The city of Tuscaloosa is located in the west central part of Alabama and has a population of approximately 93,000 making it the fifth largest city in Alabama. Tuscaloosa is the county seat of Tuscaloosa County. Tuscaloosa is home to Shelton State Community College, Stillman College and the University of Alabama. Interstate 59 (I-59), US 82 and US 43 are the main trucking routes that run through Tuscaloosa. I-59 enters Alabama in the southwest corner of the state and travels northeast to Georgia. I-59 passes through Tuscaloosa, Birmingham and Fort Wayne before it runs into northwest Georgia. US 82 runs east from Mississippi into Alabama to Montgomery. US 82 travels through Tuscaloosa, Centreville and Prattville. US 43 runs south from Tennessee through Florence, Guin and Fayette, Alabama into Tuscaloosa where it ends. Tuscaloosa Regional Airport provides air services to this city.
Recent Truck Accidents in the Area
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.