Understanding the Value of Your 18 Wheeler Accident Claim in Alabama

If you have been involved in an accident involving an 18 wheeler vehicle in Alabama, you may be wondering: how much is my claim worth? The answer relies heavily on specific details concerning the accident, such as the severity of your injuries and your total financial losses. This article provides an in-depth understanding of different factors involved in estimating the worth of your 18 wheeler accident claim. While this can serve as a guide, it's crucial to consult with a skilled Alabama personal injury lawyer like Stephen Thompson to accurately assess your potential compensation.

Assessing Damages

The main aspect that will determine how much you're entitled to recover in a lawsuit is your total damages. Damages refer to losses you endure due to an accident. 

1. Economic Damages

These are quantifiable financial losses arising from the accident. Some economic damages include:

  • Medical Expenses: This includes emergency room visits, cost of surgery, rehabilitation, medical equipment, prescription medication, and any future medical care you may need due to your injuries.
  • Lost Wages: If your accident injuries kept you from working or reduced your ability to work in the future, you could seek compensation for those lost wages.
  • Property Damage: This pertains to the costs to repair or replace your vehicle and any other personal property damaged in the accident.

2. Non-Economic Damages

These damages are not easily quantifiable because they focus on the emotional and psychological impact of the accident.

  • Pain and Suffering: This includes the physical pain and emotional distress you have experienced and may continue to experience.
  • Loss of Consortium: If your injuries have impacted your relationship with your spouse or children, you may be entitled to these damages.
  • Emotional Distress: This includes compensation for the emotional and psychological impact of your accident and injuries, such as anxiety, depression, or post-traumatic stress disorder.

Determining Liability

To receive compensation for your 18 wheeler accident in Alabama, it's necessary to determine the party at fault for the accident. This could be the truck driver, trucking company, a third-party contractor, or even a vehicle manufacturer in case a faulty part contributed to the accident. Keep in mind that Alabama follows a contributory negligence rule, which means that if you are found to be even a tiny portion responsible for the accident, you may not be able to recover anything. Therefore, it's vital that you work with a skilled attorney like Stephen Thompson who can help show that you were not at fault.

Insurance policies will often have coverage limits, which could affect the amount you can claim. If your damages exceed these limits, you may need to seek compensation directly from the at-fault party or other liable parties.

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Consulting an Alabama Personal Injury Lawyer

Due to the complexity of the claim process and factors that affect the worth of your claim, it's vital to work with an experienced personal injury lawyer. Attorney Stephen Thompson is well-versed in Alabama’s laws relating to 18 wheeler accidents. He can guide you through the legal process, negotiate with insurance companies, and advocate for your right to full and fair compensation.


In conclusion, the value of an 18 wheeler accident claim in Alabama depends on a range of factors, including the severity of your injuries, the extent of your economic and non-economic damages, the determination of liability, and the impact of insurance policy limits. By partnering with an experienced personal injury lawyer like Stephen Thompson, you can confidently navigate this often complex process and maximize your chances of recovering the compensation you deserve. 

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During your Initial Strategy Session, I will asist you in creating a strategy on how to best pursue your claim, whether it be the result of a Car Accident Claim, 18 Wheeler Injury, or, Alabama Workers' Compensation Claim. At your Initial Strategy Session, you will receive the following:

  • First - I will listen to your story. You will have a chance to tell everything to someone who wants to hear what happened to you.
  • Based on the information that you provide, I will give you my best advice on both what claims you have, and the next steps you should consider to proceed with your claim(s).
  • If your claim is something that I think I can help you with, I will explain the services that I can provide for you, and what the next steps are that we should take. We will start working immediately.
  • If your matter is something that I do not think I can help you with, then I will attempt to put you in contact with another lawyer that might be able to help you.
  • Either way, what should happen is we will put to rest some of the unkowns that you may be experiencing. We will start to shed some light on what you can expect, and how to best pursue the benefits you deserve.

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