If You Were Injured in Birmingham, You Need to Talk to Mike Slocumb Law Firm
A serious car accident can happen any time. In the blink of an eye, your life can change. At Mike Slocumb Law Firm, we can fight for you if you were injured in an auto accident in Birmingham.
At Slocumb Law Firm, we have years of experience standing up to insurance companies, which may try to downplay serious injuries to avoid paying full compensation. We understand how injuries can seriously damage the quality of your life. Whether you are coping with whiplash due to a rear end accident or dealing with a debilitating spinal cord injury, a focused attorney with our firm can help you pursue compensation.
- Where do car wrecks happen in Birmingham?
- Do I settle or file a lawsuit?
- What is negligence in a car wreck?
- How does the lawyer investigate the case?
We are skilled at negotiating favorable settlements. However, we are prepared to take a case to trial if necessary. Whether you were in a drunk driving accident or a distracted driver caused your car wreck, you need our experienced attorneys fighting for you.
While you might get into a head on collision or a T-bone accident on any type of road, the following highways in Birmingham are frequent locations of crashes: Interstate 20, Interstate 459, Interstate 65, Interstate 59, Route 31, Route 280 and Route 269. Motorists in downtown Birmingham are likely familiar with the Elton B. Stephens Expressway.
A car wreck can happen anywhere, even on a small road in Red Mountain or Crestwood or one of the other dozens of neighborhoods in the city.
Birmingham residents (and people who work or visit Jefferson County) often ask us if they will need to go to trial with their accident claim. We understand that car wreck victims who are struggling to recover from their losses simply want to get fair compensation and move on with their lives. The thought of having to testify in depositions and before a judge and jury can lead to anxiety. While the attorneys at Slocumb Law Firm prepare every case as if it will go to trial, we usually are able to negotiate a good settlement for our clients. We build a solid case to present to the insurance company. We often work with outside experts in accident reconstruction and the medical field to support the claim. We gather witness statements and evidence from the scene of the accident.
But sometimes, the insurance company or the at-fault party may refuse to agree to a reasonable settlement. They might come back with a low-ball offer or deny responsibility.
In such cases, we may recommend filing a lawsuit in a Birmingham, AL court. That begins the litigation process. But we only take such steps after consulting with the client. We won't leave you out of the loop.
Negligence is the basis of many car accident lawsuits. While it's a term used mostly by attorneys and insurance companies, people in car accidents will become familiar with the concept very quickly.
Let's say you were injured in a car wreck on Interstate 20, while you're going from Birmingham to Tuscaloosa. Police determined the other driver was texting while behind the wheel. Your attorney can argue that the other driver was acting negligently, because he or she was acting carelessly behind the wheel by texting instead of focusing on driving.
In some cases, a negligent driver who caused an accident has broken the law by running a red light or drinking excessively and driving. To prove negligence, you will have to show the other driver "breached" the duty of reasonable care."
The attorneys at our firm take a variety of steps in "nailing down" the case. We often gather statements from eyewitnesses. We pore over Birmingham Police Department accident reports and any photographs. Outside experts can help us reconstruct the crash and determine exactly what happened. After our comprehensive investigation, the insurance company may realize how strong the case is and agree to a settlement.