Huntsville Auto Accident Attorney
Car accidents happen every day around the country and in Alabama. They are so common that our Huntsville car accident lawyers often comese to think of them as an ordinary part of life. However, almost all car accidents are caused by someone failing to take the proper precautions to operate their vehicle safely.
When drivers are negligent, the damage often goes well beyond the property damage. It often results in tragic injuries for other drivers and passengers involved in the accidents they created. If you’ve been injured in a car accident due to someone else’s carelessness or recklessness, the Huntsville auto accident lawyers at Conchin, Cloud & Cole, LLC can help you claim the compensation you deserve.
Alabama Car Accident Statistics
Car accidents, injuries, and fatalities all increased in 2016 (the most recent year for which information is available) over previous years. According to a recent study done by researchers at the University of Alabama, there were 1,058 deaths from auto accidents in Alabama in 2016, a significant increase from the 849 who died in traffic accidents in 2015.
The total number of traffic accidents increased to more than 152,000.
The most common cause of accidents in Alabama was speed. The greatest percentage of increase was seen in high-speed accidents taking place at 91 mph or more. These very high speed accidents killed 44 people in 33 crashes.
Despite laws against texting and driving, and increased public awareness campaigns about the dangers of using a cell phone while driving, the number of distracted driving accidents continued to increase in 2016 as well.
What to Do After a Car Accident in Huntsville
The first and most important thing to do after an auto accident is seek medical treatment if needed. If you don’t need medical treatment, stop and remain at the scene. Even after seemingly minor accidents, it is usually a good idea to call the police to get an accident report. Exchange basic information with the other driver including your contact and insurance information.
It is a good idea to say very little to the other driver at the scene, and to keep the conversation strictly about the facts of the accident and avoid any speculation as to the cause of the accident and even whether or not you are injured.
If possible, document the accident scene and both vehicles with photographs. Also, take pictures of any obvious injuries. This helps establish the exact conditions of the scene immediately after the accident.
Additionally, writing down your thoughts soon after the accident is a good idea to preserve details of the accident that may slip your memory later. If you are able to get contact information from others who witnessed the accident, this can be extremely useful in helping establish the facts of your case later.
Even if the accident was seemingly very minor, injuries can appear hours or days after an accident. It may be a good idea to consult an attorney that provides for a free consultation to get an idea of whether pursuing legal action is a good idea at the time. A lawyer can help you understand the process better and help ensure that your rights are not compromised by the insurance company. Contact the personal injury lawyers at Conchin, Cloud & Cole, LLC today.