A car accident can change your life in an instant. If you’re unlucky enough to be injured, you may be missing days—and pay—at work, while you visit doctors, rest, and recuperate. This could be compounded by the physical pain from your injury and worry about paying medical bills on top of your usual living expenses. You may also carry at least some amount of emotional scarring from the trauma of the accident. For these reasons and more, a car accident can be an awful experience.
However, you may be releived to know that if another party’s negligence caused your injury, you may be entitled to compensation to cover your damages. A Mobile car accident lawyer from the Morris Bart law office can build your case, negotiate with insurers, and even represent you in civil court, if necessary. Best of all, you pay us nothing unless and until we win a settlement or judgment in your case.
Call the Morris Bart law office today for a free consultation: (251) 298-8380.
Alabama Law Says That Whoever Is at Fault Pays
Alabama is a tort (at-fault) state, meaning that if another driver (or other entity) causes an accident that results in injuries, you can file a third-party claim against their insurance policy to cover your medical bills, lost income, and other damages.
However, your claim will depend on your ability to prove fault. Not only must you be able to prove the other party’s fault, but you must also be able to prove you played no role in the accident occurring. Under Alabama’s contributory negligence laws, if you have contributed to any degree to the accident, no matter how insignificant, you cannot collect compensation from the other party’s insurance company. This means, technically, if you are even 10% responsible for an accident you may be barred from recovering any compensation.
Keep in mind that insurance companies are adept at disproving claims—and very motivated to do so. If they can prove you were even partially at fault, they can avoid paying your damages. Furthermore, if you get a call from the insurer offering to pay a certain amount, you can expect the amount they are offering could be significantly less than what they know your case is worth. Avoid talking to them and consider calling a lawyer who can help you protect your interests.
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A Mobile Car Accident Lawyer Can Help You Prove Fault
If you hire the Morris Bart law firm to represent you in your car accident, we will start to build your case by launching an investigation into the circumstances of the collision. During this investigation, our firm will:
- Visit the accident scene to gather evidence
- Gather photos
- Obtain videos from nearby surveillance cameras and other sources
- Interview witnesses for their accounts of the accident
- Obtain a copy of the police accident report
The information we gain from this investigation will help us to identify the at-fault party. We will use this evidence to support our claim of negligence, which is a necessary component of your case.
A Mobile car accident lawyer from the Morris Bart law office can help you establish negligence so that the at-fault party will be held liable for your losses. Call us today at (251) 298-8380 for a free case review.
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Your lawyer will also be able to collect the evidence to fulfill another requirement of a personal injury case: proof of injury and damages. Toward this end, our firm will:
- Collect medical records related to your accident injury
- Obtain copies of wage statements from your employer
- Collaborate with experts who can testify to the ongoing and future damages you will suffer from your injury
We will use this evidence to build a demand letter that itemizes and valuates your claim.
Types of Recoverable Damages
Our firm will determine the damages you can claim from your injury after reviewing all the evidence and documentation we have collected throughout our investigation. Without this information, it is impossible to estimate the value of your claim. However, some common types of damages linked to car accident injuries include the following:
- Medical treatment costs
- Prescription medicine
- Emergency transportation
- Physical rehabilitation/therapy
- Replacement services
- Mobility devices
- Lost wages and benefits
- Diminished quality of life
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional stress
- Mental anguish
These are just some of the types of damages you may be able to recover in your case. Every case is different, and your attorney will calculate your definitive losses.
If your loved one died from injuries they sustained in a car accident caused by another party, the Code of Alabama entitles you to recover damages from the negligent party. The statute of limitations, § 6-2-38, for this action is two years after the death. Our firm can represent you in this legal process, and we will handle the matter with dignity and compassion. While no amount of compensation can replace those closest to us, recovering damages from the loss of a loved one can help prepare us financially for the road ahead.
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Statute of Limitations for Taking Legal Action
The State of Alabama also imposes a time restriction on filing a personal injury lawsuit. In most cases, you have two years from the date of your car accident in which to take legal action. Although this may seem like a generous amount of time, it can often slip away quickly while you work to put your life back on track.
It’s also important to remember that the longer you wait to start the process of seeking compensation, the less time you give your lawyer to gather evidence and build a compelling case. Over time, evidence fades, as can the memories of key witnesses who can speak to your lack of fault in the accident.
Call a Mobile Car Accident Lawyer for Help Recovering Damages
At Morris Bart, we believe you should not have to bear the financial burden of the injuries you sustained in a car accident you did not cause. Let us fight for your right to receive compensation for your losses.
We have helped hundreds of Mobile car accident victims recover damages in their cases, and we stand ready to do the same for you.
Call the Morris Bart law office today at (251) 298-8380 for your free case review.
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