Steve Morris Law is an Anniston truck accident lawyer representing victims in compensation claims. If you’ve been hurt in a trucking accident, you may deserve a monetary payment. Call 256-357-9211 to learn more and start your case.
Attorney for Truck Accidents in Anniston, AL
Don’t fight the trucking company alone. You can have our lawyer for truck accidents in Anniston, AL handle your case from start to finish.
The Steve Morris Law team can represent you in all aspects of your claim, seeking compensation and handling the legal process on your behalf. Contact us now for a consultation and start your claim.
Truck Accident Claims We Handle
Our team handles a wide variety of trucking accident cases, including:
Improper lane change, lane use
Trucks are large vehicles. Like other vehicles on the road, they may execute a lane change only when they can do so safely.
Speeding, too fast for conditions
It takes longer for trucks to stop than passenger vehicles. Truck drivers must control their speed, following posted speed limits and driving at safe speeds for road conditions.
Other traffic violations
The rules of traffic flow apply to trucking. An improper turn, disobeying a stop sign or running a traffic light may cause a serious crash.
Leaving too little following distance for vehicles ahead may result in a collision.
Load and carrying issues
The goods carried by trucks must be balanced and secured. Injury can result from an uncontrollable vehicle and from objects that fall from the truck.
Adequate truck maintenance is a requirement of the duty of care. It is also required by state and federal trucking regulations.
Poor driver skill
Drivers need adequate training and skill to operate large trucks. When poor maneuvering causes an accident, the trucking company may be liable, including for jackknifing accidents.
Driving fatigued or distracted
Rest is important in the trucking industry. Drivers must always give adequate attention to their driving.
Drunk driving, DUI
Drunk driving is an especially dangerous activity for commercial drivers.
Truck accidents are complex. They often require a thorough investigation. Our team can evaluate the cause of the collision and legal responsibility.
Why You Need a Truck Accident Lawyer
Trucking companies have large teams of lawyers. They fight claims – even good claims. But you have serious injuries, and you need compensation. At Steve Morris Law in Anniston, we can assist you with:
- Investigating who caused the accident
- Proving fault and your right to compensation
- Talking to the insurance company and their teams of lawyers
- Ensuring your damages are fully valued when you have serious injuries
- Claiming compensation for pain, suffering and emotional anguish
- Fighting the tactics that the trucking companies use to avoid paying claims
- Taking legal steps to move your case forward
- Going to trial in your case or negotiating a settlement
Steve Morris Law is prepared to litigate in any court for victims of Anniston truck accidents. With more than 20 years of experience, we provide skilled, exacting legal representation. To see how we can serve you, contact us to talk about your case.
Legal Liability for a Truck Accident
You might be wondering who may be legally liable for a truck accident. A party with legal liability is the party that pays compensation, so it’s important to know who may be named in a claim.
Parties that may have legal liability for a truck accident include:
- Trucking company
- Party responsible for the load being transported
- Vehicle manufacturer
- Mechanic or repair company
- Government entity handling road design or repair
- Someone causing an obstruction in the road
A party doesn’t necessarily need to be present at the accident scene to have legal fault to pay damages. With Steve Morris Law representing you, we investigate the underlying causes of the collision and who may have liability to pay damages. There may be multiple parties that share fault.
Legal Grounds for a Truck Accident Claim
Negligence is the most common legal grounds for a truck accident claim. Trucking companies owe a duty of care and safety to others on the roads. When they breach their duty by acting negligently, they are liable to victims if an accident occurs. Common grounds for liability include poor driving skills, violation of traffic laws and poor company hiring and management practices.
How to prove a truck accident compensation claim
There are three things to prove in a truck accident compensation claim:
- A duty of care owed from the defendant to the victim. All vehicle operators, including trucking companies, have a duty of care.
- Breach of the duty of care. It may be a traffic violation or another type of negligence.
- Injury that results from breach of duty. A breach of the duty of care must have resulted in injury to the victim.
If you are hurt in a truck accident, and the accident is not your fault, you may claim financial compensation. Our law firm investigates and builds evidence. Then, we fully pursue your case.
Trucking Laws that Apply in Anniston, AL
Trucking companies must comply with state, federal and local laws that regulate trucking activity.
United States Department of Transportation and state trucking regulations include:
- Truckers have limits to the number of hours they can drive without a break. There are daily hour limits and required rest days aimed at reducing driver fatigue.
- Periodic vehicle inspections are required. Motor carriers must display placards and hazardous materials labels as required by law.
- Driving a commercial motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol is based on an alcohol concentration of 0.04 or more, or operating under the influence of alcohol.
- Maximum height, length and width limits apply, as stated in Ala. Code § 32-9-20.
- Gross weight limits apply to commercial vehicles, determined by the number of axles.
- Drivers must have a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL), passing knowledge and skills tests.
- Certain trucking activities may require a permit.
Our law firm investigates to determine what violations may have contributed to the collision.
Truck Routes Near Anniston, AL
Truck collisions occur on interstates, U.S. Roads, state highways and local roads. Common truck traffic routes in the Anniston area include:
- Interstate 20 (I-20)
- U.S. 431
- U.S. 78
- AL State Route 21, McClellan Blvd, Quintard Ave
- AL State Route 202, Albert P. Brewer Hwy
The City of Anniston maintains about 200 miles of roads.
Consultations Available – Start Your Case Today
Start your case with a free consultation with Steve Morris Law. See how Anniston truck accident lawyer Steve Morris and his legal team can help you. We’re taking new cases now, serving the Anniston community with professional, diligent legal representation.