Mobile Car Accident Attorneys
Mobile County Motor Vehicle Accidents
In Alabama, if you are injured in a car accident, you may be able to bring a claim against the at-fault driver’s insurance provider and receive financial compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain, suffering, and other damages. However, there are many factors that affect your claim. It is important that you discuss your legal rights and options with an experienced car accident attorney, like those at Mike Slocumb Law Firm.
With multiple offices located throughout the state, as well as nationwide, Mike Slocumb Law Firm is known as one of the country’s leading personal injury law firms. From our office in Mobile, AL, we provide automobile accident victims and their families with aggressive, compassionate, and personalized legal representation. Our goal is to help you recover the full, fair amount you are owed, while also holding the negligent party accountable for the harm they have caused you and your family.
Talk to our Mobile car accident lawyers today at no cost; call (251) 309-4411 or submit an online contact form to request a free, confidential consultation.
Car Accident Laws Affecting Your Claim
There are several important laws you should know if you are injured in an auto accident in Mobile County or anywhere in Alabama.
Here, we’ve provided a brief overview of some car accident laws that could affect your claim:
- Alabama’s Tort System: Alabama is one of many states to follow a traditional tort-based system when it comes to motor vehicle accidents. Under this system, you typically must prove that someone else was to blame for your accident (and resulting injuries) to file a personal injury claim. You will likely need to identify the cause of the accident to determine who was responsible and, therefore, liable for your damages.
- Contributory Negligence: While most states follow a rule of comparative negligence, which allows people who are partly to blame for the accidents that led to their injuries to still file personal injury claims, Alabama follows a strict contributory negligence rule. Under this rule, you may not file a personal injury claim if you were even one percent at fault for the crash. If you are found to be at fault whatsoever for the accident, you cannot recover compensation.
- Statute of Limitations: The statute of limitations, or deadline for filing your car accident lawsuit, is just two years from the date of the accident/injury. If your loved one passed away due to injuries caused by a car accident, you have two years from the date of death to file your wrongful death lawsuit. There are very few exceptions to this rule. Generally speaking, if the statute of limitations expires before you file a lawsuit, you will lose your right to compensation.
- Damage Caps: Alabama has limits, or “caps,” on certain types of damages in car accident claims. When the liable party is a municipal entity or public employee, such as a law enforcement officer, you may only recover up to $100,000 in total damages, regardless of the true cost of your economic and non-economic losses. For punitive damages, the cap is set to three times the value of actual (compensatory) damages or $1,500,000, whichever is greater.
As your legal team, we can explain everything you need to know about your case, the law, and what to expect from the legal process. We want to make sure you have the information you need to make empowered decisions about your recovery and your future, which is why we are always happy to answer your questions and address any concerns you may have.
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Who Is Responsible for Car Accident Damages?
Under Alabama’s tort, or fault-based, system, the person or party who caused the accident is typically responsible for the victim’s damages. You will have to prove that the other person or party was entirely at fault for the crash to recover compensation; if the insurance adjuster and/or court finds you even sightly to blame, you cannot file a personal injury claim.
The other driver may be liable for your damages if they caused the accident by:
- Driving recklessly or aggressively
- Running a red light or stop sign
- Failing to yield the right of way
- Driving too fast (speeding)
- Driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs
- Making an unsafe or illegal turn
- Following too closely (tailgating)
- Cutting you off or changing lanes unlawfully
Additionally, another third party (such as a roadway maintenance crew or auto manufacturer) could be responsible for your damages if the accident was caused by:
- A defectively designed roadway
- Poor or incomplete roadway maintenance
- Potholes, broken signals, and other roadway defects
- An auto defect, such as poor design
- Defective vehicle components, such as brakes or tires
At Mike Slocumb Law Firm, we work with teams of accident reconstructionists and other experts to determine exactly what happened and, most importantly, who is at fault. We know how to fight back against the insurance company’s efforts to unfairly assign you blame, claim that you had a preexisting condition, or otherwise dispute your claim.
To date, our firm has recovered more than half a billion dollars in compensation for our clients; reach out to us today to learn how we can help you get back on your feet after a serious motor vehicle accident.
We know how difficult it can be to move forward with your life after a serious car accident, but our team is here to provide the compassionate guidance and dedicated help you need. Our Mobile car accident attorneys can take on the insurance company so you can focus on your physical and emotional recovery.
We offer free initial consultations and contingency fees, so you do not owe anything unless/until we recover a settlement or verdict for you. Our attorneys are known for their aggressive approach to litigation, as well as their willingness to go to trial for their clients. You can rely on us to do everything possible to maximize your recovery.
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