Dekalb County, Alabama – Six people, including one pregnant woman, suffered injuries after a collision between an 18-wheeler and a car. The accident happened on Highway 176 in the Mount Vernon Community at around 6:30 in the evening on August 19, 2022.
An 18-wheeler struck a 2004 Toyota with five people inside before the truck slammed into a private home. The Toyota rolled over, and all five people inside were injured as a result. One of the injured passengers was a pregnant woman. The driver of the 18-wheeler was also injured. The home sustained damage as well, including a gas leak. No one inside the house was injured.
No information regarding the cause of the accident has been released.
Thoughts on the multiple injuries sustained in the truck accident
It seems that an accident such as this could have been easily avoided. The injured were clearly wronged and should have the right to recover monetary compensation for any wrongdoing involved in this incident. Before a legal approach can be determined, we must investigate the actions of the driver prior to the crash.
The driver’s actions must be investigated to determine what caused the truck to crash into a passenger car. The company for which the driver worked could be held liable if it is found that the driver was speeding, was distracted, or otherwise not following the rules of the road. Additionally, if the driver had been working for longer than legally permitted, the company would be liable for its unsafe practices. The company’s hiring and training policies will be important to investigate as well to determine whether the driver was qualified to be driving according to standard practice.
If a mechanical issue caused the truck to crash into the car, a claim could be made against the company responsible for maintaining the vehicle. Specifically, if the mechanical issue could have been repaired or discovered during routine maintenance, the company would be held liable for its negligence in vehicle maintenance. If the issue was related to a manufacturer defect, the manufacturer could be held liable for providing a faulty part that caused an accident.
The passengers of the car, as well as the owner of the home involved in the crash, deserve to have answers for what caused this accident. If the actions of the truck driver are to blame, the driver or the company for which the driver works must be held liable. If a manufacturer’s defect was the cause of the accident, that company should be held responsible for the injuries sustained in this accident. The Ammons Law Firm can help investigate what led up to this accident or accidents like it. Victims or the families of victims should not hesitate to seek assistance in determining the appropriate next steps.