While all car accidents are dangerous and often life-threatening, few road dangers are as pronounced in their devastation quite like the 18-wheeler accident.
In many cases, the best way to pursue a legal claim for 18-wheeler accident injuries is to file a lawsuit against the driver for negligent driving or similarly harmful behavior on Alabama roads and highways.
If the driver behaved negligently, victims can sue the driver for his or her negligence under Alabama law.
Our law firm is experienced in both state and federal law, a distinction which is of critical importance where 18-wheelers are concerned. Since many 18-wheelers are part of commercial trucking companies, odds are somewhere between decent to extremely likely that the truck has passed through interstate commerce. In such instances, federal law can then be used to litigate against a negligent driver, and federal law requires 18-wheeler drivers to have a higher duty of care compared to ordinary motorists.
If a truck driver ignores any Alabama or federal law, the driver will be found to be "per se" negligent. Practically speaking, this distinction means that the proof of negligence will be automatic for any 18-wheeler driver who ignored Alabama or federal laws of the road.
This legal distinction alone is enough to win a legal case on your behalf, even in the event that you were partially at fault for the accident.
The distinction raised here serves as a reminder that you need an experienced Alabama 18-wheeler attorney to fight for you after suffering from an 18-wheeler accident. Noel B. Leonard is experienced and proven, resulting in compelling legal defenses that lead to justice for our clients.
While injury claims against the driver are common in 18-wheeler accidents, they are far from the only way to litigate such accidents. Faulty equipment, hazardous material lawsuits and more are all avenues to litigate in an 18-wheeler accident as well.
Contact Alabama truck accident attorney Noel B. Leonard to schedule a consultation or call (251) 597-0695 if you have been injured by an 18-wheeler accident in the city of Foley or Baldwin, Mobile or Escambia Counties.