At Moore Law Firm, our legal team has decades of experience handling car accident cases in Mobile and throughout the state of Alabama. We understand the devastating effects being involved in a crash with a negligent driver can have on injured victims and their families. Our car accident attorneys are committed to fighting for your rights and recovering maximum compensation for your damages.
Alabama Car Accident Statistics
According to Drive Safe Alabama, more than one in three Alabama drivers in will be involved in a crash involving injury or death in their lifetime. In 2016, the number of fatal crashes in Alabama was higher than the national crash fatality rate–Alabama is ranked #12 out of all 50 states for speeding-related traffic fatalities.
Common Types Of Car Accidents In Alabama
From distracted driving to speeding, there are many different types and causes of motor vehicle crashes on Alabama roads and highways every day. Some types of accidents that can causes serious injury include:
Rear End Collisions—These types of accidents are often caused by drivers who follow too closely behind other vehicles or when a driver slows down or stops suddenly. Neck or back injuries like whiplash are often sustained by drivers and passengers in rear-end crashes. While a fender-bender might not seem like a big deal these types of injuries can get worse over time and require costly ongoing medical treatment and physical therapy.
Side Impact Crashes (T-bone)—Side impact collisions are frequently the cause of serious injuries and fatalities. They occur when the side of a motor vehicle is hit by another car or truck. Drivers and passengers on the impacted side of a vehicle usually sustain grave injuries or lose their lives.
Head On Collisions—When two vehicles collide head-on, the results are often fatal.
Vehicle Rollover Accidents —Rollover accidents are dangerous and can be very traumatic for everyone involved. They occur when a vehicle flips onto its roof or side. SUVs are particularly prone to this type of accident, but any vehicle can flip over when taking sharp turns at high speed. Traumatic brain injury (TBI) and spinal cord injuries are often sustained in rollover accidents.
Pileup Accidents— Multiple vehicle collisions often occur on busy highways with lots of traffic and large commercial vehicles such as 18-wheelers. Pile-up collisions can be catastrophic and involve many vehicles that are impacted multiple times. It is often difficult to determine fault in these cases, so contacting an experienced car accident attorney is a must if you’ve been injured in a multi-vehicle pileup.
Single Car Accidents —These types of accidents happen when a vehicle runs into a stationary object such as a pole, tree or wall. In some cases, single-car accidents may involve pedestrians or other bystanders. Single-car collisions often result in extensive property damage and serious injury.
DUI Accidents—Motorists driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs cause thousands of injuries and deaths each year. A DUI driver is not only accountable for their actions in the eyes of the law. You may be able to take civil action and pursue compensatory and punitive damages against a DUI driver as well.
Sideswipe collisions—In many cases injuries and damage in sideswipe collisions are minimal unless one of the drivers loses control of their vehicle.
Hit-and-run accidents —When a driver leaves the scene of an accident after hitting another vehicle or person, it can be challenging to determine the identity of the driver or vehicle. Our attorneys thoroughly investigate all facts and can help you understand how to recover compensation from your own insurance company.
Motorcycle Accidents—Motorcyclists cause serious accidents when attempting dangerous practices such as lane splitting, weaving in and out of traffic and traveling at excessive speeds.
Accidents Involving Large Trucks—Due to their large weight and size, 18-wheelers, buses and other commercial vehicles can cause grave injuries and fatalities when involved in crashes with passenger vehicles.
Injuries Sustained In Motor Vehicle Accidents
Injuries sustained in car accidents can require lifelong medical treatment and costly ongoing care. Common injuries include:
- Head and brain injuries
- Neck, back and spinal injuries
- Spinal injuries
- Soft tissue injuries
- Broken bones
- Psychological injuries
What To Do If You’re Involved In An Auto Accident
There are several important steps to take after a motor vehicle accident. It’s vital to contact authorities and seek medical attention as soon as possible. If you are able, document the scene with photos, collect witness statements and get the other drivers’ insurance, license, vehicle and contact information. Make sure to speak with a knowledgeable motor vehicle accident attorney before giving statements to insurance adjusters or signing anything.
Your Rights & Benefits After An Car Accident
Unless you are a minor or have been declared incompetent, you have two years from the day of the accident to make a personal injury claim. In Alabama, you can recover both economic and non-economic damages, including medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages. Although Alabama is an “at-fault” state, the contributory negligence standard is applied when fault is shared among the parties. This means that you can’t recover any damages if you contributed to the accident in any way. Our auto accident attorneys are well-versed in Alabama law and will help you pursue all possible avenues to ensure you receive maximum compensation.
How To Deal With Insurance Companies
If you’ve been seriously injured or have lost a loved one, trying to handle a car accident claim on your own can be stressful and will most likely result in lower compensation for your damages. Insurance companies (even your own) are in the business of making money and try to pay as little compensation as possible or even deny valid claims. Our personal injury attorneys act in your best interest and fight to protect your rights to ensure you get the compensation you deserve. We investigate the facts of your case, understand how to accurately value your claim and handle often contentious negotiations with insurance adjusters and attorneys.
How Does A Civil Lawsuit Work?
Although the vast majority of personal injury claims are settled out of court, sometimes filing a civil lawsuit is necessary. Unlike a criminal case in which the government seeks to punish a wrongdoer for a crime, a civil lawsuit is the court-based process through which a plaintiff can take action and request compensation from a defendant who may liable for some type of wrong. Most personal injury cases fall under the area of tort law. Car accidents are typically considered negligent tort cases, which means that the injuries and damages were the result of another’s unintentional negligence.
To initiate a civil lawsuit, the plaintiff must file a complaint in the appropriate court. The complaint must state the cause of action for the complaint, outline legal and factual reasons you believe the defendant is liable, and set forth the compensation or damages you’re requesting.
The court then issues a summons to the defendant, which provides the defendant notice of the lawsuit and a copy of the complaint. A summons also sets a specified time limit in which the defendant must file an answer or seek to have the case dismissed. During pre-trial discovery, parties exchange information and documents related to the claim, which may include depositions, motions to exclude certain evidence and pre-trial conferences with the judge. In some situations, possible settlements may be discussed, with the judge aiding negotiations. If a settlement agreement is not reached, upon completion of discovery the matter is ready to go to trial.
At trial, both sides present their cases. The burden of proof rests on the plaintiff, but the standard of evidence is lower than the criminal standard of beyond a reasonable doubt. The judge or jury then decides whether the evidence presented shows that the defendant is liable for the plaintiff’s damages.
If the judge or jury finds against the plaintiff, the defendant is released from liability for the plaintiff’s claims. If the verdict is for the plaintiff, the defendant is found to be liable and a judgment is entered for the plaintiff. Damages are then awarded by the court. The losing party may file an appeal if they believe the outcome was improper. Personal injury lawsuits are complex. Motions to dismiss, counterclaims, cross-claims and third-party claims can all throw a wrench in the legal process. Without an experienced personal injury attorney by your side, you may lose your case if you fail to follow the legal process correctly.
How Will I Pay For My Case?
Our personal injury lawyers work on a contingency basis. This means that there are no up-front costs to pursue your case and we only get paid if we recover compensation for you.
Choose A Car Accident Attorney You Can Trust
Being injured or losing someone in a car accident can result in life-changing physical, emotional and financial repercussions. Our attorneys have a proven track record of success and have helped more than 12,000 clients recover compensation for their damages. If you’ve been injured or have lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligence, our car accident attorneys in Mobile, AL fight to protect your rights and are by your side every step of the way. Call Moore Law Firm at 251-445-7602251-445-7602 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.