When it comes to semi trucks and other large commercial vehicles, there are many factors that may come into play in an accident in Alabama. Some of these involve human decision-making or errors such as when truckers might text while driving or operate rigs when they are fatigued. Other factors might involve the trucks themselves.
Most Alabama residents know that an accident involving a semi truck or other large commercial vehicle can be extremely dangerous. The sheer weight and size of these massive vehicles alone can make the risk of being involved in a crash with them even more grave than with other vehicles.
The commercial transportation industry is a highly competitive and important one. Whether operating in Alabama alone or in multiple states, drivers, owner-operators and companies alike must adhere to a wide range of laws and industry regulations. Among these is the Hours of Service rule as established by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. But, does this rule apply to all commercial drivers in all situations?
After the October 31 Colonial Pipeline explosion in Shelby County, the governor of Alabama issued a State of Emergency to minimize the disruption of the gasoline supply. In doing so, he expanded the hours gasoline truckers may drive.
When many Alabama residents think about the situations in which traffic accidents may happen, being at a standstill in a vehicle is not often the first such situation that comes to mind. Usually things that may involve driving in dangerous conditions such as at night in bad weather or driving too fast would be involved. In fact, usually actually moving in a vehicle would be involved.
The results of the 72-hour International Roadcheck campaign are in, and the results from 9,080 truck inspections are troubling: Over 21 percent of the trucks were unfit for service. Inspectors also placed 3.4 percent of the commercial truck drivers out of service. That translates into 9,080 trucks and 1,436 drivers being cited.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the Department of Transportation (DOT) have approved new regulations for commercial trucks that allow drivers to mount technology on windshields. Although the regulations focus on only allowing safety equipment onto windshield, drivers may still lose visibility or even become distracted by these devices. This could mean that when the regulations go into effect on October 24 of this year drivers of smaller vehicles may need to be more aware of their surroundings than they already are.
A recent motor vehicle accident on Highway 72 in Alabama’s Colbert County ended in tragedy.
Alabama recently became one of five states to suspend a particular safety rule for fuel trucks: hours of service regulations. Lawmakers made this decision in response to the Colonial Pipeline spill that dumped hundreds of thousands of gasoline in remote areas of Alabama.
A Birmingham teenager was killed in a fatal collision between a motorcycle and a truck on a recent Saturday night. The deadly accident happened around 10 pm. The truck was apparently making a left turn at the intersection of South Shades Crest Road and Grand Oaks Drive.