Alexander City Truck Accident Attorneys
Trucking Accidents in Tallapoosa County
While any motor vehicle accident can be a frightening experience, collisions with semi-trucks, 18-wheelers, and other large commercial vehicles are especially devastating. Victims often sustain catastrophic injuries and many tragically pass away. To make matters worse, filing a personal injury after a truck accident is often a very complicated and challenging process.
At Morris Haynes Attorneys at Law, we know how to aggressively advocate for you, and we have the resources to go up against major trucking companies and their insurance carriers. In our 30+ years in practice, we have recovered more than $1 billion in compensation for our clients, and we are prepared to fight tirelessly for the fair compensation you deserve.
Common Causes of Large Truck Accidents
Truck accidents are far more common than many people realize. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), more than 4,000 people died in accidents with heavy trucks in 2019 (the latest year for which data are available). Far more than half—67%—were the occupants of smaller passenger vehicles, such as cars, and another 15% were motorcyclists, bicyclists, or pedestrians.
Some of the most common causes of large truck accidents include:
- Distracted or negligent truck drivers
- Traffic law violations, such as speeding
- Driving too fast for current weather, road, or traffic conditions
- Aggressive or reckless driving
- Truck drivers who drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Hours-of-service violations/fatigued truck drivers
- Overloaded trucks or improperly loaded cargo
- Poor or insufficient truck maintenance
- Failure to conduct truck repairs or inadequate repairs
- Trucking company negligence, such as negligent hiring practices
- Defective trucks or truck parts
- Defective or dangerous roadways
Because Alabama follows a fault-based system when it comes to motor vehicle accident claims, it is important that you have an attorney working for you who can help establish fault. Under the state’s contributory negligence rule, you cannot file a claim if you are found to be even 1% at fault for the accident.
Our Alexander City truck accident attorneys at Morris Haynes Attorneys at Law work alongside accident reconstructionists and other industry experts to investigate these claims and determine exactly what happened. We understand how to use evidence to establish fault and prove liability, and we are aggressive when it comes to pursuing maximum compensation for our clients.
Liability in Truck Accident Cases
Truck accidents cases are often very complex when it comes to determining liability. Unlike in most standard car accident cases, the at-fault party is not necessarily the liable party. For example, the truck driver may be the one who actually caused the accident, but if he or she was on the clock when the crash occurred, the trucking company is likely the one who is liable for your damages.
Things become even more complicated when the truck driver was not the one who caused the accident. If a third party’s negligence led to the crash, you may file a claim against that third party. As such, determining the cause of the accident is critically important to your claim.
Trucking companies, manufacturers, and other liable entities often dispute or deny these claims. Many have large teams of insurance adjusters and attorneys working on their behalf. It is important that you also have a trusted legal team that will fight for you and your rights.
At Morris Haynes Attorneys at Law, we have what it takes to represent your best interests against major trucking companies, manufacturers, and insurance companies. Our Alexander City truck accident attorneys do not back down from even the toughest of challenges. Whenever necessary, we are fully prepared to take your case to trial and fight for the justice you deserve. As a client, you will receive personal attention directly from your attorney throughout the legal process. All of our clients work with partner attorneys, not associates, and we never pass cases off to paralegals or assistants.
Injured in an Accident? Call Morris Haynes Attorneys at Law Today
Our team is here to answer your questions and guide you through the process of seeking fair compensation for your injuries and damages. We understand the challenges you are facing, and we want to help.
We have an extensive and proven record of success; our attorneys know how to prepare cases and clients for trial, negotiate fair settlements, and effectively advocate for the injured. If you need help after a serious truck accident, do not hesitate to get in touch with our team.