If you or a loved one has been involved in a tractor-trailer collision, you may have a legal recourse. Handling a case involving an 18-wheeler, tractor-trailer, log truck or any other commercial vehicle requires a detailed knowledge of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, and a substantial investment of time and resources.
The trucking industry is rigorously regulated by federal and state agencies ensuring that truck owners and drivers maintain safety. Truck drivers are subject to many regulations that are not applicable to other vehicles on the roads in Alabama. Regulations consist of: the number of hours a driver can drive each day, how much weight a truck may haul, cargo securement, equipment maintenance, proper logs of trips and service hour regulations.
When a truck collision occurs, the trucking company will have an insurance representative on the scene to start an investigation focusing on their internal procedures that are designed to limit your recovery. The insurance representative will immediately begin taking statements, getting photographs, examining the vehicles and obtaining all information needed to adequately defend their driver. With big insurance companies involved, there will be a lot of pressure on you to settle the claim quickly by downplaying the severity of the incident and offering you quick money. Do not accept their offers without discussing your rights with us. After a trucking collision, it is imperative for you to hire an experienced attorney who will conduct a thorough investigation, and that has the experience dealing with the big insurance companies involved.
If you have been involved in a crash due to the fault of a tractor trailer/ 18-wheeler driver, please call us today for a free, no-obligation consultation.