What To Do When Involved in a Car Accident
If you are involved in an auto accident in Birmingham, Huntsville, Montgomery, Anniston, or across the State of Alabama and suffer substantial damage to your vehicle and are injured as a result, stay at the scene of the accident until the police arrive and a report is filled out. If you obtain an automobile accident attorney later on, there will need to be a police report filled out documenting exactly what happened, including who was at fault. Call our Birmingham Car Accident Lawyer at (205) 201-1789 for a free consultation today if you have been injured in a car accident resulting from the negligence of another.
You should get information about the other driver such as their name, address, and insurance information. You should also obtain the name and addresses of any witnesses to the accident and tell the officer that you would like the incident number so that you can get an accident report later on.
Speak only to the police and tell them only the facts about what happened so that the officer can reach a conclusion. It is important to go to the hospital after the accident, since you might be having an adrenaline rush and not feel the symptoms of your injury. Make sure and inform the doctor of all of your symptoms including any unusual feelings like disorientation or nausea.
If you have been in a serious auto accident, then you need to contact an Alabama Auto Accident Lawyer as soon as possible. Our lawyers can meet you in one of our locations in Birmingham, Montgomery, Huntsville, or Anniston.
In 2005, 87,000 people were injured as a result of a motorcycle accident and 4,500 were killed. Due to the fact that a motorcycle driver is usually thrown from the bike at the time of impact, much of the safety gear that is worn (such as helmets) might not be able to help prevent death or serious injury. In an auto accident, if the driver is wearing a seat belt then they might be prevented from being thrown from the vehicle. When a motorcycle driver is going maximum speed and is hit by an automobile he/she can be launched from the bike with the momentum going forward. Most of the time serious injury can occur when the driver impacts the ground or another object.
Sometimes these accidents are not preventable by the driver of the motorcycle, and are due to the driver of the vehicle not being able to see the motorcycle, poor weather conditions, or lane changes. Due to how severe the injuries in these types of cases tend to be, the insurance companies devote a large amount of resources to fighting these types of claims and they assemble large defense teams to minimize compensation. Give our Birmingham Motorcycle Accident Lawyer a call today and let our lawyers help get you the compensation you deserve.
Around 64,000 pedestrians are injured and about 5,000 are killed in traffic related auto accidents each year in the United States. On average, a pedestrian is injured in a traffic accident every 8 minutes, and fatally injured every 111 minutes. The number of pedestrian deaths resulting from traffic related auto accidents has steadily declined since 1975, but the fact remains that there are still far too many annually.
Some ways to help slow these injuries are through engineering measures to reduce vehicle speeds in urban areas and to increase the visibility of pedestrians such as increasing the intensity of roadway lighting. Some of the most common causes of these injuries are driver negligence by failing to observe speed limit or other traffic signs, and non-attentive or pre-occupied drivers. Texting and driving is a very dangerous activity that causes many drivers to become pre-occupied by taking their eyes off the road.
When a pedestrian is injured in a motor vehicle accident their head, legs, and arms are most vulnerable. Pedestrians can suffer injuries to their spinal cord, fractured bones, traumatic brain injury, coma, and other very serious and life threatening injuries. Young children and the elderly are most vulnerable to pedestrian accident related injuries. Our Birmingham, Alabama pedestrian accident attorneys understand what is involved in a serious auto accident involving pedestrians.
In 2003 almost a quarter of all traffic fatalities for all children between the ages of 5 and 9 years old were pedestrians. In 2005, 49% of all pedestrian fatalities happened on the weekend (on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday). That same year, 45% of all pedestrian fatalities occurred between 6:00 p.m. and midnight. Generally, pedestrian deaths occur much higher in urban areas. If you have been a victim of an auto accident, give our injury lawyers a call today.