Causes of Semi-Truck and Tractor-Trailer Accidents

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The causes of semi-truck accidents often extend beyond simple driver negligence.

The Birmingham truck accident attorneys at Jonathan W. Gathings & Associates have extensive experience helping truck accident victims and their families pursue the financial security they need to move forward with their lives. If you or a loved one was injured in a tractor-trailer accident, please call us at 205-545-7475 to speak with one of our Alabama truck accident lawyers and learn how we can help you.

Common Causes of 18-Wheeler Accidents

Numerous federal and state laws are intended to limit tractor-trailer accidents and their resulting injuries by regulating drivers’ hours of operation, cargo limits and maintenance requirements. But in the interest of maximizing profits, some trucking companies and drivers disregard these regulations and put innocent people at risk.

Common factors in semi-truck accidents include:

  • Unrealistic delivery schedules
  • Inadequate driver training
  • Driver fatigue
  • Distracted driving
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs
  • Improperly secured cargo or overloaded cargo
  • Motor vehicle defects or faulty vehicle components
  • Insufficient maintenance

The Birmingham truck accident lawyers at Jonathan W. Gathings & Associates know how to thoroughly investigate semi-truck accidents and build a strong case so we can aggressively pursue just compensation for you and your family.

Injuries in Tractor-Trailer Accidents

Because of the size and weight difference between semi-trucks and passenger vehicles, truck accidents result in a high rate of catastrophic injuries and death to the occupants of cars and other passenger vehicles. Severe injuries common in truck accidents include:

  • Fractured bones
  • Brain injuries/traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
  • Spinal cord injuries/paralysis
  • Loss-of-limb/amputation injuries

These injuries can be life-changing for victims and their families. Compensation for severe injuries in tractor-trailer accident claims may include money for medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, disability, rehabilitation, vocational retraining, and long-term care among other damages.

If you were injured or a family member was killed in a semi-truck accident, please contact Jonathan W. Gathings & Associates for your free consultation. Our Alabama truck accident lawyers welcome clients from Birmingham and the throughout the state of Alabama.