Truck Accident Attorneys

Mobile, AL

The city of Mobile is located in the southwestern tip of Alabama and has a population of approximately 199,000 making it the third largest city in Alabama. Mobile is the county seat of Mobile County. Mobile is home to Bishop State Community College, Spring Hill College and the University of South Alabama. Interstate 10 (I-10) and Interstate 65 (I-65) are the main trucking routes that run through Mobile. I-10 is the fourth longest Interstate Highway in the United States stretching from Santa Monica, California to Jacksonville, Florida. I-10 only passes through the southwest tip of Alabama through Mobile and Spanish Fort before entering into Florida. I-65 travels south from Tennessee through Athens, Kimberly, Birmingham, Hoover and Montgomery into Mobile where it meets Interstate 10 and ends. Mobile Regional Airport provides air services to this city.

Recent Truck Accidents in the Area
June 5, 2011 – Interstate 10

A charter bus full of teenagers from Texas collided with an overturned tractor-trailer around 12:30 a.m. near the Mississippi line in Mobile, Alabama injuring about two dozen people. The tractor-trailer jackknifed in front of the bus, and the bus driver could not avoid it. The band members were heading to Orlando Florida for a concert.

Jackknifing: Truck drivers are required to maintain a safe speed and distance from other vehicles to avoid having to brake suddenly and to keep their vehicle from jackknifing. A tractor-trailer will jackknife when the trailer off-tracks and swings out during sudden braking situations causing the vehicle to lose control and many times to overturn. We have handled a number of cases involving jackknifing tractor-trailers, and you can see our case results by clicking here.

Alabama Law

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.

Contact Us

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.