While 18-wheelers in and of themselves are capable of causing catastrophic damage in Alabama 18-wheeler accidents, the drivers of these vehicles don't tell the whole story regarding 18-wheeler accidents.
In certain instances, the 18-wheeler driver operates the vehicle perfectly responsibility, but chaos and carnage still results on Alabama roads.
How can this happen?
Faulty equipment is one answer.
Imagine that an 18-wheeler on an Alabama interstate plows into the back of another vehicle unexpectedly, causing a massive collision and severe injuries. At first glance, it would seem that the driver is responsible, but suppose a thorough investigation realized that the truck's brakes failed thanks to faulty equipment. In such, cases the driver could not be sued, but an experienced truck accident attorney could recover damages on your behalf by litigating against the manufacturers of the faulty brakes.
Additionally, Alabama trucking companies are bound by federal safety regulations that are designed to keep Alabama and American citizens safe on the road. If these safety regulations are violated, a lawsuit may be initiated against the trucking companies even if the drivers themselves did not perform negligently. You need an experienced trucking accident attorney to determine whether any federal or state safety regulations were violated. Noel B. Leonard has represented 18-wheeler victims in the city of Foley and Baldwin, Mobile and Escambia Counties for years and has the experience necessary to provide the legal representation you deserve.
While faulty equipment and safety regulation violations are two ways to litigate against trucking companies for 18-wheeler accidents, these are far from the only avenues to a successful lawsuit. Driver behavior, hazardous materials and other unlawful accident-causing behavior can trigger a lawsuit that entitles you to recovery as well.
Contact Alabama truck accident attorney Noel B. Leonard to schedule a consultation or call (251) 597-0695 if you have been injured in an 18-wheeler accident.