A Montgomery rear-end collisions attorney from the Morris Bart law firm may be able to represent you and fight for a settlement on your behalf. Our lawyers are here for you if you suffered injuries when another driver hit you from behind. In addition, we may be able to offer advice, representation, and knowledgeable support for navigating the claims process.
We know what a viable rear-end collision case looks like and how to hold the at-fault driver accountable. We provide complimentary initial consultations.
How Much Is My Case Worth If I Was Rear-Ended?
We cannot evaluate and value your case during our first meeting. It takes a thorough investigation into what happened, who is responsible, and the damages you suffered.
Before we demand a payout or accept a settlement offer, we must identify our client’s expenses and losses. Therefore, we advise you not to sign anything until you have discussed this process with our law office. Your case may be worth more than you think.
The recoverable damages in a rear-end collision claim may include:
- Ambulance transportation costs
- Medical bills and related expenses
- Future treatment and care as described by an expert
- Lost wages and other income
- Diminished earning capacity, either short-term or for lasting injuries
- Property damages
- Pain and suffering
- Other non-economic damages
The value of these damages will depend on the facts of your case and the severity of your injuries. For example, someone with only a few bruises and a fractured arm might not have as many losses as a victim who suffered serious neck and back injuries.
Both of these are commonly reported injuries in rear-end accidents. In addition, neck injuries, including whiplash, frequently occur when a car is hit from behind. Whiplash can cause lasting impairments and require ongoing treatment and pain management for some people.
Some Victims Suffer Catastrophic Injuries in Rear-End Accidents
If higher speeds or tractor-trailers are involved, the injuries may be significant. Some victims have life-long impairments or pass away.
Our rear-end collisions lawyers represent families in these cases. We can pursue a personal injury claim for your loved one who suffered devastating injuries. If your family member died, Ala. Code § 6-5-410 allows a wrongful death lawsuit to move forward through the civil court system.
Unlike personal injury cases, wrongful death lawsuits in Alabama do not award compensatory damages. Alabama only allows punitive damages in these cases. The jury will evaluate the evidence provided and determine how much they should award to penalize the at-fault driver if they believe it is warranted.
For a free legal consultation with a Rear-End Collisions lawyer serving Montgomery, call 800-537-8185
Distracted Driving Is a Common, Dangerous Cause of Rear-End Accidents
Car accidents happen for any number of reasons, every day; however, rear-end collisions often occur due to a few common causes. One of the primary culprits: distracted driving.
Distracted driving is when the driver of a vehicle is visually, cognitively, or physically distracted from driving responsibly. This could look like:
- Eating or drinking
- Messing with radio or GPS
- Talking on the phone
- Talking with or managing rowdy passengers
- Listening to loud music
- Driving while emotionally dysregulated
In any of these situations, the driver cannot make fast, effective decisions to avoid an accident. If the driver who injured you was distracted, they should be held liable for their actions.
Other Common Causes
Some other common causes of rear-end accidents include:
- Switching lanes without signaling
- Speeding, inadequate brake time
- Aggressive driving
- Brake failure
- Drowsy driving
- Intoxicated driving
Whatever the cause of your rear-end collision, our attorneys will use the evidence we gather to demonstrate the at-fault party’s financial responsibility for the accident.
Our Law Firm Helped 6,500 Individuals Win Their Cases in 2019
With 15 locations in four states, the Morris Bart law firm represents thousands of clients yearly. In addition, we have a 40+ year history of recovering compensation for car accident victims through insurance settlements and court verdicts. So if you were hurt in a crash in Montgomery, Alabama, we may be able to help you.
You can learn more about our services and what former clients thought of how we handled cases like yours by reading our testimonials. Recent car accident case results include:
- $852,845 for a driver who suffered neck and back pain and facial fractures in a crash, in addition to pre-existing injuries from recent hip surgery
- $650,000 for a client who suffered numerous broken bones and two punctured lungs after being hit by a drunk driver
- $580,000 for a motorist who required a cervical disc replacement after a collision
If you work with our rear-end collision attorneys, we will not ask you to pay us any upfront fees. Instead, we work based on a contingency fee. Our attorneys only get paid from the recovery in their case, meaning we do not get any attorney’s fees unless we win.
Developing a Claim for Compensation Based on Your Rear-End Collision
When we represent clients, we allow them time to focus on their treatment while we handle their legal cases. This includes:
- Investigating what happened
- Communicating with the insurer and other involved parties
- Calculating the value of the case
- Filing a claim
- Negotiating with the insurer for an appropriate payout
- Handling all relevant paperwork
In some cases, the at-fault driver will claim you share fault in the crash. This is a common defense in car accidents in Alabama. This is because the state recognizes pure contributory negligence. Under Golden v. McCurry (1980) and other case laws, a party cannot recover compensation if they share any fault at all in causing the accident.
If this occurs or you are running out of time to sue, we may need to get that process started as soon as possible. Under Ala. Code § 6-2-38, most people only have up to two years for auto accident litigation against the at-fault driver. Some have even less time. We will assess the deadlines in your case during our initial conversation about your options.
Discuss Your Case with a Rear-End Collisions Lawyer for Free Today
The Morris Bart law firm provides complimentary case assessments for those hurt in rear-end car accidents in the Montgomery, Alabama area. We can evaluate your options based on what happened to you and the details of your accident. We may be able to represent you and handle your insurance claim or lawsuit.
Call us now to get started or to secure your car accident lawyer today.
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