Car accidents are one of the leading causes of injury in Alabama. When people are injured in a car wreck due to someone else’s carelessness, an experienced attorney can guide them through the confusing process of recovering compensation for their injuries. The Union Springs and Montgomery car accident attorneys at Jinks, Crow & Dickson, P.C. have more than 30 years of experience, and have handled automobile accident cases for clients throughout all of Alabama. If you have been injured or lost a loved one in car accident, Jinks, Crow & Dickson can help.
Car Accidents Are Common
According to the Alabama Department of Public Safety, there were more than 123,000 car accidents in Alabama in 2009. Most accidents do not involve injuries, but those that do can be devastating for the people involved. Hospital bills, lost wages from missed work, and mental anguish are just a few of the long-term effects of car accidents. An experienced car wreck attorney can help injured people recover the compensation to which they may be entitled.
Car Accident Lawsuits Can be Complicated
People injured in auto accidents in Alabama may take legal action to seek compensation for their injuries. The cause of the accident or injury is the major factor in determining what kind of lawsuit a plaintiff should bring. Sometimes the accident is the fault of another driver; other times it may have arisen from a misplaced road sign or a defect with the road itself. Some accidents can be traced to a defective component or lack of crashworthiness in one of the cars involved.
Whether multi-car or single-vehicle, determining the cause of the accident or injury is an essential first step in seeking compensation for injuries sustained in a car wreck. Some car accident claims are best litigated as wrongful death or personal injury suits under a negligence theory of liability. In those cases, the plaintiff must prove that another person’s failure to exercise reasonable care caused the injuries at issue. Others may be brought under a products liability theory, in which a plaintiff must prove that a defective car component caused the injury. Plaintiffs in both personal injury and products liability suits may recover compensatory damages, and, in some cases, punitive damages. Wrongful death plaintiffs may seek only punitive damages in Alabama.
If you were injured or a family member was killed in a car accident, keep in mind that Alabama has a two-year statute of limitations. This means that a personal injury lawsuit must be brought within two years of the date of the accident or injury, and a wrongful death lawsuit must be brought within two years of the victim’s date of death.
Experienced Car Accident Attorneys
Just because injuries sustained in car accidents are fairly common does not mean they are easy to litigate. If you have been injured or lost a family member in an auto wreck, you should speak with an experienced Union Springs car accident lawyer. The attorneys at Jinks, Crow & Dickson have years of experience helping Alabama residents from throughout the state seek compensation for car crash injuries. Call 334-738-4225 or contact us online to speak to one of our attorneys at no cost.