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When you are in a truck accident or you lose a close relative in a crash, you have many questions about what will happen next. You want action and results right now. By working with a truck accident lawyer at Belt, Bruner, & Barnett P.C., you have a much better chance of obtaining those results than if you work alone. We offer free consultations. We want you to be able to learn about your rights and options without taking on any financial obligations. To discuss how we can help you and your family during this difficult time, contact our Alabama truck accident lawyers via our online form or call 205-933-1500.
What You Should Do After a Crash with a Semi Truck
It can be difficult to know what to do after a crash with a truck. There are some best practices to follow after any type of auto accident:
- Get medical help
- Get to a safe location
- Call 911
- Take photos and videos
- Exchange information
- Notify insurers
- Call a truck accident lawyer
You may be thinking that you did not do all of those things after a trucking accident. Your claim is not over if your phone was broken and you could not take photos or if you failed to get witnesses’ names and contact information. There are ways to deal with these missing pieces, including hiring an experienced attorney to handle your case. At Belt, Bruner, & Barnett P.C., our Alabama personal injury lawyers are ready to thoroughly investigate the accident that led to your injuries or caused a loved one’s death.
Types of Truck Accidents
Each truck accident is different. They all arise from a unique set of variables and lead to particular injuries. However, despite all of the nuances that may matter to your claim, most accidents fall into a specific category, such as:
- Rear-end collisions
- Rollover accidents
- Jackknife accidents
- Cargo spill accidents
- Underride accidents
- Runaway truck accidents
- Wide turn accidents
- Blind spot accidents
Knowing the type of accident that led to your injuries or relative’s death may enable you to determine who caused the accident and who is liable for compensating you for your injuries. To determine fault and liability for the truck accident, call our trucking attorneys at Belt, Bruner, & Barnett P.C. We are well-versed in investigating trucking accidents, determining liability, and fighting to for the compensation our clients deserve.
Common Causes of Trucking Accidents
Truck accidents happen for all sorts of reasons, including:
- Truck driver error
- Failure to keep a lookout/blind spots
- Distracted truck drivers
- Fatigued truck drivers
- Impaired truck drivers
- Defective truck equipment
- Defectively designed trucks or parts
- Brake failure
- Road construction
- Poor weather or road environment
Whether you know what caused your accident or not, it is best to work with a truck accident lawyer to investigate the crash, gather evidence, and determine who is liable for compensating you, which may be a truck driver, trucking company, maintenance provider, manufacturer, or another party. The cause of the accident is integral to whether or not you will obtain compensation. It may also influence the value of your claim since some issues may be considered more egregious than others.
Investigating a Truck Crash
A truck crash investigation is far different than a typical car crash investigation. Truck accidents are much more complex than car accidents. Trucks contain more electric data than a typical personal vehicle. Each truck has a “black box” that can tell you and your legal team a great deal about what happened in the moments before the crash and the truck driver’s workday.
Another complexity of truck accidents are the many federal and state trucking regulations and truck driver training requirements. Motor carrier companies and individual truck drivers are heavily regulated. For instance, truck drivers must have their commercial driver’s license and have specific endorsements to drive certain rigs. Truck drivers also have strict hours of service regulations they must adhere to. If they work too much within specific periods of time, they face regulatory issues and liability in accidents.
Investigating a truck crash often requires filing a lawsuit in order to utilize the discovery process. During discovery, your truck accident lawyer and the other party have the right to request information and documentation from one another. This investigation may provide the evidence you need to prove who caused the crash and who is liable for it.
Pursuing Compensation After a Truck Accident
If there is evidence that the other party was careless or reckless and caused the accident that hurt you, then you can seek compensation for your:
- Medical costs
- Loss of earning potential
- Physical pain
- Mental anguish
- Physical impairment
- Loss of quality of life
- Property loss or damage
Truck accidents often lead to significant property damage and loss as well as serious or catastrophic injuries, which in turn results in high-value claims. Certain factors will increase the value of your claim, including the extent of your injuries, the long-term effects of the injuries, your physical pain and suffering, and the emotional suffering in connection with the accident and your injuries. However, there is no way to determine how much compensation you will likely obtain until you speak with a truck accident lawyer. At Belt, Bruner, & Barnett P.C., we can give you an objective analysis of your potential compensation.
Fatal Truck Accidents in Alabama
In addition to serious injuries, truck accidents also frequently cause fatalities. If you unexpectedly lost a spouse, parent, or child in an fatal truck accident with an 18 wheeler, you should speak with us about a wrongful death claim as soon as possible. Under Alabama Code §6-5-410, the personal representative of your loved one’s estate may pursue compensation or punitive damages for the benefit of you and your family, if there is evidence that the other party’s negligence, failure to act, or wrongful act caused the death.
If your family has a wrongful death claim, then one of our attorneys will guide you through this legal process. We will fight hard for your family to obtain the compensation you need to take care of the resulting financial situation and move forward in life.
Alabama Truck Accident Statistics
In 2016, there were 8,937 trucks involved in crashes in Alabama. The accidents involving 18 wheelers and other large commercial trucks led to 2,345 injuries and 157 fatalities. Most fatal truck accidents occurred on state routes, though the most non-fatal truck accidents happened on interstates. The next most common location for fatal accidents was on U.S. Routes, while the second most common roadway type for non-fatal truck crashes was state routes. The least dangerous trucking locations were county and city roads.
It’s important to know Alabama truck accident statistics because it can help your legal team determine the possible cause of your crash. However, these statistics only state probable causes and situations that commonly occur. Belt, Bruner, & Barnett P.C. will treat your truck accident as an individual situation, and we will conduct an independent investigation that will determine the actual cause so that you can recover compensation for your specific injuries.
Our Truck Accident Attorneys Are Here for You
When you are suffering from serious injuries or grieving the loss of a relative, you may not be sure of what to do or who to go to for help. The answer is not to turn to an insurer who is looking out for its own bottom line. Instead, you need a lawyer who has the knowledge, experienced, and resources you need to protect yourself against a major insurer, a trucking company, and their lawyers. This is why the doors of Belt, Bruner, & Barnett P.C. are always open to you. We are here to listen to your story, learn how this accident has affected your life, and fight for you to receive the compensation you deserve under Alabama law.