Auburn Car Accident Lawyers
Car Accidents in Alabama
If you were involved in a car accident, and you believe someone else was at fault, you could be entitled to financial compensation for your resulting medical bills, lost income, pain, suffering, and other damages. Alabama follows some of the strictest rules in the country when it comes to shared fault in auto accident cases, so it is very important that you reach out to an experienced personal injury attorney who can help you with your claim.
At Mike Slocumb Law Firm, we have successfully helped countless auto accident victims recover fair financial compensation when they were severely injured due to the negligent or wrongful conduct of another motorist. From our office in Auburn, our car accident attorneys represent clients throughout Lee County and the surrounding areas, providing personalized legal guidance and aggressive advocacy every step of the way. We are not afraid to go up against major insurance companies, and we are always prepared to take your case to court if the insurance company refuses to play fair.
If you were injured or your loved one was killed in a car accident, reach out to Mike Slocumb Law Firm at (334) 219-3906 for the compassionate and dedicated representation you need.
Is Alabama a No-Fault Car Insurance State?
There are two main car insurance systems in the United States: fault and no-fault. In no-fault states, people who are injured in motor vehicle accidents do not necessarily need to prove that another driver (or some other party) was at fault to file injury claims. Instead, they can file claims through their own auto insurance providers (often known as “personal injury protection,” or PIP, claims) regardless of fault. In fault-based states, also known as “tort” states, victims can only file injury claims if they can prove someone else—whether another driver or some other third party—was to blame.
Alabama is not a no-fault state. Instead, the state follows a traditional fault-based system when it comes to auto insurance and accident claims. As a result, you must prove that someone else was at fault for the accident that caused your injuries in order to file a claim and be compensated for your damages.
Proving the Cause of Your Car Accident
To identify the liable party, you will need to establish the cause of the accident. If the cause was someone else’s negligent or wrongful conduct, you may typically file a claim against that party’s insurance provider. If they do not have auto insurance, you may be able to bring a lawsuit directly against the at-fault party.
Some of the most common causes of car accidents in Alabama include:
- Texting, using a cellphone, eating, drinking, and other forms of distracted driving
- Speeding, including driving at excessive speeds and driving too fast for current conditions
- Driving while impaired or intoxicated/driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Violating traffic laws, such as running red lights, making illegal turns, etc.
- Failing to yield the right of way when required by law
- Tailgating, engaging in road rage, and other reckless or aggressive driving behaviors
In some cases, certain outside factors may also contribute to or cause a crash. Examples include poorly designed or constructed roadways, inadequate road maintenance, vehicle defects, and even inclement weather.
Our Auburn car accident lawyers work with accident reconstructionists, medical professionals, economists, and other experts who provide powerful testimony in support of our clients’ claims. We know how to investigate all available evidence to build a strong case on your behalf.
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What If You Were Partly at Fault?
While some car accidents are truly the fault of a single party, this is not always the case. A distracted driver may hit someone who was speeding to make a green light, or an aggressive driver may distract someone so much that they fail to notice the traffic ahead of them has stopped. So, what happens if you are partly to blame for the crash that led to your injuries?
Alabama is one of very few states to follow a rule of contributory negligence when it comes to cases involving shared fault. As opposed to comparative negligence rules, which allow injured victims to file claims even when they share some of the fault, the rule of contributory negligence bars you from bringing a claim if you were even slightly to blame. In other words, if the insurance adjuster and/or court decides that you were as little as one percent at fault for the accident, you cannot recover any compensation for your accident-related losses.
All too often, insurance adjusters attempt to use the rule of contributory negligence to dispute or deny claims. They may try to argue that victims were at fault even when they really had nothing to do with causing the accident. Because of this, it is critical that you contact an experienced attorney who has handled car accident cases in Alabama.
At Mike Slocumb Law Firm, our legal team has successfully advocated for countless car accident victims right here in Lee County. We know the law and are familiar with local courts and judges. When it comes to dealing with the insurance company and seeking the fair compensation you are owed, we are ready to aggressively advocate for you—even if that means going to trial.
What Is the Statute of Limitations on Car Accident Lawsuits in Alabama?
The statute of limitations is the time you have to file a lawsuit. In Alabama, the statute of limitations on most car accident injury cases is two years from the date of the accident. For vehicle damage-only lawsuits, you have six years from the date of the collision to file your lawsuit in court.
While it may seem like you have a long time to file your claim, the months go by quickly. Over time, valuable evidence can be lost, and it can become much harder to prove your case. The sooner you reach out to our Auburn car accident lawyers, the sooner we can begin building your case and fighting for the fair compensation you deserve.
Don’t wait until it’s too late—call Mike Slocumb Law Firm at (334) 219-3906 or contact us online for a free consultation. Hablamos español.