Mobile Truck Accident Lawyer
If you have been involved in a severe tractor-trailer accident and need help building a case against the person responsible, reach out to a Mobile truck crash lawyer who will work with you to obtain the compensation you need.
Being involved in an accident with an 18-wheeler can be a truly terrifying experience. Your life is immediately in jeopardy due to the sheer size of the truck in comparison with your vehicle. If you are lucky enough to have survived, you likely have suffered severe injuries that are sure to have an influence on your life for years to come.
The recovery process may be a long one, and you should be able to devote all of your time and energy to the healing process. You don’t have to be burdened by financial worry or a complicated litigation process. Your Mobile truck accident lawyer at the Henry Dailey Law Firm will work hard for you to help ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.
Types of Injuries Seen in Mobile Tractor-Trailer Collisions
Motor vehicle accidents as a whole can cause significant injuries, but none seem to compare to the catastrophic injuries suffered in tractor-trailer collisions. Traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, organ failure, amputations, and third-degree burns are all common, and each can have permanent effects on your life.
The road to recovery is sure to be lengthy, and even then, your life may never be the same. Brain injury victims often need to re-learn how to do simple tasks like speak, walk, or feed themselves, while spinal cord injury victims may have to learn to live life completely paralyzed.
Injuries like these are preventable only if 18-wheeler drivers and trucking companies take their responsibility to ensure the safety of other drivers seriously. When someone else’s negligence causes you to be injured in a semi-truck crash, your truck accident lawyer in Mobile can hold that person accountable.
Fault in Commercial Truck Wrecks
Because so many individuals and businesses are involved in the safety, care, and maintenance of a tractor-trailer, any one of them—or all of them, in some cases—can be held accountable for their role in causing your accident.
The trucking company has an obligation to follow Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulations regarding the scheduling of truck drivers.
For example, truckers are not legally allowed to work shifts longer than twelve hours and must have a minimum of twelve hours off between shifts. They shouldn’t work more than seven days in a row. If this regulation has been ignored, the trucking company can be held liable for your injuries.
Truck drivers should be held to a higher standard of safe driving than those operating a smaller vehicle because the massive weight of an 18-wheeler can easily demolish the smaller vehicle and those traveling in it should the truck be involved in a crash. Unfortunately, distracted driving, drowsy driving, and aggressive driving are common among truckers and are frequent causes of Mobile trucking accidents.
The people responsible for the safety of the tractor-trailer will be culpable for your injuries if they failed to secure cargo loads or maintain proper care of the truck by performing routine safety inspections.
We will be sure to thoroughly investigate the cause of the accident so we are able to demonstrate that you are not in any way responsible for the wreck and that everyone who could have prevented this collision from happening is held accountable for their carelessness.
What Will My Compensation Cover?
We strive to include every way your life has been and will continue to be impacted by the effects of your injuries in our demand for compensation. Generally speaking, we consider damages in the following areas when building Mobile truck accident claims:
- Lost income
- Loss of future earnings
- Hospital bills
- Medical equipment
- Prescription medications
- Physical or occupational therapy
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of consortium
Other damages we may be able to recover include adjustments made to your home to accommodate medical equipment, such as a wheelchair or hospital-grade bed, and the costs of repairing or replacing your vehicle.
In any case, our goal will be to recover the total damages your truck accident has had on your life.
Mobile Truck Accident FAQ
We have the answers to your questions, and we’re eager to help with your claim for compensation in any way we can. You’ll find the answers to some of your questions below, but feel free to give us a call if you have any question you don’t see here.
What happens if the truck that hit me is from another state?
When an out-of-state big rig causes an accident in Mobile, we will handle the claim the same way we would if the truck was local. This is because the accident still occurred in Alabama and will likely be tried here. Negotiations with the insurance company will also remain the same.
Why shouldn’t I accept the insurance company’s offer?
In many cases, you won’t want to accept the insurer’s first offer because it is probably insultingly low. Insurers are more than likely attempting to take advantage of your need for compensation, as they have a much better idea of what you actually deserve than you might. To obtain an amount closer to what you’re entitled to, negotiations and sometimes court may be your best bet.
The trucking company’s insurer wants me to make a statement. What should I say?
As little as possible. Unfortunately, the insurance company that will be paying you isn’t on your side. Insurers are ultimately looking out for themselves and their profits before the needs of their claimants. You can always refer them to your attorney, who will have experience in dealing with shifty insurers and will know how to preserve the value of your claim.
I feel fine. Do I have to go to the hospital?
It is always a good idea to get examined by a medical professional following a truck accident. Your health is of the utmost importance, and conditions like concussions and internal bleeding aren’t always visible to the naked eye. It will also help your case if your injuries are documented immediately following the crash.
How long do I have to file a claim?
In Alabama, personal injury claims must be filed within two years of the accident or from the date of your official medical diagnosis of an injury stemming from the crash. If the government is going to be the defendant in your case, you will usually have only six months.
Reach Out to a Mobile Semi-Truck Accident Attorney
Being injured in an 18-wheeler collision is arguably one of the most traumatic and devastating experiences you can endure. With catastrophic injuries and ever-increasing medical expenses, life can easily seem as though it will never get better. If you’re ready to reclaim your life, reach out to a qualified attorney at the Henry Dailey Law Firm.
Picking up the shattered pieces of your life is going to be difficult, but it’s not impossible. The assistance of an experienced Mobile truck accident lawyer can make a significant impact on your ability to obtain fair and full compensation. Give us a call at 205-995-2412 or fill out the contact form below to schedule your free consultation today.