An average of 96 people died each day in automobile accidents in 2015. The damage that results can range from property damage to fatalities. An automobile accident can carry civil and/or criminal liability depending on the events that transpired before and after the accident. Regardless of the severity, an automobile accident has a lasting impact on everyone involved. At Fortune & Beard, we are here to help when you’ve been injured in a car accident. In any case it is important to know the rules and procedures mandated by the State of Alabama regarding automobiles and accidents.
IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW
Alabama has a two year statute of limitations on automobile accident claims. This means that you have two years from the date of the accident to file your claim. Once this two years has passed, you most likely cannot make a claim for your injury.
There are also many statutes that require certain actions to be taken both before and after an accident. For instance, the State requires all Alabama licensed motorist to carry liability insurance. Additionally, Alabama law requires an accident report when there is any damage and/or injury.
Furthermore, we have what is called a “guest statute.” A guest statute bars recovery from the passenger that is riding in the car that causes an accident, unless there has been some type of payment by you for the ride. In short, unless you and the driver are sharing traveling expenses, (i.e. paying for gas), you will be unable to recover for your injuries.
If you are in an automobile accident here are a few things you should know:
- Do not leave the scene of the accident. Leaving the scene of the accident if damage is involved could result in criminal penalties.
- Call the police and make a report. The report is needed to acquire statements from all parties involved and map out the accident. Reports are also needed for insurance purposes, as well a state mandated.
- Provide the police officer with your insurance. If you are responsible for the accident then it is important to provide the other party with your insurance information.
At the law firm of Fortune & Beard, our attorney’s know how to handle the complicated process of recovering from an automobile accident. We will be there for you from beginning to end. Our focus is making sure you can recover comfortably without the hassle of insurance companies and bill collectors creating additional stress.