18-Wheeler Tractor-Trailer Truck Accident Lawyers Serving Alabama (AL)
Our Attorneys Fight Hard to Obtain Justice and the Fullest Compensation Available by Law for People Injured by Commercial Truck Drivers and Trucking Companies
We Know What It Takes to Win™ Tractor-Trailer Accident Cases
The American Trucking Association reports that over 3.6 million heavy-duty Class 8 trucks travel U.S. roadways operated by more than 3.5 million truck drivers.(1) Considering the sheer number 18-wheelers on our highways, fatigued truckers, poorly maintained tractor-trailers, and trucking companies that value profits over safety pose a serious safety threat to others traveling Alabama roadways. If you or a loved one sustained injuries in a collision caused by the negligence of a commercial truck driver or trucking company, you can seek legal assistance with just one phone call to Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law. Our law firm has been taking on commercial carriers and their insurance companies for decades and we are committed to exceptional service to our clients. We fight hard on behalf of each client to obtain for them the maximum financial compensation to which they are entitled under the law. Since our firm was founded in 1984, we have recovered billions of dollars for injured victims and their families.*
Many commercial drivers and trucking companies comply with trucking laws and regulations as well as operate their vehicles safely, but a tractor-trailer combination that could weigh as much as 80,000 pounds and span a length of nearly 80 feet has the potential to pose a significant safety threat to other motorists. Although a vast network of local, state, and federal laws and regulations govern the trucking industry are intended to help reduce the inherent danger posed by these large vehicles, some truck operators violate these safety rules with the implied or express approval of trucking companies and shippers motivated by profits. Many collisions involving large trucks are caused by noncompliance with trucking regulations and industry safety. As a result, the nuances of trucking accident claims compared to other types of negligence actions, including how they often turn on violations of these regulations and industry standards, can involve complex accident reconstructions, and the decision to hire an experienced 18-wheeler Accident Attorney can yield significant benefits in pursuing a claim or lawsuit.
It is Crucial to Act Quickly and Preserve Important Accident Evidence
Success in pursuing a trucking accident injury case always entails effectively navigating complicated issues of both state and federal law. At Montlick and Associates, we understand what is needed to hold commercial carriers accountable for the harm they cause. While we can resolve many insurance claims and lawsuits arising out of trucking accidents, we are also prepared to take on such trucking companies through the litigation process, and ultimately trial when appropriate if they do not take responsibility for their negligence and the harm they cause.
Predictably, commercial drivers and trucking companies often attempt to avoid liability and sometimes even distort or destroy potential evidence (referred to as “spoliation of evidence”). Depending on the circumstances of the case, we act to preserve important evidence such as “black box” data, commercial driver files, semi-truck structural damage, drive drug test results, video or dash camera footage, and other information crucial evidence as appropriate. We also handle communications and negotiations with trucking companies, their drivers, and their insurance companies while navigating the claims or litigation process, so our clients can concentrate on getting well.
If you have lost a loved one or suffered injury in a collision involving a big rig, tractor trailor or other commercial vehicle, contact our Alabama Trucking Accident Lawyers today.** We can review your situation and advise you on your legal rights as well as what steps are necessary to protect those rights. Our firm offers a Free Consultation, so contact us nationwide 24 hours a day/7 days a week at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). Alternatively, you can also reach us by dialing #WIN (#946) on your cellular phone (works with most carriers) or visit us online at www.montlick.com and utilize our Free Live Chat or submit a Free Case Evaluation Form.
Establishing Liability in Alabama Semi-Truck Accident Injury Cases
While many types of instances of failing to observe standard traffic laws can serve as the basis of a trucking accident claim, liability often turns on also proving violations of trucking safety regulations. If such an infraction by a commercial driver or trucking company is proven, the unlawful conduct can be the basis of proving the negligence of the trucking company and/or its driver depending on the law of the jurisdiction and underlying facts. When commercial drivers or carriers disregard either traffic laws or safety regulations that govern the trucking industry, this conduct legally constitutes “negligence per se” where state and federal law permit.
Although safety regulations govern many aspects of the trucking industry, common violations raised in trucking accident cases can include:
- Anti-fatigue rules that limit a driver’s on-duty and driving hours
- Limits on the maximum weight and length of loads and vehicle configurations
- Regulations restricting drug and alcohol use and prescribing mandatory testing
- Driver medical fitness requirements
- Rules requiring vehicle inspections and maintenance
- Mandatory supervision and training of commercial drivers
- Pre-employment screening and background investigations
- Mandatory safety equipment and features
If you suffered injury or lost a loved one because of a negligent truck driver in Alabama, ot anywhere in the United States, our experienced 18-Wheeler Accident Injury Lawyers are just a phone call away. We aggressively fight to achieve justice for our clients while seeking to maximize the value of their claims under the law. For a Free Consultation, contact us at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333) or dial #WIN (#946) from your cell phone. Trucking accident injury and wrongful death victims and their families also can reach us on the web by using our Free 24-Hour Chat Service or sending a Case Evaluation Form at Montlick.com.
WARNING: Act Now to Avoid Losing Your Legal Rights – Understanding the Importance of Legal Deadlines in the State of Alabama
Our lawyers caution semi-truck injury victims about the potential impact of neglecting to take prompt action to preserve their trucking accident claims. If you wish to pursue justice and monetary compensation through an insurance claim or lawsuit, close attention should be focused on critical timing requirements and legal deadlines. While the Alabama Statute of Limitations generally requires that a lawsuit be initiated or a settlement reached within two years after a person experiences injury in a collision with a negligent trucker, there are exceptions, and in some situations the time period can be longer or shorter! Just one example is that injury claims against the government or municipalities carry shorter deadlines and have very specific notification requirements. Statutes of limitations also vary by state as well as by the types of claims being asserted. For example, pursuing a breach of contract claim in Alabama involves a significantly different statute of limitation or legal time deadline than that of injury claims.
Additionally, other factors can shorten or lengthen the requisite statute of limitation that applies to your case, and only a knowledgeable lawyer who has fully examined the facts and circumstances of your case can ascertain the appropriate legal deadlines that apply. Failure to comply with any applicable statute of limitation will permanently bar a plaintiff’s right to a recovery.
There are also other contractual deadlines that may also apply to your case. For example, insurance policies often contain timely notification requirements, meaning if you do not provide notice to your own insurance carrier, you can lose important benefits such as no-fault insurance or the ability to pursue uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage, to name just a few examples. Further, and especially important in the context of serious trucking accidents, important evidence can become damaged or destroyed, and witnesses can disappear or forget what happened. Therefore, you should never delay in seeking legal assistance, as failure to do so timely can impede or prevent you from asserting a claim or getting is maximum value.
What Is the Value of Your Alabama Trucking Accident Injury Claim?
A victim of a negligent big-rig/tractor trailer driver or company generally can pursue both economic and non-economic damages. Estimation of the amount of any financial recovery (referred to as “damages”) requires a consideration of many relevant factors. For example, any damage award will entail provide proof of the value of any losses and the causal relationship between the negligent conduct of the defendants and the victim’s injuries. Although it is generally impossible to predict precise case value at the beginning of a particular case, our lawyers usually can provide a reasonable estimate of the potential range of values once all relevant information is known and has been assembled, including, by way of example only, the nature, extent and prognosis of a client’s injuries has been determined, all important evidence has been assembled, and we have evaluated the applicable law, the history of verdicts in similar cases in the jurisdiction, the of prior and future medical care, the amount of past and future lost wages, the credibility of witnesses and strength of the evidence. As such, each individual case is unique.
At Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, we pursue all the types of damages that trucking accident victims are entitled to under applicable law based on the relevant facts and evidence.
While every case is different, some of the types of compensation that can be recovered in trucking accident injury cases may include:
- Costs of Past and anticipate future hospitalization, medical treatment, and rehabilitation
- Loss of enjoyment of life experience
- Property damage (e.g. vehicle repair or replacement)
- Past and Future Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Past and Future Lost income
- Reduced future earnings
- Loss of consortium
- Punitive damages, when applicable (intended to punish and discourage malicious or egregiously reckless behavior)
- Wrongful death damages
Our 18-Wheeler Accident Lawyers fight hard to obtain the best outcome for our clients based on the underlying facts and applicable law.
Speak with an Experienced Tractor-Trailer Accident Injury Attorney
Have you or a family member been injured by a negligent trucker or trucking company?
With over 36 years of experience in handling all types of complex personal injury cases, our attorneys are ready to discuss the facts and circumstances of what happened to you and provide a free consultation.Do not delay in seeking legal assistance, as you have a limited amount of time to pursue a claim.Call us at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). Alternatively, you can also reach us by dialing #WIN (#946) from your cell phone, or find us online at www.montlick.com and utilize our Free Live Chat or submit a Free Case Evaluation Form.
*Dollars recovered are cumulative and are not indicative of individual case results. Each case is unique. Results depend on the facts and applicable law.
**Legal Services are provided by Montlick & Associates, P.C. and when appropriate local associated law firms at no additional cost to you depending on the jurisdiction, and any specialized expertise required. For more information, click here.