Alabama Truck Accident Statistics
In one recent year, 9,351 commercial trucks were involved in accidents in Alabama, accounting for 3.4 percent of all crashes in the state. These collisions led to 2,563 injuries and 101 deaths, a 24 percent increase over the past decade.
Nationwide, there was an 8 percent increase in large trucks involved in fatal crashes. More than 5,000 people died, according to statistics from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Most of those deaths involved other motorists, not the truck driver.
If you or a loved one was harmed or killed in a truck accident caused by someone else, Alabama personal injury law allows you to seek compensation for your injuries and losses. However, you will likely face challenges from the liable parties and their insurance companies as you demand the compensation you deserve. Bence Law Firm LLC can help.
Phenix City truck accident lawyer David Bence can guide you through the process of pursuing your truck accident claim and will prepare a solid legal argument that counters any attempts to deny or minimize your right to just compensation. You can count on our Phenix City law firm to fight for the best possible outcome in your case.
How Often Do Truck Accidents Happen in Alabama?
Considering that nearly 10,000 truck accidents occurred in Alabama in a single year, it’s safe to say that these types of crashes happen all too frequently. They also happen on all kinds of roads.
Roughly 33 percent of tractor-trailer accidents in Alabama occur on state or U.S. routes. Another 30 percent happen on interstates, with the remainder occurring on city, county, or other local roads.
The fact that the majority of truck crashes occur on Alabama highways and interstates is significant. The speed limits on those roads are higher than on local roadways. High-speed collisions usually result in the worst injuries because the force of impact is so violent. Add in a commercial truck’s massive weight, and it’s unsurprising that these types of crashes often lead to catastrophic and life-changing injuries.
Common Causes of Alabama Truck Accidents
Data from the Alabama Department of Transportation indicates that the most common causes of truck accidents in the state include:
- Improper lane change
- Failure to yield the right of way
- Failure to observe vehicle or person
- Tailgating/following too closely
- Misjudged stopping distance
- Defective equipment or vehicle parts
- Maneuvering to avoid an animal, person, or other object
- Improper turning
- Improper backing up
- Crossing the median or center line
- Driving too fast for conditions
- Failure to heed a traffic sign or signal
- Truck driver fatigue
- Improper passing
- Running off the road
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
Distracted driving is another common cause of truck accidents. However, it is harder for law enforcement to record inattention as a contributing factor in collisions unless officers directly observe truckers engaging in distracted driving behaviors, such as talking on a cell phone.
Types of Injuries Caused by Truck Accidents
A truck traveling at highway speeds can exert tremendous force on a smaller vehicle. The impact can be even more traumatic if the truck collides with a motorcyclist, bicyclist, or pedestrian. Even an accident at slower speeds can result in traumatic injuries.
Some of the most common injuries suffered in truck accidents in Alabama include:
- Cuts and bruises
- Broken bones
- Back and neck injuries (e.g., whiplash, herniated discs, etc.)
- Soft-tissue injuries (e.g., strains, sprains, and tears of ligaments, tendons, and muscles)
- Spinal cord injuries/paralysis
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Organ damage and internal bleeding
- Thermal or chemical burns
Medical expenses for truck accident injuries can be astronomical. That’s not to mention the financial losses that victims face due to time off work or by sustaining a permanent disability that makes them unable to work again. At Bence Law Firm, we can analyze the facts of your case to come up with a settlement demand that reflects your needs, both for now and in the future.
Truck Accident Fatalities in Alabama
There is an average of 111 fatal truck accidents in Alabama per year, according to recent statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Around 17 percent of truckers die in these wrecks, with the remainder being occupants of other vehicles, bicycles, or pedestrians.
When a loved one is killed in a truck accident in Alabama, a wrongful death claim may be filed through the accident victim’s estate. Only an authorized personal representative of the deceased can file the lawsuit. That person could be a family member or another person entrusted as executor of the estate.
Unlike most other states, Alabama does not award surviving family members with compensatory damages for wrongful death. Instead, the courts award punitive damages meant to punish the at-fault party(s) for their reckless conduct in causing the death. Punitive damages are awarded to the heirs of the accident victim, not paid into the estate itself.
You have two years from the date of death to file a wrongful death claim in Alabama. However, it’s recommended that you file as soon as possible. Obtaining compensation in any type of injury claim depends upon providing satisfactory proof of negligence. Critical evidence can get lost or destroyed — something that can be particularly troublesome with truck accident claims, as trucking companies are not required to keep their records indefinitely.
How Can Bence Law Firm Help Me?
After a Phenix City truck accident, you may be facing a long road of physical and emotional recovery. The process can also take a tremendous financial toll. These are burdens that you should never have had to bear if someone else was responsible for the collision. You deserve compensation for what you’ve lost.
At Bence Law Firm, we fight aggressively to hold liable parties accountable for their negligence.
The trucking industry is heavily regulated, with stiff penalties for violations. You can count on founding attorney David Bence to fight for every penny you’re owed for your losses.
We provide top-quality, comprehensive legal services to our clients. We will:
- Listen to your story in a free consultation
- Evaluate the facts and provide an honest opinion about whether you have a case
- Investigate your claim thoroughly
- Identify all liable parties
- Collect solid evidence to support your claim for compensation
- Manage all talks with the insurance company, including settlement negotiations
- Gather expert testimony to attest to the severity of your injuries and their long-term effects on your life
- Communicate with you throughout the duration of the case
- Take your case to trial, if necessary
When you hire Bence Law Firm – Alabama truck accident attorneys to help you with your case, you’ll get dedicated and personalized attention. We’ll take the time to get to know you and gain a full understanding of your needs and goals. Our mission is to secure a result that can provide long-term financial security for you and your family.
We understand how critical a swift resolution can be for our clients. Rest assured that we will get to work on your case immediately. We know you’re counting on compensation to help with your medical expenses and lost income. We work hard for a timely resolution. But you should know that David Bence won’t rush into a settlement. The initial offer will always be too low. You can count on David to push for a full and fair amount.
You should also know that we prepare each case as if it is going to trial. That way, we’re ready to take decisive legal action if an insurance company refuses to pay a fair settlement to you.