Protecting the rights of victims in Etowah County, Alabama
When a tractor-trailer collides with a car, the resulting accident can be catastrophic. The size difference between the two vehicles almost assures that passengers in the car will suffer injury. The attorneys at Mezrano Law firm can provide guidance and strategies to help you receive the maximum compensation you deserve for your accident.
Are you at risk of being in a wreck with a big rig?
With so many highways running throughout the Gadsden area, including I-59, I-759, US-411, US-431, and US-278, it’s important to be aware of trucks and 18-wheelers at all times. In 2017, Alabama saw 99 fatalities in accidents involving large trucks. And, nationwide, 119,000 accidents involving trucks happen every year.
If you travel down our highways, then there is always a risk of an accident with a tractor-trailer. Local roads don’t really pose the same risks, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any commercial trucks to contend with on your way. Delivery vehicles, flatbeds, farm equipment: any and all of these trucks are a part of daily life, and if the driver isn’t paying attention, you could find yourself seriously injured.
Common causes of Gadsden truck accidents
In many instances, the causes of tractor-trailer accidents can be traced back to the truck driver or the trucking companies. Our legal team launches a full investigation into the accident to determine liability. This can include everything from collecting police and medical reports to interviewing witnesses to speaking with accident reconstruction experts.
The most common causes of truck accidents in Alabama include:
Driver error – Most accidents are caused by driver error. Whether it’s a truck driver being inattentive at the wheel or another simply misjudging the risk of sharing the road with an 18-wheeler, human error causes many accidents.
Truck driver fatigue – We all know the dangers of drowsy driving, and those dangers are magnified when driving a truck. Federal regulations call for truckers to get a certain amount of sleep when on the job, but these rules aren’t always followed.
Driving under the influence – We know that drunk driving is extremely dangerous, but drugged driving is just as hazardous. Some truckers may take stimulants or amphetamines to stay awake behind the wheel, which can negatively affect their judgment and driving skills.
Distracted driving – Any behavior that takes attention from the road is distracted driving. This can mean a driver using his or her GPS, radio, cell phone, or eating while operating a truck.
Improper maintenance – When a vehicle isn’t properly inspected, maintained, or repaired, it can break down or malfunction at any time. If this happens on the road, serious accidents and injury can result.
Inadequate training – Due to a current truck driver shortage in the country, some unscrupulous companies may attempt to fill vacant slots with drivers who are improperly licensed or untrained in proper safety procedures.
Accidents with 18-wheelers can be stressful, and dealing with the insurance aftermath can be even more complex. When you’re injured in an accident with a truck, it’s important to have an attorney on your side. Most trucking companies are big corporations, and it’s not wise to face them alone, especially when you have injuries that may affect you for the rest of your life.
Common types of Alabama truck accidents
Different kinds of tractor-trailer accidents can cause different kinds – and different severity levels – of injuries.
Jackknifes – This happens when the trailer part of the truck slides or skids, ending at an angle to the cab of the truck (think of a pocketknife closing). Jackknifing causes a driver to lose control of the truck, creating a dangerous road hazard.
Tire blowouts – If you’ve ever seen those torn-up tires on the side of the highway, you’re seeing the aftermath of a blowout. A blowout on a large truck can be extremely dangerous.
Underride accidents – One of the most serious types of truck accidents, these happen when a vehicle hits a truck from behind and slides underneath. If the vehicle hits with enough force, the car can be completely crushed under the truck.
Rollovers – If a driver takes a turn or curve too fast – or if their truck is improperly loaded – the truck is at risk for a rollover. Once a truck begins rolling, there’s nothing a driver can do to stop it.
Common truck accident injuries
If you’re injured in an 18-wheeler accident, you should consider filing a claim if you suffered an injury or damages, as you may be eligible for compensation. Common injuries from truck accidents include:
Back and neck injuries – When the body is unnaturally jerked back and forth, you can suffer injuries like whiplash, as well as other muscular injuries.
Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) – Injuries to the brain can leave a person disabled for life. These can range from minor concussions to severe brain trauma.
Spinal injuries – When the spinal cord is damaged, it can result in partial or complete loss of movement in the lower extremities. The amount of damage depends on the severity and location of the injury.
Bone breaks or fractures – Any type of serious force on the body can cause bones to bend, fracture, and break. Common broken bones from truck accidents include arms, wrists, legs, knees, ankles, and feet.
Amputations – Amputations are catastrophic injuries. These are life-altering injuries that typically require a lifetime of medical care. If your vehicle gets crushed in an underride collision, the risk of amputation can be high.
Soft tissue injuries – Soft tissues include muscles, tendons, and ligaments, and common injuries include sprains, strains, and bruises. These can be complex injuries, causing chronic pain.
Gadsden truck accident claims and compensation
You deserve compensation when you’re injured in accident due to someone else’s negligence. When you’re unable to work due to your injuries, with medical and household bills piling up, things can look bleak. The attorneys at Mezrano Law Firm protect your right to seek compensation, and will use their decades of experience to work with the insurance companies.
As with auto accidents, insurance comes into play when you’re involved in an accident with a tractor-trailer. However, because truck accidents can be so catastrophic and complex – you may file a claim against the driver, or the trucking company, or the truck manufacturer – an attorney can guide you through the insurance process to ensure you aren’t taken advantage of. Often, injuries from a truck accident can exceed the limits of your own medical insurance.
Depending on the circumstances of your accident, you may be entitled to all or some of the following compensation:
Medical expenses (including ongoing and future)
Property damage and loss
Pain and suffering
Pain and suffering damages include things like chronic pain, depression and anxiety, scarring and disfigurement, and limitations on daily life.
Punitive damages are awarded in certain cases where the court believes the guilty party was willfully reckless and negligent. These damages are specifically intended to punish and deter such further behavior.
Talk to experienced Gadsden truck accident lawyers today
If you or a loved one were injured in a tractor-trailer accident, the Gadsden injury attorneys can help. We’ll protect your rights to compensation and deal with the insurance companies so you can take the time you need to heal. Get in touch with us at tel: or fill out our contact form.