Accidents involving large trucks can result in some of the most severe injuries, and in far too many cases, fatalities. Tractor-trailers can weigh up to 40 tons when they are fully loaded, and whenever a vehicle this massive collides with a regular passenger car, there is a much greater chance of catastrophic consequences. Filing a legal claim for compensation after being injured in a commercial truck accident is not so easy, however.
The trucking industry is heavily regulated, and there are numerous laws and regulations that govern it. In addition, these types of accidents often involve several different parties who could be at fault, and sorting out who the responsible parties are is a complicated task. On top of all of this, big rig accident cases are often worth significantly more than a standard car crash, and defendants typically dedicate substantial resources to fight these cases.
If you or someone close to you was injured in a trucking accident in Alabama, you need strong legal counsel by your side advocating aggressively to protect your legal rights and interests. As soon as possible after the accident, contact M. Adam Jones & Associates for assistance. Our firm has extensive experience representing clients in truck crash cases, and we have a successful track record both inside and outside the courtroom. Call us today at 334-699-5599 or send us an online message to set up a free consultation with one of our attorneys.
What the Trucking Company Does After a Big Rig Crash
It is important to understand how a trucking company reacts to a tractor-trailer accident. Immediately after the crash, the truck driver contacts the company, and the driver is always coached never to admit any fault for what happened.
Next, the case is usually referred to a person in their company known as the “safety director”. This person has likely dealt with several other truck crashes before, and they have certain protocols that they follow.
Unfortunately, very little of what they do has to do with actual safety. They do not send anyone to check on injury victims, offer to pay their immediate medical bills, see if there is any other way they can help, none of that. Mainly what they do is record all of the details of the crash and refer the case to the company’s legal team, and in many cases, this is all accomplished before the police even arrive at the scene.
Trucking companies employ high-priced legal teams whose job is to mitigate their losses when one of their drivers causes a crash, and they go to work immediately after a truck accident. This means if you have been injured in a truck crash, you are facing an uphill legal battle from the get-go. The only way to level the playing field is to get an attorney involved on your behalf as soon as possible.
How an Experienced Lawyer Can Help with Your Truck Accident Claim
If you retain a skilled truck crash attorney immediately after an accident, they will go to work right away to preserve critical pieces of evidence that could otherwise be compromised. This includes the truck’s “black box”, the driver’s logs, and statements from witnesses while the accident is still fresh in their minds.
Your lawyer will likely send an anti-spoilation letter informing the trucking company of the need to preserve evidence in their possession. They will also thoroughly investigate the crash to identify any and all factors that caused or contributed to it.
This investigation could point to a number of different parties that could potentially be held liable, including:
- The truck driver.
- The trucking company.
- The party in charge of maintaining the truck.
- The cargo/shipping company that loaded the truck.
- The owner or lessor of the truck.
- The manufacturer, supplier, or distributor of a faulty vehicle or vehicle part that contributed to the crash.
Once an extensive investigation is completed, your attorney will prepare a legal claim against all parties who are at fault for the crash. In most cases, the defendants will know that your claim is rock-solid and that they are better off giving you a reasonable settlement offer rather than going to trial. If they are not willing to negotiate in good faith, however, your attorney will be fully prepared to litigate your claim if necessary.
Injured in a Trucking Accident in Alabama? Contact M. Adam Jones and Associates for Assistance
If you are a loved one suffered an injury and a truck crash in Alabama, M. Adam Jones & Associates is ready to go to work for you! Get in touch with us today to get started on your claim.
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