most wrecks involving these huge vehicles and their cargo result in death or catastrophic injuries. The trucking companies are aware of this danger and are prepared in case of such incidents to immediately begin defending the driver and his employer, as well as the owner of the cargo and its distributor.
The trucker’s insurance adjuster will be very experienced at getting a settlement that is favorable to them, and not necessarily the victim. If you suffer catastrophic injuries in such a trucking accident, then you should get an attorney and be justly compensated in order to pay for all of the expenses that your injuries might require (as well as the income that you will never obtain as a result of their negligence).
Call our Birmingham truck accident lawyers today for a consultation.