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Residents in Alabama know that they rely on the commercial transportation industry in many ways. From getting food onto grocery store shelves to transporting raw goods for manufacturing, agriculture or other needs, many reasons necessitate semi-trucks’ presence on Alabama roads.

The large size and heavy weight of tractor-trailers may put motorists in standard passenger vehicles or on motorcycles at a significant disadvantage should an accident occur.

Large truck fatalities increase in Alabama

Records from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show a tragic trend regarding fatalities from accidents involving large commercial trucks in the five years spanning from 2014 to 2018. In 2014, the state recorded 84 deaths in semi-truck accidents. These deaths represented just over 10% of the state’s total vehicular fatalities which numbered 820 that year.

Fast forward to 2018 and the state experienced 953 total vehicular deaths. A total of 122 of those deaths occurred in crashes involving at least one semi-truck. That means in 2018, truck fatalities comprised almost 13% of Alabama’s accident deaths.

News reports confirm the constant risks on the road

Alabama residents may have little trouble finding reports of collisions involving tractor-trailers. In November of 2019, reported on the death of a firefighter struck by a semi-truck along Baldwin 112 while tending to a prior accident involving yet another tractor-trailer.

In the spring of this year, two 18-wheelers collided in a head-on accident, killing one of the drivers according to MyNBC15. Recently, a WAFF report provided information on the death of two out of three passenger vehicle occupants after colliding with a semi-truck.