Truck Accidents

Huntsville Truck Accident Lawyers, Alabama

Determined to win for clients injured in tractor-trailer accidents throughout the state

Truck drivers are professionals who work long days against tough deadlines imposed by their employers or shippers while operating a massive machine often under less than ideal circumstances. If the truck driver is ever impaired by alcohol, drugs, or fatigue the huge tractor-trailer, 18-wheeler or semi-truck can wreak havoc causing catastrophic injuries and death if there is an accident.

At Martin & Helms, our work is to protect the rights of those who have been injured in trucking accidents. Our Huntsville truck injury attorneys offer a free consultation so that you can discuss your case with an experienced truck accident lawyer. We take cases on contingency, so you do not pay attorney fees unless we recover compensation for you.

Truck accidents in Alabama

The Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) reports that there were 10,010 truck accidents in AL in 2017. ALDOT defines a truck as a vehicle heavier than a light truck or SUV. It includes delivery trucks, 18-wheelers, tow trucks, dually or work trucks. In 2017, there were 2,563 injuries and 101 fatalities in truck accidents. About 32.7% of fatal truck crashes occurred on interstate highways, 27.7% on U.S. routes, 25.7% on state roads, 7.9% on county roads, and 5.0% on city streets.

Primary cause of all crashes with truck involvement

ALDOT clarifies that these categories do not infer whether the truck or another type of vehicle caused the crash:

(These are the top ten primary crash causes as listed by the ALDOT. The full list is available at the ALDOT website.)

  • Improper Lane Change or Use
  • Failed to Yield Right of Way
  • Unseen Object, Person, or Vehicle
  • Tailgating
  • Misjudged Stopping Distance
1,244 | 13.3%
900 | 9.6%
828 | 8.9%
705 | 7.5%
462 | 4.9%
  • Defective Equipment
  • Avoiding Animal, Object, or Person
  • Improper Turn
  • Improper Backing
  • Failure to Heed Sign/Signal
396 | 4.2%
335 | 3.6%
335 | 3.6%
313 | 3.4%
249 | 2.7%

Examples of different types of truck accidents

There are many different types of truck accidents that can take place on highways throughout Alabama. The following are some examples of truck accidents that can cause injury and fatalities:

  • Rear end collision
  • Truck rollover
  • Jackknife accident
  • Head on
  • Broadside crash
  • Under ride accident
  • Lost load
  • Blind spot crash
  • Wide turn accidents

Forms of negligence that cause truck accidents

Most motor vehicle accidents of any kind are a result of driver error, which is almost always negligence. Whether the party that caused the accident was distracted by using a cell phone, impaired by the drugs he or she took to keep awake so he or she could drive longer, or if the truck was not properly maintained, all of these are some form of negligence:

  • Drunk or drugged driving
  • Speeding
  • Distracted driving
  • Negligent truck maintenance
  • Overloaded truck
  • Unbalanced load
  • Pressure to meet tight deadlines
  • Defective equipment such as brakes, tires, steering systems
  • Insufficient driver training
  • Driver inexperience

Other causes of truck accidents include

  • Defective road conditions
  • Bad weather
  • Mechanical failure

Common truck accident injuries

If you are injured in a truck accident, a Huntsville truck accident lawyer from Martin & Helms is ready to protect your right to recover compensation from any type of injury including:

  • Bone fractures
  • Burns
  • Cuts and lacerations
  • Internal organ injuries
  • Amputation/limb loss

Potential defendants in a truck wreck case

There are different parties who could be liable for your injuries in the event of a truck accident:

What can a Huntsville trucking accident lawyer do to help my case?

Truck accident cases are challenging, as you are going up against a commercial operation with several potential insurance policies with much higher limits than with a passenger vehicle crash. Because of that, trucking companies, fleet operators, equipment manufacturers, and other possible defendants' insurance companies have teams of lawyers who are determined to pay out as little as possible. What your experienced Huntsville truck accident attorney will do for you is to guard against those claims adjusters who do their best to minimize your claim. Here are just a few of the things that your truck accident lawyer will do to help ensure that you win.

  • Wreck scene investigation
  • Gathering evidence from trucking company records
  • Obtaining police reports
  • Communicating with witnesses
  • Negotiating with the insurance companies
  • Filing a lawsuit when necessary to obtain the best outcome for you

We investigate the accident, determine who is at fault, and hold them responsible for your injuries. With more than 45 years of combined legal experience, we are here to take on the legal burden for you.

How much does it cost to hire a Huntsville truck accident lawyer?

If you are already facing serious injuries after surviving a truck accident, you do not want to worry about how you will be able to afford the help of an experienced truck accident lawyer to help you pursue the compensation that is due to you. At Martin & Helms, our truck accident attorneys accept injury cases on contingency.  You do not pay attorney fees until we have recovered compensation for you.

Our attorney fees will be a percentage of the jury verdict or settlement amount. All the details of our fee agreement will be discussed at the initial consultation. So, you can rest assured that you are receiving the care and attention and the strong representation of our truck accident legal team without being required to pay for it in advance.

Helping clients and their families move forward after a truck accident across Alabama

If you have been involved in a truck accident, you may have serious injuries, or you could be dealing with the death of a loved one because of someone else’s negligence. The experienced Huntsville truck accident attorneys at Martin & Helms are dedicated to pursuing justice for you. Please give us a call at 256-539-1990 or complete our contact form to schedule a free consultation to learn about your legal options. We also serve injured clients in Decatur, Athens and Madison, and throughout the state.

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