Birmingham Accident Cases We Handle
Car accidents remain a major cause of injury and death in our state. When the cause of a Birmingham accident is due to another driver’s carelessness – such as reckless driving, or driving under the influence – victims have a right to pursue damages with the help of a Birmingham accident attorney to help them heal.
- Auto Accident Statistics
- Car Accident Injuries
- Reporting Car Accidents
- Drunk Driving Accidents
- Reckless Driving
- Backing-up Accidents
- Tire Blowout Accidents
- Teen Driving Accidents
- Distracted Driving Accidents
With all of the freight moving along our highways, trucking accidents are not uncommon. The sheer size and weight of these vehicles means that when they are involved in an accident, serious injuries and property damage is likely to occur.
When a bus driver is not following the road rules or drives too fast, it puts passengers and other drivers on the road at risk. Negligence behind the wheel, as well as defective bus equipment, are some of the reasons for Birmingham accidents that seriously injure victims.
Due to their smaller size, motorcycles may be ignored or not seen by other drivers. What’s more, a motorcycle does not offer the same level of protection to a driver, compared with other vehicles. For this reason, drivers can sustain catastrophic injuries when involved in a motorcycle accident.
Too often motorists are not keeping an eye out for bicyclists on the roadways. A careless driver may sideswipe, cut off, or turn into a bicycle, among other acts of negligence. The gross difference in size, weight, and speed between a motorized vehicle and a car means that when there is an accident, the cyclist often sustains terrible physical trauma.
Victims of railroad accidents can include pedestrians, commuters, or employees of railroad companies. Regardless of the type of accident, the power of a locomotive can mean devastating harm to victims or even death.
Any number of accidents can befall workers in a wide variety of industries. When safety procedures are not properly setup or followed, the employer may be responsible for the accident. Some of the more common work-related injuries include slip and falls, falling from a height, electrical accidents, and lifting heavy objects.
Wrongful death is when a person dies due to another party’s misconduct or negligence. The victim’s family is left coping with the loss of their loved one while trying to gather up the pieces of their lives. A reputable attorney can hold responsible parties accountable in a fatal accident, so survivors can heal.
How An Attorney Can Help You
Pittman, Dutton & Hellums has decades of experience and a proven track record of success in handling Birmingham accident cases. We are here to help injured victims and their families throughout the state of Birmingham. To find out how we can secure the compensation you deserve, reach out to us today for a free case evaluation.
Get Medical Treatment Right Away
It is extremely important that victims receive medical treatment as soon as possible after an accident. Even if you believe your injuries are minor, the sooner you see a healthcare professional, the better. Accident symptoms can worsen over time, or start to appear days or even weeks after an accident. Delaying medical treatment can compromise your health and your accident claim.
The longer you wait between the accident and receiving treatment, the harder it is to prove that your injuries were connected to the accident. This gap in treatment is one of the most damaging factors to any personal injury claim.
It is important to document your injuries with medical evidence. This includes seeing a doctor after the accident and keeping up with all medical appointments until your health professional releases you from care.
The insurance companies will launch an investigation into the accident right away. Essentially, this is to determine who is at fault and how insurance companies can minimize how much they have to pay out.
At the same time, your attorney will conduct a thorough investigation. The strength of your case will depend on your attorney’s ability to collect and present evidence that proves the other party at-fault. Your attorney may use a number of tactics to build your case. During the investigation, your attorney may:
- Review police reports, photographs and other relevant documentation
- Analyze video footage, if available
- Review your medical history to determine if the injuries were related to the accident
- Interview expert witnesses
- Recreate the scene of the accident
The damages you are owed will be based on your injuries and related accident costs. Your attorney will work closely with key experts to help determine the maximum amount you are due. You may be entitled to damages relating to:
- Current and future medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earning capacity
Creating a Claim
Your attorney uses the information gathered during the investigation to create a claim. This will serve as the basis for your lawsuit. The claim will state the other party’s alleged negligent behavior, your injuries, and requested damages for your injuries. Your attorney will use the claim as leverage to reach a settlement outside of court, or win a jury verdict.
Typically, both parties will attempt to negotiate a settlement while preparing for trial. If negotiations remain unsuccessful, your lawsuit will go to court and your attorney will plead your case. Based on the evidence presented during the trial, the judge or jury will determine if you are entitled to compensation, and if so, how much you are awarded.
The Insurance Companies Are Not on Your Side
If you are involved in a Birmingham accident, keep in mind that insurance companies are for-profit businesses. Insurance companies tend to do whatever they can to avoid paying out what you are owed. Insurance companies make billions of dollars every year by settling claims as quickly as possible.
To minimize what they pay you, insurance carriers may try to confuse you about your claim, the claim process, or the circumstances surrounding the Birmingham accident. They may also try to get you to agree to a settlement that does not cover your losses. Other times insurance companies may pressure victims to give recorded statements or sign medical authorization release forms. In both instances, the information is used against the victim and can limit the amount of compensation awarded.
For these reasons, it is important that you do not discuss the accident with anyone except for your attorney and medical provider. Any statements or comments you make, or documents that you sign, can weaken your case. In other words, let your attorney handle any insurance discussions or negotiations on your behalf to ensure you receive the maximum benefit.
Filing a Claim within the Statute of Limitations
You must file a Birmingham accident claim according to the state’s statute of limitations. Once this period runs out, you will not be able to be compensated for your injuries, property damage or suffering. The best way to ensure your claim does not expire is to seek assistance from a reputable accident attorney in Birmingham as soon as possible after your accident.