The Knowledge And Answers You Need After A Crash
A semi-truck accident can leave you with more questions than answers. You wonder what the legal process will hold, how to manage an insurance claim and what your future will look like.
At Penn & Seaborn, LLC, we have the answers you need. Our attorneys work with clients in Alabama and Georgia who have suffered serious injuries in truck accidents. Having recovered more than $100 million in compensation, we have in-depth knowledge of all aspects of truck accident law.
On this page, we have answered just a few of the questions that we hear frequently from our clients.
Why are 18-wheelers so dangerous?
Commercial trucks pose a severe threat to other motorists in part because of the vehicles’ massive size. The average 18-wheeler weighs about 40 tons compared to a passenger car’s average of two tons. In a crash, this weight disparity can severely or even fatally injure the passengers of the smaller vehicle.
In addition, 18-wheelers can be particularly difficult to operate. Truck drivers have a limited range of motion and vision. They also take much longer to slow down and come to a complete stop in an emergency.
How is fault determined?
It is very difficult to determine fault in a truck accident, especially since there is often more than one source of fault. For instance, fault may lie with the truck driver, the truck manufacturer and the cargo loaders. We have handled many cases involving complex liability issues, so we know how to investigate your accident to determine the at-fault party or parties.
Do truck drivers need to comply with special rules and regulations?
Yes – commercial truck drivers face stricter regulations than everyday private drivers. For example:
- No more than 11 hours of driving time per day
- Driving no more than 60 hours a week
- Driving no more than 70 hours over 8 days
- Taking at least 10 hours off duty every work period
Unfortunately, not all trucking companies or individual drivers adhere to these rules. Trucking companies put immense pressure on drivers to make a certain amount of deliveries in a certain time frame, even if this means breaking certain laws.
How much will it cost to hire a lawyer?
At Penn & Seaborn, LLC, we work on a contingency fee basis. We will not charge you a dime unless we recover compensation for your damages. You can come to us for a free, no-risk, no-obligation consultation to learn more about how we charge you.
Have More Questions? Get More Answers.
If these answer only a fraction of your questions, reach out to us for more information. With our deep well of knowledge regarding truck accident law, we can answer all your questions and address all your concerns. Call us toll-free at 334-219-9852 or send us an email to schedule a complimentary consultation with a staff member.