Birmingham Truck Accident Attorneys
18 Wheeler Accidents in Alabama
In Alabama, 18-wheelers, log haulers, semi trucks and other large commercial trucks play an important part in the transportation of freight and supplies. But their imposing size can present hazards to other drivers on Southeast roadways. For instance, an 18-wheeler can be as long 70 to 80 feet, and weigh approximately 40 tons. The mammoth force behind a commercial truck is certainly no match for a 5,000 pound car in a collision.
Large trucks are involved in approximately 460,000 crashes a year. Sadly, 5,000 people are killed each year in truck accidents. In 98% of these lethal collisions, the driver of the smaller vehicle is the one who is killed. Here in Alabama, large trucks and buses were involved in 2,218 non-fatal crashes and 107 fatal crashes in 2010.
For over 40 years, Birmingham truck accident attorneys at Wininger Law Firm, LLC, have successfully represented individuals and their family members in injury or wrongful death cases. We help those who have sustained terrible injuries, or who have lost a loved one in truck collisions in Birmingham or in other areas of Alabama.
We have a reputation for energetically representing the interests of our clients against powerful trucking companies, their company lawyers and insurance carriers. To date, the truck and car crash attorneys at Wininger Law Firm have recovered approximately $128 million in settlements and verdicts for our clients.
Injuries Caused by Human Error or Negligence
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), human error is the predominate cause of truck accidents. The FMCSA collected crash data in 17 states between 2001 and 2003 and found that 29% of the crashes were caused by truck drivers traveling too fast for road or for weather conditions. Twenty-two percent involved drivers who were unfamiliar with the roadway. Surprisingly, over-the-counter medications contributed to driver error in 17% of truck crashes. Fatigue was cited as a factor in 13% of the incidents. The use of illegal drugs or alcohol by the driver contributed to 3% of the truck wrecks.
In a fraction of a moment, the negligent or careless actions of a truck driver can change your life, or the lives of those you love, forever. The 18 wheeler accident lawyers at Wininger Law Firm have the knowledge and experience needed to assess highly complicated truck accidents and to determine liability. We have the resources available to hire forensic experts who can present in-depth reconstruction evidence in court, to help support your injury claims to a jury.
After a truck accident you may be recovering at home or in a rehabilitation center for bone fractures or internal injuries. You may require ongoing medical care for spinal cord or brain injuries. Mental depression often follows a change in health status or a decline in mobility. On top of physical pain and injury, you may be forced to implement drastic lifestyle changes because of mounting medical bills or wage loss.
Alabama 18 Wheeler Accident Lawyers
The Birmingham semi truck accident lawyers at Wininger Law Firm will go after the party or parties responsible for your accident to find you the type of compensation you deserve for present and future medical care, wage loss, scarring and disfigurement, and for pain and suffering. We are paid only if we are successful in winning you a settlement or successful verdict at trial.
Your initial accident or injury consultation is discreet and free of charge. We also help family members who have lost a loved one due to the wrongful or negligent actions of a truck or automobile driver. Call 888.808.INJURY to talk to an experienced truck accident lawyer Birmingham, Alabama.