Don’t let the driver who hurt you get away with it. Work with an Alabama car crash lawyer as you pursue the compensation you deserve.
Motor vehicle accidents are among the leading causes of death and serious injury in Alabama and the United States. They are traumatic experiences that can change your life forever—and at great personal and financial cost.
If your accident wasn’t your fault, you shouldn’t have to foot the bill for the resulting damages. Your injuries may be severe and your expenses massive, but with the help of an Alabama car accident lawyer, you can hold the at-fault parties accountable and relieve your financial stress.
Our team at the Henry Dailey Law Firm will treat you with the respect you deserve while explaining every step of the personal injury claim process. We’ll do everything in our power to see to it that you’re fairly compensated.
Causes of Car Crashes
First, we need to determine the causes of your Alabama auto wreck. Doing so will likely help us identify the at-fault parties you should name in your claim for compensation.
We’ll investigate the circumstances of your accident, the vehicles involved, their maintenance histories, the road conditions at the time, and any roadside construction in the area. Our thorough examination will expose the root of the accident and help us build you a bulletproof personal injury claim.
Some common causes of motor vehicle accidents in Alabama include the following:
- Drunk, drugged, drowsy, or distracted drivers
- Hazardous road conditions due to inadequate maintenance or poor signage
- Construction equipment or other debris in the road
- Mechanical or part failure on your vehicle or that of the other driver
Who’s to Blame?
The cause will often lead us to who’s at fault, which is essential knowledge when you’re pursuing a personal injury claim. We have to know who we’re suing, after all.
The at-fault party could be the other driver, of course, but some potential negligent parties aren’t as obvious. Many times, more than one person or entity is at fault, and you will need to identify all at-fault parties to make sure you recover full compensation.
The following are some of the usual suspects:
- Other drivers
- Mechanics and parts installers
- Vehicle manufacturers
- Government entities responsible for road safety
- Construction companies
Motor Vehicle Wreck Injuries
Depending on the speed and type of vehicles involved in the accident, you might have suffered any of a number of serious injuries. Some of these will heal with treatment and time, but some may affect you and your family for years or the rest of your life.
We’ll collaborate with your doctors to establish what injuries you suffered and any possible lasting side effects that will affect your quality of life. This information will help us prove the extent of your damages and why you deserve full compensation.
The following are some common causes of Alabama car accidents:
- Head and face damage, potentially leading to traumatic brain injuries, visual and auditory damage, or disfigurement that requires reconstructive surgery
- Neck, back, or spine trauma, potentially causing paralysis or nerve damage marked by chronic tingling, numbness, pain, or mobility issues
- Internal injuries, including potentially deadly internal bleeding and organ damage that may necessitate transplants and medications
- Badly broken bones that require months of recovery and may cause permanent damage, including possible limb loss
- Severe, disfiguring burns
Compensation You Could Receive
Calculating the financial burden of your hospital bills and the income you lost while you recovered is fairly simple, but trying to assign post-traumatic stress disorder or a missing limb a fair monetary value can be more difficult. It takes informed observations to make these difficult determinations.
Your Alabama car wreck lawyer will communicate with your doctors, counselors, and physical therapists to estimate the extended costs of the conditions you’re facing as a result of your accident.
We’ll include any and all relevant damages in your personal injury claim. These may include the following:
- Medical expenses
- Income loss
- Disability accommodations
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma
- Loss of consortium, companionship, and care
- Property damage
- Wrongful death
Insurers Fight Dirty
The defense teams working for the insurance companies or the at-fault parties have the job of saving their clients’ bottom lines, often at the expense of their clients’ obligations to your financial needs after a crash.
To do that, they may try to use your own words against you when it comes time to assign blame for your Alabama car accident. Instead of risking saying the wrong thing, we recommend telling the insurers to contact your lawyer, who will handle communications on your behalf.
Insurers can be ruthless in their investigations of the accident and your injuries, but your lawyer will use every tactic available to keep you from being treated unfairly.
Car Accident Laws in Alabama
The laws governing personal injury claims in Alabama are broad and, to people who aren’t lawyers, confusing. We’re here to help you get straight to the point without wasting time trying to understand our state’s legal statutes and other rules.
However, a few key laws can directly impact your ability to recover full compensation for your crash. We’ve detailed some of those rules below.
Statute of Limitations
Two years is generally the statute of limitations for personal injury and death due to a car accident in Alabama, unless you were working under a contract when you were hurt. Contract work may increase that time limit to six years.
Unlike most other states, Alabama doesn’t use a comparative negligence policy for personal injury lawsuits. Our state follows a strict law called contributory negligence, which doesn’t let the injured person—you—recover any personal injury compensation if you’re even a little bit at fault for your crash.
Under comparative negligence, you’d only lose a percentage of the total compensation, but under Alabama’s policy, you’ll be left with all the bills even if you’re only 1 percent to blame. That inspires insurers and negligent parties to try to push some blame onto you.
Your Alabama car crash attorney will know these attacks are coming and from what direction they will come. We’ll help you avoid every potential trap and obstacle as you seek the compensation you’re entitled to.
Alabama Is an At-Fault State
Another way Alabama differs from many other states is that it is not a “no-fault” state, which would allow you to file your car accident claim with your own insurance company, no matter whose negligence caused the accident.
Instead, we’re an “at-fault” state, which means the party responsible for the accident is supposed to be financially liable. That means the at-fault driver’s insurance company should be responsible for your medical bills, wrecked vehicle, and other damages.
Work with an Alabama Car Accident Attorney
You shouldn’t be required to handle these difficult rules and hostile negotiations on your own, especially not while you’re healing from your physical and mental wounds. Choosing the right lawyer is an important factor in your ability to recover compensation, as well as your ability to recover altogether.
The team at the Henry Dailey Law Firm will treat you like family and help you understand the pros and cons of every choice you have to make. Fill out the contact form below or call us at 205-995-2412 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with an Alabama car accident lawyer.