When a passenger vehicle and a commercial truck collide, the results are often catastrophic. Small passenger vehicles are no match for large, heavy trucks. Spinal injuries, paralysis and death are far too common in truck accidents. If you have been injured or a loved one was killed in a truck accident, contact an experienced and reputable personal injury attorney in Alaska today.
Common Causes of Trucking Accidents in Alaska
Federal and state regulators realize the risk that large commercial vehicles can be and have exacted strict laws to try to minimize accidents. Despite continued efforts to make the roadways safer, 3,852 people died in accidents involving large trucks in 2015, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Some of the common causes of trucking accidents in Alaska include:
Oil spills and tanker truck accidents – Three big rollovers occurred in the month of September 2016 alone, causing thousands of gallons of diesel fuel to be spilled into the woods and wetlands. Many fuel spills occurred on Dalton Highway, a remote 400-mile haul road that is the last stretch before many of the state’s oil fields. Warming winters, roads that need maintenance and human errors may have contributed to these accidents.
Driver fatigue – Drivers are typically paid by the load and are incentivized to get places faster. As a result, many truckers and trucking companies violate federal regulations involving service hours, causing tired drivers to be on the roads.
Distracted driving – The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has banned commercial drivers from texting while driving. However, commercial drivers must often find ways to entertain themselves during long hauls, which can result in distractions.
Improper weight distribution – Improperly loaded trucks may tip over.
Equipment malfunction – Commercial trucking companies are required to maintain their vehicles in safe repair. A malfunction can result in deadly accidents.
These are just a few of the reasons why you may consider hiring a personal injury attorney in Alaska to assist you with your injury claim.
Experience You Can Rely On
Merdes Law Office, P.C. are Board Certified personal injury attorneys who have helped injured Alaskans and tourists recover for the injuries sustained in motor vehicle crashes for over 25 years. We are here to help you. For further information or to schedule a consultation please contact Merdes Law Office, P.C. 866.452.3741 or visit www.Merdes.com.