Birmingham Car Accident Lawyer
Over 4.5 million people were seriously injured in car accidents last year alone, as reported by the National Safety Council. If you or a loved one has been involved in an injury auto accident, the highly qualified Birmingham car accident lawyers at Ifediba Law Group, P.C. will fight to obtain the compensation you deserve for your losses. Contact our Birmingham personal injury law firm today for a free case evaluation.
About Our Birmingham Car Accident Attorneys
- Our highly experienced car accident attorneys strategically and efficiently help achieve our client’s goals.
- We have extensive experience in car accident cases and will work with you one-on-one to help you get the results you need and deserve in your case.
- Our qualified attorneys can provide assistance with any and all concerns you have related to your case, including rental cars, disability, and health insurance delays.
- We are committed to providing timely, responsive, honest and respectful communication with our clients.
Why You Need a Lawyer
An attorney experienced in motor vehicle accident cases can assist you in obtaining compensation to cover any losses you have endured due to the auto accident. This includes compensation for, but is not limited to, medical expenses, property damage, lost wages, and car repairs. Qualified representation can also provide:
- Advice – Questions begin popping up the minute you find yourself the victim of a car accident in Birmingham, such as which doctor you should see, will the insurance company cover your medical bills, property damage to your motor vehicle, and your rental car. A car accident attorney can advise you on all of your
- Evaluation Skills – Lawyers well versed in car accident cases are knowledgeable in how to evaluate your case in order to determine how much compensation you are entitled to. A large extent of it will rely on the severity of your injuries.
- Advocacy – From the moment you hire representation, your lawyer will become your voice and handle all communication with every party involved, including the insurance companies.
- Investigation – A car accident lawyer will conduct an independent investigation in order to prove liability and ensure that you receive full and fair compensation for your injuries. If necessary, they will hire an accident reconstruction expert to determine how an auto accident occurred and who was at fault.
- Negotiation – Many car accident cases settle by way of pre-trial negotiations. Lawyers are skilled negotiators and have experience dealing with the tactics of insurance companies. This can prove invaluable when it comes to the settlement agreement, as insurance companies tend to offer a low amount in order to resolve the matter quickly, but a qualified lawyer will make sure you are awarded the maximum amount of compensation for your losses.
- Trial Experience – Although most Birmingham car accident cases are settled outside of court, there is a chance that it may be necessary to take your case to trial. If this occurs, the insurance company will have a legal team representing them, so having a car accident trial lawyer by your side to advocate for you in front of a judge and jury will be vital to a successful outcome.
Types & Examples of Car Accidents
The most common types and examples of car accidents are:
When a driver is following too closely behind another car or when a driver suddenly stops, one car may end up rear-ending the other car. These crashes are the most common and usually cause minimal damage. Keeping a safe following distance is the best way to prevent them.
Often called T-bone crash, this type of car wreck occurs when one vehicle collides into the side of another vehicle. These often occur at intersections, for instance when a driver is turning left and fails to yield to oncoming traffic. The rate of speed, as well as the level of impact, will determine the severity of the damage.
Head-on collisions are often fatal and occur when the front ends of two cars crash into one another. Hazardous road conditions such as snow, rain, ice or fog, increase the probability of a head-on collision.
Single Vehicle Crashes
There are many causes and types of single-vehicle accidents, such as collisions with stationary objects, running off the road, and spinning out of control after sliding on ice. There are times when a third party may be liable in this type of accident, for example, if a recent tire you had changed blew out due to poor workmanship or another driver runs a red light and you swerve to avoid an accident but end up crashing into a pole. In these cases, the mechanic and the red light runner’s negligent conduct could make them responsible.
Also referred to as pile-ups, these collisions involve at least three cars. Similarly to head-on collisions, multi-vehicle impacts are dangerous and can lead to severe injuries and additional fatalities. It’s possible for the vehicles to collide with one another, multiple times at different angles, making them difficult to escape. They often occur on busy roads, freeways, and highways.
An auto accident in which a driver leaves the scene after colliding with another vehicle or person is known as a hit-and-run accident. Determining the identity of the driver or vehicle can be very difficult.
Common Causes of Motor Vehicle Collisions
Most car accidents are caused by human error and can be avoided by taking simple precautions. Some of the most common causes are:
- Distracted driving (cellphone use, eating, changing music)
- Weather conditions
- Design defects
- Wrong way driving
- Poor road maintenance
- Construction zones
- Running red lights
- Reckless driving (changing lanes too quickly, acting aggressive, speeding way over the limit)
- Road rage
- Fatigue or falling asleep behind the wheel
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
Serious Injuries Car Crashes Cause
Injuries to the head, back, neck and chest are common in car accidents, but the severity varies depending on the circumstances of the accident. Here are common types of personal injuries that affect these areas:
Head and Back Injuries
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) – One of the most serious types of car accident injuries, that can range from a mild concussion to a coma. Drivers and passengers alike are at risk of hitting their heads against steering wheels, dashboards, or windows in a head-on collision. A traumatic brain injury of this magnitude can also lead to a loss of hearing, problems with vision, and skull fractures. Extensive treatment and long-term medical care may be a necessity after sustaining such brain injuries.
- Spinal Cord Injury – Also a very serious car accident injury, which can cause paralysis or a loss of feeling in the arms, hands, legs or feet. Sustaining a spinal cord injury can cause significant nerve damage.
- Herniated Disc – Less severe than a spinal cord injury, but it can irritate the nearby nerves possibly causing pain, numbness, tingling, and/or muscle weakness in an arm or leg.
Neck and Chest Injuries
- Whiplash – The most well-known injury resulting from a car wreck, caused by the sudden movement of the head and neck. Rear-end collisions are a major cause of this injury. Neck muscle and ligament damage can be caused, varying in severity, depending on the accident and the person’s health. Symptoms include neck pain and stiffness, loss of range of motion in the neck, headaches, shoulder, upper back or arms tenderness or pain, tingling or numbness in the arms, fatigue, and dizziness. They can last anywhere from a few weeks or in more severe cases a few months to several years.
- Broken/Fractured Ribs or Sternum – Often caused by the chest being restricted by a seat belt or by hitting the steering wheel. This broken bone injury can cause sharp, shooting pains and extreme discomfort. If a rib or the sternum is not broken or fractured, but you feel dull and aching pains upon breathing that varies with your movements then there may be bruising.
- Internal Organ Damage – An injury that can be life-threatening and requires immediate medical attention. Chest pains due to internal damage to the lungs or heart could indicate early signs of a heart attack.
Alabama Laws That Will Affect Your Case
The state of Alabama has a Mandatory Liability Insurance law requiring every driver to meet the below minimum coverage for liability car insurance:
- $25,000 for death or bodily injury to one person
- $50,000 for death or bodily injury to two or persons
- $25,000 for damage or destruction of property
Drivers are able to purchase additional insurance coverage for more protection, as Alabama is an “at-fault” state, meaning the person who is at fault for the motor vehicle accident is liable for all losses and damages. Liability coverage will not apply to your own injuries or vehicle damage after an accident if you are found to be at fault.
If you don’t at least meet the minimum insurance policy requirements then your license can be suspended and you may face fines up to $1,000.
What Types of Damages Can I Recover From a Car Accident?
You may be entitled to recover compensatory damages, also known as economic and non-economic damages if you were injured in an accident.
Economic damages are actual financial losses stemming from the car accident, such as:
- Property damage:
Property damage claims cover the cost of vehicle damage and/or other personal property involved in the accident. Damage claims typically include repairs to your car, towing expenses, rental car expenses, and damage to personal items inside of the vehicle.
- Medical expenses (hospital bills, physical therapy, medical devices, etc.):
Serious injuries can often leave victims with large medical bills. Many personal injuries can ultimately require continuous medical treatments.
- Lost wages (past and future):
Many victims must take time off from work in order to recover from the physical and emotional injuries they have sustained. In some cases, the injuries of a victim may be so severe that they are unable to continue working at all. The wages lost in these cases may be recovered by the victim.
Non-economic damages include the hidden or indirect losses of an accident, for example:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of companionship or consortium
Punitive damages, which are meant to punish the at-fault party, can be awarded if you are able to show “clear and convincing evidence” that the defendant(s) acted with “deliberate or conscious malice,” going beyond mere negligence. This can be hard to prove in a typical car accident case, but if you are eligible, the limit on recovery is the larger of three times compensatory damages or $1,500,000.
Alabama is one of the few states that still follow the “contributory negligence” rule, in which if you are found to be at all at fault, even if it’s only 5%, you will be unable to recover compensation for your injuries.
How Our Birmingham Car Accident Lawyers Can Help You
We, at : Law Group, P.C., are a highly experienced group of Birmingham personal injury attorneys who care about our clients and passionately advocate on their behalf. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, contact our personal injury law firm to have your case evaluated at no cost to you. Please fill out our free, no risk case evaluation form or call to speak with an attorney today.