Truck Accident Lawyers in Huntsville
If you or someone you care about is one of these victims, you need the aid of truck accident lawyers in Huntsville experienced in handling truck accident cases. Did you know that almost 7,000 trucks were involved in crashes in Alabama during 2011? These truck wrecks resulted in the deaths of 92 people and injuries to over 1,700 more. Many of those injuries involve collisions with fully loaded trucks, traveling at considerable speed.
At the Huntsville, Alabama, law firm of Wettermark Keith, our Huntsville truck wreck lawyers have over 50 years of cumulative experience and have helped victims recover hundreds of millions of dollars needed to compensate them for their serious injuries.
Why Trucks Are Complicated
Commercial trucks may use the same roads as passenger cars, but they have two characteristics that make them more likely to be in an accident:
- A semi-truck takes longer to stop. At the same speed, trucks travel more than twice as far as a passenger car before a truck driver can bring them to a stop.
- Tractor-trailers are considerably more difficult to maneuver, meaning that taking a right turn starts with the driver pulling wide to the left to get a better turning angle.
Imagine what this “drift left to turn right” maneuver looks like to the vehicle behind the truck, and you can easily understand how it tends to cause accidents.
Those injured in a truck accident face all the questions that come up in every type of accident. These questions include:
- What was the speed of the vehicle involved?
- Were the drivers following the rules of the road, such as staying in lane, signaling their intent to change lanes, keeping a safe distance between vehicles, etc.?
- Were any of the drivers drunk, under the influence of drugs, distracted, or simply negligent?
When a commercial vehicle is involved, though, many questions need to be answered before there’s any chance of victims being compensated for their injuries, including, but not limited to:
- Who owns the truck and who was responsible for its operation at the time of the accident? These can be tricky issues when dealing with commercial trucking companies.
- Is the truck subject to the federal truck safety regulations imposed on trucks that are used in interstate commerce?
- Were both driver and truck in compliance with all safety regulations imposed by all levels of government (local, state, and federal)?
- What cargo was the truck carrying? If the cargo included hazardous material, additional regulations will apply and victims may suffer additional injuries.
How quickly and efficiently these questions get answered is tremendously important to victims too injured to work, walk, or simply live as they did before the accident. A Wettermark Keith truck accident attorney has pursued these answers in many cases. We know where the answers are likely to be and, maybe even more importantly, how the people who caused your injuries and the insurance companies are likely to dodge the questions.
The Value of Event Data Recordings
The data from Event Data Recorders (EDRs) can make the case a lot easier and quicker. These devices come in many models and configurations and differ a bit in the information they record when there are car accidents. Most of the devices will record some basic information that sheds light on the accident, such as speed and how the brakes were used.
The personal injury attorneys at Wettermark Keith have the experience to find and use the EDR information that can make the difference in your truck accident claim. That means knowing the local vehicle experts who retrieve the information, understanding what the information means to your case, and researching the common causes of trucking accidents.
Even the Odds with Wettermark Keith Truck Accident Lawyers: Huntsville
Those responsible for truck accidents are often businesses with resources that dwarf those that victims have. Our injury lawyers have faced this situation for years and have a very successful track record in recovering compensation for those who have been injured. There’s no charge for the initial visit as one of our 18-wheeler accident lawyers in Huntsville gets to understand your case. The longer you wait to get help, the harder it becomes to get the recovery you deserve. Call us today to schedule a free consultation and tell us what happened.
When selecting clients to represent in court, our firm operates on a contingency fee basis. What this means to our clients is simple: if our experienced truck accident lawyer doesn’t win your case, you won’t pay anything. We choose to operate this way for the sole benefit of our clients, we want to see you obtain a successful recovery so that you can continue to carry on with your life.
Contact us today if you have been the victim of a personal injury or lost a loved one to wrongful death. Fill out the free case evaluation form on our website and we will get back to you promptly.