At Siniard, Timberlake & League, P.C., we are Alabama car wreck attorneys committed to providing comprehensive legal assistance to personal injury victims in Huntsville, Birmingham, and throughout Alabama. As one of Alabama’s premier law firms, we have over 75 years of collective experience successfully helping our clients pursue their personal injury claims and obtain the compensation they deserve.Alabama Automobile Wrecks
Automobile, motorcycle, and truck wrecks happen every day throughout Alabama, often leading to serious injury for one or more individuals. They are the leading cause of death for children and young adults, and the leading cause of personal injury in the United States. According to national statistics, almost 33,000 fatal accidents occurred in 2010 and 2011. Although Alabama, and other states, continue to work to improve safety for drivers and pedestrians, car wrecks remain a daily reality. In 2011, Alabama recorded 894 automobile fatalities and 98 deaths of motorcyclists. In total, these accidents have cost the state of Alabama over one billion dollars in lost work costs and eight million dollars in medical expenses.Liability for Car Wrecks
Car wrecks may occur for a variety of reasons, including drunk driving, traffic hazards, inexperience, fatigue, or driver distraction. They may also be the result of defective products or designs, such as defective tires or gas tanks. Most collisions accidents are not intentional, but are due to negligence on the part of one or more individuals. Negligence generally means that an individual has failed to act with reasonable care, resulting in injury to another. This is called the “duty of reasonable care.” Under Alabama law, drivers have a duty to obey the “Rules of the Road” detailed in the Code of Alabama. When a driver fails to obey these rules and car wreck results, the driver may be held liable for negligence because they have “breached” their duty. These Rules of the Road include laws regarding:
- Obeying traffic signals
- Respecting right of way
- Watching for pedestrians
- Passing and overtaking other vehicles
- Following too closely
- Turning at an intersection
- Maintaining a reasonable speed
Even when an action is not directly addressed in the Rules of the Road, an individual may still be liable for an accident where they have acted carelessly, resulting in injury to another.
Under Alabama law, an injured individual cannot recover damages against another individual if they contributed to their injuries by acting negligently during the course of an accident, even if their negligence was not the primary cause of the accident. For this reason, it is very important to seek immediate legal advice from a qualified automobile wreck attorney about your situation and options for recovery.Compensation and Recovery
If a driver of an automobile has acted negligently, a car wreck victim is entitled to compensation for all injuries and damage arising out of the driver’s negligence. Depending on the nature of the accident, this can involve not only payment for damage to a vehicle or medical expenses, but also coverage for lost income or earnings, pain and suffering as well as mental anguish. If an injury is permanent or disfiguring Alabama law allows for additional compensation. Where an accident is fatal, relatives may be entitled to punitive damages damages imposed for the preservation of human life and to deter similar wrongful conduct. In total, full compensation can range from hundreds to millions of dollars. If you are the victim of an automobile wreck, you should consult an attorney to help you determine what compensation may be available toAlabama Car Wreck Attorneys Committed to Assisting You
At Siniard, Timberlake & League, P.C., we have over 75years of combined experience as Alabama personal injury lawyers dedicated to assisting the victims of automobile wrecks. If you have been injured in a car wreck, or lost a loved one, we can help. Our attorneys can guide you in your legal claims and assist you in handling the complexities of insurance claims and the courtroom. After the trauma of a difficult accident you shouldn’t have to face a legal battle alone. We are here to fight for you, and to help you pursue the verdict or settlement you deserve. Call (256) 536-0770 or (800) 804-2502 for a free confidential consultation, or contact us online.