The state of Alabama imports and exports many products that are crucial for its economy, and the comfort and wellbeing of its residents. From the exportation of coal and soybeans to the importation of transportation equipment and food products, the state of Alabama depends on its ability to send and receive various goods.
Large trucks carrying thousands of pounds worth of products, traverse the state’s highways, making this luxury possible for us. While these trucks no doubt play an integral role in the state’s need to send, receive, and distribute various goods, driving around them on interstate 65 can be dangerous.
Indeed, over a 10-year period in the state of Alabama, there were more than 77,000 large trucks involved in collisions, more than 1,100 fatalities, and thousands more injuries reported. If you have been in a trucking accident in Alabama, our experienced truck accident attorneys at the offices of the Alsobrook Jackson want to meet with you. We understand how severe these accidents can be, and are committed to working hard on your behalf to get you the compensation you deserve.
Serious Truck Accidents – Your Losses and Why You Need an Attorney
A large truck can weigh up to 80,000 pounds, which is 20 times more than the average passenger car. The sheer weight alone that is involved in a truck accident often spells disaster for the drivers and passengers of smaller vehicles, even when the accident occurs at low speeds. In the event the crash occurs when either vehicle is traveling at a high speed, the force involved in the crash is intensified, and the damages are simply catastrophic.
When a passenger car and a large truck collide, it is not uncommon for the passenger car to be completely totaled, often being crushed under the truck. For those within the smaller vehicle, this may mean unthinkable injuries. Common injuries that drivers and passengers occur in a truck accident include:
- Spinal cord injuries. When a person’s spine is impacted with force–which is very possible in a truck accident–the spinal cord may be severed, or the vertebrae may be fractured or dislocated severely enough to impact the spinal cord. The results of a spinal cord injury are devastating – the affected person will suffer permanent partial or complete paralysis from the site of the injury in the spinal cord downwards.
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). A person’s brain is likely to be impacted in a crash, whether as a result of being shaken violently, being penetrated with an object, or being impacted with force (i.e. slamming into the car frame). All TBIs can be dangerous and need to be taken seriously, although some are much more severe than others, resulting in coma or death.
- Amputation and loss of use of limb injuries. When a vehicle is crushed or totaled in a truck accident, those within the vehicle often also suffer crush injuries, often to the extremities. Sometimes, a limb is amputated during the crash, or an arm, hand, leg, foot, or finger suffers such severe injury that medical amputation is the only option.
- Internal injuries. Objects that puncture the chest or abdomen, severe amount of force, or broken bones (i.e. a broken rib) can also cause damage to the body’s internal organs, resulting in internal bleeding and the risk of death.
- Other injuries. In addition to the severe injuries listed above, a victim of a truck accident may suffer burn injuries, bone fracture injuries, facial injuries, soft tissue injuries, laceration injuries, and psychological injuries.
Physical injuries are not only painful and debilitating, but they may also prevent a person from earning an income or ever again doing the things that they love. High medical bills will also be a reality, and lifestyle changes may be permanent.
Because of the extreme amount of damages that a party typically suffers in a truck accident, working with an attorney who can evaluate your claim, prove damages, and negotiate on your behalf is essential.
Liability for Trucking Accidents and Bringing Forth Your Claim
A truck accident may be caused by myriad different factors, and the cause of a truck accident may not always be obvious at first, which is why hiring an attorney who can investigate your case–and hire experts to reconstruct your accident–is essential. Parties who may be at fault for the crash include–
- A third party driver in another vehicle;
- The truck driver;
- The trucking company;
- A shipper or loader of cargo; or
- A vehicle part manufacturer or distributor.
It is important that the exact cause of your accident is determined so that a claim can be filed against the appropriate party. Your attorney will help you to prove that the at-fault party breached the duty of care owed to you, and that the breach was the direct cause of your injuries. An attorney can also help you to refute any claims from the liable party or insurance company that you were to blame for the accident.
Contact the Alsobrook Jackson Law Firm Today
If you have been involved in a truck accident, your ability to recover the amount of damages to which you are entitled, and that you have suffered, can have a huge impact on your future. As you recover and make sense of the injuries you have suffered and what your life may look like moving forward, our experienced Alabama truck accident attorneys will be here to investigate and build your case, and provide you with the legal support you need. You focus on you – we’ll focus on aggressively representing you to get you the compensation you need.
Don’t wait any longer to call us if you’ve been hurt in a truck crash, or if you have lost a loved one in a tragic large truck collision. Please visit our law firm today – you can schedule your consultation with our lawyers by sending us a message online, or by calling us directly at 334-737-3718. We are here for you.