Tuscaloosa Car Accident Attorneys

The Cochran Firm – Birmingham is experienced in handling your Tuscaloosa car accident. We are ready to take your call and work aggressively on your behalf to provide you with the resources you need at this difficult time.

We understand car accidents in Tuscaloosa and that they occur frequently. In fact, Alabama has some of the worst car accident statistics in the nation. There were 32 deaths attributed to car accidents in Tuscaloosa County in 2017 alone. That translates to 30.4 deaths per 100,000 population and these are entirely preventable.

More than 32,000 people are killed every year (90 die every day) in the U.S. in passenger vehicle crashes. A person is killed in an Alabama traffic crash every 9 hours and injured every 11 minutes. In Alabama, there were 156,993 auto crashes in 2017. Among those were 948 fatalities and 47,771 injuries.

Causes of Tuscaloosa Car Accidents

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in the U.S. in 2013, the auto accident death rate was more than twice the rate of other high-income countries.

Factors leading to auto accidents in Tuscaloosa include:

  • Drunk Driving – Leads to more than 10,000 crash deaths annually, reports the CDC
  • Not using Seat Belts – Contributes to more than 9,500 crash deaths. In Alabama, almost 60 percent of people who died in crashes were not wearing a seat belt.
  • Speeding – CDC reports speeding contributed to 9,500 crash deaths

Besides death, preventable injuries can occur from even a fender bender.

The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute found that drivers increased their risk of a crash nearly tenfold when they got behind the wheel emotionally agitated, observably angry, sad, or crying.

Unfortunately, car wrecks often involve pedestrians and car accidents are a leading cause of preventable injury to children and teens.  Make sure you always use a seat belt on every trip and make sure children are strapped into an approved child car seat or booster seat.

The U.S. has a lower seat belt use than other high-income countries, reports the CDC.  Your local fire station can check to make sure your seat is properly installed. Please do not drive while impaired by alcohol or drugs and put away the cell phone while driving. Many phone carriers now offer a service that disables the phone while you are driving.

Investigating Your Tuscaloosa Car Accident

It is important that you call us as soon as you can after the accident. Evidence has a tendency to disappear and if possible, we want to get to the scene to assess the damage and talk to any witnesses of the accident.

What were the conditions at the time of the accident? The police report is a place to start but we need to investigate further. We will also look into the background of the other driver to determine if he has been involved in prior accidents.

These days, it is vital to determine if the at-fault driver was using technology at the time of the crash. Distracted driving, even for the 23 seconds (on average) it takes to look at a screen and text, allows a car moving at 60 mph to travel almost 2,000 feet.

Was there some other distraction at the time? Perhaps an argument in the car or road rage that might have caused speeding. Maybe something had fallen on the floor of the car and the driver was searching for it.

Was there a failure of the automobile such as a tire blowout that might have led to the collision?

You have a two-year window within which to file a claim and in some complicated crashes it may not be obvious what caused the car crash. Was it a blown tire combined with speeding and drinking? If so, we potentially have negligence and possibly a product liability action. These things take time to investigate, which is important because the burden of proof is on us, the plaintiff.

Your Experienced Tuscaloosa Car Accident Attorney

Because of our years of extensive experience in handling car accident cases, we are knowledgeable in all aspects of automobile liability insurance.

Alabama is not an at-fault state.  In other words, in Alabama, there is a fault-based system for making an insurance claim. The at-fault driver will be expected to pay for their victims’ losses.

There may be limits on how property damage and medical payments will be covered. Alabama drivers are required to carry only a minimum of $25,000 per person in bodily injury and property damage. A hospital stay of two days can easily exceed that amount.

Is one of the drivers uninsured? You can file against your PIP or Personal Injury Protection and uninsured/underinsured motorist to provide additional coverage.

We find that the insurance carrier for the at-fault driver often makes an initial offer to settle a case. We strongly urge you to seek representation to cover your losses as the other side is not thinking about you, but rather their own bottom line.

We also strongly urge you not to make any statement to anyone at the scene of a car accident in order to preserve your rights. Anything you say can and will be used against you, even if you are just being polite and offering an apology.

The Cochran Firm will aggressively fight on your behalf if there are allegations that you contributed to the accident. Under Alabama law of contributory negligence, if you were even 1% percent at fault, you may lose your right to seek compensation.

These laws do not favor the consumer and you will need aggressive representation to investigate your crash and determine the at-fault driver so you can be adequately compensated for your losses, both property, medical, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

The Cochran Firm urges you to reach out and not try to go it alone because of the complications involved in Alabama law that can cause you to lose your rights. You need an experienced Tuscaloosa car accident firm to help you get back on your feet during this traumatic time. The Cochran Firm is available 24/7 at 1-800-THE-FIRM or 205- 994-8555.