All kinds of truck accidents happen on Alabama roads. The exact type of accident you’re involved in could determine your legal options. Below, we describe some of the most common types of tractor-trailer accidents in Alabama.
Rear-End Truck Accidents
Did you know that, in tractor-trailer wrecks, it is ten times more likely that driver error is the cause of the collision than any other factor? One such error involves a truck following another vehicle too closely. Truckers often tailgate slower drivers to try to get them to move out of the way. Unfortunately, this behavior contributed to the 809 tailgating-related 18-wheeler crashes that happened in Alabama in 2018, according to ALDOT.
Aggressive driving behaviors like tailgating are unacceptable and negligent. If this was the cause of your tractor-trailer accident, you might be able to hold the truck driver accountable through a personal injury lawsuit.
Sideswipe 18-Wheeler Accidents
Sideswipe truck accidents happen when a truck driver improperly changes lanes and hits another vehicle’s side in the other lane. Improper lane changes contributed to 1,351 commercial truck crashes in Alabama in 2018, ALDOT reported.
This careless behavior places the blame for the accident directly on the truck driver. Victims of such accidents likely can sue the truck driver and trucking company for financial compensation.
Drowsy Driving Semi-Truck Crashes
Sometimes, truck drivers spend so long on the road that they fall asleep behind the wheel. This dangerous behavior caused 210 Alabama tractor-trailer crashes in 2018 alone.
If the trucker or trucking company failed to follow hours of service rules that limit time spent driving, your legal team can utilize this as evidence of negligence or negligent supervision. That means you may be owed financial compensation for the drowsy driving truck crash that injured you.
Defective Equipment Truck Accidents
Defective brakes, tires and other parts can cause truck accidents. In fact, faulty equipment played a role in 431 trucking accidents on Alabama roads in 2018.
Determining your legal options after a defective equipment truck crash can be difficult. The manufacturer or anyone involved in the maintenance of the truck could be to blame. A qualified attorney can investigate the crash to determine who is at fault.