The most common big rig accidents

The sheer size of tractor-trailers increases the risk of vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists who share the road with them. However, several factors can contribute to the risk of a jackknifed truck, which frequently has devasting consequences in Alabama. If you sustained injuries in a collision with a big rig, proving liability is critical.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, Alabama’s laws governing truck weight and size exceed federal laws in several areas. Trailers can weigh up to 84,000 pounds on six-axle trucks. The trailers can also measure up to 57 feet, as long as they adhere to the required distance from the kingpin to the center of tandems. However, due to the large size, mishaps that occur may cause catastrophic injuries.

Rollovers

Semi-truck trailers are longer and taller than they are wide, making the center of gravity higher than most cars and trucks on the road. As a result, rollovers happen more frequently with big rigs than other vehicles. Cargo should have tiedowns, wedges, cradles or dunnage bags that help prevent it from shifting. When commercial trucks take curves or try to stop too quickly, improperly loaded cargo can shift, making the trailer prone to tipping.

Blindspot accidents

Factors such as the lack of a rear-view mirror and the truck’s length and height can cause it to have more numerous and more prominent blind spots than a passenger vehicle. Although the drastic height difference can help the driver see farther ahead than other drivers, he may not see cars beside him. If you cannot see the side mirrors on a big truck when behind it, the driver probably cannot see you.

If you believe a negligent truck driver contributed to your accident and severe injuries, it is critical that you gather the information necessary to determine the facts quickly.

Florida accident claims life of former Alabama football player

Car accident cases in Alabama can run the proverbial gamut from perceived minor fender-benders that most assume to result in only minor vehicle damage to massive multi-car collisions that leave several vehicles destroyed and countless people needing life-saving medical treatment. Yet the common thread amongst them all is the expense that accident victims must deal with.

The hope is that auto insurance will cover the entirety of one’s costs, yet that may not be the case. When insurance coverage is not sufficient, those suffering due to a car accident may have to seek legal action.

Former Crimson Tide walk-on killed in car accident

Oftentimes, however, knowing exactly how to seek such compensation can be difficult. The circumstances of many car accident cases may leave one with perceivably no one to assign liability to. The recent case of a former University of Alabama football player serves to illustrate this point. The young man and his wife died in a collision in Florida while vacationing there on their honeymoon. Per Bama Central, the man lost control of his vehicle and drifted into oncoming traffic, striking a pickup truck approaching from the opposite direction.

Seeking compensation from an estate

One might look at a case like this and consider legal action to be a moot point given that there is one around to provide compensation (given that those responsible perished in the accidents they caused). Yet their passage does not change the fact that those impacted by their actions may still need financial assistance to help cover any medical bills and repair costs they must now deal with. In such a scenario, one can seek compensation from another’s estate. Earning such compensation, however, may not be easy. Thus, one may want to first seek the council of an experienced legal professional to discuss their options.

Why Are Adjuster Settlement Offers Not Fair?

Alabama is an ‘at-fault’ state when it comes to insurance claims related to motor vehicle collisions. This status means that negligence or fault has to be proven concerning the other driver. Such requirements mean that documentation is so essential immediately after an accident. Photos and videos can establish the circumstances of a collision. A police report will help to record both a driver’s statements and how a crash occurred. A medical report by the administering hospital staff will provide documentation of any injuries caused by the accident.

The consequences of an accident

The injuries incurred with a collision can have longstanding consequences on a person’s professional life and everyday activities. Severe injuries like traumatic brain injuries, neck injuries and broken bones can take years of rehabilitation to make gains in recovery. This treatment comes at a tremendous financial cost. An insurance adjuster working for the insurance of the person you deemed to be at fault will attempt to call your claims into doubt to fight your claim. This process can be a stressful time, only drawn out by the following complications:

Ongoing treatment: It can be challenging to determine the real cost of medical treatment if you are continuing that treatment. Your recovery’s specifics may not be apparent for some time and may be determined by how quickly you should progress or heal.

Unclear fault: In many scenarios, the other driver will have an alternate interpretation or even a false narrative around the collision that may be difficult to disprove. When it is difficult to determine fault, an adjuster is more likely to provide an inadequate settlement figure.

Finding a settlement you can live with

If you think another motorist caused the accident that injured you, you could be entitled to fair compensation via their insurance company. Explore all the options available to make sure your rehabilitation and lost wages are adequately covered.