Auburn Truck Accident Attorneys
Semi-Truck, 18-Wheeler & Other Large Truck Accidents in Alabama
Although any auto accident can be devastating, those involving large trucks tend to be the most catastrophic. Due to their sheer weight and size, these massive vehicles often cause extensive damage when they collide with smaller passenger cars, motorcycles, pickup trucks, and SUVs. For victims and their families, the aftermath of a large truck accident can be painful, expensive, and overwhelming.
If you were injured or if someone you love tragically passed away due to an accident with a semi-truck, big rig, tractor-trailer, 18-wheeler, delivery van, or any other type of large commercial vehicle, you deserve justice. Mike Slocumb Law Firm can help.
From our office in Auburn, we represent catastrophically injured truck accident victims and the surviving family members of those wrongfully killed throughout Lee County and the surrounding communities. Our truck accident attorneys have extensive experience handling complex claims against large trucking companies, powerful insurance carriers, and other entities. We are not afraid of a fight and prepare every case as though it will go to trial. This helps us stay one step ahead of the defense and, most importantly, allows us to effectively advocate for the maximum compensation you are owed.
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What Makes Truck Accident Cases Different from Regular Car Accident Claims?
Although they are both examples of motor vehicle accident claims, truck accident and standard car accident cases are very different. Specifically, cases involving large commercial vehicles are often far more complex and challenging to prove than those involving passenger vehicles.
One reason that truck accident cases are so much more complicated than other types of motor vehicle accident claims is due to the issue of liability. Determining who is liable for a typical car accident tends to be fairly straightforward; in most cases, the person who caused the accident is liable for the other person’s accident-related damages. With truck accidents, however, there may be multiple liable parties and numerous complicating factors.
For example, if a truck driver acts negligently, leading to a serious crash with catastrophic injuries, it may seem like the truck driver should be legally responsible for the injured victim’s medical bills, lost income, pain, suffering, and other damages. In fact, the truck driver very well could be liable if he or she was classified as an independent contractor or did something that violated the trucking company’s policies. However, more often than not, trucking companies are liable for the conduct of their drivers while those drivers are “on the clock.” As a result, the trucking company could be liable for the victim’s damages, even though the truck driver is the one who actually caused the accident.
And the truck driver and trucking company aren’t the only two potentially liable parties. In a given truck accident case, any of the following entities could be partly or wholly liable:
- A truck driver
- A trucking company
- The truck driver’s employer
- A manufacturer
- The company that owns or leases the truck
- The entity responsible for truck maintenance or repairs
- The person or party that loaded the truck’s cargo
- Another motorist or third party
When you contact Mike Slocumb Law Firm, we will quickly get to work investigating the accident. We evaluate electronic (“black box”) data, employment and driving records, hours-of-service logs, and other pertinent evidence to obtain a full picture of what happened, who the accident occurred, and who is responsible.
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Generally speaking, most truck accident claims tend to be high in value due to the severe nature of victims’ injuries. However, there is no way to accurately determine what your case may be worth without first reviewing the specific details involved.
That being said, many truck accident victims are able to recover certain types of damages, such as:
- Emergency medical care
- Ambulance fees
- Surgeries and other treatments
- Prescription medications
- Medical devices/equipment
- Ongoing and future medical expenses
- Rehabilitation and physical therapy
- Lost income, wages, and benefits
- Loss of earning capacity
- Loss of future expected earnings and benefits
- Pain and suffering
- Diminished quality/enjoyment of life
- Emotional distress/trauma
In some cases, victims are also eligible to seek punitive damages. Also known as “exemplary damages,” punitive damages are meant to punish the defendant for acts of egregious negligence, gross misconduct, or intentional infliction of injury or harm.
At Mike Slocumb Law Firm, our Auburn truck accident lawyers leave no stone unturned when it comes to maximizing your recovery. We aggressively pursue every possible avenue of compensation in our efforts to ensure that you are fairly compensated for your losses, and we do everything possible to bring the liable party to justice.
In Alabama, truck accident cases fall under the general personal injury statute of limitations of two years. This means that you only have two years from the date of the accident (with some rare exceptions) to file your truck accident claim in court. If you miss the two-year deadline, your case will almost certainly be dismissed, and you will be ineligible to sue the liable party for damages.
Contact our Auburn truck accident attorneys today at (334) 219-3906 to learn how we can help you fight for the justice you and your family deserve. Your initial consultation is free.