Alabama Truck Accident
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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 776 trucking-related fatalities in Alabama in 2006. The issue of fault is essential in resolving the legal issues that arise from a truck accident, and Alabama truck accidents are no exception. But Alabama truck accidents are even more complicated than other Alabama accidents due to the large number of involved parties, which can include the truck’s driver, its manufacturer, its owner, and even its maintenance team. In addition, Alabama truck accidents are affected by many laws and regulations which determine acceptable use of commercial vehicles. Agencies that regulate truck driving include the U.S. Department of Transportation (“DOT”) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (“FMCSA”), to name just a few. Understanding an Alabama truck accident means understanding federal and state regulations issued by these and other agencies and whether or not they were followed.
It is important to contact an Alabama truck accident attorney as soon as possible after an accident. A lawyer experienced in truckers’ insurance and federal and state regulations can help to properly gather and save important evidence and analyze the accident with the help of experts. Experts can help determine things like whether the trucker was speeding, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or operating under fatigue, which the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has called one of the main causes of truck accidents nationally.
Insurance also plays a role in Alabama truck accidents. The federal government requires that trucks engaging in interstate commerce (crossing state lines) carry $750,000 in property damage and bodily injury insurance coverage, a number which may rise to as high as $5,000,000 for hazardous cargos such as toxic chemicals. In addition, Alabama has its own insurance requirements. Find out more by speaking with the Alabama Department of Transportation.
A truck accident lawyer will have the experience and knowledge to help you tackle the numerous insurance and safety issues in a truck accident and help you to stand up to insurance companies, cargo owners, trucking companies, and other associated parties. Your attorney will act as your advocate, approaching the other parties’ legal counsel with professionalism and increasing your chances of recovering monetary damages for your loss.