Jefferson County Car Accident Attorney
Representing Car Accident Victims in Madison, Mobile, Montgomery, & Tuscaloosa Counties
If you have suffered serious injuries in a car wreck, you may be wondering how you will manage medical expenses, lost wages, and other incalculable losses. If the accident was not your fault, you may be able to pursue a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent party.
At Tommy James Law, we are committed to helping car accident victims hold negligent drivers accountable and obtain just compensation. Our Jefferson County car accident lawyer has over 25 years of experience and understands how to effectively navigate these cases in Alabama courts. No matter your circumstances, we are confident that our full-service personal injury firm can offer the aggressive yet attentive representation you deserve. We will work closely with you throughout the legal process and make every effort to maximize your recovery.
Call (205) 843-5086 or contact us online to request a free case evaluation. Our firm serves clients throughout the state of Alabama.
Protecting Your Rights after a Car Accident in Alabama
Many people do not realize that the actions you take in the moments after a car wreck could become crucial in whether you will be able to recover any compensation. If you require immediate medical attention, you should not hesitate to the nearest hospital, but if you are able to stay at the scene, there are certain things you should do (and not do) to protect yourself.
After an Alabama car wreck, you should:
- Make sure everyone is okay. Check with the other driver(s), passengers, and any pedestrians that were involved in the collision. If anyone looks seriously hurt or is unresponsive, call 9-1-1 and ask for an ambulance.
- Call the police. No matter what the other driver says, know that Alabama law requires you to call the police if an accident results in any injury or property damage exceeding $250. Calling the police is also in your best interest: They will create an official report that may serve as a pivotal piece of evidence in a personal injury lawsuit.
- Say as little as possible. You may be tempted to make small talk with the other driver or their passengers while you wait for the police or a tow truck to arrive. Avoid this urge and stay quiet. Do not answer questions like “Are you okay?” or “What were you thinking?” if asked by the other driver. Anything you say can and probably will be used against you in court.
- Document the wreck and surrounding area. Take photos and videos of damage to your car, your injuries, the nearby roads (including skid marks), and anything else that was affected by or possibly contributed to the crash.
- Obtain contact information. You will need the name, address, phone number, license information, and insurance information of the other driver. You should also get the names and phone numbers of anyone who saw what happened, as their testimony could become important later on.
- See a doctor. Do not try to “shake off” injuries after a car accident. When you are in a wreck, you need to get a full medical evaluation, even if your injuries do not seem particularly serious. Some injuries can have devastating effects if they are not immediately detected and treated. Get a copy of your doctor’s report and carefully follow all treatment advice.
- Get in touch with Tommy James Law. In the weeks after a wreck, the negligent driver (or their representatives) may reach out. Again: The things you say, no matter how seemingly harmless, could be used against you, so do not answer any questions or make any statements. Instead, direct them to your legal representative. Our Jefferson County car accident attorney can evaluate your case and help you understand your options.
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Recovering Damages in an Alabama Car Accident Lawsuit
In Alabama, car accident victims usually have two years from the date of an accident to file a lawsuit. When a car accident kills someone, survivors of the victim have two years from the date of their passing to bring a wrongful death claim. If you miss the applicable deadline, you will be unable to take legal action.
Not all car accident lawsuits will go to trial. Many are settled out of court if a fair settlement can be reached. We are skilled negotiators who will always work to resolve your case as efficiently as possible, and we will be direct when we believe settling is in your best interest. If a just settlement cannot be negotiated, we are more than prepared to go to trial.
In a personal injury lawsuit, our Jefferson County car accident lawyer may be able to obtain compensation for all relevant losses, including:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
You will need skilled legal representation to prevail in a car accident lawsuit. Alabama imposes strict contributory negligence rules when deciding these cases, meaning you will be unable to recover any damages if you are found to be partially responsible for the accident. We understand what is at stake and will leverage our extensive knowledge of these proceedings to secure a favorable outcome.
Do not wait to get legal advice if you suffered injuries in an Alabama car wreck. Contact us online or call (205) 843-5086 to discuss your case with us.