Accidents in Alabama
When the unthinkable happens and you are hurt in an accident caused by someone else’s reckless or negligent actions, it is important to remember that you are not alone. The lawyers at Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP represent individuals in Birmingham and across Alabama who have suffered injuries or lost loved ones in catastrophic accidents.
For more than two decades, we’ve made it our mission to stand up for people just like you to help them get the justice they deserve and to make our community safer. We’ve seen every type of injury and wrongful death case imaginable, and we are ready to put our experience and skills to work for you.
When people fail to act in a safe manner or when insurance companies refuse to provide full and fair compensation to you after an accident, we’ll be there to help. Our team of aggressive trial attorneys are not afraid of taking on negligent individuals, businesses, government entities, or deep-pocketed insurance companies, and we will not rest until justice is served.
After an injury accident, you have the right to expect that the responsible party’s insurance will compensate you for the harm you’ve suffered and any property damage that was caused by a reckless or negligent act. Unfortunately, the insurance companies are often more concerned with their bottom-line and making their investors happy, not taking care of you. They will often do everything in their power to deny or minimize your injury claim.
That’s why it is so important to have an experienced injury attorney on your side. When you hire an experienced injury lawyer like those at Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP, you can focus on your health and your family, and let us work to get you the compensation you are owed.
You shouldn’t have to pay out of pocket for surgery, rehabilitation, lost wages, pain management, and other expenses associated with an accident that was not your fault. We are here to make sure that you get the full and fair compensation that you need to rebuild your life and move on from the accident. Schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with our team today to discuss your rights and legal options. Call us at (205) 324-1212 or fill out a contact form to speak with a knowledgeable member of our team today.
Alabama Accident Statistics at a Glance
The Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) reported a total of 155,907 crashes in Alabama in 2016, a 5.73 percent increase from 2015. The 47,653 injuries were an 8.25 percent increase, the 1,089 fatalities were a 28.27 percent increase, and the 994 fatal crashes were a 25.98 percent increase.
A Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) report found that Alabama had the eighth-highest pedestrian fatality rate in the country with a rate of 2.51 fatalities per 100,000 population. According to the GHSA, there were 55 pedestrian fatalities in the first six months of 2016 and 59 in the same time period for 2017.
The 8,937 trucks involved in crashes in Alabama in 2016 were the most in the 10-year period going back to 2007. State routes accounted for 58 deaths or 36.9 percent of the fatalities involving trucks, but interstates had the highest number of crashes involving trucks with 2,461 accidents or 27.5 percent of crashes, and city roads accounted for 2,269 or 25.4 percent of crashes.
The CDC reported that traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) contribute to about 30 percent of all injury deaths. According to a December 1999 Report to Congress, the annual estimated 1.5 million Americans who sustain a TBI includes 50,000 people who die, and 230,000 who are hospitalized and survive includes 80,000 to 90,000 people who face the onset of long-term disability.
According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCIC), the annual incidence of spinal cord injury is about 17,000 new spinal cord injury cases every year. An estimated 282,000 people in the United States are currently living with a spinal cord injury, but the actual figure may be as high as 347,000 persons. The NSCIC states that motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of spinal cord injuries, responsible for 38.3 percent of cases since 2015. Falls were the next most common cause with 31.6 percent.
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* Sources: Alabama Department of Transportation, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention