Car Accidents

Birmingham Car Accident Attorneys

Motor Vehicle Accident Firm Serving Alabama

A serious car accident can lead to a physical disability and negatively impact every aspect of your life. Injury and disability can put a strain on your relationships, your family, and your ability to enjoy life and to earn a living. At Montgomery Ponder, our Birmingham car accident attorneys have decades of experience providing personal representation for car, motorcycle, and truck accident victims and families who have lost a loved one in a fatal automobile accident.

Countless injured clients have turned to us for the following reasons:

  • We are backed by more than 50 years of combined legal experience
  • We have recovered millions of dollars for our clients
  • We deliver personalized and passionate legal representation
  • We proudly hold an AV Preeminent® Rating with Martindale-Hubbell®

Common Types of Auto Accidents

We represent victims in a wide range of automobile accident cases, including victims of:

  • Head-on collisions
  • Side-impact collisions
  • Rollovers
  • Rear-impact crashes
  • Multiple vehicle accidents
  • Fatal auto accidents
  • Distracted driving accidents
  • Drunk driving accidents

Alabama Car Accident Statistics

While cars and trucks have undoubtedly made our lives easier and revolutionized transportation, driving a car has always (and continues to be) one of the most dangerous activities you will ever participate in during your lifetime.

According to the Alabama Department of Transportation:

  • There were 851 fatal crashes in Alabama in 2019 alone, resulting in 930 deaths. This equates to one traffic death every 9 hours and 26 minutes.
  • There were 50 injuries for every one fatality in 2019.
  • 77% of Alabama car accidents occur in urban areas, while 59% of fatalities occur in rural areas.
  • Texting drivers are 23 times more likely to be involved in a crash than a non-texting driver. There were 47 certified fatalities associated with distracted driving in Alabama in 2019.
  • Nearly 57% of people killed in car accidents in 2019 were not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the collision.
  • Speeding is the top contributing factor in fatal collisions.

Birmingham Car Accident Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Why do I need a lawyer after a car accident?

While there is no law requiring you to retain legal representation, having a lawyer on your side can afford you a whole host of benefits and protections if you have been injured in a collision. It may seem simple on the surface to file a claim for damages after a car accident. In reality, Alabama's laws are highly complex and can be difficult to navigate for those who are inexperienced.

In a perfect world, after a car accident, your insurance company would pay for all of your losses up to the limits of your policy. Unfortunately, this is rarely the case. Insurance companies are businesses, and like any other business, their goal is primarily to make money. In practice, this means that it is in an insurance company's best interests to do everything within its power to try and settle your case as quickly and as cheaply as possible. Having an attorney on your side can help to ensure you are treated fairly and that you receive the full compensation you are owed.

A car accident attorney can bring a wide range of benefits to your case, including:

  • Reviewing evidence and identifying all responsible parties
  • Explaining your legal options and helping you determine the most appropriate course of action
  • Handling all paperwork, communications, and negotiations with insurance companies on your behalf
  • Assistance getting you the medical treatment you need
  • Taking your case to trial if necessary to secure a favorable result

How do I know if I have a claim?

Whether you have a valid claim is based primarily on a determination of fault and legal liability. Your claim to recover fair compensation for your injuries will hinge on the premise that the negligence or reckless act of another party caused the accident, resulting in damages.

At Montgomery Ponder, we thoroughly investigate and analyze your case, gather evidence, and present your claim to establish who was at fault and why as well as value your claim based on the long-term impact on your life. Many auto accident cases are settled out of court through negotiations, but our seasoned trial attorneys can take a case to a jury for a decision if that is what it takes to make it right.

What compensation can I receive?

Through our investigation, which can involve medical and financial experts, we can calculate past, present, and future losses from your case. These losses can include:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Diminished quality of life
  • Diminished earning capacity

Will I have to go to court for my car accident claim?

It is possible, but unlikely. Most car accident claims are resolved through out-of-court negotiations between your attorney and the other driver's insurance company. With that being said, it may be necessary to take your case to trial if there is a significant discrepancy between what the insurance company is offering and what your attorney believes your case is worth. Your attorney will review the circumstances of your case and help you determine the most appropriate course of action.

How soon after a wreck should I contact a lawyer?

As soon as practically possible. Your first priority after a collision should be to see a doctor, but afterward, your next move should be to get in touch with an attorney. The longer you wait to get a lawyer involved, the greater your chances are of encountering difficulty with your case. Memories fade, evidence is lost, and important witnesses can become harder to track down as time passes. The sooner you get a lawyer involved, the sooner they can get to work building your case.

How long do I have to file a car accident lawsuit?

Car accident lawsuits in Alabama are subject to a legal deadline commonly known as a "statute of limitations" which places a hard limit on how long you have to file a claim in pursuit of damages.

Under the Code of Alabama section 6-2-38, the Alabama statute of limitations for injury lawsuits related to car accidents is two years. This means you typically have until the second anniversary of your crash to file a civil lawsuit in court against the responsible driver. This same deadline also applies to wrongful death lawsuits stemming from fatal car accidents. Property damage lawsuits related to car accidents have a six-year deadline, according to Code of Alabama section 6-2-34.

If you wait too long, you case will be "time-barred" and you will be unable to recover compensation for your injuries. For this reason, even if you expect your case will be resolved through a pending insurance claim, it is important to get an attorney involved early on after your accident to guard your rights and prepare for a possible lawsuit.

Contact a Birmingham Car Accident Lawyer Today

Our compassionate, caring, and talented auto accident attorneys at Montgomery Ponder are here to help. We offer a free initial consultation, and we handle all personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis—no legal fees unless we win.

Additional Resources

On Montgomery Ponder's blog, our expert car accident lawyers offer information to help answer some common questions following a car accident:

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