No single event may be as life changing as an automobile wreck. In an instant, a driver or passenger may be permanently disabled or killed. Medical bills may be incurred and the injured person may suffer a temporary or permanent loss of income as well as pain and suffering and loss of use of his or her vehicle. A settlement with the responsible party, or his or her insurer, usually closes out any ability to collect on these damages in the future. That is why it is important to consult with an attorney that has experience in handling personal injury cases.
We Are Gadsden Car Wreck Injury Lawyers
Burns Garner Law Firm has been handling personal injury cases due to automobile wrecks for almost 50 years. We have been successful in many automobile wreck cases over the years with verdicts and settlements exceeding hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Alabama law requires drivers of motor vehicles to carry mandatory liability insurance to cover injuries to other persons. However, it is often the case that an injured person is damaged due to the fault of a driver with no insurance or not enough insurance. In those circumstances, an injured person may be able to recover money for their bodily injury from his or her own automobile insurer. This is called uninsured or under insured motorist coverage. It is important to consult with an attorney to discuss whether you have a claim for these damages.
Alabama law regarding car wrecks only allows 2 years from the date of the wreck to file a claim in court based upon the negligence of another driver in causing the wreck. The two-year statute of limitations is applicable regardless of whether the injured person is still treating with a physician for his or her injuries. Therefore, an injured person should contact an experienced attorney to discuss his or her case as soon as possible.
What Should I Do After a Car Wreck
Below is a list of important things to consider doing when involved in an automobile wreck due to another’s negligence:
- Have a friend or family member take pictures of the wreck scene and the automobiles involved
- Have a friend or family member talk to witnesses and obtain their names, phone numbers and addresses for future contact
- Have the physical injuries to your body photographed
- Keep copies of all medical bills and make note of all doctors and hospitals you have visited
Eighteen Wheeler and Large Truck Wrecks
Increasingly, our highways are filled with eighteen-wheelers and large transport trucks. Truck drivers have requirements placed upon them under both Federal and State law. Some of these requirements regulate consecutive driving hours and proper equipment maintenance. Drivers are also required to keep log books involving their routes, and trucking companies are required to keep maintenance and safety records.
Most truck drivers are diligent in following regulations. However, when a truck driver fails to follow proper safety measures the results can be catastrophic.
Some of the types of accidents that occur when a truck driver fails to follow regulations are:
- Head on, rear end and broadside collisions.
- Right hand squeeze collisions (when a driver attempts to pass truck on the right hand side, not realizing the truck is making a wide right turn).
- Center line crossover collisions.
- Lane change collisions.
- Crashes involving stopped or slow-moving trucks.
- Jack-knifed tractor trailer trucks.
- Vehicles sliding under tractor trailers.
- Loss of control by truck driver.
- Hit and run truck accidents.
We Can Handle Your Car or Truck Wreck Case
Most injuries resulting from large truck wrecks involve serious physical injury or even death. Burns Garner Law Firm will investigate your claim for injuries regarding large truck wrecks. Contact us today for a free consultation regarding your case at 256-547-5466