Alabama Truck Accident Lawyer
If you or a loved one were injured in a truck accident in Alabama, you need an Alabama truck accident lawyer by your side to protect your rights.
You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain, and suffering, and more.
However, it can be challenging to get the full amount you deserve. At Lattof & Lattof, P.C., we’ll fight to help you get what’s right.
Our legal team has fought hard to protect accident victims’ rights statewide for more than 70 years. Our hard work has paid off–and we’ve recovered millions for injury victims like you.
Having an experienced lawyer in your corner can make all the difference in the world. To learn more, call our law offices today to schedule a free consultation.
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How Lattof & Lattof, P.C. Can Help After a Truck Accident in Alabama
Around 4,119 people died in accidents involving large trucks in 2019. Thousands more suffered serious injuries. If you were among them, you already know how severe the fallout can be.
Truck accident injuries can be extremely painful.
To add insult to injury, you might not be able to work–just when you need money the most for medical bills. Getting fair compensation from the at-fault parties isn’t easy under Alabama personal injury laws.
In fact, it might seem like the deck is stacked in favor of the defendant in every case.
An experienced Alabama personal injury lawyer can even the playing field. At Lattof & Lattof, P.C., we know the Alabama legal system inside and out. We’re here to hold the responsible party fully accountable for your losses.
When you hire us, our lawyers will:
- Fight to prevent insurance companies from using harsh contributory fault rules to deny your insurance claim
- Investigate to determine causation and fault
- Hire experts and specialists to find out what your injuries will cost long term
- Defend you when you’re blamed for the crash
- Handle all paperwork, communications, and negotiation with the insurance company and defense lawyers
With over 100 years of combined experience, we’re also prepared to take your case to trial if the insurance company refuses to offer a fair settlement. If you’re interested in learning more, call our law firm in Alabama today to schedule a free case review.
What is My Alabama Truck Accident Case Worth?
No two personal injury cases are exactly the same. Because of that, it’s impossible to calculate the value of your truck accident case without knowing the facts. At Lattof & Lattof, P.C., our attorneys will carefully evaluate the facts of your case so that we can put a precise dollar value on your losses.
Some significant issues we’ll evaluate when determining how much your personal injury case is worth include:
- The nature and severity of your injury
- The presence of any permanent or long-term disability
- The value of your wages or income during your recover
- The cost of your medical treatment, including rehabilitation
- Any emotional trauma caused by the accident and injuries
- The physical pain of your recovery
- How your daily life was disrupted
As a practical matter, the value of your injury claim might be limited by the amount of insurance coverage available. However, trucking companies carry commercial insurance policies, and multiple parties could share in the blame.
To get the maximum compensation available, we’ll make sure to identify every responsible party–and every available source of insurance coverage.
What Types of Damages Are Available to Truck Accident Victims?
Truck accident victims often suffer devastating injuries–especially victims in smaller vehicles. In accidents involving big rigs, semi-trucks, and tractor-trailers, accident victims can recover economic and non-economic damages. In plain English, economic damages cover your financial losses.
In other words, these damages reimburse you for out-of-pocket expenses caused by the accident and might include:
- Medical bills
- Future medical expenses
- Lost wages and income
- Lost future earning potential
- Physical therapy and rehab
- Property damage
Non-economic damages are a bit more tricky–but equally important. Non-economic damages compensate victims for losses that have no clear dollar value.
These damages might include:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Anxiety or depression
- Diminished quality of life
- Loss of consortium
- Disfigurement and scarring
Don’t let the insurance company off the hook by accepting a lowball settlement offer. Call our legal team today to learn how we can help maximize your damages award.
Can I Recover Damages If I’m Being Blamed for a Truck Accident in Alabama?
No. Alabama is one of only a handful of states that follows the harshest shared fault rule available. Under Alabama’s contributory negligence law, accident victims are entirely barred from recovering compensation if they share responsibility for the crash.
In other states, you can usually recover damages as long as you aren’t mostly responsible. In Alabama, if you were even one percent responsible for the wreck, you lose your right to damages entirely.
Insurance companies will do everything possible to blame the victim. Truck accident victims in Alabama should be prepared for these types of attacks. After all, if the insurance company succeeds, they won’t have to pay you a cent–even if the truck driver shared in the blame.
The trucking company’s insurance company will usually arrive at the accident scene quickly after the accident. They’ll launch a full-scale investigation to locate any evidence that you share in the blame. That means obtaining video footage, toxicology reports, cell phone records, and more.
A personal injury lawyer can help you fight back if you’re being blamed for the crash. With over 100 years of combined experience, we have the resources to conduct our own independent investigation. Call today to schedule your free case review to learn more.
We’ll Fight to Recover Compensation for All of Your Truck Accident Injuries
Victims in traditional passenger vehicles often don’t stand a chance when they’re involved in a wreck with a large commercial truck. At Lattof & Lattof, P.C., we fight to hold the responsible parties accountable for the damage their actions have caused.
Give us a call today if you’ve sustained any type of injury in a truck crash, including:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Chest injuries
- Whiplash injuries
- Spinal cord damage
- Head and neck injuries
- Back injuries
- Organ damage
- Broken bones
- Burn injuries
- Traumatic amputations
- Catastrophic injuries
The most serious trucking accidents in Mobile can be fatal. If you lost a loved one, we’ll fight to hold the responsible parties accountable for wrongful death.
What Causes Most Truck Accidents in Alabama?
Truck drivers in Alabama are subject to a detailed set of state-level rules and regulations. They’re also required to follow federal safety standards. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations limit the number of hours the driver can spend behind the wheel and require trucking companies to inspect their vehicles frequently.
Unfortunately, not all drivers and trucking companies follow the letter of the law. They often cut corners to maximize their profits. When that happens, you can get hurt.
Some of the most common causes of Alabama truck accidents include:
- Distracted driving
- Fatigued driving
- Unsafe passing
- Failure to yield the right-of-way
- Tailgating (following too closely)
- Aggressive driving
- Illegal lane changes
- Illegal/unsafe turns
- Running a red or yellow light
- Drunk driving
- Illegal drug use
- Failure to properly maintain the vehicle
- Defects in the vehicle’s safety mechanisms
Of course, things like hazardous road conditions and bad weather can also contribute to the cause of the crash.
How Do I Prove Negligence After a Truck Accident in Alabama?
Alabama personal injury law requires the victim to prove that someone else’s negligence caused their injuries. Most of the time, commercial vehicle accident victims also have to prove that they weren’t negligent themselves.
Negligence is a legal word for careless or reckless behavior.
The four key elements of any negligence claim are:
- The at-fault party owed you a duty of care
- That party breached the duty of care
- The breach caused your injuries
- You suffered actual damages
There are a number of ways to prove negligence. Our independent investigation is the most critical. Our Alabama truck accident attorneys have been doing this for a long time.
We’ll locate valuable evidence to support your claim, including:
- Onboard recording data (the truck’s “black box”)
- Video surveillance
- Eyewitness testimony
- Police reports
- Reports prepared by accident reconstruction specialists
- The truck driver’s driving log
- Inspection and maintenance logs
- Past safety records
- The driver’s toxicology report
- Cell phone data
- And more
We highly recommend calling an experienced lawyer immediately after the crash. The trucking company will get to work right away. You deserve the same level of dedication. At Lattof & Lattof, P.C., we’re ready to get started today–just give us a call to schedule a free consultation.
How Long Do I Have to File a Lawsuit After a Truck Accident in Alabama?
The statute of limitations in Alabama truck accident cases is two years. That means you only have two years from the date of the crash to file a personal injury lawsuit.
Contact an Alabama Truck Accident Lawyer for a Free Consultation
Were you involved in a truck accident in Alabama? Contact an Alabama truck accident lawyer at Lattof & Lattof, P.C. for a free consultation today.