Compensation for Victims of Dothan Truck Accidents
U.S. Highway 431 runs nearly the entire length of Alabama, from the northern state line all the way down to Dothan. Dubbed the Highway to Hell, US 431 has been called one of the deadliest roads in the country and even one of the most dangerous roads in the world. Poor visibility, high speed traffic, and sudden changes between two lanes and four lanes all combine to increase the likelihood of serious or deadly truck accidents, especially when combined with negligence from an overtired or reckless driver, or a truck driven with mechanical problems. The Dothan truck accident attorneys at Smith & McGhee stand up to the trucking companies and their insurance carriers to make sure negligent parties are held accountable for their behavior, and to ensure full and fair compensation for the victims they have harmed.
Truck driver and trucking company negligence responsible for Alabama truck accidents
Tractor-trailers are anywhere from five to 20 times heavier than most passenger vehicles, delivering serious and deadly force in a car-truck collision. Anywhere from five to ten thousand truck crashes occur every year on Alabama roads, killing more than 100 people and injuring well over a thousand more. The blame for many of these accidents can be placed on truck drivers and trucking companies. Surprise roadside inspections routinely turn up trucks with out-of-adjustment or worn-out brakes, bad tires, and drivers who do not carry proper licensing or certification, or who have driven longer hours than the law allows and falsified their logs to cover up their noncompliance.
According to Alabama Crash Facts data from the Department of Transportation, leading causes of Alabama truck accidents include:
- Improper Lane Change or Use
- Failed to Yield Right of Way
- Misjudged Stopping Distance
- Defective Equipment
- Improper Turn
- Failure to Heed Sign/Signal
- Crossed Median/Centerline
- Driving too Fast for Conditions
- Improper Passing
- Ran Off Road
- Driving Under the Influence
- Over the Speed Limit
- Driver Not in Control
Serious accidents require serious investigation and trial preparation
Truck accidents nearly always involve complicated fact scenarios and serious injuries. For the injured victim and his or her attorney, this means conducting a detailed investigation of the accident and building a strong case for full compensation, including future medical expenses, disability and quality of life damages. The truck accident attorneys at Smith & McGhee are vastly experienced in litigating difficult cases all the way to a favorable settlement or jury verdict. If you or a loved one has been injured or worse in a serious truck accident in Houston County or throughout southeastern Alabama, call Smith & McGhee in Dothan at 334-702-1744 to schedule your initial consultation with a team of aggressive and dedicated Alabama truck accident attorneys.