Birmingham Car Accident Lawyers
After a traumatic car accident, the last thing you want to do is manage your way through a web of litigation. If someone else’s negligence caused your accident, however, the compensation you can receive for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost wages can be worth the difficulty. When you call a Birmingham car accident lawyer, you’ll benefit from years of court experience that make your legal issues less challenging. A Birmingham auto accident attorney will also make sure that your insurance claim is not denied without reason and treated with bad faith by your insurance company.
Alabama Car Accident Statistics
The state of Alabama has one of the highest rates of auto accidents in the U.S. The motor vehicle occupant death rate in Alabama is 13.7 (per 100,000 population), and the national average rate is 7.0, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) based off data from 2012.
Source: CDC Motor Vehicle Safety
This high auto accident death rate in Alabama is not because Alabama’s population is worse drivers, or because they don’t wear their seatbelt as often. No, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health, it is because such a large segment of Alabama’s population lives in rural areas where hospitals are farther distances away than normal.
Rural Vs. Urban Fatal Car Accidents in Alabama
While total crashes and fatalities across the state decreased by almost eight and 29 percent between 2005 and 2014, Alabama still has much room for improvement, according to the latest crash facts from the Alabama Department of Transportation. In 2014, a crash occurred every four minutes. Of those, someone was injured every 13 minutes while a fatality occurred every 10 hours.
Most Dangerous Travel Times
While more accidents occur between 3PM and 6PM, crashes with fatalities tend to happen after dusk or before dawn. The graph above shows the percentage of total car accidents and percentage of fatalities by the hour. In total, there were 133,219 car accidents and 821 fatalities in 2014. The most crash-pone day of the week is Friday while the deadliest day is Saturday.
Traffic Fatalities Per 100 Million Miles Travelled
Understandably, the more miles traveled the more fatalities. In the graph above you can see the dip in fatalities during the recession- a time marked by people saving money by spending less on gas and not traveling by car as much. Traffic analysts are closely monitoring conditions now, however, as the economy is rising again and people have returned to vacation and leisure driving.
Alabama drivers have greater than one in three chances of involvement in an injury or fatal crash in their lifetime. Almost all drivers, 98 percent, statistically will be involved in an accident of any severity level in their lifetime.
Common Car Accident Injuries
So while auto accidents remain one of the leading causes of deaths and serious injuries in the U.S., in Alabama auto accidents are even more serious and dangerous then most other places across the U.S. Auto accidents are the cause of a number of different types of injuries. These injuries resulting from car accidents range from being not very serious to very serious. Here is a list of some of the more common injuries that result from auto accidents in the state of Alabama.
- Broken bones
- Brain injuries
- Back injuries
- Neck injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Internal injuries
- Burn injuries
- Leg and knee injuries
- Wrongful death
What to Do After a Car Accident in Birmingham, AL
It can be difficult to know what to do after a car crash. First, don’t admit fault. Second, call the police. The police can file an official report of the accident, recording the details and getting the other driver’s information. Third, seek medical attention for your injuries. Even if you don’t feel injured right away, see a physician to make sure you don’t have hidden injuries, such as a displaced disc in your back that may slip later.
The faster you seek medical attention after a car accident, the better your chances of receiving compensation in court. If the jury sees that you waited a few weeks before going to the doctor, yet are trying to receive compensation for pain and suffering, they’ll be less likely to rule in your favor. Follow any treatment your doctor recommends. That way, the person whose negligence caused your accident (the defendant) can’t claim you made your own injuries worse by failing to treat them properly.
The next step is to call a local Birmingham personal injury lawyer who specializes in car accidents. Unlike slip and fall accidents or other negligence accidents, car accidents in Alabama have their own set of laws that your auto accident lawyer in Birmingham, AL needs to follow. Even if you’re not sure who or what caused the accident, call and discuss it with an auto accident attorney in Birmingham, AL. Most lawyers, including Michael Mitchell of The Mitchell Law firm, LLC offer a free initial consultation.
10 Safe Driver Habits to Always Follow
- Always wear your seat belt
- Pay attention to and obey traffic signals
- Don’t drive drunk, drugged, or drowsy
- Don’t text and drive (or any other forms of distractions that take your eyes off the road)
- Obey the speed limit
- Drive carefully and follow posted speed limits in construction and school zones
- Share the road with bicycles and motorcycles (and know the laws surrounding sharing the road)
- Don’t drive drowsy
- Use properly-installed child restraints- even when in rental cars, planes, etc.
- Wait for trains before crossing the tracks
What a Car Accident Attorney in Birmingham Can Do For You
When you work with a skilled Birmingham car accident attorney, you can identify the source and cause of the negligence that led to your accident. Your Birmingham, AL accident lawyer will explain whether you have a case and discuss your chances of winning compensation. Then, your lawyer will file a claim against the defendant and conduct an investigation into the accident.
The investigation phase includes taking photos of the accident scene, checking roadway security footage, interviewing eyewitnesses, reading police and medical reports, and hiring a key witness (usually a health care professional) to attest to your injuries. After the preliminary investigation, your case will most likely move to mediation. Our lawyers are skilled at resolving disputes and reaching a satisfactory settlement during mediation, so you may not have to go to trial.
If your case does go to trial, we’ll walk you through the process. We understand a trial can seem daunting, but with an experienced Birmingham accident lawyer by your side, you’ll feel confident in the courtroom. At The Mitchell Law Firm, LLC, we believe in communication. We stay in touch with clients for the duration of the case, so they’re never left in the dark.
Contact The Mitchell Law Firm’s Birmingham Accident Lawyers
In Alabama, the statute of limitations is two years after an accident to file a claim against a negligent party. The faster you file, the easier collecting evidence will be. If you’ve been in a car accident, don’t hesitate to call The Mitchell Law Firm, LLC, after you seek medical attention. We have experience handling all types of car accidents, from fender benders with property damage to head-on collisions with permanent disability. Let us help you through your car accident. Call (205) 942-0249 or contact us online for a free consultation today.