Here's Why You Need an Attorney on Your Side!
Slocumb Law Firm, based in Alabama, has extensive experience representing clients injured in car wrecks in Huntsville and throughout the state. We understand how quickly your life can change because someone decided sending or reading a text message was more important than paying attention to the road ahead. We know how devastating you can feel after a drunk driver causes an accident that takes the life of a loved one.
That's why we work so hard on behalf of clients. We realize how negligent acts on our highways in Huntsville and throughout the state can destroy lives. Our job is to help our clients recover compensation for their losses. We also believe our work will make Madison County and all of Alabama a safer place to live and work. Contact us immediately if you or a loved one was injured or a loved one died in a car wreck in Huntsville.
A city with nearly a half million people, Huntsville is the fourth largest city in Alabama. If you live in or around Huntsville, you probably use Interstate 565, but you also are likely familiar with other heavily traveled routes including highways 72, 231 and 431, where car accidents can happen without warning. Other significant routes where accidents often are reported include University Drive, Governors Drive, Airport Road, Memorial Parkway and Research Park Boulevard.
When we represent clients in car accident claims, we help determine negligence. What is negligence? This is a key concept in any car crash case we handle. Essentially, all drivers have a "duty of care" - a legal term that refers to the responsibility the driver has to avoid causing an injury or death on the road. If a driver is distracted and rear ends another vehicle, the distracted driver's conduct may have "breached" that duty of care. Our job is to prove that the driver was negligent and that our client suffered injuries as a result of the failure to meet the duty of care.
If someone drinks to excess and then drives a vehicle and causes an accident, his behavior would be considered negligent. The same goes for someone who chooses to text and drive and causes an accident.
Other examples of negligence in car accidents:
- Running a red light and striking another car
- Driving at night without headlights on and causing an accident
- Failing to yield for a pedestrian in a crosswalk and hitting that pedestrian
To prove a negligence case in a car accident, we typically will look at a police report, which may indicate that the driver was careless or reckless. We may use testimony from witnesses who saw the accident. We also can use testimony from the plaintiff (the injured person who is pursuing the claim). The accident scene also may also provide evidence of negligence. For example, vehicle damage to the rear end of a client's car can support a rear-end accident claim.
Negligence may seem like a fairly straightforward concept, but proving someone was negligent and at fault can be a difficult task. That's why it's wise to consult with an experienced negligence lawyer about your car accident.
While you don't need to hire an attorney for your car accident claim, an attorney can help is many ways. Our attorneys are well-versed in state and federal laws and have experience working with insurance companies. Injured victims in car accidents simply may not end up with as much money to pay for their losses if they try to resolve the claim without an attorney.
An attorney also can reach out to experts who can help support the claim. These include medical experts and accident reconstructionists.
The best way to start is with a free consultation. If you were injured in a Huntsville accident, call us right now at 256-564-9915 or fill out the contact forms on this page. We will listen to you free of charge and discuss your options.