Types of Compensation Available in 18 Wheeler Accident Claims in Alabama

18 wheeler accidents, also known as semi-truck accidents or trucking accidents, can lead to severe and life-altering injuries. If you or a loved one was involved in a collision with an 18 wheeler in Alabama, you might be entitled to several types of compensation for your injuries and the impact on your life.

At the law office of Stephen Thompson, we specialize in handling personal injury cases, including 18 wheeler accidents. We work tirelessly on behalf of our clients to obtain the maximum compensation available to them. This informative article aims to help Alabama residents understand the varied compensation they could claim after enduring a tragic 18 wheeler accident. 

1. Medical Expenses

Medical expenses arе the most common type of compensation pursued in an 18 wheeler accident claim. After an accident, victims may have extensive medical bills, including hospital stays, surgeries, medications, physical therapy, and long-term care costs. A successful claim can assist victims in covering these current and foreseeable future medical costs.

2. Lost Wages 

When recovering from an accident, victims often cannot return to work for an extended period, leading to a loss of income. They might also suffer a decrease in their earning capacity due to physical or mental impairment caused by the accident. A successful claim can negotiate to reimburse these lost wages and earning capacity.

3. Pain and Suffering 

Victims of an 18 wheeler accident may experience significant physical pain and emotional suffering. While hard to quantify, these damages can significantly impact the victim's quality of life. Expert testimonies usually help provide structure for calculating this non-economic compensation.

4. Property Damage 

In an 18 wheeler accident, it's highly likely that your vehicle will be damaged or totalled. Property damage compensation covers the repairs to your car or, if your vehicle is written-off, the cost of a replacement vehicle.

5. Punitive Damages 

In addition to compensations meant to make the victim whole, punitive damages serve to punish the defendant for gross negligence or intentional misconduct. While these damages aren't always awarded, they can significantly increase the total compensation when they do apply.

Why Hire Stephen Thompson?

Having an experienced Alabama car accident lawyer like Stephen Thompson can be crucial to your chances of obtaining the full compensation you deserve. He acts as not only an advocate for your rights but also a navigator through the complicated legal and insurance landscape, ensuring all potential avenues for compensation are explored and pursued.

Car accidents involving 18 wheelers often result in serious injuries with many compliсations, and the resulting legal claims can be complex. Representing yourself in negotiations or court proceedings could result in receiving less compensation than you deserve. 

The perpetrator's insurance company might even attempt to settle your claim for much less than it's worth — a tactic that Stephen Thompson and his team are familiar with and can effectively counter. Keep in mind that it's not uncommon for multiple parties to bear some responsibility for an 18 wheeler accident. This sense of shared liability might include the truck driver, the trucking company, the vehicle manufacturer, or other parties, all of whom we would pursue for maximum compensation for our clients.

Remember, our goal at the Law Office of Stephen Thompson is not just to obtain compensation for your immediate needs, but also to ensure your financial stability in the long-term picture. If you or a loved one has endured a car accident involving an 18 wheeler, don't hesitate to reach out to Stephen Thompson for a free consultation. We are always ready to provide excellent legal service to Alabamians coping with the aftermath of such accidents.


To conclude, several types of compensation are available to victims of 18 wheeler accidents in Alabama. These can range from medical expenses, lost wages, and property damages, to pain and suffering, and in some cases, punitive damages. However, you require an experienced Alabama personal injury lawyer like Stephen Thompson to guide you through the intricate claims process and negotiate on your behalf. Your rights and financial future should be protected, and we are here to assist you in seeking the justice and 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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