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As the capital of Alabama and one of the state’s largest cities, Montgomery is no stranger to traffic. With several large highways running through it, the city deals with both daily commuters and long-distance travelers. Whether you make your way onto highways often or you tend to stay in town, you are still at risk for a car accident.
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If you experience a collision in Montgomery, there is a typical process you should follow:
Car crashes happen for a variety of reasons. In some circumstances, neither driver is at fault. A defect within a vehicle or bad weather and road conditions can take matters beyond the control of you and the other driver. However, most collisions are due to one driver being careless or negligent. More specifically, some of the most common causes of car accidents include:
Whether you are sure you know what caused the accident, or you are unsure of what lead to the collision, contact a car accident attorney in Montgomery for help. It is important to have a lawyer conduct an independent investigation into the crash. This enables you to gain more evidence of the other person’s fault, and ensures you can contradict any inaccurate statements made by the at-fault party’s insurer.
Motor vehicle accidents can result in a wide range of injuries, so it is impossible to predict all of the harm any type of collision may cause. After a crash, you and your passengers may be dealing with:
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There are many steps you must take to pursue compensation for your damages. Our car accident attorneys assist you in every phase of the claims process.
After being injured in a car accident, the first way to obtain compensation for your injuries is through an insurance claim. When another driver is at fault, you will file an insurance claim against that driver’s auto policy. Once you file a formal claim, you will have to cooperate with an insurance adjuster. This is where having a car accident attorney can be helpful. You will need to make a statement to the insurance adjuster about the accident.
The adjuster will ask for a significant amount of documentation regarding the crash, requesting items such as a police report, vehicle repair quotes, and your medical history. Most insurers will try and get you to sign a medical record waiver that allows them to review your entire medical history. Car accident attorneys protect you from this and ensure you only provide the appropriate medical records regarding your injuries.
If the insurer finds its client is at fault, your claim will be approved. Next comes settlement negotiations. The first settlement offer from an insurer is likely a low-ball offer. The experienced Montgomery car accident lawyers of Belt, Bruner, & Barnett P.C. will fight for you to receive an offer that encompasses all the compensation you are entitled to under the law.
If the insurer denies your claim and you have yet to work with an attorney, call Belt, Bruner, & Barnett P.C. immediately. We will look into why your claim was denied, and address the situation immediately. That may require going through the insurer’s appeal process or filing a personal injury claim in court.
The compensation you are entitled to after a car accident depends heavily on your injuries. The types of damages you can pursue include:
Alabama follows a strict pure contributory negligence rule, which is why you want to deny any responsibility after a car accident. Under this law, if you are in any way at fault for the crash that caused your injuries, you are prohibited from receiving any compensation. This is an extremely harsh rule, and an attorney can help you avoid this devastating outcome.
If your spouse, parent, child, or sibling was killed in a car accident, call our Montgomery car accident attorneys as soon as possible. When another driver is responsible, a personal representative for your loved one’s estate may be able to pursue a wrongful death claim. If the representative and their attorneys can prove the other driver’s negligence was to blame for your loss, then an insurer, judge, or jury may award you and your family members punitive damages.
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At Belt, Bruner, & Barnett P.C., our Montgomery car accident attorneys have been handling car accident claims for years. We have the knowledge and skills you need to face the difficulties of this situation and obtain the compensation you deserve. We will guide you through the insurance claim process or a personal injury court claim, always explaining and protecting your rights.
Contact us today at (205) 933-1500 today to schedule your free, initial consultation.