Whether coming from a fun day at Adventureland or Water World, or just heading home after a dinner at Oak & Olive, most residents of Dothan, Alabama, are familiar with how hectic highway 84 can get, especially during certain times of the day. This creates irregular traffic patterns, and many drivers find themselves frustrated and aggravated when trying to deal with traffic and other drivers.
Unfortunately, traffic jams are not the only result of busy roads. This flow of Dothan life often results in motor vehicle accidents, including car, motorcycle, truck, and pedestrian accidents. On roads with such high usage, like highway 84 or 431, many residents find themselves victim to these types of collisions. Even the safest of drivers find themselves in an accident every so often. No matter how good of a driver you think you are, accidents happen. This fact is inevitable.
No one expects to be in an accident.
So when it happens, many people find themselves confused and not sure where to turn. If you have been in an accident, your head is probably swirling with many different questions. Was this somehow your fault? How can you tell? Will the other driver’s insurance cover your expenses? What about your medical bills? If you have to take time off of work, how will you afford all of your expenses, new and old?
All of these questions, and many more, are completely normal to have after you have been in a car accident, and it is important that you are asking these questions. Many times, people find themselves so flustered and fearful that they are afraid to think about these types of questions and even more afraid to find out the answer. However, it is important that during this time you do not let your fear and frustration take over. There are many steps that need to be taken after an accident like this, and these negative emotions that many people find themselves feeling can often get in the way.
If you or a loved one has been in an accident in the Dothan, Alabama, area, you need legal guidance to help you through the following steps. The attorneys at Martinson & Beason, P.C. can help you understand these steps and help you achieve success. Contact us today for more help and information.
Continue reading to learn how our attorneys fight for people throughout Dothan, Alabama after their lives have been affected by a car crash, truck accident, motorcycle crash, or other type of personal injury event.
What are the specific steps that you should take?
From the moment that your car has impact with another car, there are steps that should be taken. If any of these steps are skipped, it could prove to be costly in the future.
Make sure everyone is okay. This should be the very first thing that happens following the accident. Check the health of yourself, any passengers in your car, the other driver, and any passengers in their car. Once it is determined that everyone is okay (or an ambulance has been called, if not), you can move on to the next step.
Call the police. A common misconception that people have is that drivers do not have to contact the police after minor accidents. However, even the smallest fender-benders disrupt traffic patterns. Even if you do not believe that you need police help to figure out the details of the accident, the police should at least be alerted that the accident has happened and that traffic patterns have changed.
Exchange information. Once it is clear that everyone is safe and the police have been alerted, it is time to exchange information with the other driver and passengers. The most important types of information that you should gather include driver’s license information, insurance information, and information about the car and accident itself. Having this information assures that you will be able to contact the driver, as well as their insurance company, at a later date.
Get witness information. If anyone saw the accident happen, it is important to get his or her information as well. This can prove to be very beneficial if the accident results in a lawsuit of any sort. Having someone who was there provide information about what he or she saw can help determine who was at fault for the accident. Do not, however, admit fault to anyone. You can gather information from the witness(es), but that is it.
Take photos of the scene. While you are still at the site, take photos of everything around you, even if you may not think that it is relevant. Weather conditions, objects in the road, and many other things can result in an accident and can help prove who was at fault and how the accident occurred.
Contact your insurance company. After you have left the scene of the accident, it is important to contact your insurance company as soon as possible. The sooner that you contact them and the more information that you provide, the better you are setting yourself up for the future. The more recent that the accident is in your head, the more details you will remember and the better you can relay that information to the insurance company.
Keep track of your medical treatment. If it turns out that you were injured at the fault of another driver, you may be entitled to compensation. You can be compensated for your property damage, medical expenses, and even the time you needed to take off of work. However, there is no way to calculate how much money you have spent on medical treatment, if this arises, unless you keep track of all of your medical bills.
Contact a personal injury attorney. If you have been injured due to another driver’s negligence, you are entitled to compensation. It is important to contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible to ensure that you are best setting yourself up for the future.
If you or a loved one has been injured at the fault of another driver in the Dothan, Alabama/Houston County area, do not hesitate to contact an experienced car accident attorney at Martinson & Beason, P.C. today.
Are car accidents common in Dothan?
Dothan, Alabama has several major highways that service the Dothan area, including: U.S. Highway 431; U.S. Highway 231; U.S. Highway 84; Alabama Highway 53; and Alabama Highway 12.
And in 2008, there were 2,671 automobile accidents in the city of Dothan, 691 people were injured in these wrecks. In Houston County, Alabama, there were 3,155 motor vehicle accidents, 882 people were injured in these accidents. In 2008, 10 people lost their lives in car and truck accidents in Houston County.
Our Alabama attorneys have successfully handled numerous Dothan, Alabama car accident cases. We handle all personal injury and car wreck cases on a contingency fee basis, which means we do not charge you a fee until and unless we make a recovery for you.
If you or a loved one has suffered a personal injury contact our experienced and dedicated Dothan Alabama car accident attorneys. The evaluation is free and confidential. Email us or call us at (256) 533-1667.
Personal Injury in Dothan, Alabama
If you are one of the millions of people each year that have suffered a personal injury, you are likely going through a confusing, difficult time. It is overwhelmingly stressful to watch hospital bills pile up, to miss days of work and lose income, and to be unable to do the things you used to do, from spending time with your family to enjoying Dothan’s famous golf courses. You are probably worried about how you’re going to support yourself and your family while you get well.
At Martinson & Beason, P.C., we help accident victims just like you every day. If you were injured in an accident caused by another person’s carelessness, you should know that you have legal options. You can seek compensation for your injury to pay for expensive medical treatment, reimburse you for the wages you lost when you were unable to work, and make up for the pain and suffering that you experienced.
The Dothan personal injury lawyers at Martinson & Beason, P.C. have years of experience successfully representing accident victims in Dothan, Houston County, and throughout Alabama, and we would be glad to help you. During your free consultation, we can discuss your options and determine the best route to maximizing your chances of receiving fair compensation for your injuries.
Contact us today to take the first step to fighting for the just compensation that you deserve.
Dothan, Alabama Wrongful Death Attorney
Unfortunately, many individuals throughout the U.S., including Dothan and Houston County, lose their lives each year due to the negligence of others. Fatal accidents caused by such negligence occur with alarming frequency, on Dothan’s major highways and at the city’s businesses and employers. Workplace accidents, in particular, at places like Southeast Alabama Medical Center and Southern Nuclear (Farley), have the potential to be deadly. In fact, 4,609 workers died in on-the-job accidents in 2011.1
If you lost a family member because of another’s wrongful actions, you know very well the pain and distress this loss causes. What you may not know is that, if you are the administrator to your loved one’s estate, you have the right to file a wrongful death claim. This claim holds the blameworthy party financially accountable for bringing about a death. The wrongful death statute in Alabama lets you seek punitive damages from the responsible party.
At Martinson & Beason, P.C., we’ve helped numerous families like yours find justice, and we want to do the same for your family. Don’t hesitate to contact us as soon as you are ready. Alabama’s law only permits you up to two years to file your claim.
For understanding, detailed support, contact a Dothan, AL wrongful death attorney at Martinson & Beason, P.C. today.
Dothan, AL Motorcycle Accident Attorney
If you have suffered injuries from a motorcycle crash with another driver, you are likely wondering what to do next. How am I going to make ends meet while I get better? What happens if I can’t work for an extended period of time or lose my job? What are my legal options?
This is a scary, distressing time for you and your family. Medical bills are piling up, calls from your insurance company are increasing, and you are experiencing daily challenges while healing from your injury. The difficulties you’re facing are taking your attention away from the most important thing right now: your recovery. It’s all overwhelming, and you might not know where to turn.
At Martinson & Beason, P.C., we’re here for you. We understand the immense difficulties that come with a motorcycle wreck-related injury. Our Dothan, AL motorcycle accident attorneys have extensive experience and knowledge in this area, and we use our skills to help riders like you every day. We can fight for the compensation you deserve and can help you deal with insurance companies. Everything we do is designed so that you can get back to healing without having to worry about your finances.
To find out how our firm can help you, contact us. The only risk you take is by not calling. The consultation is free, and you don’t pay a dime until we make a recovery for you. We serve individuals throughout Alabama, including in Dothan and Houston County.
Truck Accident Injuries
You’ve been hurt because of the carelessness of a truck driver. Now, you have to live with the consequences of a catastrophic injury: the pain, the extensive medical treatment, the financial challenges, and the loss of enjoyment of everyday life.
When your whole world is collapsing around you, it can feel like there’s no escape.
But there is hope. We can help you. At Martinson & Beason, P.C., we have years of experience successfully obtaining compensation for people like you in Dothan, Houston County, and Alabama. We would be glad to put our experience to work for you.
Our Dothan, AL truck accident attorneys will be there for you throughout the entire process. We will explain your legal options and protect your rights. We will deal with insurance companies on your behalf. Working tirelessly, we strive to make sure that you get the recovery you deserve. With a fair recovery, you can end your financial problems, giving you peace of mind and allow you to focus on getting better.
To learn how we can assist you or a loved one, contact us for a free consultation today. We don’t charge you until and unless we obtain a recovery for you, which means that there is no risk to call.