The city of Huntsville is located in the north central region of Alabama and has a population of approximately 179,000 making it the fourth largest city in Alabama. Huntsville is the county seat of Madison County. Huntsville is home to Huntsville Bible College, J.F. Drake State Technical College, Oakwood University and the University of Alabama in Huntsville. US 72, US 231, US 431 and Interstate 65 (I-65) are the main trucking routes that run through Huntsville. US 72 runs east from Mississippi and enters Alabama in the northwest corner. It travels through Florence, Rogersville, Athens, Huntsville and Stevenson before entering into Tennessee. US 231 runs north to Tennessee and south to Montgomery through Ashville, Childersburg and Rockford. US 431 travels from Huntsville south through Albertville and Gadsden. I-65 travels south from Tennessee through Huntsville and on to Athens, Kimberly, Birmingham, Hoover and Montgomery into Mobile where it meets Interstate 10 and ends. Huntsville International Airport provides air services to Huntsville.
Recent Truck Accidents in the Area
April 22, 2011 – A four-vehicle wreck took place involving a Huntsville fire truck, an 18-wheeler, an SUV and a pickup truck. Two people were injured.
Interstate trucking companies are governed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (“FMCSR”), including trucking operations, driver qualifications, hours of service, maintenance of equipment, insurance, and alcohol and drug testing. Alabama also has state specific regulations governing intrastate trucking companies. Intrastate trucking companies pick up and deliver loads only in the State of Alabama and do not cross state lines. The Alabama Public Service Commission and the Alabama Department of Public Safety have established state specific regulations for intrastate carriers and have adopted many of the federal regulations as also being applicable to intrastate trucking companies. Under Alabama law, intrastate trucking companies must have minimum insurance of $100,000/ $300,000 in liability coverage. Under Alabama law, motor carriers are required to maintain and retain for a period of one year accurate and true records showing total number of hours that each driver is on duty per day and the time at which the driver reports for, and is released from, duty each day. The Alabama Public Service Commission has ruled that certain commodities are exempt from the jurisdiction of the Commission by the Alabama Motor Carrier Act, including many agricultural commodities.
If you or a loved one has been a victim of a trucking accident, you should contact a trucking attorney at Fried Rogers Goldberg LLC as soon as possible to make sure that evidence is preserved and not destroyed by the trucking company. You can contact us by calling 877-591-1801 or clicking here to email us.