Truck accidents can cause severe injuries. To get the compensation you deserve, call our truck accident lawyers in Mobile, AL to get the best representation possible.
Large trucks form the backbone of our commercial transportation system and are an essential part of our economy, but they can create a hazard to drivers and passengers in smaller vehicles and others on the road.
Trucks have the potential to do substantial damage to passenger vehicles because of the tremendous difference in weight. In 2011, 3757 people died as a result of large truck accidents and another 88,000 were injured.
If you were injured due to a truck accident contact our Mobile, AL truck accident attorneys at Caldwell Wenzel & Asthana. We also have an office in Foley, AL.
State & Federal Trucking Laws
If you are injured in a truck accident, you should always make
certain that the lawyer who represents you is familiar with both state
and federal trucking laws.
Federal and state regulations dictate such things as:
- Maximum loads
- Maintenance schedules
- Required inspections
- Liability insurance
- Number of hours a driver is allowed to drive at a stretch.
The injury attorneys at Caldwell Wenzel and Asthana have extensive truck accident experience, understand the complex laws that govern the trucking industry, and are proficient at identifying violations that point to driver or owner liability when an accident causes injuries to others.
Types of Commercial Vehicles that Can Be Involved in Truck Accidents
- Semi-trucks are the largest of the commercial trucks, weighing in at
around 80,000 pounds when fully loaded, compared to a passenger vehicle
weighing only several thousand pounds. These monsters of the road are
responsible for more than their share of injuries and fatalities.
- Tanker trucks carry liquid cargoes which are sometimes flammable or
toxic. If a tanker is not fully loaded and the liquid sloshes from side
to side, it can throw the truck off balance, causing it to overturn.
This can cause an accident with another vehicle or can injure people in
the vicinity by exposing them to toxins or by catching fire.
- Delivery trucks such as UPS, DHL, and FedEx are ubiquitous. Drivers
have strict schedules and delivery quotas, which at times predispose
their drivers to be more concerned with speed than with safety.
- Sanitation trucks (garbage trucks) prowl through both residential
and commercial areas where they often must maneuver in small areas,
backing up frequently creating a danger to pedestrians, cyclists, and
- Construction trucks include dump trucks, cement mixer trucks, and
flatbed trucks that move construction equipment and materials. They are
heavy and unwieldy, and a crash or back-over can result in serious
damage to other vehicles on the road and workers on the construction
Truck Accidents Cause by Truck Owner & Driver Negligence
Many commercial truck accidents are caused by driver or trucking
company negligence. These are just a few of the many causes of truck
accidents that might be attributable to negligence, giving victims the
right to bring a legal action to recover damages:
- Driver use of alcohol or drugs
- Failing to yield the right of way
- Careless lane changes
- Driver distraction
- Disregard of traffic laws, signs, or signals
- Failing to set the parking brake on a slope
- Braking abruptly
- Missing under-ride guard
- Skipping scheduled maintenance
- Failing to conduct legally mandated inspections
- Driver fatigue
- Insufficient training of drivers
When to Call Our Truck Accident Lawyer
If you or a family member has been seriously injured in an accident with a large commercial truck, it is important to retain an experienced truck accident attorney as soon after the accident as possible — before you engage in any conversation with the adjuster for the truck’s insurance company. Get medical attention immediately, and then contact one of our experienced truck accident lawyers at Caldwell, Wenzel & Asthana. We serve clients from both our Mobile, AL and Foley, AL locations.
The Mobile truck accident lawyers at Caldwell Wenzel & Asthana offer a free case consultation in which we will answer all your questions and discuss your legal options from the liable parties. Call us now at (251) 444-7000.