Decatur Car Accident Lawyer

Decatur Alabama Auto Accident Lawyer

Decatur Car Accident Attorney

Finding a qualified Alabama car accident lawyer can be overwhelming. What will they charge, how long will it take and what is fair compensation are all questions you may have. Are you looking for the best car accident lawyer you can hire? If you have had a traumatic car accident in Decatur, Alabama, contact a top-rated Alabama car accident lawyer at 256-350-7200 as soon as possible. Our team of award-winning car accident attorneys are here 24/7 to answer your calls, and to provide you with a free consultation. Do you have questions about what to do next? We offer no obligation free consultations to all injury victims. Our Decatur attorneys have more than 50 years of collective experience. Call now.

Types of Decatur Auto Accidents

There are numerous types of motor vehicle accidents. Our Decatur attorneys have the expertise to handle all types of auto accidents. Our firm has represented clients who have been involved in the following types of accidents:

  • Rear-end collisions in which one car is struck by another in the back of the vehicle.
  • Head-on collisions in which the front ends of both vehicles collide usually causing serious injuries.
  • Motorcycle accidents usually cause severe injuries or death.
  • Bicycle accidents usually caused by not watching for bicycles or darkness.
  • Pedestrian accidents usually involve very serious injuries or death.
  • Side impact or T-bone collisions in which one vehicle is struck on either the driver or passenger side of the vehicle.
  • Rollover accidents in which a vehicle flips or rolls over. Often SUVs or trucks.
  • A single-vehicle accident in which a car strikes a ditch, car, tree or other object.
  • Multi-car Multi-car pileup in which three or more vehicles are involved in the accident.
  • Commercial vehicle accidents in which 18 wheelers and other large vehicles strike other vehicles.
  • Construction zone accidents usually involve pedestrian workers.
  • Dangerous road accidents.  Often potholes and drop off dangers.
  • Delivery truck accidents. Delivery trucks often park in the middle of the road.
  • Elderly driver accidents. Elderly drivers often have poor eye sight and hearing. They also have slower reaction times and often drive below the speed limit.
  • Emergency vehicle accidents. People often do not hear the speeding vehicles because of distractions like music.
  • Intersection accidents. Intersection accidents are almost always caused by someone running a light.
  • Single vehicle accidents. Usually caused by distractions inside the car or motor vehicle defects.

Causes of Auto Accidents

Thousands are injured each year in automobile accidents in Decatur, Alabama. There are various causes of auto crashes including:

  • Lower gas prices mean more people on the road not paying attention
  • Driver fatigue.
  • Speeding: Almost 1/3 of all fatal car crashes in the U.S. are caused by excessive speeding.
  • Weather and road conditions: Fog, ice, floods, snow and heavy winds create driving hazards and limit visibility for safe driving.
  • Driver distractions: Some common distractions are passengers, cell phones, satellite radio, hands-free devices and outside distractions.
  • Drunk driving: Drunk driving is one of the leading causes of car accidents in the U.S. It is responsible for nearly 30% of all fatal traffic crashes, resulting in more than 10,000 deaths per year.
  • Pedestrians: Drivers not arching for pedestrians in cross walks or walking on edge of road.
  • Failure to yield.
  • DVD players, music headphones.
  • Running red lights and stop signs
  • Disregarding traffic signs.
  • Driving too fast for conditions.
  • Failure to stay in lane.
  • Failure to watch for motorcycles.
  • Failure to yield to pedestrians.
  • Night driving: Night driving is particularly dangerous for new drivers and older drivers with vision problems.
  • Drowsy driving.
  • Overweight trucking loads.
  • Defective vehicle parts.
  • Poorly maintained vehicle.
  • Hazardous road conditions.
  • Confusing signs.
  • Aggressive driving.
  • Trucks.
  • Following to close.
  • Improper passing.
  • Reckless driving.
  • Wrong way driving.
  • Texting and driving.
  • Construction zones.
  • Wet roads.
  • Road debris.
  • Icy or snowy roads.
  • Driver error.
  • Shoulder drop-offs.
  • Potholes.
  • Speeding.

What are the Most Common Auto Accident Injuries in Alabama?

More than half of all accidents in Alabama result in an injury to the driver or his or her passengers. If you or a loved one sustain injuries in a car accident in Alabama, you and your loved ones have a right to be compensated for your injuries. The most common injuries that result in automotive accidents include the following:

  • Burn injuries
  • Catastrophic injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Lacerations
  • Bruising
  • Whiplash occurs when an impacted vehicle causes the victim’s head to be thrown forward, backward, or to the side.
  • Concussion
  • Eye injury
  • Seat belt injuries
  • Chest injury
  • Degloving injury
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Traumatic brain injury: 17.3 percent of all TBIs (Traumatic Brain Injury) in the United States are caused by car accidents.
  • Amputations
  • Paralysis
  • Wrongful death
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Hip injuries
  • Jaw injuries
  • Loss of teeth
  • Neck injuries
  • Crushed larynx
  • Crushed trachea
  • Broken neck
  • Pelvic injuries
  • Penetration injuries
  • Shoulder injuries
  • Strained ligaments
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a common disorder often requiring the treatment of a professional following a auto accident.
  • Back muscle sprains
  • Scrapes and Cuts
  • Contusions
  • Broken ribs
  • Internal injuries, including abdominal injuries, internal bleeding, injuries to organs and collapsed or punctured lungs.

Responsible Parties in a Car Accident

If you have been in a car accident in Decatur or Huntsville, you can possibly recover from the following:

  • Truck drivers
  • Trucking companies
  • The driver of your car, if you were a passenger
  • Passengers in your car, if you were the driver
  • Drivers of other passenger cars on the road
  • Motorcyclists
  • Truck drivers
  • Loaders of trucks
  • Trains
  • Bus drivers
  • Transit companies
  • Uber and Lyft drivers
  • Employers of at-fault parties
  • Vehicle manufacturers
  • Bicyclists
  • Pedestrians
  • Road maintenance or contractors
  • Bars or taverns
  • Maintenance companies
  • Drunk drivers
  • Government agencies
  • Hospitals Serving North Alabama

    People who are injured and require emergency care in North Alabama have many choices when it comes to medical care. If you have suffered serious trauma in your auto accidents you will normally be transported to one of the following hospitals. If you are in either hospital recovering from your injuries, we are available 24-7 to discuss your case. In most instances you will receive at least four bills when you are transported to one of these hospitals. The hospital bill, radiology bill, emergency physician bill and the ambulance bill. If necessary, you may receive other treatment and bills from orthopeadic surgeons and other physicians. You may be worried about how you will pay your medical bills and monthly bills. If necessary, we can connect you to companies that do low interest loans to cover your living expenses and medical bills while you recover. Our injury attorneys can help guide you through the process of recovering for your injuries. The hospitals in North Alabama are:

    • Decatur Morgan Hospital – Parkway Campus
      1874 Beltline Rd. S.W.
      Decatur, Alabama
      Phone: (256) 973-2000
      Website
    • Decatur Morgan Hospital – Decatur Campus
      1201 7th St. S.E.
      Decatur, Alabama 35601
      Phone: (256) 341-2000
      Website
    • Huntsville Hospital
      101 Sivley Rd SW
      Huntsville, Alabama 25801
      Phone: (256) 265-1000
      Website
    • Crestwood Medical Center
      One Hospital Drive
      Huntsville, AL 35801
      Phone: (256) 429-4000
      Website
    • Athens Limestone Hospital
      700 Market St W
      Athens, AL 35611
      Phone: (256) 233-9292
      Website
    • Cullman Regional Medical Center
      1912 AL-157
      Cullman, AL 35058
      Phone: (256) 737-2000
      Website
    • Madison Hospital
      8375 Hwy 72 W
      Madison, AL 35758
      Phone: (256) 265-2012
      Website
    • Highlands Medical Center
      380 Woods Cove Rd
      Scottsboro, AL 35768
      Phone: (256) 259-4444
      Website
    • Marshall Medical Center North
      8000 AL-69
      Guntersville, AL 35976
      Phone: (256) 571-8000
      Website
    • Marshall Medical Center South
      2505 US-431
      Boaz, AL 35957
      Phone: (256) 593-8310
      Website
    • North Alabama Medical Center
      1701 Veterans Dr
      Florence, AL 35630
      Phone: (256) 629-1000
      Website
    • DeKalb Regional Medical Center
      200 Medical Center Dr SW
      Fort Payne, AL 35968
      Phone: (256) 845-3150
      Website
    • Helen Keller Hospital
      1300 South Montgomery Avenue
      Sheffield, AL
      Phone: (256) 386-4196
      Website
    • Lawrence Medical Center
      202 Hospital Street
      Moulton, AL 35650
      Phone: (256) 974-2200
      Website
    • Gadsden Medical Center
      1007 Goodyear Ave
      Gadsden, AL 35903
      Phone: (256) 494-4000
      Website

    What are the Most Common Car Accident Injuries?

    More than half of all accidents in Alabama result in an injury to the driver or his or her passengers. If you or a loved one sustain injuries in a car accident in Alabama, you and your loved ones have a right to be compensated for your injuries. Many of the injuries we see include the following:

    • Burn injuries
    • Catastrophic injuries
    • Broken bones
    • Lacerations
    • Bruising
    • Whiplash
    • Concussion
    • Eye injury
    • Seatbelt injuries
    • Chest injury
    • Degloving injury
    • Spinal cord injury
    • Traumatic brain injury
    • Amputation
    • Paralysis
    • Wrongful death
    • Soft tissue injuries
    • Hip injuries
    • Shoulder injuries
    • Strained ligaments
    • Back muscle sprains
    • Scrapes and Cuts
    • Contusions
    • Broken ribs
    • Internal injuries
    • Jaw injuries
    • Loss of teeth
    • Neck injuries
    • Crushed larynx
    • Crushed trachea
    • Broken neck
    • Pelvic injuries
    • Penetration injuries

What to do After An Auto Accident

Too often, victims of serious injuries due to car accidents receive incorrect information and make several decisions that negatively affect the outcome of their car accident lawsuit. Make sure you do the following:

  • Immediately file an accident report with the police, sheriff or highway patrol, if the agency has not done so at the scene.
  • Write down the name, address, insurance information, vehicle license number and driver’s license number of any and all persons involved in the accident. Record names, addresses and telephone numbers of all witnesses.
  • Obtain photographs of the accident scene, all vehicles involved (before repairing) and any visible injuries to the parties involved, such as cuts, bruises, and scars.
  • Do not discuss the accident or your injuries with anyone, with the exception of your doctor and your attorney.
  • Never offer to settle immediately, for any amount. We will review any offer you receive and advise you on whether it is fair.
  • Never accept medical advice from the insurance company. Always see your own doctor for a true evaluation of your injuries.
  • Never give a recorded statement to the insurance company. Let us talk to the insurance company. they are not on your side.
  • Never sign a HIPPA Release or give the auto insurer access to your private medical history.
  • Immediately seek medical attention and tell your doctor the nature and extent of your pain and injury, and how the injury occurred.
  • Track Your Expenses.
    A strong claim clearly outlines the financial impact of your accident. Keep records of your:

    • medical bills,
    • mileage driven to doctors’ appointments,
    • rental car expenses,
    • time away from work,
    • and any other expenses your accident has caused.

Accident Statistics

As one of the most populated areas in Alabama, there have been tens of thousands of Decatur, Athens, Cullman and  Huntsville motor vehicle crashes in recent years. Distracted driving is dangerous even when phones are not involved, and it is routinely shown to be a significant factor in many accidents. According to the CDC, over 2,800 people were killed in an accident caused by distracted driving, and 400,000 accidents across the country involved this dangerous behavior. Drive Safe Alabama shared the following statistics from 2017 about traffic accidents in Alabama.

  • A traffic crash was reported every 200 seconds.
  • A person was injured in a traffic crash every 11 minutes and 2 seconds.
  • A texting driver is 23 times more likely to get into a crash than a non-texting driver.
  • Most crashes occur in urban areas, while most fatalities occur in rural areas.
  • 50% of all fatal crashes in 2016 occurred at night.
  • According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), between the years of 1979 and 1986, nearly 228,000 people were maimed and killed by car accident fires.
  • The state had a higher 2020 crash fatality rate than the national rate of traffic-related deaths; and
  • Nearly 60 percent of crashes involved people who did not use their safety restraints despite availability;

Alabama Car Insurance

If you are injured in a car crash In Alabama due to the negligence of another driver, you can file a claim against the negligent parties insurance company. In Alabama, anyone who owns and registers a car must purchase car insurance coverage, although many don’t have insurance or cancel it after getting their tags. Policies In Alabama must provide coverage for at least:

  • $25,000/$50,000 in Bodily Injury Protection, and
  • $25,000 in Property Damage Liability.

Insurance companies in Alabama are also required to offer Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Bodily Injury coverage. Drivers can decline the coverage in writing if they choose. Uninsured/Underinsured is the most important insurance you can buy to protect yourself from uninsured or underinsured drivers. It is cheap to purchase, and may be the difference between getting fair compensation or getting nothing. Alabama is known for having a lot of uninsured drivers. In Alabama you can also stack the coverages of up to three vehicles on a single policy, or unlimited if on separate policies.

Damages You Can Recover

The Law Office Of Ferguson and Ferguson is a experienced Decatur car accident law firm with a long track record of obtaining for clients the compensation and accountability they deserve. An individual who negligently operates a motor vehicle may be liable for a wide variety of damages that an accident can cause, including but not limited to the following:

  • Property Damage
  • Loss of Consortium
  • Out of Pocket Expenses
  • Lost Wages
  • Mental and Emotional Distress
  • Medical Bills
  • Pain and Suffering
  • Disability and Disfigurement

Don’t let an insurance company decide what your personal injury claim is worth, contact us today. It’s our job to get you the money you’re truly owed.

Why Hire Car Accident Attorneys Ferguson and Ferguson

The law offices of Ferguson and Ferguson takes pride in giving each client individual and personal attention.

  • We are committed to excellent client services.
  • We care about our clients, and have patience.
  • Free phone consultation 24/7.
  • Free office consultation as late as 7 p.m. and weekends.
  • Locations near you.
  • We answer all our client’s calls, emails and texts and/or return them promptly.
  • We constantly keep our clients informed of the status of their cases.
  • We make sure that our clients understand each step of their case.
  • We understand what you are going through and will do everything possible to get you through this difficult time.

Free Consultation

If you’ve been involved or injured in a car accident please call our Decatur, Alabama car accident lawyers at 256-350-7200 to discuss your rights and compensation. The injury lawyers at Ferguson & Ferguson have been helping car accident victims in Decatur, Alabama, and throughout Northern Alabama since 1993. We have a No Fee Guarantee, with no upfront costs or charges unless you win your case. Call us for a free consultation at 256-350-7200. We understand how damaging a setback a car crash can be, and we can help. We fight for our clients rights’ and have successfully recovered tens of millions of dollars in past cases. Our Decatur, Alabama personal injury attorneys are ready to work for you. If you would like to know more about your rights and options after a serious pedestrian, bicycle, or slip and fall accident, contact us for a free consultation. Our Decatur accident law firm is available to take your call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Don’t let an insurance company decide what your claim is worth. Get a free initial consultation today. Our firm provides you with over 60 years of experience settling car accident claims in and out of Alabama courts. Call now.

Huntsville Office Location:
303 Williams Avenue SW
Suite 321
Huntsville, AL 35801

Decatur Office Location:
211 Oak Street NE
Decatur, AL 35601