Alabama Car Accident Lawyer
Have you been seriously hurt in a car crash in Alabama? You may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost earnings, and more. An experienced Alabama car accident lawyer can help you hold the negligent driver accountable for the harm and losses you have suffered.
For over 65 years, Lattof & Lattof, P.C. has represented car accident victims in seeking the full compensation they deserve. Our family-run law firm will put our reputation and decades of experience to work for you. Contact our law office in Mobile, AL, to schedule your free consultation to find out how we can help.
How Lattof & Lattof, P.C. Can Help You After a Car Accident in Alabama
If you have been injured in a car accident, you deserve an Alabama personal injury lawyer who will give you the legal representation and support you deserve. Do not allow the insurance company to undervalue your claim or blame you for your crash. Lattof & Lattof, P.C. is here to help you.
Our Alabama personal injury law will put over one century of combined experience to work on your case. Our Top 100 National Trial Lawyers have successfully represented over 10,000 clients against well-funded insurance companies. We have recovered tens of millions for our clients and will fight to give you the same quality legal representation.
Choose Lattof & Lattof, P.C. to help with your Alabama car accident case, and we will:
- Give you the legal advice and guidance you need
- Investigate the accident to gather evidence and prove causation
- Accurately value the extent of your damages to fight for fair compensation
- Handle all communications and administrative tasks
- Negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf
- Take your case before a jury if the insurance company does not treat you fairly
You do not have to go up against the insurance company alone. Contact our law office to schedule your free case review with an Alabama car accident lawyer who cares about you and can help you protect your rights.
How Common Are Car Accidents in Alabama?
Car accidents are the top three leading causes of accidental death in the United States. Traffic crashes are also a leading cause of catastrophic injuries like spinal cord injuries.
In 2018, there were almost 160,000 car crashes in Alabama alone. These accidents resulted in over 47,400 injuries and 953 deaths. The typical Alabama driver has a 1 in 3 chance of being involved in a fatal or injury accident over their life.
About 77% of crashes in Alabama happen in urban areas like Mobile, but 60% of fatalities occur in rural areas. Nearly 56% of people killed in a crash in Alabama were not wearing a seat belt.
Among all fatal traffic accidents, almost 52% involved passenger cars while 39% involved pickup trucks and SUVs. Every year for the last five years, Alabama has had a crash fatality rate above the national average.
What Is My Car Accident Case Worth?
All accident claims are unique. There is no calculator that can estimate your case’s value as it requires a thorough investigation into the circumstances, evidence, and damages.
At Lattof & Lattof, P.C., we will begin by calculating the value of your economic losses like medical expenses and lost wages. These damages will be used as a base to value your non-economic losses like pain and suffering.
Important factors that influence the value of your claim include:
- The type and severity of your injuries
- Whether your injuries have left you with disfigurement, loss of limb, or long-lasting and painful injuries
- Whether you are able to return to work and fully recover or will be left with impairment or disability
- Whether you need ongoing medical care
- The amount of insurance coverage available
Call Lattof & Lattof, P.C. today for a free case review with an Alabama car crash lawyer. We will discuss what your case may be worth based on your unique circumstances.
What Kind of Damages Are Available to Car Accident Victims in Alabama?
If you are successful in proving the other driver was negligent and caused your injuries, you are entitled to seek compensation for your damages.
These damages include economic damages and non-economic damages.
You may seek money for:
- Medical expenses related to your accident, including reasonable future medical bills
- Loss of income, including future lost earnings
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish and emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
In rare cases, you may be entitled to punitive damages awarded by a jury. These damages are capped at $1.5 million.
Can I Recover Compensation if I’m Being Blamed for a Car Accident in Alabama?
If you are being blamed for your crash, it’s vital to seek experienced legal counsel as soon as possible. Alabama uses a legal doctrine known as contributory negligence is accident cases involving shared blame. Under this rule, you will be barred from recovering any damages if you are found even 1% to blame for your crash.
Most states have moved away from contributory negligence. Insurance companies use Alabama’s harsh contributory negligence rule to their advantage. If they can shift even a tiny amount of fault to you, they can escape all liability for your damages.
It may be possible to argue the contributory negligence rule shouldn’t apply to your crash, however. There is an exception for wanton behavior. Suppose the other driver acted with intentional disregard for the safety and rights of other people. In that case, they can still be held liable for damages, even if you contributed to your crash. Drunk driving may qualify.
We’ll Fight for Compensation for All of Your Car Accident Injuries
Lattof & Lattof, P.C. is committed to pursuing the full compensation you deserve for the serious injuries you sustained. We understand just how devastating a motor vehicle accident can be and the effect your injuries may have on the rest of your life.
Our Alabama car accident lawyers represent victims who have sustained accident injuries such as:
- Brain injuries
- Back injuries
- Chest injuries
- Catastrophic injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Seat belt injuries
- Organ damage
- Soft tissue injuries
- Facial injuries
- Broken bones
- Nerve damage
Your injuries may have left you with medical bills and lost earnings, as well as significant pain, impairment, and psychological effects. While money cannot erase the harm you have suffered, it can help with the financial burden of your injuries. Lattof & Lattof, P.C., will give you the tireless legal representation you deserve to hold the responsible party accountable.
What Causes Most Car Accidents in Alabama?
In 2018, the following were the most common events involved in Alabama accidents:
- Collision with another vehicle (72% of crashes, 428 deaths)
- Hit a fixed object (11% of crashes, 273 deaths)
- Hit a pedestrian (0.4% of crashes, 53 deaths)
- Overturning accident (0.9% of crashes, 43 deaths)
About 94% of car accidents are caused by human error and negligence. Multiple factors can contribute to an accident, and more than one party may be at fault.
However, police determined the following to be primary causes of Alabama car accidents:
- Failure to yield the right of way: 23,800 accidents, 96 fatalities
- Tailgating: 22,500 accidents, 4 fatalities
- Misjudging stopping distance: 13,800 accidents, 5 fatalities
- Improper lane use or lane change: 13,500 accidents, 58 fatalities
- Did not see a vehicle, object, or person: 10,700 accidents, 33 fatalities
- Speeding: 8,900 accidents, 139 fatalities
- Swerving to avoid an object or vehicle: 7,500 accidents, 30 fatalities
- Failure to obey a signal or sign: 6,100 accidents, 24 fatalities
- Drunk driving: 4,100 accidents, 89 fatalities
- Running off the road: 3,700 accidents, 68 fatalities
- Fatigued driving: 2,800 accidents, 21 fatalities
Lattof & Lattof, P.C. will conduct a thorough investigation into your accident. We will begin building your case by first determining how your accident happened and which factors contributed to the crash. This will be used to determine who can be held liable for the damages you sustained.
How Do I Prove Negligence After a Car Accident in Alabama?
Your Alabama car accident lawyer will help you build a strong negligence claim based on evidence.
After investigating your accident and determining who is likely at fault, we will gather and interpret evidence, such as:
- Police reports
- Any citations or arrests connected to your accident
- Witness statements
- Cell phone records of distracted drivers
- Medical records
- Video and photographs of the accident scene and vehicle damage
- Dash cam and traffic camera footage
We may work with specialists like accident reconstruction experts to help us interpret this evidence and provide expert testimony in your case. We will not rest in building the strongest case possible against the negligent driver who caused your car wreck.
How Long Do I Have to File a Lawsuit After a Car Accident in Alabama?
The statute of limitations in Alabama for personal injury lawsuits is just two years. This same statute of limitations applies to wrongful death claims after fatal accidents. Your car accident injury lawsuit must be filed before this deadline expires, or you will lose your legal right to recover compensation.
Contact an Alabama Car Accident Lawyer for a Free Consultation
After a serious car crash, the last thing you should face is an uphill battle with an insurance company for the compensation you need. Lattof & Lattof, P.C. will take over the fight on your behalf.
Contact our law firm in Mobile, Alabama, to schedule a free case review with an Alabama car accident lawyer. We will fight for you. We work on a contingency fee basis, so you never face attorney’s fees unless we win your case.