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Alabama Car Accident Lawyers

If you or a loved one was involved in a car crash in Alabama, you likely have many questions about what to do next. Our Alabama car accident lawyers will stand by your side throughout the claims process and help you regain control of your life. It can be difficult to seek the medical help you need, take the necessary time off work, and take care of your responsibilities at home. If the car accident was not your fault, we can help you hold those responsible accountable. You deserve compensation for the losses you have incurred. Call the car accidents lawyers Belt & Bruner, P.C. today at 205-933-1500 or contact us via our online form for a free consultation of your case.

Steps You Should take After a Car Accident

There are certain steps you should take after a car accident to protect your health and safety and to ensure you are able to successfully pursue compensation later:

  • Assess your own health and seek help right away
  • Move to safety or wait for emergency responders
  • Call 911 to report the accident or ask for medical help for others
  • Exchange information with the other driver(s) and witness(es)
  • Take photos and videos of the vehicles and surrounding area
  • Notify your and the other drivers’ insurance companies
  • See a physician to ensure you do not have more serious injuries than you think
  • Carefully maintain your own records
  • Contact a car accident attorney

If you failed to do one or more of these steps, do not worry. Our Alabama personal injury lawyers at Belt & Bruner, P.C. is here to help. We know that when you are hurt or in a traumatic situation, it is hard to do things by the book. The other driver may not cooperate either, making it impossible to obtain the information you need. We will investigate the accident and obtain the information you need to pursue compensation. We can work with whatever information you have.

Types of Car Accidents

No matter what type of auto accident led to your injuries, or you lost a loved one in, our car wreck attorneys at Belt & Bruner, P.C. are here for you. We know a wide range of factors may conspire to involve you or a relative in one of many common types of auto collisions, such as:

  • Rear-end accidents
  • Side impact accidents (T-bone or broadside)
  • Side swipes
  • Head-on accidents
  • Rollover accidents
  • Backup accidents
  • Single-vehicle accidents
  • Multi-vehicle accidents

Any of these accidents can lead to complicated claims, and we do not want you to deal with large insurers and their team of attorneys alone. You will almost always be at a disadvantage and are less likely to obtain the compensation you deserve. We know the insurer’s tricks and will fight for you to receive the maximum compensation possible.

Common Causes of a Car Accident

A question that must be answered is why the car accident occurred. You must determine why the accident happened before you can finalize who is liable for compensating you for your injuries. Many factors may have contributed to your accident, including but not limited to:

  • Speeding
  • Failing to yield to the right of way
  • Tailgating
  • Improper lane change
  • Reckless or aggressive driving
  • Misjudging necessary stopping distance
  • Distraction
  • Failing to see another object, person, or vehicle
  • Swerving to avoid an object, person, or vehicle
  • Fatigue/drowsiness
  • Drunk or drugged driving
  • Construction zones
  • Dangerous roads
  • Teen drivers
  • Defective auto parts
  • Construction zones and dangerous roads

Whether you are confident you know the cause of your car accident or you have no idea what happened, give us a call. Your car crash lawyer will thoroughly review all of the evidence regarding the accident, and when necessary, hire expert witnesses to determine what happened and why. In accidents where the cause is initially unclear, you may benefit from an accident reconstructionist on your case.

Who Is Responsible for the Crash?

Once your Alabama car accident lawyer knows what happened, they can determine who is at fault in the crash, and who is liable for compensating you for your physical, emotional, and financial injuries. This may be the same person, or it may be multiple parties.

If you are rear-ended by an individual, who was in their own vehicle, and all evidence shows that they were speeding and did not stop in time, then your claim will be against that individual. However, not all accidents are so simple. You could have been hit by a worker driving a business vehicle, in which case, your claim may be against the driver’s employer. Also, you could face a situation where the other driver or insurer claims you are partially at fault. In this situation, call us immediately. We will strive to not let these allegations bar you from obtaining the compensation you need.

When it comes to determining fault and liability for a car wreck, you need to work with an experienced accident attorney. When the answers to these questions are not obvious, then you need the help of someone who has handled these types of situations before and won successful outcomes for their clients.

Car Accident Compensation

You are probably wondering what kind of compensation you are entitled to after a crash. If there is evidence that another driver caused the accident that led to your injuries, then you may pursue compensation for your:

  • Medical costs
  • Loss of earning potential
  • Physical pain
  • Mental anguish
  • Physical impairment
  • Disfigurement
  • Loss of quality of life
  • Property loss or damage

The value of your claim depends on many factors, including the type and extent of your injuries. Common traffic accident injuries include traumatic brain injuries, neck, back, chest, abdominal, and spinal cord injuries as well as lacerations and burns.

The more significant, painful, visible, and long-term your injuries, the more likely you are to have a high-value claim. If you suffered only minor injuries that will not result in any long-term difficulties, then you may be looking at a relatively small amount of compensation for your medical costs and pain and suffering. Let an Alabama car accident lawyer from Belt & Bruner, P.C. review your potential compensation and help you make legal decisions moving forward.

Injured by an Out-of-State Driver

In an ideal world, you would never be in a car accident. If you have to be in an accident, then the driver will live in the same state as you and carry good insurance. Unfortunately, the facts do not always fall into place in your favor. You may have been injured by an out-of-state driver, in which case, your claim may face hurdles you would not experience with another Alabama driver.

Uninsured Motorist Claim

You may also have been hit by a driver who does not have the appropriate auto insurance, forcing you into an uninsured and underinsured motorist claim. You will need a lawyer during this difficult situation. You may have to look hard for an insurance policy that will cover your injuries, or you may need to sue the at-fault driver personally for compensation. Call us today and let us figure out your best next steps with the other driver is not making things easy.

Fatal Car Accidents

You may be interested in a vehicle accident lawyer not because you were hurt in a crash, but because you unexpectedly lost a loved one in an accident. Whether or not you were also involved in the accident, you may have a legal claim for the loss of a relative. Call us today if your spouse, parent, child, or another family member you were dependent on passed away from a fatal car accident. We will review the situation and explain Alabama’s wrongful death law (Alabama Code §6-5-410), including how it may enable you to pursue punitive damages.

Dealing with Car Insurance Companies

It may feel like the car accident itself was the hardest thing you ever had to go through, until you hit the red tape of insurance companies. Both small and major auto insurers can be tough to deal with. They use a lot of complicated contracts, and in some cases, unfair practices, to try and limit their liability. They also have no duty or incentive to help you during this process, which puts you at a distinct disadvantage. They know their policies and the law better than you, which is why you need a knowledgeable and experienced lawyer on your side.

At Belt & Bruner, P.C., we have years of experience of dealing with insurance companies. We can help you with the following issues, and more:

Avoiding Mistakes that May Cost You Compensation

After a crash, your focus should be on getting better, whether that means recovering from physical injuries or grieving for the loss of your loved one. Unfortunately, the aftermath of a car wreck forces you to concentrate on obtaining compensation through an insurance claim, personal injury lawsuit, or wrongful death lawsuit. While in the midst of this process, you need to know where things can go wrong and all of the ways you can lose your Alabama car accident case, including talking with an insurance adjuster before you have an injury lawyer.

Alabama Car Accident Statistics

After being hurt in a car accident, your first thought may not be car accident statistics. Yet this information provides a great deal of insight into crashes around the state and possibly, into your own collision. When you understand why crashes typically occur and who is considered at fault, you may know where to begin in your own situation. You may also find some small comfort in the fact that you are not alone. Many individuals go through similar circumstances and have found help with the car accident lawyers at Belt & Bruner, P.C.

In 2016, Alabama witnessed 155,907 crashes, which was a 5.73 percent increase from the year before. The state has seen a rise in total crashes each year since 2013. While collisions occur for all sorts of reasons, speeding was the top leading cause of fatal crashes that year. Failing to yield the right of way and tailgating were the top causes of all crashes.

When it is time to go beyond statistics and pursue the compensation you deserve after a crash, contact Belt & Bruner, P.C. We offer free consultations so that you can learn about your options following a dangerous collision without taking on another financial burden.

Let Our Alabama Car Accident Lawyers Help You

If you were hurt in a car accident or you lost a loved one in a crash, the best way to fight for your rights is to hire an experienced and aggressive attorney. At Belt & Bruner, P.C., we understand that the decision to hire a lawyer is difficult, as is the journey to finding the right lawyer for you. We want to make your decision as easy as possible.

Contact us online or call 205-933-1500 to schedule your free, no-risk consultation. We are ready to listen to your story and explain how we can help.

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