When you get behind the wheel of your car each morning, you probably don’t spend much time wondering whether you’ll encounter any trucks on the road. Indeed, large trucks are so ubiquitous that whether you’re driving, walking, biking, or taking public transportation, it’s likely you’ll see at least one tractor-trailer attempting to navigate the highway, often at times of heavy congestion and traffic.
While large trucks and their drivers provide an invaluable service–the delivery of essential products and goods to consumers in Alabama and nationwide–large vehicles can also pose a huge threat and risk of accident and injury. Each year, there are thousands of truck accidents reported in our state, hundreds of injuries, and dozens of deaths.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a trucking accident in Alabama, we can help. At the Zach Peagler Law Firm, our truck accident lawyer is committed to determining liability, proving fault, and aggressively negotiating to maximize your compensation award.
Why Truck Accidents Are So Devastating
While motor vehicle crashes involving smaller passenger cars certainly have the potential to be serious, it is far more likely with a commercial truck accident. The truth behind this statement is based on the fact that tractor-trailers and semi-trucks weigh up to 20 times more than do smaller passenger cars. Because force–which is one element of a crash which impacts its severity–is a calculation of mass multiplied by speed, the more a vehicle weighs, the more force that will be involved in an accident.
Truck accidents often result in tragic injuries for those involved. It is not uncommon for the smaller vehicle in a truck accident to be completely totaled, often crushed and damaged nearly beyond recognition, and certainly beyond further use. For occupants within that smaller vehicle, the list of potential injuries suffered may include:
Traumatic brain injuries;
Facial and head injuries;
Spinal cord injuries;
Soft tissue injuries;
Broken bone injuries;
Emotional and psychological injuries.
A truck accident that results in any of the above injury types can have life-changing effects. An injury victim may incur large medical bills and property damage expenses; may be unable to return to work (resulting in lost wages and emotional and psychological complications, including a sense of loss and shame at being unable to provide); and may be permanently disabled or disfigured, with injuries that preclude them from engaging in activities they love, caring for their children, or even performing self-care. The value of these losses can be astronomical and may even seem incalculable.
Investigating Your Truck Accident
At the Zach Peagler Law Firm, our Alabama truck accident lawyer is ready to fight to get you every cent of compensation that you deserve after a crash. In order to do this, we must identify the at-fault party. This requires pursuing an investigation into your truck accident case. Our lawyer will review and analyze all forms of evidence, including witnesses’ statements, police reports, vehicle “black box” data, photos of the accident, truck driver’s logs, vehicle service logs, and more. We can also bring in accident reconstruction experts, vehicle design experts, and other professionals to investigate your case and draw conclusions about liability.
Common causes of truck accidents include:
Truck driver errors, including driving while fatigued or impaired, lack of familiarity with the route, performing a dangerous maneuver, failing to look before changing lanes, driving too fast for conditions, and more;
Shifts of cargo in transit;
Vehicle defects, such as defective tires or brakes;
Third-party driver errors, such as a vehicle driving within a truck’s blind spots or cutting off a truck; and
Dangerous road conditions, including inaccurate or missing signage, a lack of guardrails, potholes, etc.
Once we determine the cause of your truck accident, we can start to consider the question of liability – legal responsibility. The party who caused the accident may not necessarily be the party who has to pay for damages. For example, if a truck driver caused the accident because of a dangerous maneuver, the trucking company may be held liable for its failure to properly train the truck driver.
Why Work with the Zach Peagler Law Firm
If you have been involved in a truck accident, you are likely facing tens of thousands, or hundreds of thousands, of dollars in damages. In addition to the medical bills and lost wages, you also deserve to be compensated for your pain, suffering, and other noneconomic losses. Whether or not you receive a settlement that fully compensates you for your losses could have a significant impact on your future, your ability to get the care you need, and your quality of life. As such, working with an experienced truck accident attorney who’s passionate about serving you well is key.
Attorney Zach Peagler has been practicing law and serving those who have been harmed in serious accidents for over 20 years. He is a member of many different professional associations, including the Alabama Bar Association and the Birmingham Bar Association.
In addition to his years of practice working on personal injury cases, Zach Peagler is also a skilled trial attorney who knows how to win in a courtroom. Should your case go to trial, you can count on Attorney Peagler’s knowledge and skill before a judge. The Zach Peagler Law Firm is also committed to remaining available and accessible to our clients – you’ll never have to wait days before hearing back from our attorney, nor be left wondering what your options are or what’s going on with your case.
Time Is Ticking – Act Now
In order to recover the maximum amount of compensation available to you, it’s important that you report your accident immediately, get medical care immediately, and contact an attorney who can start investigating your case as soon as possible. Driver’s logs and truck black box data may be destroyed if a spoliation of evidence letter is not sent quickly. Other evidence–like skid marks or the memories of eyewitnesses–may also fade or be lost if too much time passes. In addition to the preservation of evidence, you are also limited by the statute of limitations in Alabama, which is two years from the date of the accident (in most cases).
Schedule Your Free Alabama Truck Accident Consultation Today
Don’t wait to take action if you or a loved one has been harmed by a commercial vehicle. Contact the office of the Zach Peagler Law Firm today for your free consultation. You can reach our lawyer at (205) 871-9990 or by sending us a message online.
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