Causes of Car Wrecks
Car accidents are typically caused by driver error, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA). Some of the most common causes of car wrecks include:
- Distracted driving – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that distracted drivers injure more than 1,000 people per day.
- Drugged/drunk driving – According to the CDC, approximately 10,000 people are killed in drunk driving accidents each year.
- Speeding – In 2017, 9,717 people were killed in accidents in which a driver was speeding, according to the NHTSA.
- Vehicle defects – Vehicles with design or manufacturing defects in the tires, brakes, seat belts, transmission, or other auto parts may cause car wrecks.
Types of Car Accidents
There are many ways in which a car wreck can occur. Some involve only one driver running off the road or hitting objects like trees or electrical pole while others are multi-vehicle collisions involving more than three drivers. Common types of car accidents include:
- Head-on collisions
- Low-speed crashes
- Rear-end collisions
- Sideswipe collisions
- T-bone/side impact crashes
- Uber/Lyft accidents
Car Accident Injuries
Those who are injured in car accidents may be entitled to compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, and other related expenses. Our Alabama car wreck lawyers have helped clients to recover for various injuries, including:
- Back injuries
- Broken bones
- Catastrophic injuries (including amputations, paralysis, and traumatic brain injuries)
- Chest injuries
- Internal injuries
- Neck and whiplash injuries
Should I Settle with the Insurance Company?
Insurance companies typically offer injured parties car accident settlements for less than they deserve. They may also try to pressure injured parties to settle quickly or delay making payments. It is in an injured party’s best interest to seek legal advice from a qualified attorney in their local area to ensure that their rights are protected. The Alabama car wreck lawyers at Hodges Trial Lawyers, P.C. are skilled in negotiating with insurance companies in order to get the maximum recovery each client deserves.
Alabama Car Accident Laws
In Alabama, those injured in car wrecks must prove that the defendant caused their accident, either negligently or wantonly. If the injured party was at fault for the accident to any degree, they will not be able to recover due to the state’s contributory negligence laws.
It is also important to comply with legal time limits when seeking compensation. The statute of limitations in Alabama for personal injury claims is two years from the date of the accident and for wrongful death claims is two years from the date of death.
Personal Injury Claims
- Fault-based system – The injured party must prove that the defendant negligently or wantonly caused the accident in order to recover for losses stemming from the accident, including medical costs, lost wages, and vehicle damages.
- Contributory negligence – Alabama is a contributory negligence state, therefore accident victims may be barred from recovering damages for their injuries if they were even one percent at fault for their accident.
Wrongful Death Claims
When someone dies due to the wrongful act, omission, or negligence of another, that person’s estate may bring a wrongful death suit against the party who caused the death. In Alabama, a wrongful death suit must be filed by the personal representative of the deceased’s estate. Unlike other states, which allow family members to collect compensation for losses such as medical expenses, lost financial support, and funeral costs, Alabama restricts recovery in wrongful death suits to punitive damages. Such damages are not designed to compensate surviving family members, but rather to punish defendants.
Huntsville Car Wreck Lawyers at Hodges Trial Lawyers, P.C. Represent Injured Clients in Both Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Suits
If you were injured or you lost a loved one in a car accident, contact an Alabama car wreck lawyer at Hodges Trial Lawyers, P.C. Our experienced attorneys can help you get the compensation you deserve. We represent clients throughout North Alabama, including the areas of Madison County, Limestone County, Marshall County, Jackson County, Morgan County, and Lauderdale County from our offices conveniently located in Huntsville and Athens. For a free consultation, please complete our online contact form or call us at 256-539-3110 or 888-539-3110.