Auto Accidents Attorney Fights on Your Behalf in Mobile Alabama
Experienced legal support for individuals injured in automobile accidents
It’s difficult to know what to do immediately after you have been involved in an auto accident. Your life has been turned upside down and if you are injured, this is not the time to try and go it alone.
Regardless of the severity of an accident, when the negligence of others causes injuries and property damage, it makes sense to seek a complimentary consultation of your legal options from an experienced Mobile auto accident lawyer.
J. Allan Brown will offer the compassionate understanding and a game plan to move forward to seek financial compensation to help you get back on your feet. Let us worry about the road to financial recovery while you concentrate on getting better.
Mobile Auto Accidents
It is not that unusual to be in an auto accident. According to the Strategic Highway Safety Plan, in your lifetime a typical Alabama driver has a greater than one-in-three chance of being in an automobile accident that results in injury or death.
The National Safety Council estimates there are about 10 million auto accidents every year from a parking lot bump to a multi-car collision. Three of every 1,000 auto accidents results in a fatality.
According to Center for Advanced Public Safety (CAPS) at the University of Alabama, 953 people were killed in 872 fatal crashes in Alabama in 2018.
At the same time there were more than 159,000 crashes that resulted in more than 47,419 injuries.
While injuries decreased from the year before, unfortunately the number of crashes and fatalities increased from 2017 among all types of traffic crashes, including drunk driving accidents, and distracted driving accidents.
Regardless of the severity of an accident, when the negligence of others causes injuries or other damages, it is important to seek a complimentary assessment of your legal options from an experienced Mobile auto accident lawyer.
At the Law Office of J. Allan Brown, L.L.C., Attorney Brown, with more than a decade of experience, helps his clients find the solutions they need to help with their recovery.
Alabama Law Concerning Auto Accidents
Most people expect to successfully pursue compensation when the reckless driving or careless behavior of another driver causes an accident. But Alabama law follows the statute of pure contributory negligence. This means that even if the liable party claims you contributed to your accident in a minimal way, the law may bar you from collecting the compensation you deserve.
Expect the other side will try to blame you in some way such as not wearing a seat belt or speeding, whether you were or not. This is an example of why you should never admit any degree of fault to anyone after an accident and keep any conversation with the other driver to a minimum.
Auto accident attorneys work closely with their clients to determine the causes for their collisions and learn everything that happened before, during and after the collision. As an experienced auto accident lawyer in Mobile, J. Allan Brown carefully examines every detail of your case and offers a candid assessment of the best legal options available to you.
And even if you suffer severe injuries in a crash with a commercial semi, or if you’ve been injured on a motorcycle, he is an experienced Mobile trucking accidents attorney and motorcycle accident attorney, who knows the special considerations involved when going against powerful trucking companies.
What to do Following an Alabama Auto Accident
If you have just been involved in an auto accident you have many thoughts flashing through your mind. You may want to apologize to the other driver. Do Not! Do not have a conversation with the other driver because it can be used against you. Even if your personality is to try and make everyone comfortable, please resist doing that.
If an insurance adjuster shows up on the scene, you are not required to make any statement and do not until you speak with us first. Definitely do not sign anything that an insurance adjuster presents to you at the scene. It will never be in your best interest.
What you need to do at the scene is:
- Call the police to file a police report and receive medical attention
- Exchange information, license, insurance, the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) of the other vehicle
- Take pictures if you can with your cell phone
- Speak to any witnesses and get their contact information
Symptoms of Delayed Injuries from a Car Accident
When you are thrown forward suddenly and violently, whiplash is the most common outcome. Think of the mechanics of a rear-end collision. The car is suddenly thrust forward causing your neck area and head to be suddenly jolted outside of its normal range of motion.
You may not feel the effects of whiplash until a day or even up to five days after the car accident. There are ways to treat whiplash including physical therapy, stretching, and exercise but first it must be diagnosed with the help of an x-ray, MRI, or CT scan. Severe whiplash can cause permanent damage to the victim’s joints, muscles, and nerves.
The symptoms of whiplash may include:
- Pain in the head, neck, or shoulders
- Trouble sleeping
- Ringing of the ears of tinnitus
- Blurred vision
Soft Tissue Injury is another effect of whiplash. It too can show up on a delayed schedule up to a week after the car accident. In this case, muscles, tendons, or ligaments are damaged.
Consider any of the following signs of soft tissue injury:
- Discoloration or bruising of the area
- Sprains or strains
- Difficulty carrying any weight
Concussion is an injury to the head that comes from the brain’s contact with the skull. Generally, it results in a form of traumatic brain injury (TBI) that can be severe to mild. In a car accident, the victim may hit his head on the dashboard, the windshield, or even the roof of the car. Additionally, when a car is hit at full force, the impact can cause the individuals’ brain to jerk with force inside the skull. Not only does the brain hit once but can reverberate and hit the other side of the skull.
Following a severe concussion, a person may experience:
- Mood swings
- Changes in sleeping habits
- Loss of balance
- Sensitivity to light and sound
- Bleeding inside the skull
Concussions are potentially very serious and you should seek medical attention immediately following the car accident.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) will impact almost everyone involved in a serious car accident. These are mental manifestations of the impact that may be replayed by the person again and again. PTSD may not be one of the immediate symptoms of a car accident, but the symptoms can be severe and can be treated. Symptoms of PTSD include:
- Sleep disruption
- Flashbacks, reliving the accident
- Mood changes
- Reckless behavior
Contact an Experienced Alabama Auto Accident Attorney
As an experienced auto accident lawyer in Mobile, J. Allan Brown carefully examines every detail of your case and offers a candid assessment of the best legal options available to you.
You will need to seek compensation for the losses resulting from this auto accident. Recovery can take months or even years all while the medical bills are mounting.
With the help of a compassionate and experienced auto accident attorney, compensation may include pain and suffering, property damage, permanent medical and mental injuries bills, rehabilitation and future surgeries.
J. Allan Brown will determine what this accident has cost you and identify the at-fault party. He will assess the costs of your future medical care including rehabilitation, life planning, medication, and medical specialists. You should not have to go this alone if you have suffered because of someone else’s negligence.
Let us worry about your financial future while you concentrate on healing.
Contact a dedicated automobile accidents lawyer in Mobile for a free consultation about your case
If you’ve been injured by a negligent driver, a skilled personal injury attorney from the Law Office of J. Allan Brown, L.L.C. in Mobile can help. For a free case review, call 251.473.6691, or contact us online.
Remember, you pay no attorney fees unless we obtain your settlement. Also understand you have two years from the date of the injury to file any lawsuit so swift action is recommended following your auto accident.