Huntsville Truck Accident Attorney
The commercial trucking industry forms the circulatory system of our nation, distributing food from farms and manufactured goods all across the country. Buses provide a key part of our transportation system, carrying large numbers of people to and from school, across town, and even across the country.
However, when these large vehicles are not operated or maintained carefully, the result can be tragic for drivers and passengers of smaller vehicles involved in a collision with them. If you’ve been injured in an accident with a tractor trailer, truck, or bus, the Huntsville personal injury lawyers at Conchin, Cloud & Cole, LLC can evaluate your case and help you get the compensation you deserve.
Causes of Accidents
Large vehicles require special care from their operators in order to avoid accidents and injury. In addition, there are particular requirements for their drivers and restrictions on the number of hours they can drive in a day. These are intended to ensure they are operated safely at all times. Larger vehicles should also be maintained carefully, as any deficient equipment may contribute to deadly accidents.
Speeding is one of the main causes of accidents in cars, and tractor trailers, trucks, and buses are no exception. Larger vehicles already require more time to stop due to their weight and momentum. When a large vehicle is speeding, not only are they less likely to be able to avoid an accident, but when they do hit a smaller vehicle, the damage can be extreme.
You might imagine that the professional drivers that operate larger vehicles would be aware of the risks of distracted driving and would maintain their focus on the road at all times. This isn’t always the case. Distracted driving is a significant cause of accidents with larger vehicles as well.
Drowsy driving is a reality, especially for over the road drivers. Often pressured by the need to deliver their load on time, and the desire to complete their delivery and return home, these drivers will occasionally drive beyond the restrictions on road time and their drowsiness can create a deadly environment for the vehicles they share the road with.
Mechanical failures make up one of the most common causes of accidents with larger vehicles especially faulty brakes and tires. This can be because of improper maintenance, or due to defects from the manufacturer.
Receiving Compensation Requires Prompt Action
Alabama state laws place strict time limits on how long you have to file your claim to receive compensation. Even if your case would otherwise merit compensation, your case may be dismissed if it is filed too late.
If you are injured by a bus operated by a municipality or school district, the time limits to file your claim are generally even smaller. Typically, you will only have six months to file a claim against local municipalities.
Consulting a lawyer is always advised if you’ve been injured in an accident with a larger vehicle, and especially so if you have a claim against a municipality. The truck accident attorneys at Conchin, Cloud & Cole, LLC can explain the process of pursuing a claim and lay out your options for receiving compensation after an accident. Contact us today.