An accident occurred on I-65 involving two tractor trailers, one crossed the roadway and hit the other head on, resulting in the death of one of the drivers and injury to the other. When two tractor trailers collide head on, there will be fault assigned, and depending on that outcome, a wrongful death claim can be made or a claim for extensive injuries.
Common violations leading to accidents.
Common violations causing these types of accidents include driver error through: speeding, tailgating, driving while intoxicated, driving while tired or recklessly driving, and there are times when accidents occur because of illness, road conditions and bad weather conditions. The size and weight of a truck increase the possibility of death, and severe injury because trucks often weigh 20-30 times as much as passenger vehicles and are taller with greater ground clearance magnifying dangers involved in collisions. A typical tractor-trailer or other large truck can weigh as much as 80,000 compared to passenger vehicles weighing about 3,000 or 4,000 pounds.
Braking distance factor.
A truck’s braking capability is often a factor in accidents because a loaded tractor-trailer needs about 20-40% more distance to stop than a passenger car, and the distance is increased when roadways are wet and slippery, or brakes have not been maintained. These factors can significantly increase damages to an injured party of a truck accident. Size discrepancy is damaging to both passenger vehicles and other tractor trailers depending on the type of impact, no matter who is at fault.
After the misfortune of colliding with a tractor trailer, it is wise to calmly assess the situation for life-threatening conditions. If it is possible, move vehicles out of traffic or signal drivers to move around your vehicle. Once the assessment is made that there is nothing life-threatening, you should:
- Check on the condition of the people involved in the accident;
- Call the police or emergency responders if needed;
- Get a written accident report;
- Remain at the accident scene;
- Exchange driver and insurance information;
- Get witness contact information;
- Call your insurance company to set up a claim;
- Seek out medical treatment when necessary;
- Take pictures of the scene, and the vehicle damages;
- If the truck is a commercial vehicle, get State Trooper report;
- Do not make any statements regarding fault or liability at the scene or when making a complaint;
- Call an accident attorney to determine any actions toward a legal proceeding to address damages and injuries sustained.
The State of Alabama and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration have specific insurance requirements for semis. If you have your own authority, some coverages are mandatory, like primary liability. If you are leased to a motor carrier, you may be looking for physical damage truck insurance, bobtail coverage, and non-trucking liability.
Hire an Attorney.
Contact an experienced legal professional in Mobile Alabama to assist with a claim for full and fair compensation through a settlement. This may require an expert accident reconstructionist and review of the trucking company’s documentation to determine how and why the accident occurred. Damages may include hospital/medical expenses; funeral expenses, past and future permanent disability payments; emotional distress including depression and anxiety; loss of enjoyment of life; physical pain and suffering; and loss of love and companionship due to a death or serious injury caused by a truck accident.