If you or a family member was hurt or someone has died in an Alabama truck accident that was another party’s fault, the Birmingham truck accident lawyers at The Wininger Law Firm, LLC, can help you get compensation for your losses through insurance or a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. Having a skilled attorney at your side is essential to getting the settlement you deserve; or if you go to court, you need to have an experienced, aggressive litigator fight for you. Alabama laws are complicated, and the trucking industry is subject to both state and federal regulations. Don’t go it alone with insurers. Insurance companies will try to get you to accept the lowest settlement possible, so it’s essential that your case be handled correctly from the start.
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. For instance, an 18-wheeler can be as long 70 to 80 feet and weigh approximately 40 tons. They are difficult to maneuver and may take 20 to 40 percent longer to stop than a small vehicle, so it’s no wonder that when they are involved in a crash the results can be catastrophic.
The mammoth force behind a commercial truck is no match for a 5,000-pound car in a collision. Smaller vehicles can be totaled, and occupants may be left with major injuries such as head, back, neck, brain, and spinal cord damage, and injuries may lead to paralysis or even death. Since truck accidents can do so much damage, the value of a truck-accident case is often high.
For over 50 years, our Birmingham truck accident attorneys at The 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 a truck collision in Birmingham or in another area 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 wreck attorneys at The Wininger Law Firm have recovered approximately $128 million in settlements and verdicts for our clients.
As with all of our personal injury cases, we offer a free consultation to discuss the circumstances of your truck accident and show you how we can help. There are no fees to you unless and until we win a settlement for you. We take the burden off you by handling all legal hurdles, so you can concentrate on your recovery.
Call us today at (205) 322-3663 to get started.
Our attorneys will look to hold liable all parties who were negligent and at fault for causing the accident. In a successful case, you will receive a compensation award, called “damages,” for your losses. Alabama allows you to collect compensatory damages for both your economic damages and your non-economic damages, as follows:
Economic Damages – cover your monetary losses and expenses, including:
Non-economic damages – for losses that cannot be easily quantified in dollars, such as:
Punitive Damages – In some rare cases when the responsible party acted with deliberate recklessness or conscious malice, punitive damages may be also be awarded to punish the wrongdoer and help deter such acts in the future.
Truck accidents often bring high settlement amounts because they bring significant property damage and serious or catastrophic injuries, which in turn result in high-value claims. Alabama has no fixed monetary standard for non-economic damages, so the amount of compensation awarded depends on factors such as:
While the value of each case depends on the individual circumstances, the personal injury and trial lawyers at The Wininger Law Firm, LLC, have achieved settlements and verdicts in excess of $128 million dollars for our clients, and we will fight for maximum compensation for you.
Call our skilled Birmingham truck accident lawyers today at (205) 322-3663.
To win your case, our truck accident lawyers must prove that someone else was negligent, at fault and therefore liable for the accident. Truck accident cases are particularly complicated because there may be multiple parties who contributed to the accident.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, (FMCSA), human error is the main cause of truck accidents. Maneuvering a large truck requires drivers who follow regulations and utilize skill, alertness, and concentration. Trucking company owners need to train and supervise their drivers, keep trucks in good condition, and make sure drivers follow requirements set by the FMCSA as to strict rest, break, and sleep schedules. Trucks need to be maintained properly, and cargo companies must make sure cargo is loaded and balanced properly.
If any of these parties fails to meet these requirements and a truck accident results, multiple parties may be liable. These include:
Our truck accident lawyers in Birmingham, AL, will locate all liable parties and name them in a lawsuit, as they all may have insurance and assets that can go toward a settlement.
To win your lawsuit, our attorneys must prove the defendants in the case were liable by showing certain elements of fault. These include the following:
The 18-wheeler accident lawyers at The 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.
Be aware that there are contributory negligence laws in Alabama that can prevent an injured person from recovering damages if they were in any way at fault for the accident. Our attorneys will fight to show that you did nothing to contribute to the accident that caused your injuries and are therefore entitled to compensation.
When you hire our truck accident lawyers in Birmingham, we get to work immediately to build your case. We can help by:
The sooner you contact The Wininger Law firm, the sooner we can get to work for you while evidence is still fresh and witnesses can be found. In addition, Alabama has a statute of limitations, a time limit for filing a lawsuit. According to Alabama Code Sec. 6-2-38 you generally must file within two years from the accident or the courts are not likely to hear your case.
Trucking companies are required to carry substantial insurance, but insurance companies are out for profit and will attempt to pay as little as possible. They have high-pressure attorneys on staff and may contact you soon after the accident and try to get you to admit fault or make an offer to settle your claim quickly for a low amount.
Our attorneys are aware of the tactics insurance companies use, and we will handle all dealings and negotiations with insurance companies to keep you from making costly mistakes. Once insurance companies know you have an attorney on your side, they are likely to take your case more seriously and come up with a legitimate offer for compensation.
If they do not, our Birmingham truck accident attorneys are fully prepared to take your case to trial to win a just settlement.
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. 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.
The Birmingham truck accident lawyers at The Wininger Law Firm will go after the 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.
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 us today to get started at (205) 322-3663.