Alabama Car Accident Lawyers Discuss Types of Collisions
Helping those injured throughout the state get back to their lives
Traffic accidents, whether they result in minor damage or fatalities, are a menace to public safety in the United States. The National Safety Council (NSC) reports that preventable injuries, which includes car accidents, was the third leading cause of death. No matter what led to your accident, the injury lawyers of Mezrano Law Firm are here to help. Contact us today to learn more.
Traffic safety in Alabama
The Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) reports that there were 156,993 total crashes, 857 fatal traffic crashes and 47,771 injuries in Alabama in 2017 (the most recent year available). This equates to a traffic crash being reported every three minutes and 20 seconds, an injury occurring every 11 minutes, and a fatal traffic crash occurring every 9 hours and 14 minutes. According to ALDOT’s annual report, “Drive Safe Alabama,” almost 60% of the people who died in crashes in Alabama were NOT wearing a seat belt.
The report also included these traffic safety facts:
- A texting driver is 23 times more likely to get into a crash than a non-texting driver.
- In their lifetime, typical drivers in Alabama have a greater than one-in-three chance of being in a crash involving injury or death.
- The 2016 crash fatality rate for Alabama was higher than the national 2016 crash fatality rate.
- Alabama is ranked #12 out of all 50 states for speeding-related traffic fatalities.
- The top three most prevalent crash types are: restraint not used, speeding, and alcohol/drug use.
Types of traffic accidents
The following is a description of the general types of traffic accidents that tend to occur on roads:
- Rear-end crashes are by far the most common type of car accident, and the injuries can range from none to a fatality. Rear-end crashes are almost always preventable because they are often caused by the distraction, inattention, or impairment of the driver of the rear vehicle. Whiplash is a common injury in a rear-end crash.
- Side-impact or T-bone crashes where one vehicle collides with the side of another vehicle often occur at intersections or in parking lots. Because the side panels of vehicles do not always provide the same protection as the front or back end, injuries can be serious depending on the speed at which the striking car was traveling at the moment of impact.
- Head-on collisions occur when two vehicles moving in opposite directions collide front end to front end. While head-on crashes account for about 2% of traffic crashes, they are responsible for about 10% of the traffic fatalities each year.
- Single car accidents involve just one vehicle that might swerve to avoid a collision with another vehicle or wild animal and end up going off the road into a ditch. It can also involve a single car crashing into a telephone pole, tree, or side of a building.
- Vehicle rollover accidents can occur when a driver takes a turn at a speed that is too high. Some taller vehicles such as sport utility vehicles that have a higher center of gravity are much more prone to rollover that a lower vehicle such as a sedan.
- Multiple vehicle pileup/chain reaction collisions might start with one rear-end collision which sets the chain of accidents into motion. These tragic crashes can be caused by poor weather such as torrential rain, heavy fog, ice, and snow.
- Defective automotive parts such as failed brakes, a sticky accelerator, or even a fuel tank which explodes in flames can cause car accidents, serious injuries, and death. If a defective part caused the accident or made it worse, you may be able to sue the parts manufacturer for compensation for your injuries and other losses.
- Uninsured drivers or underinsured drivers. If an uninsured driver causes an accident which injures you, if you have uninsured/underinsured motorist (UM/UIM) coverage, you can file a claim under your own policy. If you don’t have it, you can file a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault driver.
- Hit-and-run accidents continue to increase throughout the U.S. Alabama law requires that drivers remain on the scene after a car accident, identify themselves, and request help for anyone else involved in the crash that might need assistance. Leaving the scene of a crash is a crime with serious penalties.
Which roads are the most dangerous in Alabama?
According to AL.com, the most dangerous intersection in Alabama is in Birmingham. An analysis conducted of NHTSA safety data by Time magazine found that the most dangerous intersection in the state was University Boulevard and 28th Street in Birmingham, which was the site of two fatal incidents between 2003 and 2012. Fortunately, there were no fatal accidents at that intersection between 2014 and 2016.
US Highway 431 has incurred the unfortunate nickname of “Highway to Hell.” (If you have driven on it, you know why.) I-65 and I-85 are also dangerous, given how many thousands of cars travel along these roads every day.
How do I choose the right car accident lawyer?
If you have suffered a serious injury in a car accident which requires surgery, or a hospital stay you may wish to hire an injury attorney right away to protect your interests and maximize your potential compensation. There is a two-year statute of limitations in Alabama from the date of the injury, so you do not want to waste too much time. Once you have made the decision to hire a lawyer, your next step is hire a good one because the right lawyer will have a significant income on the outcome of your case. Here are some of the attributes you might want to consider in a car accident lawyer:
- Do they have experience handling serious car accident cases?
- Is their law practice focused on personal injury, or do they do a bunch of other things, too?
- How well known are they in your local area for getting good results for their clients? (Check references)
- Are they going to communicate with you and respond promptly when you have questions about your case?
- Are they tough negotiators?
- Can you develop a working rapport with the attorney you would be working with?
- Does the firm share your values?
What happens during an initial consultation with a personal injury lawyer?
At Mezrano Law Firm, we offer free consultations to our clients who have been injured because of someone else’s negligence. It is an opportunity for the injured person to get his or her case evaluated, and it is a chance for us to determine if the case is a viable one to pursue. It is also a chance for you to meet our team and decide if we are a good fit for your legal needs.
At a free consultation, we will make introductions and evaluate the merits of your accident claim. While we can never know the potential value of your claim in the beginning, we can make some broad estimations about what makes sense and then you can decide how you want to proceed given what you have learned.
What types of damages are available for my car accident claim?
If your accident injury claim is successful and you receive a settlement or a jury verdict in your favor, there are several types of damages that you might recover depending on the facts of your case including:
- Medical expenses past, current, and future related to the accident injury
- Lost wages for time missed at work for medical appointments, hospital stays
- Disability, diminished earning capacity due to permanent injuries
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of consortium
- Other losses related to the accident injury
Regardless of the type of car accident that caused your injury, the experienced car accident lawyers at Mezrano Law Firm are ready to represent you as you pursue compensation for your injuries.
Types of Cases We Handle
Our attorneys handle a variety of cases, including:
Work with Mezrano Law Firm after a serious car accident injury
After suffering a serious injury in a car accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you want a personal injury team that you can trust to recover the compensation you need to get back to your normal life. The experienced Alabama personal injury lawyers at Mezrano Law Firm represent clients throughout the state with offices in Birmingham, Mobile, Florence, Gadsden, and Tuscaloosa. Schedule your free consultation today to discuss your case with a skilled Alabama car accident injury attorney by calling 205-206-6300 or filling out our contact form.
If you have a case, you have a lawyer. Call us today to learn more about how we can help you.