It is fair to say that often when we hear about a crash involving a truck it is in the context of a semi inflicting damage upon a much smaller car. The reality however is that this is not always the way that truck accidents play out. Sometimes they involve another truck and sometimes they are the result of the actions taken by the driver of a car. Both appear to be true when it comes to a crash that occurred recently in Alabama.
As is the case with virtually any crash involving motor vehicles, when it comes truck accidents many factors could be to blame. Since that particular industry is so highly regulated, it makes sense that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration would continually be on the lookout for ways to reduce the number of crashes—and by extension—injuries that occur on our nation’s roads.
There is no question that interstates often make travelling from one place to another much faster. The speed at which vehicles travel on these roads and the number of vehicles that can be on them at the same time, can also make them dangerous. If a car accident occurs, it is possible that many vehicles could easily be involved resulting serious injuries.
Most readers of this blog are likely aware that truck accidents commonly lead to a devastating outcome. The reasons behind such outcomes may not be as well understood by readers. In this post we will focus on some of those factors.
Often when one hears the term distracted driving the first thing that comes to mind is a driver who is texting while operating a vehicle. While this is certainly an example of an activity that constitutes distracted driving it is only one of many. Eating and drinking while driving can be a distraction as can applying makeup. Even reaching for something could be a distracting activity. As a truck driver travelling through Alabama learned firsthand, apparently so too can pulling a loose tooth.
There's an old quote that goes, "Everybody talks about the weather but nobody does anything about it." The source of the line has never really been nailed down, and it doesn't really matter anyway. The reason we bring it up is that it seems that we could replace the word "weather" with the words "truck safety" and come up with an equally apt statement.
Many of the worst truck accidents that occur on Alabama highways involve the big rigs. Eighteen-wheel tractor-trailers pose a huge threat just because of their sheer size. Negligent or reckless drivers can turn these vehicles into missiles of the road, and individuals in other vehicles tend to be the ones who pay the price in terms of serious injuries or wrongful death.
Alabama residents who planned to travel to Washington or Canada via Interstate 5 over the holiday weekend had their travel plans changed by a bridge collapsing. Just days before the Memorial Day weekend began, a bridge 60 miles north of Seattle fell into the river after a truck accidents at the wheel of an 18-wheeler collided with one of the bridge's overhead tresses. The tress was a part of the bridge's "superstructure," which is what investigators believe caused the collapse.
A 23-year-old Kent State senior from Parma was killed when he was ejected from an SUV according to police sources. The truck accident occurred on Interstate 65 when a semi truck driven by an Ashville, Alabama, man collided with the SUV in which the student was a passenger. Four other young men were in the SUV at the time, and the 22-year-old driver, along with the other passengers, was taken to an area hospital to be treated for injuries. There was no word as to their conditions or whether any of them were admitted for injuries. The group was said to be traveling home from a Florida vacation at the time of the crash. The truck driver was not injured.
At times while driving, it can be difficult to gauge the speed at which other vehicles are traveling. This is especially true when those vehicles are up ahead and traveling in the same direction. This is a major reason why it's so important for drivers of stalled motor vehicles to make sure to pull a stalled vehicle over to the far right shoulder of the road.