Another tragic 18 wheeler wreck reminds us of just how deadly an 18 wheeler can be. A crash between three vehicles and a 18 wheeler has left at least one dead on I565. Apparently an 18-wheeler owned by Prime inc. was westbound on I565 and then for some unknown reason crossed over into the eastbound Lane striking an SUV. Prime Inc. is a large North American refrigerated, flatbed, tanker and intermodal trucking company. Police say the person who died was 31-year-old Jamila Kanika Davis of Savannah, Georgia. She was the driver of the passenger vehicle. No information has been released on the cause of the accident, or the other parties involved in the crash.
Approximately half a million truck accidents occur annually in the United States. Surveys suggest that about 130,000 individuals are injured each year annually due to truck collisions, while 5,000 result in fatalities.
Approximately 90% of the trucking accidents are caused by some sort of human error. Either the truck or car driver? Common negligent actions by truck drivers include:
- Inexperience or lack of qualification
- Distractions; especially talking on their cell phone
- Violating traffic and federal trucking laws
- Speeding to shorten the delivery time or increase the number of loads
- Driving while excessively fatigued
- Driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs
- Making sharp turns
- Failing to maintain the truck parts
- Overloading trucks
- Adverse weather conditions
Some common types of injury faced by the victim of a truck accident are:
- Broken bones
- Head and neck injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
Negligence on the part of truck drivers and trucking companies puts the lives of innocent people at risk. If you or a loved one has been injured in a trucking accident in Alabama, it is important to have an experienced personal injury attorney in Huntsville? Call Ferguson & Ferguson now. Call 256-534-3435.