Alabama Personal Injury Lawyers Ready to Handle Your Eighteen-Wheeler Accident Case
Accidents involving eighteen-wheelers are on the rise based on the latest reports, with a more than 3 percent increase over the last few years alone. While tractor-trailer crashes happen less often than those involving passenger vehicles, injury and fatality rates are far higher when a big rig is part of the picture.
If you’ve been injured or lost a loved one due to a run-in with a tractor-trailer, you need an Alabama personal injury lawyer who’s experienced in dealing with this type of case. At the Hadley Law Firm, we have what it takes to get the compensation you need to cover medical bills, lost wages and other expenses resulting from the accident.
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Call our legal team at (251) 937-7777 or fill out the form we’ve provided on the Contact page of our website, and let us put our tenacity, experience, knowledge and resources to work for you.
Leading Causes of Eighteen Wheeler Accidents
With a full, legally acceptable load, a tractor-trailer weighs 80,000 pounds. Size and weight alone are enough to demolish the average passenger vehicle, even at minimal speeds. Big trucks are implicated in more than 450,000 crashes each year, causing over 100,000 injuries and almost 4,000 deaths. While any number of things can go wrong when operating one of these vehicles, some causes are more common than others.
- Unsafe Loads: Being overweight or improperly balanced makes big rigs’ loads more hazardous. Issues like braking, control and stability can all increase the likelihood of an accident.
- Distractions: As is the case with any type of crash, distracted driving is unsafe. Cell phones, radios, food, cigarettes and countless other diversions can interfere with a truck driver’s concentration and lead to serious consequences.
- Lack of Training: Driving a big rig is a different experience than getting behind the wheel of a car or SUV. Mastering complicated controls and highly involved operating procedures takes a lot of training and practice. Some companies breeze through the instructional phase to get drivers on the road more quickly, and certain operators manage to fake their way through driving tests without being ready for the road.
- Driver Fatigue: Truck drivers are held to strict regulations in terms of drive time and rest periods, but some find ways around the paperwork roadblock. Whether acting under orders from an employer or simply trying to maximize their next paycheck, this has become a serious issue on the road, one for which thousands of innocent people have suffered.
- Equipment Failure: This aspect is extremely complex with numerous factors involved. Equipment failure can occur for several reasons, ranging from design flaws and faulty components to lack of routine maintenance. Accountability for these issues could fall on engineers, manufacturing plants, logistics companies, mechanics, truck owners, drivers or countless other people involved in manufacturing and operating a truck.
- Driver Impairment: Most truck drivers steer clear of drugs and alcohol to preserve their professional reputations and driving records, but some go against the grain of general protocol. Something as harmless as cough syrup or allergy medication could potentially leave a driver impaired. Behind the wheel of a tractor-trailer, this is a particularly dangerous situation.
Though these are the most common causes of truck-related accidents, other elements could come into play. Even improperly maintained roads increase the potential for a crash. If you’ve been injured in an 18 wheeler accident in Bay Minette or the surrounding areas, don’t hesitate bring your case to us. We’re equipped to battle the trucking company involved and recover damages for you.
How a Personal Injury Attorney Handles a Truck Accident Case
At the Hadley Law Firm, we begin with a free consultation. During this initial meeting, we’ll ask you questions about your accident to better understand your case. Our team will need to know exactly what happened during the moments surrounding the crash. We’ll also ask about any hospital stays, medical care, doctor visits, physical therapy, time missed from work and other financial elements stemming from the accident.
Once we know more about the circumstances surrounding an accident, we’ll proceed to the next level. Witnesses will need to be contacted, and we’ll most likely need to speak with your physicians, gather copies of medical bills and collect information about your lost wages. All this goes toward strengthening your case and determining damages.
While preparing your case, we may need to delve into your financial status, background and other factors. Chances are those responsible for your injuries are going to do everything they can to disprove your claims and drag you through the mud to avoid having to pay out. We’re here to discredit them and ensure a positive outcome for you.
By the time we’re ready to approach the liable party, we’ll be able to demonstrate why they’re at fault; how their actions, or inactions, led to your injuries; and how much compensation you deserve as well as any other important points that may arise. From there, we’ll try to negotiate a settlement.
Most personal injury cases come to a close at the settlement phase. If the person responsible isn’t willing to make a fair offer, though, we stand ready to take your case to court. We won’t stop until you’ve received compensation for your damages.
Let Us Face the Trucking Company on Your Behalf
Trucking companies tend to keep their own legal teams on hand just in case something goes wrong. They’re always ready to jump to their clients’ defense at all costs. We have experience in matters like these. Bring your case to us and let us be your advocates.
At the Hadley Law Firm, our 18 wheeler accident lawyer has the resources, knowledge and determination to make sure justice is served. Don’t let those responsible for your losses walk away scot-free or offer less than your claim is worth. Contact us through the form we’ve provided or by phone at (251) 937-7777 to discuss your case.