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October 26, 2020

Truck Accident Law Firm in Birmingham

Important statistics for truck accidents in Alabama

Are you aware of just how common—and how devastating—trucking accidents can be?  The following statistics from the Alabama Department of Transportation illustrate this troubling phenomenon:

  • According to the National Center for Statistics and Analysis (NHTSA), 1,289 vehicles were involved in fatal crashes in Alabama in 2008, 124 of which were trucks.
  • In 2008, 14 percent of motor vehicle fatalities in Alabama involved large trucks — 5 percent higher than the national average.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a trucking accident and you are seeking compensation for your injuries, an experienced truck accident law firm can help.  A truck accident attorney in Birmingham who is knowledgeable in this field of law can advise you on your case and what recovery you can realistically expect.

Best practices to avoid a truck accident in Alabama

While it is not always possible to avoid a crash, heeding the following tips will lessen your chances of colliding with a large truck: 
Do not ride in the passing lane.  The left lane of any roadway is considered the passing lane, and is only to be used for maneuvering around vehicles in the right lane.  If you ride steadily in the left lane, a hurried trucker may have no way to get around you, and can end up tailgating you.  If you need to stop suddenly, this may result in the truck rear-ending you.
Acknowledge braking distance. Be sure to give commercial trucks a wide berth when driving around them. If you notice that one is tailgating you, move into another lane, if possible. Trucks need more stopping time than passenger cars in order to brake effectively, and if you do not allow for this, you may find yourself in a collision with a truck whose driver assumed you would stop in time.
Beware of wide turns.  Because of the way they are constructed, large trucks must swing widely in the opposite direction of any turn they wish to make.  If cars attempt to drive in between trucks and the direction that they are swinging into, they can be squeezed between the truck and the roadside during a turn.

Contact our Alabama truck accident law firm today

For a law firm experienced in Alabama trucking accidents, count on Henry C. Dailey Jr., P.C. Our Birmingham truck accident lawyer has the dedication, resources and resolve to assert your rights. Even better, you do not owe any fees unless we collect for you.  You have nothing to lose. Call us now at 866-421-2413 or contact us online for a free consultation.

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