Auto Accidents Attorney Fights on Your Behalf in Mobile Alabama
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
What Kind of Evidence Is Used in a Car Accident Case?
Gathering evidence quickly reinforces you are injured and require compensation. There is a two-year deadline for any action in Alabama, called a statute of limitations. It begins the day the accident occurs.
- Photographs – At the scene, take as many pictures as you can – photos of the accident, the vehicles, your injuries, property damage. Look at the debris, skid marks, the intersection where the accident occurred, and any statement made by the other drivers or witnesses.
- Witnesses – Collect names and information from witnesses to your accident. Make sure you can contact them through a phone, email, and address.
- Do not discuss the accident at the scene with the other side. Even a simple apology can be misconstrued and used against you.
- Damaged property- In a car accident, not only your vehicle but the contents of the car are likely to be damaged. Get an estimate from a professional on repair costs and whether that is even possible. Chronicle what was lost from inside your car.
- Medical records – Your injuries may represent the most significant financial loss as a result of your accident. Every doctor’s visit should be chronicled. Keep all documents and follow your doctor’s recommendations to see as many specialists as are recommended to show you are compliant with the recommended care. Keep records on additional medical costs, including medical equipment, physical therapy, imaging centers, and return visits to the doctor. Keep track of your lost wages as a result of the accident.
Alabama’s contributory negligence rule states you will not be compensated if you played any part in causing the accident. Prepare that the other side will suggest you are, at least, partially at fault for the accident.
Contact a dedicated automobile accidents lawyer in Mobile for a free consultation about your case
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.
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.