Experienced Representation In Complex Truck Accidents
A crash with an 18-wheeler can cause devastating injuries, simply because of the difference in size and mass of commercial vehicles as compared to passenger vehicles. For this reason, federal law requires 18 wheelers to carry a minimum of $750,000.00 in liability coverage, and more if they carry hazardous cargo. It is important to have an attorney with significant experience litigating commercial vehicle $1 million cases. There are important steps that need to be taken immediately to ensure that log books, maintenance records, dash cam video and airbag control module data are properly preserved. Simms & Associates has handled complex, commercial vehicle cases for over 20 years and several other cases involving settlements or verdicts in excess of one million dollars.
Truck Accidents Can Involve Multiple Liable Parties
A car accident may involve the other driver, their insurance company and your insurance company. A truck accident, by contrast, can involve multiple at-fault parties depending on the crash, including:
- The truck driver
- The trucking company
- Cargo companies
- Other parties, including contractors and manufacturers
Determining fault can be difficult in situations involving potentially multiple parties. We will work to identify the accountable parties and subsequently pursue damages on your behalf.
Did A Truck Driver Violate Hours-Of-Service Regulations?
Truck drivers must adhere to strict federal safety regulations. These regulations include strict limits for how long a driver can be on the road. These regulations apply to operators of vehicles that fit any of the following criteria:
- Weigh more than five tons
- Designed to carry at least 16 passengers, not for compensation
- Designed to carry at least nine passengers, for compensation
- Used to transport hazardous materials that require placards on the vehicle
Federal hours-of-service regulations limit hours driven consecutively, hours driven in a week and frequency of rest breaks. Accidents and serious injuries can result when drivers ignore or break these laws. We will investigate the underlying cause of the crash to uncover whether it is exceeding hours-of service regulations or another factor, including fatigue, aggressive driving and/or improper training.
A Former Insurance Claims Adjuster, Accident Reconstructionist On Your Side
When truck accidents involve professional legal teams going against you, you need experienced legal representation on your side. We will leverage our backgrounds as a former insurance claims adjuster and certified accident reconstructionist to benefit your case. We will also work with local professionals, including safety experts, to strengthen your case.
After sustaining serious truck accident injuries, do not wait to involve an experienced lawyer. Get in touch with our Birmingham office. Schedule a free initial consultation by calling 205-453-9700 or by reaching out to us by email.