According to data1 released by the Alabama Department of Transportation, there were more than 2,000 people injured in accidents involving large trucks during 2014. Because these vehicles pose a significant risk of injury to other motorists, nearly every aspect of the industry is regulated by state and federal law. For example, Alabama state law sets the length of time that truck drivers must keep their log books beyond the federal requirements and also imposes taxes on carriers that operate within the state.
Unfortunately, truck accidents continue to occur regardless of these regulations, sometimes leaving victims with extremely serious injuries. Below is some information regarding truck accidents in Alabama and the steps victims should take to protect their rights.
There are many things about large commercial trucks like semis and tanker trucks that make them different from smaller passenger vehicles. For one thing, they are much larger and heavier than other cars and trucks on the road, making them less maneuverable and often more difficult to stop. Additionally, they often consistent of multiple parts connected by a moveable joint, much like a train or a tram. These qualities make them more susceptible to certain types of accidents, including the following:
There are a variety of things that can cause serious truck accidents, many of which are the result of negligence on the part of the truck driver or another party responsible for the truck’s operation. Some of these include the following:
Unfortunately for victims, compensation for your losses does not happen automatically. There are certain steps that you should take after a wreck in order to protect your rights, including the following:
People who are involved in accidents with large commercial trucks should always retain an attorney. Trucking companies are fully aware of the fact that they operate in a high-risk industry, which means that they will have a team of lawyers ready to go to fight any case they can. Even if they admit liability, insurance company adjusters are trained to minimize the amount they pay out on claims. The representation of a an Alabama truck accident attorney familiar with the trucking industry and trucking regulations will ensure that you receive the full and fair value of your claim and protect your right to recover.
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Truck accident cases can be substantially more complicated and can require significantly more resources than other types of motor vehicle accident or personal injury cases. You always want to make sure that any attorney you hire has successfully handled cases that specifically involve large commercial trucks and the trucking industry. Your attorney should have a thorough understanding of trucking industry standards, FMCSA regulations, and truck accident reconstruction methods. At USTA, we focus specifically on truck accident cases and you can rest assured that we have the experience needed to successfully handle your case.GET STARTED
With their legal teams and insurance companies, trucking companies are known for fighting against liability whenever possible. They will often try to strong-arm injured individuals into accepting inadequate settlements by intimidating them with the idea of trial and the resources involved in litigation. Unfortunately, too many attorneys recommend settling cases too early in the process to avoid any further litigation. You need an attorney on your side who is not intimidated by trucking companies and who has the resources and willingness to take your case as far as necessary to obtain the full settlement or award you deserve. The attorneys at USTA will not back down and will do what is needed to fully protect your rights as a truck accident victim.GET STARTED
n order to best know if an attorney is the right one for you, you should meet with them in person or schedule a phone consultation. A positive attorney-client relationship is critical in a successful truck accident case so you should always ensure that you get a good feeling from an attorney before you decide to hire them. You want to stay apprised of new developments in your case and ensure your attorney is not too busy to address your questions or concerns as they arise. At USTA, we provide personalized and committed representation and invite anyone who believes they may have a truck accident claim to call and schedule a free consultation today.GET STARTED