Whether you're traveling on Interstate 85 in Montgomery, Interstate 65 or one of the smaller roads in the city, you might suddenly find yourself dealing with a motor vehicle crash and wondering what to do next. The Slocumb Law Firm handles a variety of car wreck cases throughout Montgomery, including rear-end accidents, drunk driving crashes and distracted driving collisions, to name a few types of claims.
Mike Slocumb and his team have extensive experience working on settlements for clients in Montgomery County and across the state. But we know that an accident claim can become complex quickly. That's why we prepare each case as if it's going to trial. In some cases, the insurance companies won't agree to a fair settlement. If we believe it's the best course of action, we will file a car accident lawsuit in a Montgomery court and let a judge and jury decide the case.
- How Do I File a Car Accident Lawsuit?
- What are Benefits of Using an Attorney?
- What if I Was Injured as a Passenger?
- How Much Time Do I Have Before Contacting an Attorney?
Filing a lawsuit for your car wreck takes your case to a different level. Many cases are resolved before a lawsuit is filed in court, which often is the desirable route. That's because injury victims who settle will receive their compensation faster. They don't have to appear at multiple courtroom hearings. They also don't have to worry about whether the jury will decide in in their favor.
When we represent Montgomery car accident victims, we keep them informed every step of the way. If we feel litigation is necessary, we will discuss the pros and cons with the client and file the lawsuit only if the client understands it's the best way to proceed.
By working with an attorney, you will have a legal professional who is skilled at negotiations and at presenting evidence in court. While a non-lawyer can file a lawsuit in court, it's almost always more effective to leave this step up to the attorney. The attorney will need to draft a formal legal complaint and submit the paperwork with the appropriate court. The other driver must be served with the complaint and must respond in a certain amount of time.
When pursuing a lawsuit, the accident victim also will have to go through the discovery process. This is when you, as a plaintiff, seek information from the defendant (the person who was negligent and caused the accident). You can get information through interrogatories or through a deposition where people testify. This testimony is recorded and used in court.
The final step in the lawsuit is trial. Often, a case will settle before trial, but sometimes the case will go before a judge and jury. The jury will decide on a verdict either for the plaintiff or the defendant.
Any passenger in an auto accident is considered free of liability for the accident, unless they committed an overt act that distracted the driver, or in any other way contributed to the accident. Also, if you get into a vehicle knowing that the driver is drunk, you may have "assumed the risk" of being in an accident.
As a passenger, you may have a claim against all negligent parties, which can include the driver of the car you were riding in when the accident occurred, as well as the drivers of other vehicles involved. In multi-car accidents, the driver responsible for the accident may be one or more vehicles removed from the one in which the passenger is injured.
Following an accident, collect all important information regarding the accident, and then contact Slocumb Law Firm to handle your claim.
The Alabama statute of limitations means the clock is ticking on your motor vehicle accident case. You generally have two years from the date of a crash to file a lawsuit. If you miss the deadline, you give up your right to take legal action against the negligent party.
We encourage car accident victims to contact us as soon as possible. Don't wait till the last possible minute, because it takes time to prepare the case. Your attorney will want to conduct a thorough investigation. In addition, the longer you wait the harder it becomes to track down witnesses and find fresh evidence.
For a free consultation, get in touch with Slocumb Law Firm today. Call 1-800-HURTLINE now to find out how we can make a meaningful difference.