Cross & Smith is a team of seasoned lawyers and professional staff experienced in Birmingham truck and 18 wheeler accidents. Through diligent representation and insistence on quality service, we have earned a reputation for excellence in Birmingham, Alabama. With over 20 years of experience in more than 850 personal injury suits, we remain dedicated to helping victims of negligence throughout the state of Alabama.
Trucks and tractor-trailers are known as commercial carriers because they are used in interstate commerce. Their capacity to transport heavy loads of cargo makes them essential to trade within and between states. But trucks and 18-wheelers also cause some of the most gruesome accidents on the road. Traveling at moderate speeds on state highways, these trucks are difficult for normal drivers to see and maneuver around. This is why truck collisions usually involve not only one, but several vehicles, and some form of injury. Truck accidents may be caused by:
The large presence of trucks on the road indicates a recovering economy and booming trade. But the accidental injuries and fatalities caused by truck accidents will continue to increase as the vehicles become used more and more in Birmingham and other parts of Alabama.
Recognizing the potential carnage involved in truck accidents, state and federal laws provide specific rules governing the use of commercial carriers. These include requirements for loading cargo, securing equipment, and maintaining the vehicle. In order to operate a truck, a commercial driver’s license (CDL) is necessary. Obtaining a CDL requires extensive training and imposes greater restrictions on truck drivers. Regular drivers, for example, may face a DUI when their blood alcohol concentration is .08 percent. The legal limit is substantially lower for CDL holders and a conviction may result in suspension or revocation of the license. Truck drivers are also required to keep a careful log of hours and submit to alcohol or drug tests and physical examinations. They are also responsible for ensuring that their trucks and trailers are in proper working order before making each trip.
Because a network of state and federal laws govern the operation of commercial carriers, traffic accidents involving trucks or 18 wheelers are distinct from normal car collisions. The trucking industry is heavily regulated, making commercial carriers responsible for the negligence of their drivers. This means that the business or company employing the truck driver may be held liable for the negligence of the driver. Truck drivers can be negligent by operating the vehicle while intoxicated, distracted, or otherwise impaired. When their mistake causes an accident involving injury, the individual driver is liable to the victim for any resulting damage. But the victim may also have a claim against the company or commercial carrier responsible for the driver’s negligence. In addition, claims may be made against trucking companies or commercial carriers for negligent hiring or retention of its driver or for negligently entrusting one of its trucks or 18 wheelers to an incompetent driver or for failure to properly maintain and service its trucks. Truck accident cases may therefore involve recovery from multiple negligent parties.
If you were injured in a truck or 18 wheeler accident, contact the experienced Birmingham truck accident lawyers at Cross & Smith today. We have extensive experience in accidents involving commercial carriers and have recovered millions of dollars for injured victims in Birmingham and across Alabama. Because truck accidents involve multiple insurance carriers and complex legal issues, it is crucial to have a seasoned attorney representing your rights. At Cross & Smith, we know that truck accidents can cause extensive damage and will work to help you obtain full compensation for your harm. Trust our battle-tested attorneys to investigate all liable parties and deal with insurance adjusters on your behalf. We are dedicated to helping you recover the compensation you deserve. Call (877) 791-0618 or contact us online.
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