Truck Driver Charged with Five Counts of Negligent Homicide

November 21, 2017 Tractor Trailer Accidents
Red 18-wheeler Truck Driving On The Interstate Stock Photo

Tractor Trailer accidents can cause very serious injuries, and there are too many accidents that happen on our roads. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administrations most recent report, in 2016 alone 2,317 fatalities occurred as a result of crashes involving large trucks. Due to the sheer size and weight of tractor trailers, accidents involving them often yield devastating results.

Recently, a truck driver from Phenix City was arrested and charged with five counts of criminally negligent homicide for an accident that occurred in July. The accident occurred when the driver of the tractor trailer collided with another vehicle driving on U.S. 80 near Phenix City.

The crash resulted in the death of 5 passengers, 2 children and 3 adults, from the car that the truck hit. The truck driver survived the crash, and is now being held liable for the death of 5.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of all 5 victims in this horrific accident.

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Although accidents do happen, there are steps both those driving near large trucks and those actually operating the large trucks can take to lessen the chance of an accident occurring.

For drivers driving near large trucks

  • Stay out of blind spots – due to the size of tractor trailers, it becomes difficult for drivers to see other vehicles in their mirrors. If you find yourself in the blind spot of a truck, either slow down or speed up until you are no longer in a blind spot.
  • Switch lanes cautiously – if you plan on switching lanes in front of a large truck, be sure to put your turn signal on to alert the driver and allow for enough time for them to slow down a bit so you don’t cut them off and risk an accident occurring.
  • Keep your eyes on the road – as always, do not drive distracted. This includes use of cell phone, radio, eating while driving, etc. Don’t do it, it’s not worth it

For truck drivers

  • Maintain a safe following distance – due to the size and weight of large trucks, it takes longer to come to a complete stop than it would a smaller vehicle. A safe following distance allows for enough time to react and will help to avoid an accident from occurring.
  • Switch lanes cautiously – alert vehicles around you by putting on your turn signal well before you need to switch lanes. There may be vehicles in your blind spot so allow for enough time for them to react by speeding up or slowing down, allowing you to switch.
  • Keep your eyes on the road – as always, do not drive distracted. This includes use of cell phone, radio, eating while driving, etc. Don’t do it, it’s not worth it
  • Be Well Rested – often truck drivers are required to drive long hours, during day and night, and drivers can get overtired. It is important to pull over, take a nap, make sure that you do not drive if you are sleepy. The results can be devastating.

At Floyd Hunter Injury Law we want all drivers to be as safe as possible on the road. Always be alert when driving and keep your hands on your wheel and your eyes on the road.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident with a tractor trailer call the experienced Alabama Tractor Trailer Accident Attorneys at Floyd Hunter Injury Law at 334-452-4000.

When you call, you’ll receive a FREE case evaluation. There is never an attorney’s fee charged up front, and we only get paid when you do. It’s that simple.

Tractor Trailer Accident cases are extremely complex so it is important that you have an experienced firm represent your claim. At Floyd Hunter Injury Law we will fight to the end to make sure that your rights are fully protected, and that you receive the fair and just compensation you may deserve.

Call Floyd Hunter Injury Law, because the right lawyers make a real difference.