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.

What Should I do if...

If someone else hurt me in a car wreck?

Motor vehicle crashes happen quickly, and when they do, the shock can cause confusion and anxiety.   Print this checklist and attach it to your insurance card and/or car registration so you will have the necessary steps to take if an accident occurs:

  1. Stop your vehicle.  Unless it is unsafe to you or others, do not move your vehicle.  The police will conduct an investigation and will need to diagram the collision scene detailing what happened including where and how the vehicles ended up.
  2. Notify the police regardless of whether anyone reports they are hurt.
    Make sure you inform the police of all events; report injuries, and any foul play such as drinking, drugs and/or texting.
  3. Do not apologize.  Apologizing can be used as an admission of guilt.  Save the apologies for a later date if needed.  Do not apologize at the scene.
  4. Collect Information from drivers, passengers, pedestrians and witnesses:
    Full names,
    Phone numbers,
    Make and model of cars,
    Insurance information,
    Name of persons to whom vehicle is registered
  5. Take photographs of vehicles, streets, skid marks, traffic control signs.  Nowadays, everyone has a Smart Phone- use it!!
    Also with your phone, secretly video record the aftermath of the collision.  The more evidence you have to show the scene, how others acted and behaved, and what was said: the better.
  6. 6.    Take notes about the how collision occurred
  7. Seek medical attention: it is common for injuries to manifest days after a collision, long after the adrenaline has stopped and the soreness starts.  Get treated early as a precautionary measure.
  8. Contact your Insurance agent and report the collision.
  9. 9.    Call Bence Law Firm at (334) 539-5000, or email David at david@bencelawfirm.com

If I am trying to obtain disability benefits?

Whether you have yet to apply for disability benefits or have already been denied, we can assist with your Social Security disability claim. With years of service both working for the Administration (processing disability claims) and representing clients to obtain disability benefits, we know the process from beginning to end. We will alleviate the stress and confusion that accompanies the amount of paperwork involved when applying for disability. During difficult times such as those which require seeking this type of assistance, have someone on your side who understands your needs and the needs of the Administration. Call us for a free in-person consultation with an attorney.

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