Fairhope Car Accident Lawyers
Over six million car accidents take place on American roads every single year. Over 16,000 times per day, drivers hear the crunch of metal and the jolt of energy that tells them something has gone wrong. Many of these crashes leave victims with minor vehicle damage and no injuries, but millions of accidents cause significant injuries that require medical care. It should come as no surprise that these car accidents cause billions of dollars in medical care, lost productivity, and property damage.
If you’ve been injured in a car accident, you could be entitled to compensation—but you won’t know until you talk to a car accident lawyer in Fairhope, AL. Contact us to set up a free consultation with a member of our legal team.
Car Accidents in Alabama
Making the roads safer is a top priority of legislators and public health professionals in Alabama. Crash statistics are headed in the wrong direction, and there’s a lot of motivation to bring them back down. In 2020, there were over 134,000 crashes, leading to nearly 38,000 injuries and 932 fatalities. More than half of those who died in car accidents were not wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.
Although 2020’s crash numbers are down from 2019, the general trend is not good—in the last 10 years, crashes increased by nearly 5% and fatalities increased by nearly 4%. It’s time for Alabama drivers to take control of their own safety, improve their driving habits, and be aware of unsafe drivers around them so they can stay away.
Knowing that car accidents are on the rise, it’s more important than ever to know what causes car crashes, what to do after an accident, and what your legal options are.
Common Causes of Car Collisions
Research conducted by the Alabama Department of Transportation explores what causes car collisions, helping people like you know which behaviors to avoid. Some of the most common causes of car crashes include:
You’ll notice that all of these are human errors. There are car crashes that are outside of drivers’ control, however, including those caused by poorly maintained roads, malfunctioning traffic signals, and defective car components. However, these are relatively rare—most car accidents are the result of one or more drivers’ mistakes.
Getting Fair and Full Compensation
After a car accident, you’ll be surprised how quickly the costs add up. That’s why it’s so important to talk to a car accident lawyer. Without a full and fair settlement, you will be on the hook for everything by yourself. However, with a settlement or a jury award, you may receive compensation for:
What does it take to get the settlement you deserve? Essentially, you must be ready to go up against the insurance company. You and the insurance company have competing interests: you want fair compensation for your injuries and the costs associated with them, and the insurance company wants to keep as much of its money as possible. They have conducted an enormous amount of research to figure out how to pay as little as possible when accidents occur, and it’s incredibly hard to overcome those tactics.
Having the right evidence helps. At the scene of the car accident, you should get all of the evidence that won’t be there the next time you’re there. Take photos of the accident from multiple angles and distances, paying particular attention to your vehicle’s damage and your injuries. You should also talk to any eyewitnesses who stopped to provide assistance, as their experience could help prove the other party’s liability.
You’ll also want to seek medical attention right away after the accident. This is an important step that far too many victims skip. They may worry about the costs associated with medical care or think that their injuries are too minor to warrant medical attention. This makes it incredibly difficult to get fair compensation.
The longer you wait to go to a doctor, the easier it is for the insurance company to claim that your injuries are the result of something completely unrelated to the accident. Go to the doctor, keep records of all of the care you receive, and provide those records to your attorney.
Why You Need Burns, Cunningham & Mackey
Another component of getting the settlement you deserve is hiring an attorney that is ready to fight for you. At Burns, Cunningham & Mackey, we have seen firsthand how insurance companies take advantage of car accident victims. We know exactly how they convince accident victims that they deserve less, that the accident is their fault, or that they don’t have the right to negotiate for a better settlement.
Thanks to our decades of experience in this area of law, we also know exactly what it takes to get the settlement you deserve. We have negotiated with every major insurance company on behalf of our clients, and we are ready to bring our knowledge and experience to your case. While most claims do settle outside of court, we are always prepared for the possibility that your case will go to court. If it does, you can count on an aggressive approach that lets us fight for every single dollar you are owed.
Start Your Claim Today—Call Our Team of Fairhope Car Accident Attorneys
If you’re ready to get started with your car accident claim, we’re ready to advocate for you. Let’s schedule a consultation to talk about what comes next and what you can expect from our team. Call us at 800-574-4332 or fill out our easy online contact form to have someone reach out to you.