Motor vehicle accidents happen every day throughout Alabama, often times causing serious injury for one or more individuals. They are the leading cause of death for children and young adults, and the leading cause of personal injury in the United States. If you are injured in a motor vehicle accident due to another driver's negligence, there is no guarantee your medical bills will be covered by that driver's car insurance company; or, if you are paid, that you will be justly compensated.
Insurance companies and their legal teams are well versed on how to minimize settlement claims in bodily injury cases, putting you at a decided disadvantage if you attempt to challenge them on your own.
Motor vehicle accidents occur for a variety of reasons. Most are not intentional, but are due to negligence on the part of one (1) or more individuals. Negligence generally means that an individual has failed to act with reasonable care, resulting in injury to another. Under Alabama law, drivers have a duty to abide by certain standards when operating a motor vehicle. When a driver fails to abide by these standards and as a result a motor vehicle accident occurs, the driver may be held liable for negligence because they have “breached” the duty owed by them.
Under Alabama law, an injured individual cannot recover damages against another individual if they contributed to their injuries by acting negligently during the course of an accident, even if their negligence was not the primary cause of the accident. For this reason, it is very important to seek immediate legal advice from a qualified motor vehicle accident attorney about your situation and options for recovery.
If a driver of an automobile has acted negligently, a car wreck victim is entitled to compensation for all injuries and damage arising out of the driver’s negligence. In some circumstances, this can involve not only payment for damage to a vehicle or medical expenses, but also coverage for lost income or earnings, pain and suffering as well as mental anguish.
If an injury is permanent or disfiguring, Alabama law allows for additional compensation. Where an accident is fatal, relatives may be entitled to punitive damages imposed for the preservation of human life as well as to deter similar wrongful conduct.
If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, contact the lawyers at Johnson, Paseur & Medley, LLC. We do not charge you for the initial consultation, and you will not be charged at all, unless we recover monies for you.
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