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Truck Accident Lawyer

Truck Accident Lawyers

Large commercial trucks colliding with passenger vehicles can have devastating consequences. If you or a loved one have been involved in a truck accident, you need an experienced personal injury lawyer from Mezrano Law Firm. Our truck accident lawyers offer a free consultation. Contact us today.

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Call us at (205) 654-8146 24/7 to arrange to speak with a personal injury lawyer about your case, or contact us through the website today.

How Much Does a Truck Accident Lawyer Cost?

Most personal injury law firms work on a contingency fee basis. A contingency fee basis means the law firm will not charge you anything unless you win a settlement or in court. A contingency fee ensures the victim pays nothing out of pocket and that the law firm works hard for your case.

How Can a Truck Accident Lawyer Help Me?

An accident with a commercial vehicle is a complicated situation. There may be several defendants, including the truck driver, the trucking company, a maintenance vendor, or the manufacturer of a defective part. Each of these will involve different insurance companies. Hiring a law firm that knows the ins and outs of such complicated cases will ensure you get the most compensation possible. We also have an experienced:

A lawyer from Mezrano Law Firm has experience handling the complexity of investigating a truck accident that caused injuries or death. Reach out to us today.

What Types of Damages Can I Be Awarded in a Truck Accident Lawsuit?

The damages you can be awarded in a personal injury case can be classified as either economic or non-economic. Economic damages can be:

  • monetary damages
  • medical costs
  • lost wages
  • and property damage.

Non-economic damages might include:

  • discomfort
  • mental suffering
  • loss of enjoyment from past activities
  • and loss of companionship.

Primary Causes of Truck Accidents

There are many reasons truck accidents happen. Let's take a look at the most common causes of truck accidents:

  • Improper Lane Change or Use
  • Failed to Yield Right of Way
  • Unseen Object, Person, or Vehicle
  • Tailgating
  • Misjudged Stopping Distance
  • Defective Equipment
  • Avoiding Animal, Object, or Person
  • Improper Turn
  • Improper Backing
  • Failure to Heed Sign/Signal

Common Truck Accident Injuries

You can expect that a 20-to-40-ton vehicle will cause severe truck accident injuries. The following are some examples of the catastrophic injuries that people can sustain:

  • Head, back, and neck injuries
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Spinal cord injury/paralysis
  • Burn injuries
  • Broken and crushed bones
  • Internal organ damage

Why Is a Tractor-Trailer Crash So Severe?

A commercial truck is a machine with a massive difference from a typical passenger car. When two passenger vehicles follow too closely, and one rear-ends the other, it may result in a fender bender. The same crash between a large truck and a sedan can have severe consequences, such as serious injury and fatalities.

Getting in an accident with a semi-truck increases the risk of more severe crash damage, injuries, and fatalities for a few reasons:

  • The weight of the truck
  • Tall trucks have a higher center of gravity and roll over easier
  • Large trucks generate wind gusts that can push smaller vehicles into other lanes
  • Smaller vehicles can be pushed or pulled under a truck

Facts About Tractor Trailers

It is easier to understand how a tractor-trailer can cause so much damage when you understand its size, weight, and how they work. Following are some interesting facts:

How Big is a Tractor-Trailer?

A tractor-trailer can be up to 80 feet long and as much as 13 feet tall. A typical 18-wheeler weighs in at about 80,000 pounds or four tons. In comparison, a passenger car weighs about 5,000 pounds. What happens when a 20 or 40-ton truck hits a 1-ton truck or car? You guessed it – the 18-wheeler wins.

What is the Turning Radius of an 18-Wheeler?

The average turning radius of a semi-truck is around 50 feet. Trucks always need more room to turn than it appears, especially when turning right.

How Long Does it Take To Stop a Tractor Trailer?

A truck going 55mph takes the length of two football fields to come to a complete stop, which is 40% greater than an automobile. This can take even longer, depending on the amount of cargo or road conditions.

What is a Jackknife Accident?

When a truck’s trailer starts sliding, it moves faster than the wheels of the cab and can come at the cab at a 45-degree angle – much like an open jackknife. These accidents can be hazardous.

What is “Bobtailing?”

Bobtailing is when a truck cab drives without the trailer attached. It might appear safer, but bobtailing can be risky, as trailers provide traction and stabilizing weight for the cab.

What if I Can't Afford to Hire a Truck Accident Lawyer?

At Mezrano Law Firm, we take injury cases on contingency. This means we get paid our attorney fees as a percentage of the total settlement or verdict amount. We also offer you a free initial consultation to discuss your case with one of our Alabama truck accident lawyers.

Our firm will advance your case's costs, allowing you to receive experienced representation without needing to pay a costly retainer. This arrangement also gives our truck accident lawyers a powerful incentive to fight hard to recover the maximum compensation.

Contact Our Experienced Truck Accident Lawyers Today

Truck accident injuries are often devastating. At Mezrano Law Firm, we are here to fight for you and help you get back to your life. We have offices in:

  • Birmingham
  • Mobile
  • Florence
  • Montgomery
  • Gadsden,
  • and Tuscaloosa

We are here to serve you. You can call 205-206-6300 or fill out our contact form and schedule your free initial consultation with an experienced Alabama truck accident lawyer.

 

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