A Hoover truck accident attorney from the Morris Bart law firm could help you recover compensation for your medical bills, missed pay, vehicle repairs, and other losses. If a careless or reckless truck driver caused your crash, Alabama law will allow you to hold the driver and their employer accountable.
A personal injury lawyer from our Birmingham office can review Hoover, Alabama, cases for free. We help crash victims hurt in Jefferson and Shelby counties understand their legal rights and take action to get justice. We are not afraid to take on any trucking company or corporation to recover compensation for our clients.
What Can I Do to Recover Compensation Based on My Hoover Crash?
When the Morris Bart law firm handles an accident case for a client, we help them weigh their options for justice. We believe victims should not have to cover the accident related costs since they did not cause them. Instead, we pursue compensation for our clients. This could include:
- Filing a claim based on their own collision and medical insurance coverage
- Demanding that the trucking company’s insurer pay a fair settlement
- Filing a lawsuit and taking the case to trial
The most common of these options is filing an insurance claim based on the liable party’s liability policy. We investigate what happened, gather evidence for the claim, and demand that the insurer pay our client a fair settlement. This may allow us to recover damages that include:
- Medical bills to date
- Ongoing and future treatment and support
- Diminished earning ability
- Property damage, including car repair or replacement
- Other economic damages
- Pain and suffering losses
- Other non-economic damages
- Punitive damages for wrongful death if a loved one died from their injuries
For a free legal consultation with a Truck Accident lawyer serving Hoover, call (800) 537-8185
Morris Bart & Associates, LLC, Manages Traffic Accident Claims in Alabama
The Morris Bart law firm has represented clients hurt in commercial vehicle accidents for more than four decades. If a truck or another commercial vehicle hit you, you may be able to hold the driver and/or their employer legally accountable for your injuries and expenses.
Our Birmingham office handles claims based on Hoover, AL, accidents. We will meet with you in your home, at the hospital, or in our office at:
Morris Bart & Associates, LLC
420 20th Street N. #2750
Birmingham, AL 35203, United States
Our lawyers know what it takes to win these cases. Our case results show more than 6,500 verdicts and settlements for our clients in 2019, including:
- $490,000 in a Hattiesburg, MS, truck accident case where our client suffered neck and back injuries
- $337,500 in a Texarkana, AR, 18-wheeler collision that left our client with two concussions, a broken neck, and a fractured vertebra
We represent our clients based on contingency fees. We will not ask you to pay anything up front. Our attorneys receive their fees only from the settlement or court-ordered award they secure in each case.
Developing a Compensation Case After a Commercial Vehicle Crash
When we seek compensation for an injured accident victim, we must have strong evidence to prove:
- The case’s value
We investigate each crash by gathering evidence and analyzing the case. We also identify the liable parties and value the losses our client incurred. This may require us to:
- Obtain documents, such as the police report and relevant medical records
- Collect bills, estimates, and other proof of damages
- Identify and interview witnesses
- Work with medical experts and others
- Survey the accident scene
- Reconstruct the accident, often with experts
Alabama Laws that Could Affect Your Hoover Truck Accident Case
Crashes that commercial drivers cause are more complex than your typical car accident. At the same time, Alabama has other laws to be mindful of if you are considering managing a claim on your own.
Not only can managing a claim on your own jeopardize your financial recovery, but it can also make you lose out on compensation entirely.
Alabama recognizes respondeat superior in truck accident claims. The Supreme Court of Alabama affirmed this in the 1929 decision St. Louis-San Francisco Ry. Co. v. Robbins. This decision states: A master is responsible for the acts of his servant or agent done within the scope of his employment. This means you can hold the trucking company liable for a truck driver’s negligence in most cases.
According to the Golden v. McCurry decision, Alabama recognizes pure contributory negligence in all injury cases. This is rare, as Alabama is one of only four states to follow this doctrine.
Under pure contributory negligence, if the victim also acted negligently and contributed to the accident, even in the slightest way, they cannot recover compensation in their case. For example, if you were speeding when a crash occurred, you may not be able to win a payout. This is true even if the truck driver ran a red light and was 99 percent at fault for the collision.
Per Ala. Code § 6-5-410, family members who lost a loved one to truck accident injuries can pursue only punitive damages. This means their case’s value is not based on the family’s actual expenses and losses. Instead, it depends on the severity of the truck driver’s bad behavior. One of our wrongful death lawyers can go into more detail about this with your family during a free consultation.
Alabama’s Statute of Limitations Deadline
The deadline for filing a lawsuit in most collision cases is two years after the accident date under Ala. Code § 6-2-38. Exceptions do exist, and they could reduce how long you have to act.
Speak with a Lawyer from Morris Bart & Associates, LLC, Today
The Morris Bart law firm will review your case with you for free today. You can talk to one of our personal injury attorneys at no cost. We will assess your legal options, discuss the potentially liable parties, and explain how we may be able to take action on your behalf. Let us review your case with you.
Call (205) 380-4158 now to learn more.
Questions?Call (800) 537-8185
to find a Morris Bart office near you.