Birmingham Truck Accident Attorneys
Trucking Accidents in Jefferson County
When semi-trucks, 18-wheelers, and other large commercial vehicles collide with passenger cars, motorcycles, and SUVs, the results are catastrophic. Every year, thousands of people throughout Alabama are injured and hundreds more are killed in these types of accidents.
At Morris Haynes Attorneys at Law, we believe that truck accident victims deserve justice—and we know how to fight for the maximum compensation our clients are owed. If you or someone you love was involved in a collision with a large truck or commercial vehicle, our Birmingham truck accident attorneys can help you understand your legal options and fight to protect your rights. Our firm has spent more than 30 years serving the injured and the wronged, recovering more than $1 billion in compensation on their behalf. Let us help you navigate the legal process and work to secure the full, fair compensation you deserve.
How Do Large Truck Accidents Happen?
Most semi-truck and 18-wheeler accidents occur as a result of negligence.
- Distracted driving, including texting or using a GPS while driving
- Hours-of-service violations, leading to fatigued driving
- Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs
- Speeding, including driving too fast for current conditions
- Truck driver error and/or traffic law violations
- Improper or lack of truck maintenance
- Inadequate or incomplete truck repairs
- Overloaded cargo/maximum load capacity violations
- Improper cargo loading, leading to shifting cargo during transit
- Defective vehicles, including trucks and truck parts
- Defective roadways or dangerous road construction
- Third-party negligence, including other motorists’ careless or reckless conduct
Because Alabama follows a fault-based system, it is important that you and your attorney identify the cause of the accident, as well as the at-fault party. This can help determine who is liable for your damages.
Can You Sue a Trucking Company After a Truck Accident?
Truck accident cases are similar to other motor vehicle accident claims in that the victim (or their loved ones) must prove that someone else was at fault for the collision in order to recover compensation. Unlike standard car accident claims, however, the actual person who caused the accident may not necessarily be the liable party.
Determining liability after a truck accident can be challenging. Even if the truck driver was the one who caused the accident, the trucking company may be legally responsible for your damages. In fact, it is not only possible to sue the trucking company, but this is also your most likely course of legal action. In most cases, the trucking company is liable for the truck driver’s negligent or wrongful conduct—but not always. If the truck driver is classified as an independent contractor (instead of an employee), the trucking company is likely not liable. Additionally, if the truck driver violated company policy, for example by driving drunk, the trucking company could dispute liability.
In still other cases, the trucking company may not be liable because the accident may not be the result of the truck driver or trucking company’s negligence. Some truck accidents result from third-party factors, such as poor truck maintenance, defective truck components, or even the negligence of another motorist on the road.
At Morris Haynes Attorneys at Law, we conduct thorough investigations to determine the exact cause of our clients’ injuries. Our attorneys work with accident reconstructionists and other experts to identify the liable party and gather powerful evidence in support of our clients’ claims. If you or someone you love has been involved in a collision with a semi-truck, 18-wheeler, big rig, or another large commercial vehicle, our Birmingham truck accident attorneys can help you fight for maximum compensation.
Fighting for Your Maximum Recovery
Large truck accidents often result in catastrophic bodily injury, permanent disability, and even death. Victims and their families frequently face immense physical, emotional, and financial hardships. When someone else is responsible for your pain and suffering, you deserve justice—and Morris Haynes Attorneys at Law can help.
Since 1991, our firm has represented victims of serious commercial vehicle collisions in Jefferson County, Shelby County, and all of the surrounding areas. We fight to maximize our clients’ claims, seeking fair compensation for past and future medical expenses, lost income, diminished earning ability, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and more. We have recovered numerous million- and multimillion-dollar settlements and verdicts for our clients, totaling over $1 billion in compensation.
Most importantly, our Birmingham truck accident attorneys are here for you. As a client, you will receive direct, personal attention from a partner attorney at our firm; your case will never be passed off to an associate or paralegal. We offer compassionate counsel and an individualized approach, along with aggressive advocacy both in and out of the courtroom.