Car Accident Lawyers in Mobile, AL
Reliable attorney helps victims in the Mobile area recover damages
An auto accident can negatively impact your job, your family, your health and your quality of life. Even an apparently minor collision may result in serious injuries. If you have been hurt because someone was negligent, I can help you seek compensation for your injuries, including pain and suffering, past and future medical bills, and lost income. Fuquay Law Firm represents clients injured in motor vehicle accidents in the Mobile area and throughout Alabama.
Dedicated advocate represents clients injured in a range of car accidents
The financial costs of an accident can take a heavy toll on its victims. My knowledge of Alabama statutes and case law enables me to confidently seek the compensation you deserve. At Fuquay Law Firm, I represent clients involved in accidents caused by:
- Distracted driving — Drivers who fail to pay attention to the road put others in danger. Texting, talking on a cellphone or using a GPS are just some of the distractions that can lead to accidents. As mobile devices became ubiquitous, the rate of distracted driver-involved car accidents increased, too. Today, distracted driving is a top cause of crashes, and is incredibly dangerous.
- Reckless driving — Excessive speeding or failing to follow other traffic rules can result in devastating collisions. I examine police reports and witness testimony to substantiate your claim.
- Drunk driving — Drunk driving has always been a threat to others on the road and is no less concerning today. Driving while intoxicated remains one of the top causes of accidents in our state. There is no excuse for taking the wheel when impaired by alcohol. I will challenge drunk drivers who put others’ lives at risk.
- Weather conditions — Rain, snow and other weather conditions create challenges for drivers and can affect the functionality of cars. When weather is a factor in an accident, I work to show how much of the accident was a driver’s fault and how much was unavoidable.
- Defective auto parts — Automakers who fail to alert their customers to defects can be held liable for their negligence. Similarly, if a driver doesn’t attempt to remedy a known problem with their vehicle, they may face repercussions when they become involved in an accident.
Liability for a Mobile Crash and Steps to Take After an Accident
Alabama maintains a tort liability system–also known as an at-fault system–for car accidents. This means that when a crash occurs, the party who caused it is responsible for paying for it. Indeed, all drivers in Alabama are required to carry liability insurance–this is what pays for damages to others following a crash caused by the policyholder.
In order to recover compensation after an accident, you’ll need to prove that the other driver involved was to blame for the accident. If you file a lawsuit against the other driver, you’ll need to prove that the driver acted negligently, the negligence was the proximate cause of the accident, and the accident resulted in damages. Note that you can bring forth a claim against a party other than a driver, such as the manufacturer of a defective auto part, when appropriate.
In order to improve your right to compensation after an accident, it’s important that you do all of the following:
- Report your accident to the police and request a copy of the accident report.
- Gather evidence at the scene of the crash if you are able to, such as pictures of the accident, names of any eyewitnesses, the other driver’s information, etc.;
- Get medical care as soon as possible after the accident and be sure to document care and follow your doctor’s orders.
- Call your insurance company to report the accident as soon as possible.
- Hire an experienced Mobile car accident lawyer who can start working on your case immediately.
Important Laws to Know About Car Accident Claims in Alabama
One of the reasons that it’s so important to work with a lawyer is that an attorney will make sure that you understand the various laws, rules, and best practices associated with filing a car accident claim. Some important things to know include:
- Contributory negligence in Alabama. In most states, a person can still recover compensation for an accident even if they contributed to the accident themselves. The same is not true in Alabama, where the rule of contributory negligence applies. Contributory negligence means that if a person is found to have contributed to their damages in the slightest–even a mere one percent–they may be barred from recovery. While this rule may not be relevant if you are pursuing damages out-of-court through settlement negotiation talks with an insurance adjuster, it is very likely to come into play if you file a lawsuit.
- Statute of limitations in Alabama. There is a statute of limitations on car accident lawsuits in Alabama, which refers to a limit on how much time you have to bring an injury claim after a crash. The statute of limitations in Alabama is two years from the date of the accident (in most cases). If you wait longer than two years to file your claim, your case will most likely be thrown out of court.
I am known as a skilled and trustworthy advocate for auto accident victims and will support you throughout the legal process.
Responsive lawyer handles insurance claims and disputes
When you file a claim with an insurance company, getting the monetary compensation you deserve can be time-consuming and stressful. Insurers, their adjusters and their attorneys try to pay the minimum amount of accident compensation possible, but I help my clients to prepare strong claims and challenge insurers who attempt to deny them. To establish liability for the accident and substantiate the severity of your injuries, I may bring in experts in various fields, from trauma doctors to collision reconstruction analysts.
It is important to speak to an attorney immediately following an auto accident to ensure the preservation of crucial evidence and witness recollection. In addition, Alabama law places time limits on filing an automobile accident claim. I am committed to the timely investigation of your claim.
Contact an experienced Alabama auto accident attorney
Selecting a capable personal injury attorney is one of the best choices you can make after a car accident. To schedule a consultation at the Mobile office of Fuquay Law Firm, call 251-473-4443 or contact me online.