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Rear-End Accident Attorneys

Automobile accidents account for thousands of fatalities and critical injuries every year. Rear-end collisions are among the most common, frequently causing serious bodily damage. Accident victims often experience lengthy recovery times, hefty medical bills, and long-term consequences.

At Pittman, Dutton, Hellums, Bradley & Mann, PC, our rear-end accident attorneys understand how driver negligence can impact your life. If you or a loved one have suffered injuries due to the careless acts of another, you may be entitled to compensation. We have been helping Alabama’s injured for over 35 years. Schedule a free consultation with an experienced rear-end accident lawyer today by clicking here or calling (205) 322-8880.
 
 

 
 

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How Serious Are Rear-End Collisions in Birmingham?

Alabama’s roads have become notoriously hazardous over the years, now ranking as the third most dangerous state for motorists. In the last reporting year, Drive Safe Alabama reports that:

  • 1 out of every 3 drivers will be involved in an injury or fatal collision
  • The probability of a driver being in a crash is greater than 90%
  • Traffic accidents caused more than 46,000 injuries and 930 fatalities
  • Over the last ten years, collisions have increased by 23.9%

Rear-end collisions are the most frequent type of automobile accident, accounting for 29% of all crashes nationwide. According to Alabama law, a driver is required to maintain a distance of at least 20 feet for every 10 miles per hour of speed. However, there are exceptions for larger vehicles, which are required to maintain a distance of 25 feet.

When a motorist operates a vehicle recklessly and rear ends a stationary or slower moving car, the esteemed personal injury attorneys of Pittman, Dutton, Hellums, Bradley & Mann, PC will fight to hold negligent parties accountable.

What Causes Most Rear-End Accidents in Birmingham, Alabama?

Rear-end accidents are usually associated with minor traffic incidents, but they are just as dangerous and lead to severe injuries and the loss of life.

Most rear-end collisions are caused by human error, including;

  • Distracted driving: If a motorist fails to keep their full attention on operating the vehicle, the consequences can be deadly. Distractions like phone apps, texting, talking, eating, drinking, and adjusting the radio can significantly reduce a driver’s reaction time.
  • Tailgating or following too close for conditions: Motor vehicles can weigh anywhere from 2,000 to 6,000 pounds, on average. Once the speed is factored in, the average car needs at least 120 feet total stopping distance at 60 miles per hour. If a driver follows too close to another vehicle, an abrupt stop may make a rear-end collision unavoidable.
  • Failing to follow traffic laws: If a driver speeds, fails to stop or yield, or does not operate their vehicle safely in hazardous weather conditions, they can cause a rear-end car accident.
  • Improper lane changes: When changing lanes, the driver’s responsibility is to merge safely into the next lane. A motorist must use proper signals, yield to the flow of traffic, and maintain a safe distance from other vehicles.

If you or a loved one have been injured due to a careless driver, call our rear-end accident attorneys today. At Pittman, Dutton, Hellums, Bradley & Mann, PC, we will conduct a thorough investigation and gather key evidence to support your claim and secure the compensation you deserve.

What Damages are Available in a Rear-End Accident Lawsuit?

If you or someone you love has been injured in a rear-end car accident due to negligence, you may be entitled to recover the following damages:

  • Complete coverage of your medical expenses related to the accident
  • Lost wages if you are unable to work
  • Loss of future income
  • Pain and suffering damages
  • Loss of consortium
  • Emotional distress damages
  • Possible punitive damages for gross negligence

These damages can often cover expenses and costs not fully covered by conventional insurance policies. The amount of damages awarded may depend on several factors, including the severity of the injuries, the degree of negligence involved, and the skill of the attorney representing the plaintiff.

Our experienced rear-end car accident attorneys have helped numerous accident victims across Alabama recover the damages they need to move on with their life.

Why Rear-End Accidents Lead to Serious Injuries

In high-impact rear-end collisions, the damage to the body can be catastrophic and even deadly. However, there is a misconception that low-impact rear-end collisions do not produce severe injuries. A study published by the National Library of Medicine made several conclusions that show speed is not necessary for a motorist or passenger to be injured. The study found that:

  • A car may not show damage until it is traveling at 8.7 miles per hour
  • Soft tissue damage, however, can happen at only 2.5 miles per hour
  • When the occupant of a vehicle is stopped and abruptly changes speed, the rate of change can cause injuries to the joints and other soft tissue
  • Even if a rear-end collision produces only minor vehicle damage and no skid marks, the soft tissue damage can be severe.

Pittman, Dutton, Hellums, Bradley & Mann, PC, has represented numerous plaintiffs in personal injury cases. Examples of the most common injuries sustained in rear-end crashes include:

  • Spinal cord injuries, such as paraplegia and paralysis
  • Neck injuries, including whiplash
  • Traumatic brain injuries, including concussions
  • Broken, fractured, or dislocated bones
  • Lacerations
  • Amputations and loss of limb
  • Burn injuries
  • Scarring or disfigurement

Our experienced rear-end car accident attorneys have helped numerous accident victims across Alabama recover the damages they need to move on with their life.

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What to Do After a Rear-End Car Accident

Pittman, Dutton, Hellums, Bradley & Mann, PC, have extensive experience handling rear-end accident claims. While a car crash can seem overwhelming, there are important steps to take following the accident:

  1. The most important step is to seek medical attention. In certain cases, accident victims decline medical care and refuse to go to the emergency room. Adrenaline can mask symptoms of an injury. Additionally, delayed injuries may not develop signs for hours, days, or weeks. If you are involved in a traffic accident, seek medical attention immediately.
  2. If you are conscious and able, make a mental note, type notes into your phone, and take pictures. Keep in mind anything that could support your case. Did the driver seem distracted by their phone, food, or music? Did the driver appear alert or intoxicated? Alabama is a contributory negligence state. A contributory negligence state follows the rule that if you are found 1% at fault in the accident, you are not entitled to compensation. It is important to gather any evidence to determine rear-end collision fault and support your claim.
  3. Do not admit fault or sign any documents
  4. As soon as possible, obtain a copy of the accident report.
  5. It is imperative to your claim to contact a personal injury attorney immediately. Call Pittman, Dutton, Hellums, Bradley & Mann, PC and schedule a free evaluation of your case before speaking with an insurance adjuster. Insurance companies are motivated to minimize any payouts. Consulting with an experienced personal injury attorney is the best way to protect your rights.

Why Choose Pittman, Dutton, Hellums, Bradley & Mann as Your Rear-End Accident Lawyers

At Pittman, Dutton, Hellums, Bradley & Mann, PC, our rear-end accident attorneys are here to fight for your rights. By providing high-quality service and personal attention, we have recovered hundreds of millions in settlements and verdicts for our clients.

The rear-end collision lawyers of Pittman, Dutton, Hellums, Bradley & Mann, PC, have the skills, resources, and experience to secure the compensation you deserve. Consult with one of our personal injury attorneys today by clicking here or calling (205) 322-8880.

Rear-End Accident Lawsuit FAQs

What are Common Causes of Rear-End Accidents?

A majority of rear-end collisions are caused by human error, including;

  • Distracted driving
  • Tailgating or following too close for conditions
  • Failing to follow traffic laws
  • Improper lane changes

If you or a loved one have been injured due to a careless driver, call Pittman, Dutton, Hellums, Bradley & Mann, PC today. Our attorneys have decades of combined experience handling injury claims.

What Do Damages Cover in a Rear-End Accident Lawsuit?

The damages awarded in a rear-end accident lawsuit may cover various losses and expenses, including hospital and medical bills, lost wages, loss of future income, pain and suffering, and other costs. These often include costs of treatment not typically covered by conventional insurance policies.

How Long Do I Have to File a Rear-End Accident Lawsuit?

In most instances, you have a period of two years to file a lawsuit after the date of a rear-end accident. Once this filing deadline closes, you may not be able to bring legal action anymore. Thus, it’s important that you contact a lawyer as soon as possible if you or a loved one have been in a rear-end accident.

What Can a Rear-End Accident Lawyer Do for Me?

After a rear-end accident, you and your family may need to focus on other priorities, such as your physical recovery. During this time, a rear-end accident lawyer can help ease your burdens by:

  • Researching the laws for you
  • Handling all paperwork and documents
  • Gathering and preparing evidence for trial
  • Formulating a litigation strategy
  • Arguing for your compensation in court

If you or a loved one were injured in a rear-end accident, contact Pittman, Dutton, Hellums, Bradley & Mann, PC at (205) 322-8880 to schedule a free consultation.

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