Alabama car accident lawyer Steve Morris represents victims in compensation claims. At Steve Morris Law, your justice is our top priority. When you need an Alabama car accident injury lawyer, call 256-357-9211.
Skilled Car Accident Attorney in Alabama
You need a car accident lawyer when you’re facing a difficult situation. In Alabama, car accident victims have the right to compensation. Lawyer Steve Morris can represent your interests, providing quality legal services, support and resources.
Steve Morris Law is your car accident lawyer in Alabama. We handle claims throughout the state. Our team handles a wide variety of claims, assisting victims to claim fair compensation.
Start your case with a free consultation. We’re available 24/7. Call our offices or use our contact form to begin.
Cases We Handle
If you’re hit by another driver, you deserve fair compensation.
We determine how you can receive compensation for a car accident.
If a car accident has impacted your family, we’re prepared to represent your interests.
Pedestrians often suffer serious injuries. You deserve fair compensation.
When we represent motorcycle victims, we fight for justice. We believe your rights are important.
If you’re injured as a bicyclist, we can represent you in a claim for compensation.
We are an experienced legal team with a track record of success. Whatever your situation, we invite you to reach out to see how we can assist you.
How can a car accident lawyer help me?
When you’ve been in a car accident in Alabama, there are several things that must happen for you to receive justice. You must:
- Investigate what happened to cause the accident
- Prove who has legal fault based on Alabama standards
- Identify the damages that you have
- File a claim with the insurance company, negotiate your settlement
- Bring your case to court, if necessary
- Address defenses that may be raised in response to your case
- Pursue your case in full, through a settlement or trial
Getting justice for a car accident claim takes in-depth knowledge, a tailor-made legal strategy and targeted solutions. Let your Alabama car accident lawyer at Steve Morris Law take care of everything needed to pursue justice for you. We are ready to litigate in any Alabama courtroom.
Do I have a claim for car accident compensation?
In Alabama, you have a claim for car accident compensation if you’re hurt and it’s someone else’s fault. The law looks at the actions of each party and whether they acted reasonably or prudently. Violating a traffic law is strong proof of fault.
As your lawyer, we look at all possibilities for you to claim compensation. We look at parties who may be at fault including drivers, commercial transportation companies, third parties who may have contributed to the collision and motor vehicle manufacturers. We carefully identify insurance policies and other sources of compensation. Through exacting legal work, we build a strong claim, tailoring our approach to your needs and legal goals.
Causes and Contributing Factors of Car Accidents
Top causes and contributing factors of car accidents include:
Improper lane use
A driver may only change lanes when they have room to do so safely. Improper lane use may also include improper passing.
Failing to yield the right of way
The rules of the road control the safe flow of traffic. Drivers must understand and follow traffic laws, including yielding the right of way when required.
Unseen object, person or vehicle
Drivers must take care to observe the areas around them as they drive. A crash may result from failing to see a vehicle, object, animal or pedestrian.
Drivers may not tailgate. Tailgating and misjudging stopping distance are ways that a crash may occur.
Problems with brakes, taillights, turn signals and other vehicle components can cause an accident. A mechanical problem may make a vehicle uncontrollable. Defective equipment may result from inadequate maintenance. A vehicle design or manufacturing defect may cause malfunction.
Drivers must ensure that they have a clear path before backing up their vehicle.
A driver may execute a turn when they have the right of way. They should signal their intent to turn.
Crossing the center line
Crossing the center line may result in a head-on collision. In addition, a vehicle may swerve to avoid a head-on collision, striking a stationary object near the road or another vehicle.
Too fast for conditions, speeding
In addition to following posted speed limits, drivers must operate at a reasonable speed, taking road conditions, traffic and other factors into account.
Drunk driving, DUI
Operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is dangerous behavior. Drunk driving accidents cause suffering to victims that is entirely avoidable.
Alabama Car Accident Statistics – 2020
In the year 2020:
- 134,000 car accidents occurred in Alabama.
- 37,983 people got hurt in motor vehicle collisions in Alabama.
- Of the 853 crashes with fatalities in Alabama, 932 people died.
- Texting and driving increases the risk of a crash by 23 times. 57 traffic fatalities cited distracted driving as a factor.
- 58% of fatalities involved people who were not wearing seat belts, despite 91% overall seat belt use nationwide.
- Motor vehicle fatalities are up, even when adjusted for total miles driven. (A 1.75% increase in fatalities in 2020 as compared to 2019, adjusted for miles driven.)
- Alabama traffic accidents have cost more than $18 billion dollars each year for the last five years.
- 2/3 of traffic accidents involve a collision with two or more vehicles.
- 15% of car accidents in Alabama were single-vehicle collisions.
- Less than 1% of traffic accidents are single-vehicle rollovers (1,224 in Alabama in 2020).
Car accidents happen at all times of day. They involve all age ranges. They happen in daylight, in the dark and at dusk. 2/3 of traffic accidents happen in clear weather and dry road conditions.
Alabama – Total Crashes, Type of Road
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Court for Alabama Car Accident Claims
If you are hurt in a car accident in Alabama, the case formally begins in a Circuit court or District court.
District courts hear civil matters, but their jurisdiction is limited to matters not exceeding $20,000. If you have minor injuries and damage, your claim may fall into this category. Car accident claims with moderate or high damages are filed in Circuit courts.
A case is typically heard through a trial verdict at the District or Circuit court level. A party may appeal to the Court of Civil Appeals and to the Supreme Court of Alabama.
As your lawyer, we determine where to file your case and prepare all the legal documents.
Free Consultation – Talk to a Car Accident Lawyer
Talk to a car accident lawyer with experience. See how Steve Morris Law can help you with your claim.
You need a reliable legal professional to help you through this. We’ve been serving Alabama families for over 20 years.