Alabama Car Accident Attorneys
When people hear the term “car accident” they probably picture two cars colliding with each other. However, many accidents in Alabama each year involve only one car. Just because you were injured in a single-vehicle accident does not mean you are not entitled to compensation. The Union Springs and Montgomery car accident attorneys at Jinks, Crow & Dickson, P.C. have helped people from throughout Alabama receive compensation for injuries sustained in single-vehicle accidents. If you have been injured in a one-car wreck, call us today.
Single-Vehicle Accidents Occur Frequently
According to a study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, fatal single-vehicle accidents are more likely to occur on rural roads, and roads with fewer traffic lanes. The study found that a full 70 percent of fatal single-vehicle accidents involved the vehicle leaving the road and going onto the shoulder or median. Alabama’s many rural, two-lane roads make these types of crashes commonplace. The possible effects of car accidents include emotional distress, lost wages, and mounting hospital bills. An experienced auto accident attorney can help injured people receive compensation for their injuries if they have a valid legal claim.
Victims of Single-Vehicle Accidents May Receive Compensation
Many single-vehicle accidents are caused by something other than the driver of the car. Therefore, it is possible for people injured by these accidents to receive compensation for their injuries. The person or entity liable for these damages depends on the accident’s cause.
An accident may be caused by the vehicle itself or a defective component of the vehicle. For example, if a defective tire blows out and causes a car to roll, the manufacturer of the tire may be held liable. Other times, the cause of the accident may not be relevant, but the safety system of the car could have caused injuries that should not have occurred. This may allow for a products liability case to be brought against the manufacturer of the car or the manufacturer of part of the car’s safety system. Sometimes single-vehicle accidents are not caused by the car itself, but by another external factor. A poorly constructed road may expose the road contractor to liability if the plaintiff can prove that the road was a cause of the accident. The same may be true of a misplaced or defective road sign.
An experienced attorney can evaluate your case and recommend the best course of action. In some cases this will mean proceeding under a negligence theory, or seeking to prove that the responsible party failed to exercise due care in a way that led to your injuries. In cases involving dangerous or defective products, meaning either the product’s design, manufacture, or warnings were flawed, a products liability lawsuit may be the most appropriate strategy. It is also possible to file suit under other legal theories, or pursue compensation in some other way.
Generally, a plaintiff who brings a successful personal injury lawsuit in Alabama is entitled to compensatory damages, meaning that covered amounts may include medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering. Sometimes plaintiffs may also be entitled to punitive damages in cases involving particularly bad conduct by defendants. Plaintiffs who file wrongful death lawsuits on behalf of their loved ones are only entitled to pursue punitive damages.
Speak to an Experienced Attorney
The Union Springs car accident lawyers at Jinks, Crow & Dickson have more than 30 years of experience helping Central Alabama residents navigate the aftermath of car accidents, including those involving just one vehicle. If you have been injured in a single-vehicle accident, let one of our lawyers evaluate your case for free. Contact us online or call 334-738-4225.