If you sustained injuries in a large truck collision, you might be able to secure financial recovery by bringing a case against the liable party.
At the Morris Bart law firm, we help individuals who are hurt by another party’s careless actions. We also help hold negligent truck drivers and trucking companies responsible. One of our accident lawyers may be able to help you bring a compelling case for damages after your accident involving a big rig.
Damages You May Be Entitled to After a Big Rig Accident
The word “damages” refers to the negative consequences of the truck accident. A personal injury case may allow you to receive monetary compensation for past and future damages.
You may be entitled to compensation for:
- Property damage
- Medical expenditures
- Physical impairment
- Lost earning potential
- Lost income
- Lost quality of life
- Physical pain
- Mental anguish
Every big rig accident case is different. The amount of compensation you could recover depends on how severe your injuries are, the degree to which your injuries prevent you from working, and other factors. A lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm who handles cases such as these can help determine the amount you may recover.
For a free legal consultation with a Big Rig Accident lawyer serving Montgomery, call (334) 523-0664
Determining Who Is Liable for the Crash
One unique feature of truck accidents is that liability or legal responsibility for the crash can fall to many different parties. It is not always obvious who is to blame for a collision involving a large commercial truck. In many cases, several parties share liability. Our team can help you identify who is liable.
The Truck Driver
Truck drivers have a tremendous responsibility to others. Making a mistake behind the wheel of a big rig can cause costly property damage, severe injuries, and even loss of life. Truck drivers sometimes cause big rig accidents because they are driving negligently.
Some of the most common causes of truck accidents include:
- Improper lane change
- Improper passing
- Failure to yield the right-of-way
- Not checking blind spots
- Distracted driving, including using an electronic device while driving
- Driver fatigue
- Running red lights and stop signs
- Inadequate truck driver training and experience
- Driving under the influence
The Trucking Company
The trucking company is often the party that is legally responsible for a big rig accident. Trucking companies may be liable if an employee’s actions caused the accident or if the trucking company acted negligently, and this negligence led to the crash. Some trucking company issues that can cause big rig collisions include:
- Negligent hiring procedures including hiring unqualified drivers
- Failing to inspect trucks properly
- Inadequate truck maintenance
- Encouraging truck drivers to drive when they are too fatigued to do so
- Improperly loading truck freight
Other Potentially Liable Parties
Third-party negligence might also cause big rig accidents. Other potentially liable parties may include:
- A government entity responsible for negligent road design or failure to maintain roads
- The manufacturer of defective brakes, steering mechanisms, tires, or other truck parts
- The manufacturer of defective truck cargo securement devices
- The driver of another vehicle
We Can Help You Obtain the Necessary Evidence to Support Your Case
Going up against a trucking company or insurance company is no easy feat. The opposing party in your big rig case is likely interested in minimizing your payout as much as possible. The Morris Bart law firm can help you find evidence that strengthens your case against the liable party.
Evidence of trucking driver or trucking company negligence may include:
- Truck driver logbooks
- Dash camera video
- Truck “black box” data and on-board recording devices
- Trucking company hiring practices
- Maintenance records
- Cargo loading reports
- Witness testimony
Evidence of your damages may include:
- Statements from medical professionals
- Your medical records
- Testimony from vocational rehabilitation experts
- Property damage estimates
We Can Handle Negotiations and Communications with the Insurance Company
In many big rig accident cases, the victim is seeking compensation from an insurance company. A lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm can handle negotiations with the insurance company for you.
Sometimes, an insurance company or other liable party offers an adequate settlement, and there is no need to file a lawsuit. Other times, filing a lawsuit and fighting for compensation through the court system is the only way to get an injured client what they deserve.
The Morris Bart law firm can file a personal injury lawsuit if needed and represent your best interests during legal proceedings. If we need to take your case to trial, our team is prepared to do that.
We Can Make Sure Your Case Meets the Applicable State Deadlines
There are important deadlines for personal injury lawsuits. In Alabama, the statute of limitations for personal injury lawsuits is two years, per Ala. Code §6-2-38. However, there may also be other deadlines, so it is best to speak to the Morris Bart law firm as soon as possible.
Call our Attorneys Today for a Free Case Assessment
If you were hurt in an accident involving a big rig, contact the Morris Bart law firm for a free case evaluation.
We have 15 locations across the Gulf Coast and have helped many clients seek monetary compensation for their injuries. Call our office today at (334) 523-0664 for your free consultation.
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