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Best known for its military technology and aerospace industries, Huntsville, AL is located in the northern Appalachian region of Alabama and has the largest city population in the state. It's booming growth in the last half century or so is due largely to its establishment of the Redstone Arsenal, U.S. Space and Rocket Center, and numerous biotechnology firms. With the Huntsville city expansion, major roadway projects are being planned and construction started. Along side of that development comes the heightened possibility of increased roadway accidents, including truck accidents and injuries. While the rise in roadway accidents is expected with population and industry growth, the trend is that traffic fatalities are increasing at a more alarming rate. Many of these injury causing and deadly accidents involve collisions with fully loaded trucks traveling at considerable speeds.
WHAT TRUCK ACCIDENT ATTORNEYS KNOW THE LAW AND CAN HANDLE MY ALABAMA TRUCK ACCIDENT?
If you or a loved one has been or becomes a victim of one of these truck accidents, you may need the aid of a Huntsville truck accident lawyer who can handle trucking accident claims. At the Huntsville, Alabama, law firm of Wettermark Keith, our experienced Huntsville truck injury attorneys have over 50 cumulative years with Alabama truck accident cases. These Huntsville truck attorneys have helped driver victims recover hundreds of millions of dollars needed to compensate them for their serious trucking injuries. Let a Wettermark Keith personal injury lawyer help you too.
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WHAT ARE COMMON CAUSES OF TRUCK ACCIDENTS?
Huntsville truck accidents happen frequently and because of the size and weight of these larger vehicles, the rate of injuries is higher and more extensive than in car accidents. Truck drivers and their vehicles are held to more rigorous standards and have more restrictions than automobiles and their drivers. These additional norms and limitations are designed to keep all motorists on the road free from injuries. Failure by truckers to adhere to these safety practices could result in these causes of crashes:
- Improper lane changes or signaling
- Failure to see and yield to other vehicles
- Misjudgment of stopping distances
- Following too closely behind or beside other vehicles
- Improper turning
- Falling and shifting of improperly secured or unbalanced cargo loads
You should seek the guidance from a truck accident lawyer no matter the cause of a truck accident. The Huntsville truck accident attorneys at Wettermark Keith know injury law and have dealt with many truck accident injuries and truck accident claims. They can make the claim process easier and help with getting you the compensation you deserve.
WHAT ARE COMMON TRUCK ACCIDENT INJURIES?
Negligence and non-compliance of the law by truckers put everyone at risk on the roadways. These may be unintentional actions, but could contribute to the following kinds of trucking injuries:
- Spine and neck injury
- Brain and head injury
- Internal bleeding
- Organ damage
- Bone Fractures
- Scarring and/or Disfigurement
The smallest mistake can have huge consequences when it comes to accidents. Wrongful death is a possibility in truck accidents and you or a loved one may need the help of an injury lawyer. Huntsville has personal injury lawyers at Wettermark Keith who can assist clients with confronting and making cases against truck drivers and their insurance companies, no matter how big or small the claim.
WHY ARE TRUCKING ACCIDENTS SO COMPLICATED?
Trucking accidents become complicated quickly. Many different questions need to be answered before a victim of a truck accident can recover for the significant injuries these accidents tend to cause:
- Was the truck being used for business when the accident occurred? If so, was the vehicle used in interstate commerce, making it subject to federal safety regulations?
- Was the truck being used to carry hazardous material? If so, both the kinds and severity of injuries may differ from other accidents, and there will be specific regulations that apply.
- Is the truck owned by the driver, by the business, or by some other person? These relationships can be very tangled in the commercial trucking industry.
- Did the truck and its driver, comply with all safety regulations imposed on it by federal, state, and local authorities?
These are just some of the additional questions raised in a truck accident. The usual questions about a motor vehicle accident still need to be answered as well: was the driver speeding, did the driver keep a proper distance between vehicles, did the driver signal before changing lanes, and so on.
It takes years of experience to get the answers to all these questions quickly and thoroughly. Speed and efficiency matter when you, a friend, or a relative is severely injured, unable to work, unable to walk, unable to live as you did before the accident. The lawyers at Wettermark Keith have that experience. Our Huntsville truck accident lawyers have a track record of success in getting the compensation that so many victims deserve and so desperately need. Let an injury attorney get involved in your case and help you.
WHAT SHOULD I DO AFTER A TRUCK CRASH IN HUNTSVILLE?
It’s important to take the right actions to protect yourself as the victim of a truck accident. Until you hire a lawyer, no one will be watching out for your interests. If you need help with your case from the start, contact us at Wettermark Keith for legal advice. Dealing with the aftermath of an accident is overwhelming, but these steps will make things easier:
- Document the collision. If possible, while still at the scene of the accident, take photos and videos with your phone. Write down important facts such as the truck driver’s name, truck number, license plate number, trucking company, date, time, and location. Ask witnesses for their testimonies and contact information.
- Call the police. Call 911 from the scene to report the accident. Almost all of these accidents result in injuries or have serious enough property damages to warrant a call to the local police station. Have police file an accident report, but don’t admit fault.
- Go to the hospital. Get medical care from a trauma professional after a truck accident. Even if your injuries seem minor, don't go home, but seek medical attention first. Request copies of important medical documents such as diagnosis and prognosis reports.
Stay calm, protect yourself, and don’t give too much information to any insurance claims adjuster who contacts you about your accident. Call a truck accident lawyer at Wettermark Keith as soon as possible for a free evaluation of your case. We want to be your truck accident attorney and handle your claim going forward.
WHAT IS THE VALUE OF EDR'S FOR A TRUCK ACCIDENT ATTORNEY?
The data from Event Data Recorders (EDRs) can make the case much easier and quicker to resolve. These devices come in many models and configurations and differ a bit in the information they record when there are vehicle accidents. Most all of the devices record basic information that can shed light on the moments before a collision, such as speed and braking.
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 and engineers who can retrieve the information, then understanding and researching what the information means to your case.
WHAT KIND OF COMPENSATION CAN TRUCK ACCIDENT LAWYERS GET FOR ME?
Sufficient compensation helps pay for the financial, physical and emotional burden placed on a victim. To find out what kind of damage reparations you may be eligible to receive, ask an attorney at Wettermark Keith. Potential types of compensation accident lawyers can pursue for a truck accident injury are:
- Medical Bills
- Lost Wages
- Property Damages
- Physical Therapy
- Medical Equipment
- Disability and/or Disfiguration
"EVEN THE ODDS" OF YOUR INJURY WITH A HUNTSVILLE TRUCK ACCIDENT LAWYER
Those responsible for truck accidents are often businesses with resources that dwarf those of victims. We can offset that with experience, diligence and determination. Our injury lawyers have faced this situation for years, have many hours of working similar cases and have a successful track record in recovering compensation for those who have been injured. Wettermark Keith is proud of its many million dollar verdicts and settlements our firm has won.
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Wettermark Keith operates on a contingency fee basis when selecting clients to represent. To our Huntsville, AL clients this means if we don't win your case, you don't pay us anything. It's that simple. We operate this way for our clients benefit. We want you to have a successful recovery for your claim so you can carry on with your life after the legal ordeal is over. There is no charge for the initial visit as we review the details of your case. The longer you wait to get help, the harder it becomes to get the recovery you deserve. If you need an experienced truck accident law firm to represent you, then call us today to schedule a free consultation and tell us what happened.
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