Semi trucks and 18-wheelers play an important role in our economy, but can also be incredibly dangerous. Compared to a car or pickup, they are less agile, require longer stopping distances, and their size and weight can cause catastrophic injuries during a crash. When a driver or a trucking company’s negligence result in serious or fatal injuries, you need to consult with a truck accident lawyer.
Below, the injury attorneys at Petro Accident and Injury Attorneys discuss Alabama truck accident law and how you can protect yourself after a wreck.
Every truck accident is different. Your case deserves a detailed investigation and a customized evaluation by a truck accident lawyer. However, research and data suggests that there are some common factors that cause most truck and 18-wheeler accidents.
Some of the various workers’ compensation benefits you may be entitled to include:
When you work with the Petro Accident and Injury Attorneys, we will do everything in our power to identify the exact causes of your truck accident. When a truck accident lawyer at our office investigates a truck wreck, we carefully review the evidence and consult with expert witnesses (when necessary). We know that trucking and insurance companies use aggressive tactics when defending themselves. And we know how to fight back.
After a truck accident, the driver’s insurance company will rush a team of personnel to the site, trying to minimize their risk. If you don’t have an experienced Alabama truck accident lawyer at your side, you discover that valuable evidence was destroyed and that you’ve made statements that damage your case.
The personal injury lawyers at Petro Accident and Injury Attorneys want to help. We use our experience and insight to fight for truck accident victims. Our goal is to help them recover both emotionally and financially after a wreck and get the compensation that they deserve. To request a complimentary, no-obligation 30-minute strategy session, contact our office today.
When it comes to truck accidents, Alabama is a fault-based state. This means that the at-fault driver’s insurance company must pay for the victims’ injuries — up to the insurance policy’s limits. In a truck wreck, you may have injury claims against the driver or their trucking company (if the driver is an employee). However, that’s only the beginning of your claim.
Many times, a skilled truck accident lawyer will identify other parties who contributed to your injuries. This may be the company that improperly loaded the semi truck, a mechanic who improperly maintained the truck’s safety systems, or a bar that knowingly over-served alcohol to the driver. Other times, you may have product liability claims when a defective or dangerous truck part caused your injuries.
You also may have claims against your own insurance company. Many Alabama drivers purchase supplemental auto insurance coverage that help offset their losses. This coverage includes uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage, which steps in when the driver or trucking company’s policies won’t cover all of your losses, or the driver was uninsured.
If you need help identifying all of the at-fault parties in your claim or have questions about your UM/UIM coverage, contact Petro Accident and Injury Attorneys today. We’ll help you understand your options and give you real-world advice. Our initial consultations are always complimentary with no obligation.