Truck Accidents Attorney in Birmingham, Alabama
According to statistics from the Alabama Department of Transportation, about 10,486 trucks were involved in traffic crashes in 2019, causing 2,612 injuries and 137 fatalities. Due to their size and weight, accidents involving semi-trucks, large trucks, and 18-wheelers are usually devastating and may cause severe injuries to the victims—or sometimes even death. If you believe that a truck driver's negligent actions caused your injuries or a loved one's death, you are within your rights to seek fair compensation.
At Kies Law LLC, our attorney has the resources to help you hold those liable for your injuries or loss accountable. Our skilled Alabama personal injury attorney will thoroughly investigate all of the facts of your case and explore your options to recover damages. As your legal counsel, we will fight vigorously to protect your best interests and help pursue deserved compensation to cover your injuries, property damages, and loss.
Kies Law LLC is proud to represent clients across Birmingham, Alabama, and the surrounding areas of Hoover, Tuscaloosa, Montgomery, and Bessemer.
Laws Affecting Truck Accidents in Alabama
Under Alabama law, a person involved in a truck accident must call the police immediately if the accident results in personal injury or death of a person. Additionally, you must file an SR-31 report if the accident caused bodily injury, death, or property damage of more than $500. A truck driver involved in a traffic collision must stop to provide reasonable assistance to the injured victims or transport the victims to the hospital.
Alabama Trucking Laws
Here are some more rules, laws, and regulations addressing trucking and truck drivers in Alabama:
Truck drivers must be at least 18 years old to work within state lines.
Truck drivers must have adequate experience or training to safely operate the truck.
Truck drivers must have a commercial driver's license (CDL) to operate a vehicle with a gross combination weight rating (GCWR) exceeding 26,000 pounds.
Commercial truck drivers have an 11-hour driving limit. Truck drivers may drive a maximum of 11 hours after ten (10) consecutive hours off duty.
Statute of Limitations
The statute of limitations for personal injury and truck accident claims in Alabama is two years from the date of the accident or injury. This means that a person injured in a truck accident must commence an action to recover damages within two years from the date the injury or accident occurred.
Depending on the surrounding circumstances or cause of the traffic crash, a number of different parties or entities may be held responsible for a truck accident. These include:
The truck driver
The trucking company
The truck manufacturer
Equipment and parts manufacturers
The cargo loaders—the persons who loaded or shipped the cargo
Maintenance personnel or company
Government agencies who failed to properly maintain the road
A skilled lawyer can evaluate every aspect of your personal situation, help identify the at-fault party or parties, and determine how to proceed with your injury claim.
Filing a Personal Injury Claim
Alabama is an at-fault auto insurance state. Under the state's at-fault system, the party who caused the truck accident or your injuries (the at-fault party) will be held financially liable for medical bills, property damages, and other accident-related losses suffered by the accident victims.
If You're The Victim
If you're the victim of a truck accident in Alabama, you can proceed by:
Filing an injury claim with your own insurance carrier
Filing a third-party claim directly with the at-fault party's insurance provider
Filing a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault party in civil court
If You're Representing an Incapacitated Loved One
To recover damages on behalf of a loved one who was incapacitated in a negligent truck accident, you must first establish guardianship. Once the Alabama court confirms you as the victim's legal guardian, you can file personal injury claims on their behalf to pursue damages for their injuries.
If You're Representing a Deceased Loved One
If the victim died due to the negligent truck accident or injuries sustained from the accident, only the personal representative of the deceased person's estate will be allowed to bring a wrongful death claim in court.
An experienced Alabama personal injury lawyer can explore your options to recover damages and help you navigate key decisions in the claims process.
Work With an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney
Getting injured or losing a loved one to a negligent truck accident can be overwhelming. Such an unfortunate incident can affect you and your family emotionally, physically, and financially. You don't have to suffer the challenges and financial liability all on your own. Reach out to an experienced personal injury attorney immediately to protect your rights and help pursue financial justice.
At Kies Law LLC, we are dedicated to offering personalized legal guidance and compassionate representation to truck accident victims in their injury cases. Our knowledge of the Alabama statutes and rules addressing liability in truck accident cases can help guide you through the complex claims process. Our attorney will fight for you and help to seek the maximum possible compensation for you and your loved ones.
Truck Accidents Attorney Serving Birmingham, Alabama
If you or someone you know was injured in a negligent truck accident, you deserve experienced guidance and vigorous representation. Contact Kies Law LLC today to schedule a simple case assessment. Our firm proudly serves clients across Birmingham, Hoover, Tuscaloosa, Montgomery, Bessemer, and the rest of Alabama.