In an Accident? We recommend:
If you are involved in an accident in or near Birmingham, we recommend taking the following steps:
Remain calm and do not leave the scene of the accident. Leaving the scene of an accident can result in criminal charges and turn an auto accident into a hit-and-run accident.
Look out for the safety of yourself, family, friends and anyone else who was involved in the accident. If anyone is hurt, take appropriate precautions and call emergency services immediately.
Notify the authorities to complete an accident report. In order to pursue any legal claim against the responsible party, a documented accident report must be filed with the Alabama State Police Department.
Alabama law requires each party of the accident to exchange driver license and insurance information with the other drivers involved. Refrain from admitting fault or making any definitive statements at the accident scene. If there are witnesses to the accident, collect their names and contact information.
If you have a camera or video camera, take pictures of the accident scene. Keep a keen eye on evidence of nearby traffic cameras or security cameras that might have recorded the accident. Keep detailed records of bills, paperwork and/or costs of medical treatment incurred as a result of the accident.
In Alabama, you are required to notify your insurance carrier after you are involved in an auto accident. If you fail to notify your insurance provider, they can ultimately deny your claim. You do not have to give a detailed statement to the insurance carrier or admit fault in the car accident. We recommend refraining from giving a personal statement until after you’ve spoken with an attorney.
If you feel slightly sore or bruised later, even if it’s days after the accident, seek medical attention immediately. Often, victims leave the scene of an accident thinking they are fine, only to discover days later they have significant injuries.
If you have been injured in a car, truck, SUV or motorcycle accident, dealing with insurance companies following an accident can be a nightmare. It is often in your best interest to contact experienced Alabama auto accident attorneys to ensure your settlement can cover all your medical and property expenses.