The Morris Bart law office in Huntsville may be able to help you recover compensation for the injuries and damages you suffered in a rear-end accident. If another driver hits you from behind, you may be able to hold them legally responsible for your range of expenses and losses.
A Huntsville rear-end collisions attorney from our firm is here to help. We provide services, advice, and representation for injured motorists and their passengers. This includes free consultations and case reviews.
Securing a Financial Recovery Based on Your Rear-End Car Accident
Most rear-end collision claims resolve outside of court. The victim or their lawyer negotiates a settlement with the at-fault driver’s insurer, and the victim signs an agreement not to sue in exchange for the settlement amount.
In some cases, a lawsuit is necessary. Our attorneys discuss the need to sue with our client when certain circumstances are present. Together we decide if this is the best course of action based on the facts of the case. If so, we prepare and file the paperwork to begin a civil suit and take the case to trial.
Damages Available in a Car Accident Claim
Whether settled via claim negotiations or a jury verdict, there are certain expenses and losses we seek to recover for our client. These include:
- Pain and suffering and other intangible losses
- Medical treatment and care
- Future medical needs
- Lost wages and other income
- Reduced earning capacity
- Vehicle repairs
- Miscellaneous costs
Wrongful Death Damages Following a Rear-End Accident
Our lawyers pursue wrongful death damages for our clients under Ala. Code § 6-5-410. Alabama law handles wrongful death claims somewhat differently than many other states. Compensatory damages are not available after a deadly crash. Instead, the case will go before a jury, and the jury will determine if they should award punitive damages and how much to award.
Punitive damages are unique in that they do not rely on proving the value of expenses and losses. Instead, they are meant to penalize the liable party for their actions. Only a civil court, usually a jury, can award punitive damages.
For a free legal consultation with a Rear-End Collisions lawyer serving Huntsville, call 800-537-8185
Our Law Firm Works on a Contingency Fee Basis with Clients
At the Morris Bart law firm, our team of attorneys has more than 40 years of experience handling cases similar to yours. We recovered settlements or won verdicts for more than 6,500 clients in 2019. Our 15 locations allow us to serve all parts of four states:
Our Huntsville office serves Madison County, Limestone County, Morgan County, and other nearby areas. We also have offices in Birmingham, Mobile, Montgomery, and Decatur.
Our Huntsville location is:
600 Boulevard South-Southwest, Suite 104
Huntsville, AL 35802
The Morris Bart law office in Huntsville operates based on a contingency fee. We do not ask our clients to pay anything upfront, including a retainer. We also do not charge hourly fees for our services. Instead, we receive a percentage of their money damages after the case is over. If we do not win, we do not get any attorney’s fees.
Types of Evidence We Use to Prove Liability in Rear-End Collisions
There is often more evidence to show that the rear driver caused these crashes than there are in other cases. Our attorneys collect and present evidence to show that the rear driver failed to leave enough distance or did not stop in time.
Evidence in these cases includes:
- The accident report filed by law enforcement
- A survey of the crash scene
- Accident reconstruction
- Physical evidence such as damage to each car
- Photos or videos of the crash
- Witness interviews
- Medical expert statements
- Documentation of injuries and expenses
While many people believe rear-end accident cases are somewhat “open and shut,” this is not always the case. Some things that may occur in these claims and shock those involved include:
- Severe injuries
- Shared fault
- Uninsured drivers
Some rear-end accidents have case facts that are not straightforward to prove. For example, this could include distracted driving that led the front vehicle to slam on its brakes unexpectedly. This could significantly affect the case because this could mean the front driver shares a percentage of the fault for the accident.
Alabama is one of four states with pure contributory negligence laws. Under Alabama Supreme Court decision Golden v. McCurry (1980) and others affirming this doctrine, a victim who contributes to an accident–even one percent–cannot recover compensation in that crash.
To this end, if the rear driver tries to blame the collision on you, or there are other concerns related to a shared fault, our rear-end collision lawyers will fight these allegations and work to clear your name before we pursue compensation.
There Are Deadlines to Take Legal Action Against the At-Fault Driver
Under some circumstances, the best option for recovering compensation and holding the at-fault driver responsible is filing a lawsuit against them in the appropriate civil court. By taking your case to trial, you ask a jury to determine if the other driver caused your crash and how much your damages are worth.
You generally have two years to begin this process in Alabama under Ala. Code § 6-2-38. Exceptions to this statute could mean you have more or less time to act.
Get Help with Your Claim from a Rear End Collisions Lawyer in Huntsville Today
You can discuss your accident, injuries, and legal rights with an attorney from the Morris Bart law firm in Huntsville for free today. Our lawyer will explain how we manage these claims and secure compensation for our clients. We offer these case reviews in Huntsville by appointment only.
Call now to set up a time to talk to an attorney about your case.
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