Birmingham Delivery Truck Accident Lawyers
The physical and financial consequences stemming from a truck accident can alter your life indefinitely. If you’ve been injured in a truck accident, your mobility, financial security, and earning potential could all be compromised for years to come. When someone else is responsible for your injuries, you need an attorney to step in and fight for you.
While coping with injuries, many accident victims feel entirely lost, confused, even abandoned. Whether you are dealing with serious injuries or filing a wrongful death claim after losing a loved one, an experienced injury attorney can help you understand your legal options. Through an in-depth investigation of your situation, a lawyer will help pinpoint who, exactly, is to blame for your injuries, whether it’s a negligent driver, manufacturer, employer, cargo loader, or another third party.
It’s also crucial to understand the value of your injury claim. Through performing a comprehensive evaluation of your past, present, and projected future losses, your lawyer will help you determine how much your claim is worth. Understanding the value of your claim ensures that you don’t accept any lowball settlements from the at-fault party’s insurer.
The team at Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP are ready to step in and fight for you when you’re suffering from serious injuries. We’ve been proudly fighting for Alabama families for years and have recovered millions of dollars in settlements and favorable verdicts in this period.
Reaching out for help isn’t always easy, but our truck accident attorneys are committed to helping you and making the process as easy and intuitive as possible. Unless we win, you don’t owe us a dime. Call (205) 324-1212 to speak with a member of our team today.
Do I Need a Delivery Truck Accident Lawyer?
If you are serious about recovering a full and fair settlement, you should reach out to an injury lawyer. Pursuing the compensation that you deserve without the experienced legal guidance of an attorney will likely take much longer and produce unsatisfactory results.
While you may be offered a settlement from the at-fault party, their initial offer is almost always far less compensation than what you deserve for your losses. Though a quick settlement may seem enticing, if you accept payment that is less than the actual value of your claim, you’ll ultimately be left to shoulder the burden of your remaining expenses alone. An attorney ensures that your settlement benefits you and your family long-term.
Determining who is at fault for your injuries is a critical part of holding the responsible party accountable. Especially in matters regarding truck accidents, this process of identifying all liable can quickly become complicated. Whereas in some injury cases, the at-fault party is apparent, delivery truck accident cases could potentially involve multiple responsible parties. You may be able to hold the following parties accountable:
- The delivery driver
- The driver’s employer
- The truck manufacturer
- The cargo loader
By identifying and proving the fault on all responsible parties, your attorney can help make sure that everyone that contributed to your pain and suffering is made to pay for their share in your injuries.
Why Hire Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP to Handle My Case?
With decades of experience fighting for Birmingham injury victims and their families, the team at Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP is a trusted resource within the community. Our experience, dedication to justice, and compassion for our clients allow us to produce excellent results, time and time again. Over the years, we have secured millions of dollars for clients who needed it most.
Though working closely with various injury victims, our lawyers understand just how all-consuming injuries can be. We know that the consequences of injuries often transcend financial concerns and impact the quality of your life day-to-day. Chronic pain can easily rob you of your ability to enjoy your life and engage with your loved ones like you used to. When we calculate what you are owed, we take these non-financial costs into consideration. It is always our goal to secure the maximum amount of compensation possible.
Our attorneys are here to help you when the challenges that your injuries present seem insurmountable. We know just how overwhelmed you may feel at the prospect of hiring a lawyer, which is why we are committed to making the process as easy as possible for you and your family. We firmly believe that the financial strain of an injury should not prevent you from being able to hire a skilled attorney. For this reason, we work on a contingency basis, which means that unless we secure a favorable result for you, you do not pay us for our services.
Birmingham Delivery Truck Accident Cases We Handle
With consumer’s growing reliance on convenience-based delivery services like Amazon and, Alabama-based, Shipt the prevalence of large delivery trucks on the road has increased considerably. Unfortunately, the presence of more trucks on the road poses an inherent risk to occupants of smaller passenger vehicles. The following factors often contribute to delivery truck accidents:
- Driver negligence – Negligent driving behavior often includes, failure to yield, distracted driving, speeding, reckless driving
- Impaired Driving – Drivers who are drunk, drugged, or fatigued are much more likely to endanger their own lives and the lives of others.
- Poor Truck Maintenance – Since trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds, they are required to undergo periodic maintenance to ensure they are in suitable condition for the road.
- Defective vehicle parts – Parts manufacturers may be found responsible if they provide defective parts which ultimately contribute to a crash.
- Negligent driver hiring and training – Delivery vehicle drivers should undergo rigorous screening and training before being allowed to get on the road.
Unintentional drug interactions are also to blame for a portion of truck accidents. Seemingly harmless over the counter medication can adversely affect drivers when combined with other over-the-counter medicines. Many truck drivers are unaware of these risks.
Frequently Asked Questions
Making the choice to take legal action against the at-fault party is not a decision that should be taken lightly. When you are looking for the right lawyer, we know you have plenty of questions. Read over our frequently asked questions and reach out to us at (205) 324-1212 to speak with a member of our team about your specific case.
Can I File a Wrongful Death Claim?
You may be eligible to file a wrongful death claim on behalf of your deceased loved one, but there are a few key differences for how wrongful death claims are handled in Alabama. While in many other states, family members can file a wrongful death claim on behalf of their loved one, the law in Alabama is a bit different. According to Alabama Code Section 6-5-410, only the personal representative of the deceased person’s estate can file a wrongful death claim. Any damages recovered from this claim are paid to the estate. A wrongful death claim must also be filed two years within the injury victim’s passing.
What Damages Can Be Recovered from my Claim?
Alabama injury victims can recover compensation for past and future medical expenses, past and future lost wages, lost earning capacity, and lost property. In addition to these easily quantifiable losses, injury damages can also cover non-economic losses, including pain and suffering, emotional distress, loss of enjoyment of life, loss of companionship, consortium, and guidance. Damages able to be recovered in an Alabama wrongful death suit also differ.
In other states, through filing a wrongful death claim, remaining loved ones can pursue compensatory damages to cover funeral costs and other financial stressors that a loved one’s death causes. In Alabama, however, wrongful death claims purely seek punitive damages from the responsible party or parties. So rather than focusing on the damages related to the accident, Alabama wrongful death claims focus on the at-fault party’s wrongdoing.
When Should I Call an Attorney?
After a truck accident, reaching out to a lawyer as soon as possible is a good idea. You may find that upon receiving medical treatment, your expenses quickly compound, further complicating your financial situation. The sooner you get an attorney working on your injury claim, the sooner you can reasonably expect your case to be resolved. While each case’s timeline is unique, quick action will expedite your attorney’s ability to investigate your case and assign a value to your losses. Legally, the majority of injury victims are granted up to two years to file a claim, so at the very least, make sure you take action within this timeframe.
Call a Birmingham Delivery Truck Accident Attorney Today
When it comes to providing excellent service and fighting for the best possible results, the truck accident attorneys at Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP don’t compromise. If you have been injured in an accident with a delivery truck in Birmingham, get in touch with us at (205) 324-1212. We are ready to listen to your story and help you get the answers, justice, and financial compensation you deserve.