Another vehicle has struck yours on the way home from work. Suddenly, everything you were going to do today, tomorrow, next week, and next month has changed. You may be in pain, dealing with panic, permanently harmed, and potentially grieving for what you or others have lost. What would it take to make all of that right again?
While some of the fallout from vehicle collisions can never be undone, an experienced car accident attorney can help you access significant financial resources. Those who hire an attorney for a car accident claim receive payouts more often and in far higher sums than those who represent themselves.
At Pittman, Dutton, Hellums, Bradley & Mann, we know your best shot at justice after a traumatic collision is to hire a car accident attorney with proven experience in delivering for clients.
This page explains what a car accident settlement may cover, how to file a car accident claim, and the types of accidents and injuries we most frequently represent. To speak with an attorney right away, call us at (205) 322-8880 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free consultation. For more information, read on.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident due to negligence, you may be entitled to recover the following damages:
- Medical Bills: Complete coverage of your medical expenses related to the accident
- Lost Wages: This includes lost of employment, missed advancement opportunities, and reduced job-related benefits if you are unable to work full-time after your accident
- Pain and Suffering Damages: Physical pain, psychological suffering (like PTSD), and loss of marriage or family cohesion due to fallout from the crash
- Punitive Damages: These are “punishment” fees charged to the other party if they’re found to have acted negligently, recklessly, or maliciously
- Wrongful Death: Should the injuries caused by a car accident cause or directly lead to a person’s death, their surviving heirs could be granted compensation for the loss of support
You only have one chance to bring a car accident injury case after a crash. With a lawyer, you have a 91% chance of receiving a settlement, as opposed to a 51% chance of any payout for those who represent themselves. Similarly, those who hire a personal injury lawyer self-report settlement amounts that average more than 75% higher than those who represent themselves.
When you hire a lawyer, you’re likely to walk away with more compensation than if you go it alone. That increased money can be used to improve your health outcome, and provide financial security for your family.
The car insurance industry estimates that the average driver will file a collision claim about once every 18 years. While the claims process may be frustrating, there are laws to protect you, and car accident attorneys ready to take on the negotiations on your behalf.
When the vehicles are towed and you’re home from the hospital, the claims process with insurance agencies and other parties begins. Most of it involves gathering the right documentation.
Your car accident claims process may include:
- Hiring a car accident attorney: Every chore necessary to complete the car accident claims process is easier with an experienced lawyer on your side to answer questions, guide the process, and negotiate a fair settlement. In fact, most of this work is done by the attorneys themselves, leaving you to recover in peace.
- Documenting your medical expenses and property costs: Any injuries, no matter how small, should be noted, and any cost in treating them (time, transportation, and medical bills) should be documented for your claim. You should also keep any receipts related to vehicle repair, rental, replacement, or towing expenses.
- Recording missed work or sick/vacation time used: If you lose business, contracts, miss days, or spend sick/vacation time to recover, each of these are costs associated with your car accident. If you lose your job entirely due to your accident recovery, greater compensation may be available.
- Ordering a police report: If police were called to the scene of your car accident, they will issue a report. If you were not handed documentation of this report at the time of the crash (or were too badly injured to receive it), you or your attorney may request the report for your own files by calling the station or going online. If the police were not called to the crash, you can file a police report at your local police station.
- Reporting your insurance claim: After a crash, it’s important to make sure you have your insurance account numbers and passwords handy, as well as the detailed information of your crash (date, time, witness information, police report, medical paperwork, and car repair or tow receipts). This is when the fine print of your coverage agreement really matters, so be sure to have your attorney review the policy.
If you have any questions about what you should do (and in what order), who you should trust, or what kinds of evidence or documents you need to keep to ensure a fair settlement, a knowledgeable attorney can supply that information, and do the work on your behalf. Call Pittman, Dutton, Hellums, Bradley & Mann at (205) 322-8880 for representation.
Though each car accident is different and may involve different factors, certain types of injuries may be common across many accidents. These can include:
- Rear-End Collisions: Rear-end collisions are frequently caused by a combination of driver inattentiveness, speeding, and tailgating. Car accident injuries such as soft tissue damage (like whiplash) are commonly sustained. The neck and upper back are likely to suffer injury, as are lower extremity injuries to the legs and feet.
- Sideswipe Accidents: Caused frequently by drowsy or intoxicated drivers, most sideswipe accidents occur when two vehicles are approaching from opposite directions. The cars do not hit each other head on, but instead scrape along their sides. When one car is significantly larger than the other or has weaker side-impact reinforcements, the driver or passenger may experience injuries to the upper body, head, and neck.
- Side Impact Crashes: According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, side impact crashes account for 25% of car accident fatalities. Often caused by a negligent driver running a red light or making an improper turn, the severe side-to-side movements of such crashes can lead to broken ribs, lacerations, and internal organ rupture.
- Rollovers: Larger cars like SUVs, large trucks, and semis have higher centers of gravity and are more likely to have a rollover incident, but all vehicles have the potential to roll over. Nearly 85% of deaths from rollover accidents involved a single car traveling their daily route. As the car turns over onto the roof, you could suffer a traumatic brain or spinal injury, seat belt injury, or death.
- Head-On Collision: Ranked first among the deadliest types of car accidents, head-on collisions are almost sure to cause great injury. Even at low speeds, head-on collision accident injuries from head-on collisions can cause broken facial bones, soft tissue damage to the neck and upper back, and brain injury. Severe leg and foot injuries are also common in head-on crashes.
Different crashes cause different types of injury severity. What causes a car accident matters for liability purposes in court—the more at-fault a person is, the more they’re obligated to pay to help fix the harm caused. Whatever kind of crash you’ve endured, the lawyers at Pittman, Dutton, Hellums, Bradley & Mann can handle any claim related to car, truck, motorcycle, or automobile accidents.
According to the NHTSA motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for Americans between the ages of two and 34. There is roughly one car accident injury every 14 seconds. Of those accidents, 10% were in SUVs, 7% in pickup trucks, 4% in vans, and 3% in cars.
Preventable causes of car accidents, like alcohol-related crashes and speeding, not only cause an unnecessary loss of human life and health, they also cost Americans billions each year in emergency response costs, uninsured injury treatment, and wage and productivity loss.
Your losses are just as important as these greater economic costs—call Pittman, Dutton, Hellums, Bradley & Mann at (205) 322-8880 to make your claim.
Those recovering from a serious car accident face numerous burdens. Hiring an attorney can remove many of those tasks, allowing you to heal in peace.
The office of Pittman, Dutton, Hellums, Bradley & Mann has secured numerous multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements on behalf of our car accident clients. We have the experience necessary to investigate your accident and build a strong case to secure a settlement that benefits you and your loved ones.
Recovery has costs. It often takes time, teamwork, and a ton of mental and emotional energy for people to feel themselves again after a car accident. For those who’ve been severely injured, recovery likely requires professional medical help, changes to employment, and other monetary costs. One call to our law firm can improve all aspects of your recovery, by providing peace of mind, accomplishing tasks on your behalf, and securing the financial settlement you need. Reach out to Pittman, Dutton, Hellums, Bradley & Mann today at (205) 322-8880 for representation.
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