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Blackwell Law Firm -- Alabama Accident & Injury LawyersI stood on the side of the road – looking at the scene of a recent log truck collision. While standing with a witness. Two log trucks sped by us.

Stand and watch for just a few minutes. You will understand how a speeding and fully loaded truck rammed into my clients from behind as they slowed to make a turn. It’s not difficult to imagine the events that led to two people suffering severe personal injuries in that collision. Yet, this event did not simply happen. It was the result of the repeated choice to drive a dangerously overloaded truck on an Alabama highway.

In my client’s case, I served discovery requests (seeking documents) both to the truck driver and the trucking company. What I discovered was a driver who had been cited numerous times for dangerously overweight trucks. Did the trucking company do anything about it? No. Instead, the company knew this unsafe driving history and still continued to employee the driver. More logs mean more money for the trucking company. And, because the driver was paid only by the mile, his incentive was to make deliveries fast.

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