18 Wheeler Accidents | Birmingham, Alabama

18 Wheeler Trucks are among the largest and most dangerous vehicles on the road; weighing up to 80,000 pounds and stretching up to 100 feet in length, they can cause some very serious and life-altering damage in an accident. 18 Wheeler truck drivers are held to strict standards, because when such a driver acts negligently, the results can be catastrophic. The results of negligence on the part of an 18 Wheeler Truck driver can range from various collisions, to rollover accidents and jackknife accidents. 18 Wheeler Accidents are different types of legal cases than other auto accident cases. 

18 Wheeler Accident Laws are More Complex

18 Wheeler Accident cases are controlled by a combination of both state law and federal law, and proving liability (or who's fault the accident was) is more complicated than other types of auto accidents. For example, there are more potential defendants: 

  • The 18 Wheeler Truck Driver
  • The 18 Wheeler Trucking Company
  • The 18 Wheeler Truck Manufacturer
  • The 18 Wheeler Truck Repair or Service Mechanic
  • Any other third party driver that may have contributed to the accident

 In many cases, more than one potential defendant may be liable for your damages and injuries. You are invited to contact me to hear more about which defendants should be included in your 18 Wheeler lawsuit. 

Federal 18 Wheeler Trucking Laws

18 Wheeler trucking is regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Saftey Administration (FMCSA), which provides guidelines for 18 Wheeler truck drivers, companies, manufacturers, and other people or entities that may be involved in 18 Wheeler commercial trucking. 

The FMCSA requires 18 Wheeler Drivers to: 

  • Be 21 years old 
  • Speak fluent English
  • Posess a CDL driver license
  • Pass a physical every two years
  • Keep a log of miles and time driven each day

18 Wheeler Trucking Companies are required to:

  • Conduct background checks on potential drivers to ensure a safe driving history
  • Adequately train and instruct 18 Wheeler Drivers
  • Conduct regular mechanical maintenance and repairs
  • Keep a record of maintenance and repairs

18 Wheeler Truck Driver Hour Restrictions

18 Wheeler Truck Driver fatigue is expressly regulated by the FMCSA. Fatigued drivers pose a serious safety threat to the public at large. There also exists the temptation of additional profit for the trucking companies to push their drivers beyond a safe amount of time behind the wheel on a daily basis. Because of the threat posed by tired or drowsy drivers, the FMCSA provides some regulations regarding the hours an 18 Wheeler Truck driver can work:

  • 18 Wheeler Truck drivers cannot drive for more than 11 hours in a single day. 
  • 18 Wheeler Truck drivers are required to take off at least 10 hours between shifts. 
  • The full shift for an 18 Wheeler Truck driver cannot last longer than 14 hours. 
  • 18 Wheeler Truck drivers must maintain an accurate log book of time on duty, and time behind the wheel. 

Because of the profit incentive that exists for companies to try and push their truck drivers to deliver goods on time, there are times where the FMCSA guidelines are broken. Some 18 Wheeler truck drivers may not be truthful in recording entries to their log books. In these situations, it comes to the attorney to prove the differences between the 18 Wheeler Truck driver's books, and other evidence that may tell a different story, such as: 

  • Toll Road Receipts
  • Weigh Station Reports
  • Delivery Receipts
  • Mileage distance and time calculations 
  • Gas Station Receipts

How 18 Wheeler Accidents Happen

Because of the extensive federal regulation controling how commercial 18 Wheeler Trucking activity is to be conducted, there is not much room left for an accident to occur without negligence on someone's part. Common causes of 18 Wheeler Truck accidents include: 

  • Negligent repairs or maintenance on the 18 Wheeler Truck
  • Failure to adequately train or instruct the 18 Wheeler Truck driver
  • Aggresive or negligent driving
  • Fatigued drivers and unrealistic company deadlines
  • Drug or alcohol intoxication 
  • Distracted driving such as texting

18 Wheeler Truck Accident Injuries 

18 Wheeler Trucks are often much larger and heavier than the other vehicles involved in an accident, and this results in a much higher chance of serious injury or death. Approximate 3/4 of the serious injuries or fatalities that occur in 18 Wheeler Trucking accidents are suffered by the occupants of the other vehicle involved. These injuries include:

  • Brain and head trauma
  • Paralysis
  • Death 
  • Broken bones and internal organ damage

Due to the serious threat posed to victims in 18 Wheeler Trucking accidents, a larger insurance policy is required to compensate injured victims. 

18 Wheeler Truck Accident Damages

The nature and extent of damages differes on a case-by-case basis. You are invited to contact me to discuss your damages in further detail. Common damages include: 

  • Past and future medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Lost future earning capacity 
  • Pain and Suffering 
  • Mental Anguish
  • Dependent damages in the event of death

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