An accident involving an eighteen-wheeler or other commercial truck can be much more severe than a more common car accident. According to the Insurance institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) most deaths in large trucks crashes are passenger vehicle occupants. Due to the size of a large commercial truck, a collision involving such a vehicle is likely to result in serious, even fatal, injury. If you or a loved one has been injured by a truck accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation for the victim.
Why you need a truck accident lawyer
Unlike everyday minor car accidents that can settled by insurance companies, truck accidents typically cause bodily injury, fatality or other significant damage due to the massive weight and size of a commercial truck. Hiring an experienced truck accident lawyer can help you receive compensation for medical bills, lost wages, auto repairs, etc. An experienced lawyer can also help you receive compensation when a loved one is killed due to the truck accident. It is best to hire a lawyer early to avoid costly mistakes such as missing court-filing deadlines after the accident. Since you may need to recover medical costs or lost wages, do not wait any longer than one or two weeks to hire a lawyer.
What to look for in a truck accident lawyer
There are hundreds of Alabama truck accident lawyers. But not all of them will be qualified to handle your personal injury or wrongful death case. Since this is a specialized field, you will need to find a lawyer who is qualified to work your case. For example, an attorney with a background in real estate law wouldn’t be the best choice for a personal injury case involving an automobile accident. It’s important to speak with an Alabama truck accident lawyer before making any statements (written or verbal) to insurance company adjusters or representatives.
Questions to ask before hiring a truck accident lawyer
Before locating and working with a lawyer, you must make detailed notes about everything you remember from the accident. Write down when and where the accident took place, the names, addresses and phone numbers of all witnesses, police officers and insurance representatives. Taking photos of the trucking accident and any injuries the victim has as a result of the accident will be beneficial to the lawyer working on your case.
Before hiring a truck accident lawyer, here a few questions to ask: (See related article here.)
- Who many cases have you won or settled that are similar to my case?
- What is your fee structure?
- What experience do you have related to Alabama truck accidents?
- What is a typical settlement for this type of trucking case?
- Will you be working directly on my case and will other lawyers be involved?
If you think you have a trucking accident case, call us for a free consultation.