In most Alabama car accident cases, you probably do not need an attorney to represent you. If the accident involved only property damage, you should be able to deal directly with the insurance company to have the full damages covered. Likewise, if you were injured in the accident but those injuries were minor and healed quickly, you probably don’t need an injury attorney. Finally, if no one else was at fault for the accident, an attorney may not be able to help you.
You should consider hiring an Alabama personal injury attorney if your injuries were more severe or resulted in significant lost wages, medical expenses or permanent impairment or pain that impacts the quality of your daily activities. In the case where a loved one was killed in a car accident due to another’s negligence (“wrongful death”), you should definitely speak to an accident attorney.
Alabama law considers contributory negligence as a factor in determining whether or not you have a case. Under the law, if you are even 1% at fault for the accident which caused your injuries, you cannot recover from the other party. If you were not at fault or are not certain who was at fault, it’s best to speak with a personal injury attorney to ensure your rights are protected.
Insurance companies will push you to sign a release indicating that the claim is settled. If you are not satisfied with the property damage claim or you still have unresolved medical issues, do NOT sign the release. If you are unsure, speak with an attorney.
If you do believe you have a case, do not wait too long to consult with an injury attorney. There is a two-year statute of limitations in Alabama, after which claims are barred. In addition, the longer you wait the harder it will be to locate witnesses and secure evidence; also, the witnesses will remember less about the accident as time goes on.
Our Alabama car accident lawyers handle all automobile accident cases on a contingency fee basis, which means we do not charge you a fee until and unless we make a recovery for you. To find out the five questions that you should ask before hiring an attorney, download our Special Report.
If you or a loved one has suffered a personal injury contact our experienced and dedicated Huntsville Alabama car accident attorneys. The evaluation is free and confidential.
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