The Alabama truck wreck attorneys at Siniard, Timberlake & League, P.C., provide trusted legal advice and representation to victims of truck wrecks in Huntsville, North Alabama, and throughout the state. As a leading personal injury law firm, we provide the experience and ongoing advocacy to assist you in handling these complicated claims.Alabama Truck Wrecks
Given the prevalence of tractor-trailers and 18-wheeler trucks on our roadways today, it is no surprise that wrecks involving these vehicles are a common occurrence. In the state of Alabama alone, there are over 13,000 registered motor carriers operating nearly 70,000 trucks. According to the Department of Transportation (USDOT), in 2009 there were 2,004 reported serious crashes involving large trucks in Alabama, 166 of which were fatal. In accidents involving tractor-trailers, 98 percent of fatalities involved individuals in the car or passenger vehicle.Truck Wreck Liability
As with car wrecks, truck wrecks often occur as a result of negligence by the truck driver or truck company. Negligence occurs when a truck driver or truck company fails to act with reasonable care, resulting in injury to an individual. Failure to exercise reasonable care may involve:
- Driver fatigue
- Excessive speed
- Improper loading or overloading of a truck
- Faulty equipment
- Drunk driving
Truck companies may also be negligent in their supervision or hiring of truck drivers, leading to a truck wreck. They may hire unqualified drivers or push their drivers to drive when tired or to drive at unsafe speeds. In such situations, Alabama law allows victims of a truck wreck to bring a separate claim against the trucking company in addition to the truck driver.
Finally, truck companies and drivers are also carefully regulated under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Act of 1999, which requires them to follow numerous rules regarding safe operating procedures on the road. When these regulations have been violated, this is a basis for liability as well.Bringing a Truck Wreck Claim
Claims arising from a truck wreck can be more complicated than simple automobile wreck claims because trucking companies frequently have a dedicated team of investigators and attorneys working to prevent such claims. For this reason, it is important that you find a qualified local attorney who is skilled in collecting the evidence necessary to bring a successful claim. This can include obtaining trucking logs, gathering witness statements, requesting police reports, and identifying any other evidence relevant to an accident. It may also involve hiring trucking experts to review the details of an accident and important documents. A dedicated attorney will also review the Federal Motor Carrier regulations to determine if the truck driver or truck company has violated any of the applicable rules. All of these steps will help to improve the success of a possible claim in court.Aggressive Advocacy for Your Truck Wreck Claim
The leading Alabama personal injury lawyers at Siniard, Timberlake & League, P.C. have the expertise and knowledge to help you with your truck wreck claim. We recognize that the prospect of facing a trucking company in court can be a daunting one, and are dedicated to providing you the aggressive advocacy and legal support that you need. Our attorneys will work to obtain the necessary evidence for your case and, if necessary, to retain trucking experts that can help support your claim. If you or a loved one have been the victim of a truck wreck, you deserve the assistance of an experienced attorney. Let us do the legal work so that you can focus on your recovery. Call (256) 536-0770 or (800) 804-2502 for a free confidential consultation, or contact us online.