Earlier this month, an appellate court issued a written opinion in a terrible trucking accident that claimed the life of one man and left his family with serious emotional and physical injuries. The case illustrates the level of carnage truck accidents can cause and also the types of claims Alabama truck accident victims can pursue in the wake of an accident.
The Facts of the Case
The plaintiffs in the case were several surviving family members who lost their loved one when he crashed into the back of a semi-truck that was traveling 15-18 miles per hour on the highway. The man’s son happened to be passing by the scene of the accident and recognized his father’s vehicle. The man’s son attempted to rescue his father but was unable to do so, and he sustained serious burns as a result of his rescue efforts. When the man’s wife found out about her husband’s death, she broke down and had to be hospitalized. She was unable to return to work as a result of her worsening depression.
The family members sued the defendant truck driver, that is, the estate brought claims under the Illinois Wrongful Death Act and the Illinois rescue doctrine, and the estate was successful in obtaining a jury verdict in their favor. The trucking company appealed, making several arguments on appeal, but the court affirmed the verdict in favor of the family.
Recovering After an Alabama Truck Accident
While any collision involving a motor vehicle has the potential to result in serious injuries or death, no type of accident carries with it more destructive potential than a truck accident. As a general matter, truck drivers and the companies that employ them have a duty to ensure that the trucks they have on the road are well maintained and in compliance with all state and federal regulations.
In addition, both truck drivers and trucking companies can be held liable for a driver’s negligent conduct. These Alabama trucking accident cases, while similar to other car accident cases in many ways, may present additional hurdles for accident victims. For example, often trucking companies have their place of business in another state. This means that the trucking company may be able to influence the forum where the case is heard and may be able to remove the case to federal court. Additionally, truck accident cases often require the testimony of an expert witness to assist the jury in understanding complex mechanical or technical issues.
An Alabama personal injury attorney can help those who have been involved in a truck accident by conducting a thorough investigation, digging into the details of the driver’s insurance policy, and subpoenaing cell phone, medical, and other important records.
Have You Been Injured in an Alabama Truck Accident?
If you or a loved one has recently been injured in a truck accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. Attorney Greg Reeves has extensive experience handling a wide range of Alabama personal injury lawsuits, including those resulting from truck accidents. Through his diligent and thoughtful approach, you can be assured that you are in good hands. Call 256-355-3311 to schedule a free consultation with Attorney Reeves today.