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Truck, Auto & Motorcycle Accidents

Motor Vehicle Accidents:

Truck, Auto & Motorcycle Accidents

Generally, Alabama residents use their automobiles on a daily basis. Because automobile transportation is convenient and reliable, many people do not realize how often car wrecks occur in Alabama. Consider the following facts:

Alabama Car Accident Facts:

  • One motor vehicle crash is reported every 233 seconds inAlabama
  • One person is killed in a traffic crash every 7 hours and 53 minutes
  • 77% of motor vehicle accidents occur within 25 miles of the driver’s residence
  • Alabama ranks high in the number of motor vehicle fatalities when compared to the rest of the country.  In the southeastern United States, only Mississippi and South Carolina have higher rates of death due to motor vehicle accidents.
  • Based on 2009 data, if you are a typical driver in Alabama, there is a 48.6% probability that you will be involved in an crash with an injury or fatality while driving an automobile over your lifetime.
  • In 2009, there were 3,237 car accidents in Houston County
  • In 2009, 968 people were injured as a result of a car accident in Houston County

Car accidents can result in significant injury to drivers and passengers. To obtain compensation for medical treatment and for time off from work, it may be in your best interest to speak with a personal injury lawyer before speaking with the insurance representative.

The lawyers at The Cochran Firm – Dothan handle car accident claims resulting from:

  • Rear-end wrecks
  • Intersection t-bones
  • Alcohol-related crashes
  • Rollover accidents
  • Hit and run
  • Distracted drivers
  • Collisions with bicycles, motorcycles and pedestrians

 Motor Cycle Accidemts

A motorcycle can provide a thrilling experience and a sense of freedom and exhilaration not found with other vehicles.  However, the lack of protection between the motorcycle operator and fellow drivers increases the risk of catastrophic injury and death. Based on the most recent Alabama motorcycle crash data, 78% of motorcycle accidents resulted in injury or death.

Nearly one-third of all vehicle accidents involving a motorcycle are the direct result of another motorist turning into the path of the motorcycle operator. While at slow speeds with two enclosed vehicles, an accident of this nature may not cause serious harm. However, for motorcyclists, even a fender bender can cause serious injuries.

Motorcycle accidents are often caused by the negligence of another driver. Common negligent circumstances are:

  • Impaired judgment due to an illegal blood-alcohol level
  • Operating a vehicle without corrective lenses
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Bad weather conditions

Motorcycle accidents can also be the result of a mechanic’s negligence, including:

  • Failure to properly align a misaligned tire
  • Not recognizing the need for a tire to be replaced
  • Failure to foresee break failure or an engine problem

Poor weather conditions can also increase the likelihood of motorcycle accidents. While bad weather is natural, county officials are responsible for road maintenance, including fixing potholes and loose gravel. Enclosed vehicles can withstand the shock of a pothole or skid of loose gravel. Motorcycles, on the other hand, are more likely to skid out or flip.

What To Do If You Are Involved in a Motorcycle Accident?

If you or a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and/or property damage. Even if you do not feel injured, be sure to accept any medical treatment offered at the accident site. Often, injuries do not become apparent until after the adrenaline subsides. By refusing medical care, you risk compromising your future financial entitlements.

Additionally, before taking your bike in for repair, be certain to photograph damages and consult with experienced, motorcycle accident attorneys who can guide you through the appropriate steps necessary to ensure receiving the compensation you deserve.

Truck Accidents

The legal weight for an 18-wheeler truck rig is 80,000 pounds.  In contrast, the average weight of a typical car is only 5,000 pounds.  Because an 18-wheeler truck is much larger and heavier than a typical car, it takes about 40% longer to stop the truck.

The size, weight, and momentum of a moving 18-wheeler make truck accidents almost always catastrophic, often resulting in serious personal injury and death. Truck accident cases are more complex than automobile accident cases, and it is recommended that if you or a loved one is hurt or killed in a truck accident, consult an experienced truck accident attorney who has both the knowledge and resources necessary to fight to get you the compensation and justice you deserve.

An important part of any lawsuit is determining who caused the accident. Common causes of truck accidents include:

  • Driver fatigue
  • Unreasonable schedules
  • Improperly loaded or overloaded trucks
  • Defective equipment
  • Poorly maintained truck
  • Lack of driver training and experience
  • Intoxication
  • Dangerous weather conditions
  • Defective roadways
  • Excessive speed

Truck accident lawsuits are very complex because they can involve multiple responsible parties including:

  • Truck driver
  • Trucking company
  • Equipment manufacturers
  • Other negligent drivers
  • Government entities

A truck accident lawsuit requires an in-depth understanding of state and federal trucking regulations. Truck drivers, through driving logs and other records, are held to a higher standard than drivers of passenger vehicles, and trucking companies are required to follow strict procedures involving hiring practices, truck maintenance, recording keeping, and time on the job. Only an experienced truck accident attorney knows how to find, collect, interpret, and present the evidence that you must have to prove your case.

The lawyers with Cochran Firm -Dothan have extensive knowledge of these laws, and they have the resources to expertly investigate your claim. If you or a loved one has been involved in a truck, automobile or motorcycle accident anywhere in the United States, The Cochran Firm –Dothan can help. Our experienced attorneys helped countless motor vehicle accident victims recover the monetary compensation they need and deserve. Contact offices of The Cochran Firm-Dothan today at 334-673-1555 to schedule your free initial consultation.