Frequently Asked Questions

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Dothan Accident Attorneys

Trucking, Auto, and Motorcycle Accidents Attorneys in the Dothan and the Enterprise Area

Operating a motor vehicle has become so common, and such a rite of passage for most Americans, that we often forget the dangers involved. However, each year millions of drivers and passengers are involved in crashes that result in serious injuries or death. Another driver may be held accountable if the accident was caused by their negligence.

Truck accidents, automobile accidents, and motorcycle accidents commonly cause the following injuries:

  • Broken bones
  • Whiplash injuries
  • Back injuries
  • Amputations
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Disfigurement
  • Seat belt burns
  • Death

Helping accident victims in Alabama, SE Georgia, and NW Florida

The Law Offices of Rufus R. Smith, Jr. represents clients who have been in a truck, auto, or motorcycle accident. Our Dothan accident attorneys analyze the evidence from your accident and consult with medical experts to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve, including—

  • Medical expenses
  • Loss of wages
  • Vehicle repairs
  • Pain and suffering

We are not intimidated by aggressive tactics and have extensive experience building strong cases and obtaining damage awards from insurance companies and trucking companies through settlements or at trial.

Trucking accidents

A tractor-trailer or other large truck can weigh approximately 80,000 pounds. When that vehicle collides with a car or motorcycle, the odds for survival heavily favor the occupants of the truck. These trucks are a common sight on our roads, traveling alongside much smaller passenger cars despite the danger.

Truck drivers are subject to strict state and federal laws that regulate the number of hours they are permitted to drive without rest. They are required to log their driving hours and keep maintenance records for their truck. Unfortunately, these requirements do not guarantee an accident will not occur.

Common causes of truck accidents are—

  • Excessive speeding
  • Overloaded trucks
  • Driver fatigue or falling asleep at the wheel
  • Safety violations
  • Improperly maintained trucks
  • Lack of a rear guard to prevent under-riding
  • Load shift or failure to properly secure the load
  • Tire blowouts
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Improperly pulled over on side of road
  • Dangerous driving

Trucking companies and their insurance companies have skilled attorneys and representatives working on their behalf. The extensive insurance policies truckers and their employers carry does not mean these companies are eager to provide a fair settlement to accident victims. Their goal is to settle each case as quickly and as inexpensively as possible.

At The Law Offices of Rufus R. Smith, Jr. we have faced these attorneys in the courtroom for nearly four decades. Our Dothan accident lawyers understand their objectives and the strategies they use to attain them, and we fight hard on your behalf.

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Auto accidents

Car crashes occur for any number of reasons—excessive speed, inattentive driving, failure to obey traffic signs or signals, and more. Ultimately, most auto accidents are caused by driver error. If you were involved in a motor vehicle accident caused by someone else's negligent behavior, they may be liable for your injuries.

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Motorcycle accidents

While any vehicle can be dangerous, the design and structure of a motorcycle do not provide its driver or passenger much protection in the event of a crash. As a result, motorcyclists are especially vulnerable to the actions of other drivers—specifically those operating trucks or passenger vehicles. One of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents is the failure of motorists to detect and recognize motorcycles in traffic.

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Contact us today

An accident can wreak havoc on your life. A skilled Dothan personal injury attorney can help you regain control and protect your future by attaining a favorable verdict or settlement. At The Law Offices of Rufus R. Smith, Jr. we have spent nearly four decades fighting on behalf of personal injury victims throughout Alabama, Southeast Georgia, and Northwest Florida. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident caused by someone else's negligence, we can help. Contact us today at 1-888-614-4279 to discuss your case.

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Case Results
  • Pepsi Cola Bottling Company of Luverne, Inc. v. Allen, 572 So. 2d 434 (Ala. 1990
  • Coleman v. Cannon Oil Co., 911 F. Supp. 510 (M.D. Ala. 1995)
  • First Tennessee Bank, N.A., v. Snell, 718 So. 2d 20 (Ala. 1998)
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