Trucking accident claims require experienced attorneys
Whether you’re on the interstate or driving down a back road, you’re going to pass a truck eventually. Any type of commercial truck can be intimidating when you’re driving down the road. Accidents with 18-wheelers and semi-trucks always result in serious injuries. The mere size difference between a commercial truck and a car results in extensive damage. These accidents are more complicated than typical car accidents. When you’re involved in an accident with a truck you need to hire a Mobile AL trucking accident lawyer. At Stevenson Klotz, we are experienced in handling commercial truck accidents. There are many different parties involved with tractor trailers, and you need someone that can file the claims with the liable parties.
With any car accident, you have to file your claim with insurance companies. However, commercial trucks are different because there can be many different parties involved. For example, trucking companies will do anything to keep you from a getting a large settlement. So, if you try to handle these cases on your own you can easily find yourself getting caught up with legal teams and paperwork. Hiring an experienced attorney will take the stress out of your claim. We have handled numerous trucking accident claims of different sizes. We’re confident that we can get you a settlement that you deserve.
What are the causes of trucking accidents in Mobile, AL?
Each accident is different, so we can’t determine the cause of your accident until we investigate the scene and the vehicles involved. We also need to check the maintenance log of the truck to ensure it was in proper working condition at the time of your accident. Finally, we monitor the time the truck was on the road, to make sure the driver was obeying the law. Many truckers will lie in their log books, so they can get to their destinations faster. In fact, there are companies that encourage truck drivers to lie in their log books. When truck drivers have been on the road too long they drive while tired, which is just as dangerous as driving while intoxicated.
There are many reasons why you could be involved in a truck accident. Some of which include:
- Drivers driving unrealistic schedules that cause them to speed, drive drowsy, or to utilize stimulants and drugs to stay awake.
- Truckers driving while they are distracted by cell phones, food, or anything that takes their focus off the road.
- Unsecured cargo that falls into the road or hits your vehicle.
- Parts failing in the truck due to poor installation or poor maintenance.
- Poor road conditions.
- Debris on the road.
- The difficulty with construction zone signage.
Determining fault in trucking accidents
The most important part of your accident is determining negligence. The person that is responsible for the accident is the person that is required to pay for damages and injuries. We will use all of the tools we have available to guarantee we hold the right parties accountable. Trucking accidents can be difficult because there are so many parties involved. Should you file a claim against the driver, company, or a part manufacturer. We recommend hiring an experienced trucking attorney so that your case is handled effectively.
There are many parties that could be negligent in your accident, including:
- People and companies that load cargo
- Trucking companies
- Manufacturers of truck parts
- Or even government entities.
We find that there can be multiple parties responsible for your truck accident. So, it is important that you hire an attorney that is experienced in handling multiple claims simultaneously.
What are the most common injuries with trucking accidents?
As we’ve mentioned before, the size of a truck elevates the injuries and damages in an accident. You could face several different injuries or even death in these accidents. Some of the most common injuries we’ve seen are:
- Broken bones
- Head trauma
- Spinal cord injuries
- Severed limbs
- Organ damage
- Internal bleeding
It’s our mission to make sure to receive fair compensation
Once you are injured in a trucking accident, you’ll quickly realize the difficulty of your injuries. Not only do you have to physically recover, but you need time to do so. Then, you have to have the money to pay for your recovery. It can very quickly seem overwhelming, and a settlement will help ease some of that stress. We understand that compensation can’t fix all your injuries, but it will help you recover. Determining the cost of your injuries and damages is your job, not the negligent party’s responsibility. This can be challenging without the help of an experienced trucking accident lawyer. Most victims don’t even understand what they can file on their claim for compensation.
Medical bills are easy to place a value on because there is a monetary cost already figured out for you. However, if you have a diminished quality of life, how do you put a value on that? Even though this can be challenging, we have significant experience evaluating our clients’ injuries and getting them much needed settlements.
Some of the damages that we have sought for our past clients include:
- Medical bills (now and the future)
- Lost wages
- Lost earning potential
- Pain and suffering
- Destruction of property
- Reduced quality of life
Insurance companies don’t care about you
When you pay for a policy with an insurance company, you think that you’ll get a fair settlement for your injuries if you’re involved in an accident. In Alabama, if you have any fault in your own accident you are entitled to nothing. So, trucking companies are going to try to prove that you share blame in your accident. You need an experienced attorney that can show what actually happened, because you have no room for error.
If you or someone you know has been involved in a trucking accident, you need the help of an experienced auto accident lawyer. We can build you a strong claim against any of the liable parties. Contact us today to discuss the details of your case.