If you or a family member was injured by an elderly driver in Birmingham, Alabama you could be facing mounting medical bills, a recovery process with time missed at work, and other damages.
It can be stressful to try to heal and juggle these sudden expenses. You may be eligible to receive compensation for your injuries and other losses by holding the at-fault driver responsible by filing a claim.
The Morris Bart law firm represents car accident victims in Birmingham. Call us today for a free, no-obligation consultation.
Contact a member of our team today at (205) 380-4158.
What to Expect in Your Pursuit for Compensation
In a clear-cut case where the elderly driver is at fault for your accident, you may be contacted by their insurance company with a settlement offer. It is important to evaluate if this offer will cover all or your losses resulting from this incident. Does it cover both your current and future medical bills? Your lost wages from time away from work? Your pain and suffering?
Accepting a settlement from the insurance company could limit your ability to recover other compensation in your accident in the future.
You can negotiate for a higher settlement offer with the insurance company, but they may not budge unless they see the evidence that a court would force them to pay a higher amount.
If they are not willing to make a fair offer when presented with solid evidence, you also have the option to sue them in court.
A lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm can assist you with all stages of this process, from gathering evidence to negotiating with insurance companies to bringing your case to trial. For a free consultation about your case and your legal options, call our Birmingham team today at (205) 380-4158.
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What Compensation May Be Available
The compensation you may receive will depend on the specifics of your case. In general, car accident victims may be able to recover compensation for:
- Medical bills
- Estimated cost of future treatments and rehabilitation
- Lost wages from the time the injury forced you to miss work
- Reduced earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Property damages
- And more
If your family member died in an injury caused by an elderly driver, you may be able to sue on their behalf in a wrongful death case. According to Sec. 6-5-410 of the Alabama Statutes, a wrongful death case may award punitive damages based on the severity of the defendant’s negligent actions.
A member of our legal team can discuss the possible compensation available in your case when you call us for a free consultation.
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Proving Driver Liability
In an elderly driver car accident case, it requires evidence to prove the other driver was at fault, including:
- That the other party owed you a duty of care, in this case, safe shared use of the roadway
- That the liable party acted in a negligent way, for example by breaking a traffic law
- That this negligent act caused your injury, such as in a collision with your vehicle
- The value of those injuries, for assessing the damages you may be owed
A lawyer can help you gather evidence to build a strong case. While some evidence may be easily accessible, other forms of evidence that could support your case could require an investment. The Morris Bart law firm operates on a contingency fee basis, and we will invest our resources into obtaining evidence in your defense based on the facts of your case.
Evidence in a car accident case may include:
- Photos, videos, or a police report from the scene of the accident
- Statements from witnesses
- CCTV or security footage, if available
- Statements from accident reconstruction experts in your defense
- Documents related to immediate costs of medical treatment
- Estimates from medical experts as to your future costs of treatment
- Documentation of your lost wages
- Documentation of property damage to your vehicle
When you hire a Birmingham lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm we will identify the liable party or parties in your accident and gather evidence in your case so you will have time to concentrate on your recovery.
Act Now Before the Statute of Limitations Runs Out
Per Sec. 6-2-38 of the Alabama Statutes, personal injury cases typically have a two-year statute of limitations. This means that if you do not initiate legal action against the parties responsible for your injuries within two years of the accident, you may lose the legal right to recover compensation. This is true no matter how strong the evidence is against the defendant.
There may be other deadlines that apply to your case. Contact the Morris Bart law firm as soon as possible to discuss the timeframe of your case and the next possible steps you may take.
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Let Morris Bart & Associates, LLC Represent You
When you hire a lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm to represent you our firm will:
- Answer your questions and discuss possible outcomes in your case
- Manage all legal deadlines and paperwork
- Gather and secure evidence in your defense
- Communicate with the insurance companies and the courts on your behalf
- Negotiate for a settlement with the insurance companies based on the evidence we produce
- Bring them to court if they are not willing to make you a fair settlement offer
No one should be responsible for the financial burden of injuries caused by another person’s negligence.
If an elderly driver injured you or a member of your family in Birmingham, call the Morris Bart law firm today at (205) 380-4158. We can get started by answering your questions with a free consultation.
Our firm operates on a contingency fee basis with no up-front costs unless we secure a fair settlement or court award in your case.
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