Commercial Vehicle Accidents
Thousands of commercial vehicles share the road with other motorists every day. Although drivers, employers, and owners of tractor-trailers, delivery trucks, buses, and other vehicles have an obligation to ensure they are operated safely, accidents often occur due to negligence. At Pepper & Odom, P.C. our commercial vehicle accident lawyers understand that these types of claims present unique challenges. We put our experience and skills to work for injured victims to help them recover the maximum compensation they need to protect their health and financial future after a commercial vehicle accident.
Why Are Commercial Vehicle Accidents Different From Other Collisions?
Crashes involving large commercial vehicles often result in catastrophic injury, significant property damage, and fatalities. In cases involving only passenger vehicles, usually only one or two negligent parties may be liable for an injured victim’s damages. The driver, their employer, a separate trucking company, and even the company responsible for vehicle maintenance may all be liable in a commercial accident claim.
These organizations also have much higher liability policy limits than typical auto insurance policies. Dealing with all of these elements can be overwhelming and frustrating if you aren’t familiar with how commercial claims work. Our commercial vehicle accident lawyers have successfully recovered maximum compensation for clients in a wide array of commercial claims, including those involving wrongful death.
Commercial Vehicle Accidents Often Cause Life-Changing Injuries
Although victims can be seriously hurt in any type of accident, catastrophic injuries often result when large trucks like tractor-trailers are involved in a crash. These types of injuries can be life-altering and may require multiple surgeries, hospital stays, rehabilitation, and long-term care. An injured victim may never be able to return to work or do the things they used to enjoy.
What Is Considered A Commercial Vehicle?
In addition to large trucks like 18-wheelers, there are other vehicles that may be company-owned, including:
- Construction vehicle
- Farming equipment
- Trash truck
- Ice cream truck
- Delivery van
- Mail carrier
- Tour bus
- School bus
- Corporate vehicle
- Wheelchair transport vehicle
- Utility truck
- Moving truck or van
Our Commercial Vehicle Accident Lawyers Fight For Your Rights
Unfortunately, since commercial accident claims often involve significant injuries and multiple parties, insurance companies try to shift blame on the victim to avoid paying damages. In these types of cases, it is essential to have a seasoned commercial accident attorney fight for your rights and interests. If you attempt to go it alone and accept an inadequate settlement, your health and financial future may be in jeopardy.
Determining Liability In Commercial Vehicle Accident Cases Can Be Challenging
Depending on the circumstances involved, multiple parties may be liable for a commercial vehicle accident, including:
- The driver
- The driver’s employer
- The leasing company or owner of the vehicle
- The party or company responsible for the vehicle’s maintenance and repair
- The parts manufacturer or vehicle manufacturer
- Other motorists involved in the accident
When multiple parties are involved, it can be challenging to determine and prove who is responsible in an accident involving a commercial vehicle. At Pepper & Odom, P.C., our commercial vehicle accident lawyers know how to thoroughly investigate these types of claims and prove who is at fault and why. We’re not afraid to take on large corporations and their insurers—our team understands that no matter who is responsible if their negligence caused harm, they should be held accountable.
What To Do After A Commercial Vehicle Accident
It’s important to take steps to protect your rights after an accident involving a commercial vehicle. After a crash, you should:
- Stay at the scene and call 911 or local law enforcement
- Check on other drivers and passengers if you are able
- Take photographs of the scene, damage to vehicles, and injuries
- Exchange contact, insurance, license plate, and driver’s license information with everyone involved. Get as much information about the commercial driver’s employer as possible.
- Seek medical attention and follow all of your health care provider’s instructions for treatment
- Contact an experienced commercial vehicle accident attorney—do not sign anything, speak with an insurance company representative, or accept a settlement without speaking to an attorney first.
Following these steps can help to ensure your rights are protected. Our personal injury attorneys can evaluate your case and give you a straightforward assessment of your options for recovering maximum compensation.
Contact A Commercial Vehicle Accident Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been injured in a commercial vehicle accident, our experienced team at Pepper & Odom, P. C. provides quality legal counsel and representation you can trust. Contact us online, call our Birmingham, Alabama office at 205-250-1107, or call 601-202-1111 in Jackson, Mississippi. Our commercial vehicle accident lawyers represent clients in Alabama, Mississippi, and nationwide, utilizing local counsel.