When a trucking accidents occur, there are usually severe injuries or a wrongful death occurs. 18-wheelers can weigh in excess of 65,000 pounds and do significant damage to person and property when the impact is made.
Cases involving injuries from trucking accidents are more complex because of the federal regulations that govern trucking companies and their drivers. You need an attorney who is familiar with these regulations and has the expertise to prove that the trucking company did not follow the regulations.
Our Approach to Trucking Accident Cases
The trucking company’s insurance carrier is already working against you. The insurance company will have investigators and expert engineers at the scene of the wreck quickly. Their job is to gather the evidence that is helpful to the trucking company and to distort evidence that is helpful to the victim. That’s why you need to hire a trucking accident attorney as soon as possible.
Time is of the essence when a trucking accident injury victim hires us. We want to gather as much evidence as possible as soon as possible. Tire marks, wreck debris, video surveillance footage, and eyewitness statements can be very important in achieving the best outcome.
Once you hire one of our attorneys, we also want to quickly notify the trucking company that they must preserve all relevant evidence. 18-wheelers are equipped with data recording devices that record the truck’s speed, braking force, and other relevant factors.
Once we gather all of the evidence possible, then we assist our client in getting the medical treatment they need. After our client has recovered from the injuries, then we seek to resolve the case.
Common Reasons Trucking Wrecks Occur
Many trucking accidents occur because truck drivers are forced to work more hours consecutively than is required by law. This causes truck drivers to be fatigued and make driving errors they usually wouldn’t. Other trucking accidents occur when loads are not properly secured, equipment on the truck fails (brakes and tires), and when truck drivers haven’t received proper training.
Trucking Accidents Cause Serious Injuries
In the trucking accident cases our attorneys have handled, the injuries were serious, permanent, and life-altering. We have had cases with leg amputations, crushed vertebra, internal organ injuries, and significant brain injuries.
Why an Expert Witness Can be Important
We usually retain an expert accident reconstructionist in cases involving 18-wheelers that have caused severe injuries. Our expert can download pertinent data from the 18-wheeler’s event data recorder so that we know the 18-wheeler’s speed, braking distance, and other relevant factors regarding how the wreck occurred.
Accident Scenes in Trucking Accident Cases We Have Handled
We have handled trucking accident cases that occurred on Highway 431 in Guntersville, Highway 72 near Gurley, I-565 near Madison, Memorial Parkway in Huntsville, and several trucking accident cases on I-65 in Morgan and Limestone Counties.
Our Trucking Accident Settlements
We have reached settlements in trucking accident cases totaling over $10,000,000. We were able to resolve one trucking accident case with permanent injuries for $4,450,000.
If you have been a victim of a wreck involving an 18-wheeler, let us review your case for free.