Any traffic accident can be traumatic and deadly. But 18-wheeler accidents can be especially devastating. Consider just a few recent Alabama semi truck wrecks. Last week in Elgin, an 18-wheeler slammed through the concrete guardrail of a bridge on U.S. Highway 72 then plunged into Bluewater Creek. The driver received minor injuries; fortunately, no one else was hurt. Such was not the case in Phenix City last week, where two semi trucks collided and burst into flames. One person was killed and another hospitalized in that accident. At a single intersection in Muscle Shoals, semi truck accidents have claimed at least two lives and left three people with serious injuries in the past year. Regardless of safety regulations and laws to limit driver hours, tractor-trailer accidents occur with fatal frequency. While semi trucks accounted for only 3 percent of all registered vehicles in 2008, they made up 7 percent of vehicles involved in deadly collisions, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The truth is, some trucking companies and drivers engage in dangerous practices in order to maintain unrealistic schedules. Time, as the saying goes, is money. The trucking companies and their insurers also employ teams of aggressive attorneys to protect their profits when accidents occur. That’s why you need an experienced truck accident attorney if you’ve been involved in a collision with an 18-wheeler. Semi truck accidents not only have a higher risk for severe injuries and fatalities, but they are frequently the result of driver negligence or other unsafe practices such as overloaded trailers. If you’ve been injured or a loved one has been killed in a truck accident, please contact the Mobile, Alabama, truck accident attorneys at Long & Long, for a free case evaluation.