Mobile Truck Accident Attorney
Billions Obtained for the Injured throughout Alabama
At Cunningham Bounds, we have handled cases on behalf of thousands of clients who have been seriously injured by another’s negligence. Over the years we have become known as a top personal injury firm in Alabama. As such, we have the resources and experience necessary to handle any case, no matter how complex.
Truck accident cases often involve going up against large insurance companies and fierce litigators. Our firm is committed to excellence and can fight for an outcome that perfectly meets your needs and circumstances.
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Compensation for Physical & Emotional Damages
Accidents involving tractor-trailers, semi-trucks, and 18-wheelers can occur due to any number of reasons. Because of the size and weight of large trucks, when they collide with other vehicles, they often cause catastrophic injuries or result in fatalities.
In addition to physical injuries such as broken bones, spinal cord damage, and traumatic brain injuries, victims may also cope with lingering psychological trauma that can put a strain on their relationships with family, friends, and co-workers.
By working with proven truck accident lawyers in Mobile, AL who have the experience and resources to handle these challenging cases, victims can gain the support of advocates who can identify the underlying cause of an accident and show how the defendant’s negligence led to a preventable crash.
When successful, these lawsuits can allow victims and families to recover financial compensation for their damages, including economic and non-economic damages such as:
- Physical pain and suffering;
- Medical bills and future medical expenses;
- Lost wages and lost future earnings;
- Disabilities, permanent impairment, or disfigurement;
- Emotional injuries, including mental anguish or grief;
- Injuries suffered by family members of victims who were seriously injured or killed in preventable trucking accidents, including loss of emotional support and companionship;
- Property damage; and/or
- Funeral or burial expenses.
Justice for Family Members Lost in Fatal Truck Accidents
Statistics show that nearly 10 percent of people involved in a truck accident in Alabama will be killed, requiring an attorney to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
Tractor-trailer rigs or an 18-wheeler are also more likely to be involved in deadly multiple-vehicle crashes. This is true not only because these trucks can weigh in excess of 80,000 pounds, but also because they are more difficult to control and to slow down.
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An Experienced Attorney Can Thoroughly Investigate Your Truck Accident
Truck accidents can be caused by a wide range of factors. It’s important to get a Mobile, AL truck accident attorney on the case as soon as possible so that all evidence is accounted for and witness memories are still fresh.
Truck accidents are often caused by the following, and more:
Trucking companies are required by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations to keep records of equipment safety and drivers’ hours of service. Sadly, though, many attorneys fail to inspect these records, which is a big mistake. Poor equipment and driver fatigue can cause truck accidents, so careful analysis of the records is often required to determine if negligence or recklessness has occurred.
Accidents Caused by Truck Driver Negligence
Like other motorists, truck drivers have a legal obligation to safely operate their vehicles. They are also obligated to abide by critical safety regulations designed to keep the public safe. Unfortunately, as statistics make clear, truckers all too often fail to meet their duty of care and cause preventable accidents.
Examples of truck driver negligence include:
- Unsafe driving behavior/traffic violations (i.e., speeding, driving too fast for weather or roadway conditions, reckless driving, tailgating, unsafe lane changes, etc.).
- Distracted driving and inattention.
- Fatigued driving and violations of hours-of-service rules, which are regulations that limit the amount of time truckers can be on duty and behind the wheel so as to reduce risks posed by tired driving.
- Driving drunk or under the influence of drugs.
- Driving with medical conditions, or unmanaged medical issues, that increase their crash risks.
- Negligently loading cargo or improperly loading cargo, including cargo securement violations that can compromise a truck’s stability or result in fallen cargo that creates roadway hazards.
- Failing to properly inspect the condition of a commercial vehicle and take reasonable steps to address or fix potential hazards.
Whether negligence arises from the conduct of truckers behind the wheel or stems from a violation of trucking regulations, truckers can be held accountable for causing preventable wrecks. Additionally, the trucking companies that employ negligent truckers can also be held accountable, whether it’s because they’re ultimately accountable for their employees or because they were negligent as well.
For example, trucking companies may negligently hire and retain unfit truckers with poor driving records, a history of substance abuse, or other red flags that would make them a danger on the road, or may fail to adequately oversee drivers to ensure compliance with the law.
Accidents Caused by Mechanical Failure
In some cases, the cause of a truck accident can be traced to a mechanical failure within the truck. However, seeking compensation for an accident rooted in a mechanical failure can be difficult. It is likely the trucking company will try to pass a portion, if not all, of the liability onto the manufacturer of the part that failed. Depending on what can be determined through an investigation, this may be justified.
Parts of a truck commonly cited for mechanical failure include:
- Load securements
You can expect the part manufacturer to resist any sort of liability in your truck accident claim. They will likely be defended by insurance companies with the same strength and size as the truck company, but the underlying truth is that another party did cause your accident, and they should be the one who covers your damages.
Truck Accident FAQ
What Should I Do If I Am Involved In a Truck Accident?
Throughout your case, our team will always be accessible, responsive, respectful, honest, and compassionate. Our clients can attest to our high level of service and the longstanding relationships we have forged with them.
We believe in giving back to our community. We provide pro bono (no cost) legal services to those in our community who can’t afford legal representation. We also support local charitable organizations by donating our time, money, and expertise.
Unlike most plaintiff law firms, we have our own appellate practice, which means we can stay involved in your case throughout the appeals process. We keep fighting until the case is over.
$50 Million Verdict in Death of Truck Driver
Cunningham Bounds’ attorneys achieved a $50 million verdict in this product liability case wherein a truck driver burned to death in a post-accident/rollover fire.
$10 Million Collision with Tractor-Trailer Resulting in Death
Cunningham Bounds recovered $10 million for the family of an Alabama woman who died after being hit by a big rig tractor-trailer on Interstate 65.
$9 Million Truck Rollover Case
Verdict for 17-year-old who was paralyzed during truck rollover due to defective design.
$7.5 Million Settlement for Family of Motorcyclist Killed in Crash by Delivery Driver
In 2021, attorneys of Cunningham Bounds obtained a $7.5 million settlement for the family of a motorcyclist who was killed in a crash by a delivery driver.
$6.5 Million Client Injured in Head-On Collision
Plaintiffs alleged that the defendant Smith Oil Company acted both negligently and wantonly in entrusting its company truck to an employee who was impaired.
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