Alabama ranks ninth out of all states in loss of life from 18 wheeler accidents. During 2011, according to Safe Home Alabama there were nearly 6,000 accidents involving a truck with more than 90 people losing their lives after a truck accident. Most of the accidents occurred on state roadways and not on the interstate highway.
Most common causes
When an accident results in death, there is often a concern about how the accident occurred. In slightly more than 15 percent of all 18 wheeler accidents, the cause of the accident was a failure to yield the right of way. However, there are more disturbing statistics that must be paid attention to when reading fatal accident reports that should give all Alabama drivers reason for concern.
DUI – more than 210 accidents were the result of a driver being under the influence. Driving under the influence puts the driver and others on the road at high risk. This was the number one cause of all 18 wheeler accidents.
Speeding – more than 250 of all 18 wheeler accidents were as a result of speeds that were inappropriate for the road conditions.
Tailgating – unfortunately, after DUI influenced accidents, the most common reason for an 18 wheeler accident is tailgating. In fact, 944 accidents cited tailgating as a cause.
Fatigue – Many drivers are surprised to find out that over 100 accidents involving 18 wheelers happened because the driver was over-tired or actually asleep at the wheel.
While the number of accidents may be decreasing overall on Alabama roadways, this is not much consolation if you or a family member is injured in an 18 wheeler accident. It is even less consolation if you have lost a loved one in one of the 92 fatalities that occurred in 2011.
Alabama law only allows you to file a personal injury suit for two years after an accident that results in death. If you have lost a loved one in an 18 wheeler accident contact Noel B. Leonard Attorney LLC for help. While no amount of money will bring back your loved one, you have a right to collect compensation to help pay for medical bills, funeral expenses and lost wages.