Auburn/Opelika Auto Accident Attorneys
Alabama has some of the worst traffic accident statistics in the nation, with the death rate of motor vehicle occupants sitting at 13.7 people per 100,000 in population; the national average is 7.0 people per 100,000 in population. The high accident and fatality rate is worrisome and indicates that not only are accidents occurring far more often than they should, but that many of these accidents are severe enough to cause life-changing, or life-taking, injuries.
Everyone must do their part to prevent auto accidents from occurring, and safe driving practices are at the top of the to-do list. When the basic duty of care that a driver owes to others on the road is breached, the risk of an accident is increased.
If you are involved in an auto accident caused by the fault of another party in Alabama, our Auburn and Opelika car accident attorneys are here to advocate for you and help you to recover your full compensation amount.
Types of Car Accident Cases We Handle
No two car accidents are alike. At Alsobrook & Agricola we recognize how unique your car accident is. Because we have years of experience serving car accident victims in East Central Alabama, we have acquired the skill set to investigate a myriad of accident types and get to the bottom of why a car accident occurred. Our lawyers can help, regardless of the type of auto accident you were involved in, and handle:
• Rear-end collision cases. Rear-end crashes are not always the fault of the rear-driver. In fact, many factors can contribute to a rear-end crash, including the negligence of the driver in front. While these car crashes rarely cause fatal injuries, they can result in property damage and injuries like whiplash.
• Rollover accident cases. One of the deadliest accident types, rollover accidents can involve a single vehicle. Usually, these accidents involve traveling at unsafe speeds but may be caused – in part – by a lack of signage or railings, or due to the negligence of another driver or another party.
• Head-on crash cases. Head-on crashes are typically the most tragic accident type, leaving drivers and passengers of both vehicles with severe injuries. While these accidents may occur for a variety of reasons, typically the cause is one driver traveling the wrong direction on a road.
• Side-swipe collision cases. Whether the result of a dangerous lane change, distracted driving, or an aggressive maneuver, side-swipe collisions can leave all parties involved with serious injuries, especially when these accidents occur when traveling at high speeds.
• T-bone accident cases. Finally, a T-bone crash is common when one vehicle traveling through an intersection fails to yield to another, resulting in one of the vehicles crashing directly into the side of the other. T-bone accidents are deadly, and when not fatal, can lead to disabling injuries.
We investigate your car accident, hire accident reconstruction experts, and work with specialists to determine the precise cause of your accident, and who should be held liable.
Who Pays for Damages in an Alabama Car Crash?
Alabama is an at-fault car insurance state. Simply put, this means that drivers who cause accidents are responsible for paying for them. If your auto accident was caused by the negligence of another driver, that driver – typically through their liability insurance policy – is responsible for paying for your damages. In order to recover your full compensation amount, you will need to prove that:
• The other driver committed an act of negligence, defined as a breach of the standard of care owed to you;
• The negligent act was the direct cause of your accident; and
• You suffered damages as a result, such as medical expenses, pain, suffering, lost wages, and more.
If the other driver does not have insurance or does not have enough insurance to fully cover your injuries, you may file a claim with your own policy’s uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage, collision coverage, or medical payments coverage (if you carry these policy types).
If an insurance adjuster offers you less than you believe your claim is worth, you also have the right to negotiate your settlement. If a settlement agreement cannot be reached, you can file a lawsuit against the at-fault driver, and bring your case to court.
Alabama’s Pure Contributory Fault Laws
When pursuing an auto accident claim or lawsuit in Alabama, it is very important that you understand the state’s pure contributory fault laws. These laws are rare in the nation and are only found in a handful of states. Essentially, these laws state that if a plaintiff contributed to their own injuries in the slightest – even if they are only one percent responsible – this contribution may be a bar to recovery. This means that if the insurance adjuster of the party against whom you have filed a claim, or the defense, can prove that you did anything to contribute to the crash, you may be barred from recovering the compensation that you deserve. Slight examples of negligence that could serve as a bar to recovery could include checking your cellphone, being distracted by a child or pet in the vehicle, eating while driving, changing the radio, forgetting to signal, driving slightly above the speed limit, and more.
How Our Experienced Alabama Auto Accident Attorneys Can Help You
When you are injured in a crash, we know that the legal details aren’t at the top of the list of things you care about; you want to be compensated and you want your settlement fast. We understand what you are going through, as we’ve worked with countless Alabama accident victims, suffering through similar circumstances. At Alsobrook & Agricola, we are committed to helping you along the road to recovery. We have the years of the experience, the legal acumen and the passion to help you collect the recovery that you deserve.
It is important that you contact an experienced Alabama personal injury attorney as soon as possible – the clock on the statute of limitations for your claim is ticking! By contacting us as early as possible, we can begin the investigative process and work hard to ensure that evidence critical to your claim is preserved. We can also immediately begin organizing documents relevant to your claim, including your medical bills.
A consultation with Alsobrook & Agricola is completely free and you are under no obligation to hire us. To schedule your case review today, call us now at (334) 737-3718 or use our online form to send us a message. Our job is to work for you.