Montgomery Truck Accident Attorney
Injured in South East Alabama or the Tri-State Area?
Anyone who gets behind the wheel of an automobile assumes a considerable responsibility to avoid causing an accident, but this is particularly true in the case of commercial truck drivers. Semi-trucks can legally weigh up to 80,000 pounds-as much as forty times more than a normal passenger vehicle-and are therefore far more capable of causing catastrophic damage in a collision. At Morris, Cary, Andrews, Talmadge & Driggers, LLC, we take pride in holding negligent truck drivers accountable for their actions, and we encourage you to seek our help in claiming compensation for your injuries or for the death of a loved one. Contact a Dothan personal injury lawyer at the firm to learn more.
Statistics About Truck Accidents
According to a report published by the University of Alabama Center for Advanced Public Safety, there were a total of 7,546 big-truck collisions statewide in 2008 alone. These accidents left 1,769 people injured and 132 killed. While some accidents are entirely unavoidable, many can be directly attributed to errors on the part of one of the drivers. In support of this, consider that the report lists the leading factors in causing truck collisions as being failure to spot a vehicle in the truck's blind spots (12.6%), improper lane change (10.7%), failure to yield right of way (10.2%) and driver not in control of vehicle (8.8%). If the trucker was distracted or fatigued at the time of the accident, it may be possible to use this evidence to prove that he or she was at fault.
When 18-wheeler accidents happen, a careful investigation of the situation will often reveal that the driver made some type of error, whether due to fatigue, chemical substance impairment or inexperience. For example, jackknife accidents are typically the result of sudden braking which causes the trailer to pivot on the hitch and swing forward toward the truck cab. We thoroughly investigate truck accident cases to find evidence of fault, which sometimes requires hiring accident reconstruction experts who can testify as to the cause of the crash. Every action we take in the case is directed at proving your claim for damages and helping you recover the full compensation you deserve. Call a Montgomery personal injury lawyer today to learn more.