18 Wheeler Accident


Have you been in a accident involving an 18 wheeler?

Trucking is a huge industry with nearly 2 million tractor trailers on United States highways. A tractor trailer and its load can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds. The massive size and weight of these giants pose a serious threat to other drivers and to pedestrians because collisions with tractor trailers often result in catastrophic injury or death to accident victims. In 2008, tractor trailer accidents caused 771 injuries and 93 deaths in Alabama.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issues strict guidelines for the trucking industry. Failure to follow these guidelines puts motor vehicle operators and pedestrians at risk. Commercial semi-truck carriers are responsible for keeping semis in safe operating condition through inspection, repair, and maintenance. Carriers must also ensure that drivers are properly trained and licensed.  Negligence includes unsafe or fatigued driving, use of alcohol/drugs, inadequate driver training, substandard vehicle maintenance, and improper securing of cargo.

If you or a family member has been a victim of an 18-wheeler accident, you need Information about Alabama semi-truck negligence. Birmingham, Alabama area semi-truck accident lawyers at Simms and Associates are experts in Alabama semi-truck negligence and will fight for your right to maximum compensation.

What are some facts about truck driving accidents?

  • Commercial trucks are involved in 2.4% of all car accidents.
  • Trucks are 3 times less likely to be in an accident than a regular motor vehicle.
  • One person is injured or killed in a truck accident every 16 minutes.

How many truck accidents occur every year?

The United States Department of Transportation estimates that over 500,000 truck accidents occur every year.

What is the cause of the truck accidents?

More than 75% of truck driving accidents are due to the driver of the passenger vehicle. Only 16% of all truck driving accidents are due to the truck driver’s fault.

How many people are seriously injured in a truck accident?

Nearly 5,000 people are killed in truck accidents every year. Nearly 98% of the time, the drivers of the other vehicle are killed in a truck accident.

When do most truck accidents occur?

68% of truck accidents occur in rural areas with 68% occurring during the day time and 78% occurring on the weekends.

What are some percentage facts?

Current records show that most American driver’s will have a near motor vehicle accident 1 to 3 times per month and will be in a collision of some type on the average of every 5 to 8 years plus these records also indicate that licensed teenagers are 22 more times likely to get a speeding ticket than those who are 65 years of age or older.

At Simms & Associates, we regularly handle serious injury cases involving commercial vehicles. Lead attorney Derek B. Simms is a former insurance claims adjuster and accident scene investigator. He has established long term relationships with some of the most qualified accident re constructionist and safety experts in the business. We put all of our assets and resources to work to maximize the recovery for our personal injury clients.