Alabama residents who rely on tour or intercity buses may be interested to hear that, on Nov. 7, federal accident investigators called for a probe into the government agency responsible for ensuring the safety of commercial vehicles. Investigators alleged that Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration inspectors are failing to do their job.
Alabama cyclists may be interested to hear about a 24-year-old man who was hit by a tractor trailer on Sept. 21, 2013 as he rode his bike through Florida. The cyclist was riding to visit all 30 Major League Baseball parks in order to raise money for partially deaf children in the name of charity, and he had already visited 29 MLB locations at the time of the truck accidents.
Two Alabama drivers were injured in a multi-vehicle accident when their two large trucks collided around 12:45 p.m. on July 1st. The driver of the dump truck ran into the back of the fertilizer spreader vehicle near the intersection of County Road 164. The collision from the truck accidents was so violent that it detached the wheels from the spreader causing the tank to spill a load of lime on the road. There were serious injuries on both sides; the dump truck driver was flown to the hospital and the fertilizer truck driver was taken by ambulance.
The enforcement of new rules designed to ease truck driver fatigue has recently begun, and it is hoped that these rules will help decrease the occurrence of truck accidents and subsequent fatalities. By reducing the instances of truck accidents, it is estimated that commercial vehicle accidents in Alabama, as well as across the United States, will be less frequent and that nearly 20 lives may be spared per year.
On May 14 at 1:32 p.m., a 2000 Chevrolet Malibu was traveling eastbound on Alabama Highway 20 when the driver collided with a dump truck. The collision occurred near the intersection of the highway with Sockwell Lane. The dump truck was traveling southbound on Sockwell Lane prior to the collision. Police were alerted instantly when an area resident who heard the crash contacted 911.
Two people suffered injuries in a vehicle collision that occurred around 6:30 a.m. on a Monday morning at Gorton Road and Judge Road in Alabama. A truck and a SUV reportedly crashed after one of the vehicles ran a stop sign. Which vehicle was at fault for running the stop sign has yet to be disclosed.