Truck Accident Attorneys in Alabama
America depends on the goods moved by trucks on the interstate highway system. Even though trucks are heavily regulated by the federal and Alabama governments, accidents still occur. At Jinks, Crow & Dickson, P.C., we have been representing Alabama residents in personal injury cases for more than 30 years. If you have been injured in a truck accident in Alabama, contact one of our Union Springs and Montgomery truck accident lawyers. Because truck accidents require immediate investigation, we are available 24/7 to take client calls.
Truck Accidents Can Be Devastating
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Administration (FMCA), police reported about 273,000 large truck accidents in the United States in 2011. Of the people involved in those accidents, more than 3,700 died. Being injured or losing a loved one in a truck accident can leave a family in emotional turmoil and financial ruin. Hospital bills, lost wages, emotional distress, and funeral expenses are just a few of the potential consequences of such an accident. If you or a family member has been involved in a truck accident, you are not alone. Our attorneys can help.
Truck Accidents Lawsuits Are Complex
Although truck accidents are similar to car accidents in many ways, investigating and litigating crashes involving tractor trailers is much more complex. There are myriad federal and state laws that regulate the trucking industry. The FMCA is the regulatory body responsible for oversight of the trucking industry on a federal level, and there are laws that touch on nearly every aspect of trucking. For example, truck drivers must obtain and keep current a special driver license, limit the number of hours they drive each day, and keep detailed logs of their driving time and trips taken. Trucking companies must regularly inspect and maintain their trucks, and abide by other federal and state regulations. It is therefore imperative that anyone who has been injured in a truck accident contact an experienced attorney.
In addition to being subject to a complex system of laws, a truck accident may involve multiple sources of liability, including the truck driver himself, the trucking company, and insurance companies. Sorting out whose actions led to the accident and who holds the liability for those actions is best left to an experienced attorney who knows how to handle trucking cases.
Damages available to victims of tractor trailer accidents include compensatory damages for items such as medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering. Depending on the circumstances, punitive damages, or damages designed to punish a defendant for particularly bad conduct, may be available as well. A family member pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit brought on behalf of a loved one may seek only punitive damages.
Because of these complexities, it is often necessary for the investigation of a truck accident to begin as soon after the accident as possible, including prior to the accident scene being cleared. Critical evidence must be preserved, and any potential spoliation issues must be brought to the court’s attention immediately. Therefore, the attorneys at Jinks, Crow & Dickson are available any time of the day or night to take client calls and visit the scene of the accident if necessary.
Dedicated Advocates for Accident Victims
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a truck accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. The complex nature of these accidents requires an experienced attorney. The Union Springs truck accident attorneys at Jinks, Crow & Dickson have the skill and knowledge to help you through the trying aftermath of a truck accident. No matter where you live or where in Alabama the accident occurred, call 334-738-4225 or contact us online to speak with one of our experienced attorneys today.