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Birmingham Car Accident Lawyer

Have you or a loved one been injured by a negligent or reckless driver in Birmingham? If this describes your situation, you may be eligible to recover compensation in a settlement proceeding or an Alabama court.

This fight does not have to be yours alone. DeGaris Law can defend you against reckless drivers and the predatory practices of some insurance companies. With over thirty years of experience, DeGaris Law has represented car accident victims throughout Alabama and is ready to represent you.

To get started, call us at 205-575-8000, or book a free no-obligation case review online today. DeGaris Law never charges victims unless we successfully conclude your case.

How A Birmingham Car Accident Lawyer Can Help

Understanding the ramifications of a car accident can be confusing and overwhelming, especially as you try to make your case during the healing process for your injuries. Our lawyers will help you with the following:

  • Collecting and managing evidence. The paperwork and documentation required to win a legal case against a third party can be overwhelming. The right legal team, like DeGaris Law,  will assist with managing photos, videos, surveillance footage, police reports, documents, and more. These services include conducting interviews with eyewitnesses.
  • Stay on top of the key deadlines. According to Ala. Code § 6-2-38, the statute of limitations for most personal injuries is two years from the incident. A respectable personal injury lawyer will know all your case’s relevant deadlines and statutes so that you can focus on your recovery.
  • Seeking maximum compensation. Whether your case is settled privately or through a jury verdict, we will fight for what is owed. Most personal injury lawyers use a contingency fee payment structure, which means we do not charge Birmingham car accident victims any fees unless we successfully conclude or win your case.
  • Negotiating with insurance companies. Our lawyers can serve as the go-between for you and an insurance company. As insurance companies are for-profit organizations, insurers are motivated to give you the least possible amount for your claim. DeGaris Law’s skilled lawyers know all the common insurance tactics and tricks used to devalue your claim short, leaving you with costly auto repair and medical bills.

Understanding Car Accidents in Alabama

According to a new analysis from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, fatal crashes in Alabama increased by 26 percent over the three years from 2020 through 2022 despite having fewer drivers on the road. The threat of a car accident in Alabama has not been higher in recent decades.

It is smart to partner with someone who knows the nuances of these laws inside and out. DeGaris Law’s expertise as a Birmingham car accident lawyer is well suited to settle or win in court.

If you’re considering starting legal proceedings in your case, here are some questions you may have.

Is Alabama a No-Fault State For Car Insurance Claims?

Alabama does not have a no-fault insurance system; it is one of the majority of 38 fault states nationwide. This means motorists determined to be at fault for the collision will file a claim on the other individual’s car insurance instead of their own.

Alabama law also uses the contributory negligence doctrine to determine liability following the accident. Contributory negligence means that you may be ineligible to recover damages if you are found partially at fault for the accident.

This differs from most states in the country that use the modified comparative negligence doctrine, which allows those who were found partially at fault to recover damages. In the event of a fatal car accident, a Birmingham wrongful death lawyer can help navigate your right to fair compensation.

How Do I Know If My Injuries Necessitate Compensation?

To establish fault in a car accident, you must prove the third party’s negligence and failure to uphold their responsibility in the following areas:

  • Duty: The other party in the wreck owed you a duty of care or was responsible for your safety.
  • Cause in Fact: Were it not for the other party’s failure, you would not have been injured.
  • Proximate Cause: Your injury was caused by the third party’s failure (and not another party or outside factor).
  • Damages: You have been injured and suffered some economic or non-economic losses.

What Types Of Injuries From Car Accidents Warrant Compensation?

Any injury – physical, mental, or emotional – could be legal grounds for restitution from the negligent driver. Examples of common physical injuries stemming from their careless driving include:

Physical Injuries

  • Bruises, Contusions, Internal Bleeding
  • Concussion or Whiplash
  • Soft Tissue Injuries
  • Cracked or Broken Bones
  • Crushed Limbs
  • Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Herniated Disks
  • Burns

Mental and Emotional Injuries

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Nightmares
  • Depression or social withdrawal

What Steps Should I Take After an Accident?

Following a car accident in Birmingham, you are likely unsure what to do next. Not only are you under stress as you navigate the complex maze of personal injury and automobile law, but you are also likely on the road to physical and psychological recovery.

Here’s what you should do after a Birmingham car accident.

Contact Authorities and the Proper Medical Professionals Immediately

Before leaving the scene of a car accident, it is crucial to contact the authorities as soon as possible. Victims are strongly encouraged to call 911, file a police report, and receive emergency medical treatment.

These documents, along with a police report, will be essential to build the foundation for your case.

Do Not Sign Any Paperwork From an Insurance Adjuster

The insurance adjuster prioritizes their company first and foremost, as they make money by keeping settlement payouts small following an accident. They will likely push you to settle quickly without legal representation. Make sure to contact a lawyer.

Choose DeGaris Law As Your Birmingham Car Accident Lawyer

If you or a loved one have been in a wreck and are struggling physically, mentally, and financially after a car accident in Birmingham, we are ready to help you in this time of need.

Contact a DeGaris Law personal injury lawyer in Birmingham for your free, no-obligation case review and consultation today at 205-575-8000, or schedule your appointment online.

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