Alabama's Personal Injury Lawyer
Alabama's Personal Injury Lawyer

Different Types of Collisions and Damages You Can Seek

Types of Collisions

Helping those injured throughout the state get back to their lives

The National Safety Council (NSC) reports that preventable collisions, including car accidents, were the third leading cause of death. No matter what types of collisions you experience,  an injury lawyer at Mezrano Law Firm is here to help. Contact us today to learn more.

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How Much Does a Personal Injury Lawyer Cost?

At Mezrano Law, we work on a contingency basis for premises liability and personal injury. A contingency fee basis means we do not charge you anything unless we win a settlement in or out of court. This fee structure ensures we work hard for your case and that you don't have even more out-of-pocket expenses during a stressful time. We also offer contingency fee schedules for other practice areas, such as:

  • Personal Injury 
  • Nursing home abuse
  • Car accident lawyers
  • Premises Liability
  • and more

How Do I Choose the Right Car Accident Lawyer?

If you have suffered a severe car accident injury, hire an attorney to protect your interests and maximize your potential compensation. While there are many types of collisions, our team can handle them all. 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 to 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 severe car accident cases?
  • Is their law practice focused on personal injury, or do they do other things, too?
  • How well-known are they in your local area for getting good results for their clients? (Check references)
  • Will they 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?

At Mezrano Law Firm, we offer free consultations to our clients 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 Can I Seek After My Accident?

Depending on the types of collisions and injuries, you can seek different damages. In that case, 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 types of collisions 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 Collision Cases We Handle

Our attorneys handle a variety of cases, including:

Traffic Safety in Alabama

The Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) reports that in 2017 there were:

  • 156,993 total crashes
  • 857 fatal traffic crashes
  • and 47,771 injuries

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.
  • Alabama's 2016 crash fatality rate was higher than the national 2016 crash fatality rate.
  • Alabama is ranked #12 out of all 50 for speeding-related traffic fatalities.
  • The top three most prevalent crash types are restraint not being used, speeding, and alcohol/drug use.

Types of Collisions

The following is a description of the general types of traffic accidents that tend to occur on roads:

Rear-End Accidents 

Rear-end accidents are 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 driver's distraction, inattention, or impairment of the rear vehicle. Whiplash is a common injury in a rear-end crash. Read on to learn about the different types of collisions.

Side-Impact or T-bone Crashes

Side impacts, where one vehicle collides with the side of another, often occur at intersections or parking lots. Because the side panels of vehicles do not always provide the same protection as the front or back end, injuries can be severe depending on the speed at which the striking car was traveling at the moment of impact.

Head-On Collisions

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 account for about 10% of traffic fatalities yearly.

Single-Car Accidents

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.

Rollover Accidents

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 with a higher center of gravity, are much more prone to rollover than a lower vehicle, such as a sedan.

Multiple Vehicle Pileup/Chain Reaction Collisions

These types of 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

Failed brakes, a sticky accelerator, or even a fuel tank that 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 manufacturer of the parts for compensation for your injuries and other losses.

Uninsured Drivers or Underinsured Drivers.

If an uninsured driver causes an accident that injures you, you can file a claim under your own policy if you have uninsured/underinsured motorist (UM/UIM) coverage. If you don’t have it, you can file a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault driver.

Hit-and-Run Accidents

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 involved in the crash who might need assistance. Leaving the scene of a crash is a crime with severe penalties. This is just one of the types of collisions.

Which Roads are the Most Dangerous in Alabama?

According to AL.com, the most dangerous intersection in Alabama is in Birmingham. An analysis 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 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 daily.

Call Mezrano Law Firm Today

After suffering a severe 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 return to your everyday life. 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.

 

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