Bay Minette Auto Accidents Lawyers
Automobile accidents are a leading cause of death across the United States, a trend that continues throughout the state of Alabama. Statistics show that there is a traffic crash nearly every three minutes in Alabama, leading to almost 1000 deaths. For every death that occurs on Alabama roads, there are approximately 50 injuries.
At some point in your life, you are likely to be the victim of a car crash. When that happens, it’s important to turn to a Bay Minette car accident lawyer you trust. At Turner, Onderdonk, Kimbrough & Howell P.A., we fight for fair and full compensation for each client. Schedule a consultation now by calling our Bay Minette office at 251-651-0483 or our Chatom office at 251-847-2237.
Why Choose Turner, Onderdonk, Kimbrough & Howell P.A. for Your Car Accident Claim?
Car accidents can be extraordinarily expensive for victims, often leading to substantial medical bills, time away from work, property damage, and other expenses. Without the help of a trusted personal injury attorney, you run the risk of not getting what you truly deserve.
It might be obvious that the other party is at fault, but that doesn’t mean you’ll have an easy time recovering your losses. In fact, you can expect their insurance company to push hard against your claim and do whatever they can to diminish your payout.
You’ll notice this from the very first phone call with the insurance company. Maybe they’ll suggest that the accident was your fault by pointing out things you could have done differently. Perhaps they’ll downplay the severity of your injuries and suggest that you’ll be healed and back to normal before you know it. They might offer an abysmally low settlement offer and warn you against hiring an attorney, promising that this is their best and final offer.
But remember, the insurance company is not on your side. To get fair treatment, you need someone whose only priority is your best interests. That’s where our team comes in. We have handled many Bay Minette area car accident cases, and we know what insurance companies do to avoid a full and fair payout.
As a result, we also know what it takes to fight back against these tactics and ensure that our clients get the treatment they deserve. When you choose our team, you’ll have someone with you every step of the way—whether your case settles out of court or goes to the courtroom.
Causes of Auto Accidents in the Bay Minette and Citronelle Area
Finding the cause of an auto accident is a good way to figure out who is liable and what your next step is. In most cases, it comes down to human error. No matter how good the roads are or how many safety features a car has, it’s not enough to overcome human error. Some of the most common causes of car accidents in this area include:
- Driving while fatigued
- Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Distracted driving—a growing problem since smartphones have become commonplace
- Inexperienced drivers
- Speeding or other forms of reckless driving
- Ignoring road signage or traffic lights
- Bad weather conditions
- Unclear road signage
- Defective vehicle components
Common Types of Car Collisions
There are several types of car crashes, and the type of crash you’re in significantly impacts the amount of property damage and bodily injury you suffer. Common types of collisions we’ve seen include:
- Rear-end accidents
- T-bone crashes
- Head-on collisions
- Rollover collisions
- Sideswipe accidents
- Accidents with tractor-trailers
- Pedestrian accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
Injuries and Compensation
It’s crucial to get checked out by a doctor as soon as possible after your crash. You may be in serious pain, feel no pain at all, or just have mild soreness. However, that isn’t always a reliable indicator of your injuries. Some injuries don’t cause immediate pain, but they can still be fatal if left untreated. Prompt diagnosis and treatment is the only way to protect yourself. Depending on the type of crash you’re in and the circumstances of the collision, you may experience:
- Lacerations and cuts
- Broken bones
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord damage
- Soft tissue damage
- Internal bleeding
- Mental anguish or psychiatric disorders
The type of injuries you suffer play a big part in determining how much compensation you may be able to receive. To get full and fair compensation, you will need to prove to the insurance company or to the court that the other party caused your injuries and that your injuries have negatively impacted you. Compensation is typically divided into several different categories, including:
- Medical bills
- Future medical bills if your condition is serious enough to require ongoing care
- Lost wages
- Lost future income if your ability to work is permanently affected
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Disability and disfigurement
Keeping thorough records during this time is important. Doing so allows you to show how the accident has financially impacted you, which increases the likelihood of a full and fair settlement.
Find Out How We Can Help
The sooner you connect with a Bay Minette personal injury attorney, the sooner we can begin working on your case. Evidence starts disappearing right after an accident, and if we can get documentation of skid marks, damage to public property, and vehicle damage, we can build a much stronger case for you.
Time is of the essence here—if the other party is to blame, their insurance company may be in a rush to get you to accept a settlement and waive your right to sue. The more contact you have with the insurance company, the more likely it is that you’ll say something that hurts your case.
We know how devastating a car accident can be, and we are here to help. Set up a consultation now to discuss your legal options.
Contact Turner, Onderdonk, Kimbrough & Howell P.A. to Set Up a Consultation Now
There are a few different ways to contact our skilled auto accident lawyers. Call our Bay Minette office at 251-651-0483 or our Chatom office at 251-847-2237. You can also fill out our online contact form and someone will be in touch with you promptly. We look forward to assisting you!