Montgomery, Alabama Car Accident Attorney
Chip Nix, Montgomery Personal Injury Attorney, Will Help You Recover The Damages You Deserve
If you or a loved one was seriously injured or killed in an auto accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Motor vehicle accidents can turn your whole world upside down. The medical costs alone can put a major financial strain on victims and their families. And if the injured party is one of the primary earners in the household, the time missed from work to recover from the injury can cause an even greater financial hardship.
Insurance companies often try to take advantage of the situation by giving injury victims a lowball settlement offer in exchange for forfeiting their right to pursue a claim. Before accepting any offer from the insurer for the responsible party, it is important to speak with a seasoned car accident attorney.
Chip Nix, Attorney at Law, has nearly five decades of experience representing clients injured in car accidents in Montgomery, Union Springs, and surrounding Alabama communities. Attorney Nix has an in-depth understanding of Alabama personal injury laws, and what it takes to secure full and fair compensation for accident injury victims. Chip has successfully handled numerous cases like yours, and he knows the tactics insurance companies commonly use to try to avoid responsibility for the accident.
Attorney Nix takes a personalized approach. He works closely with his clients to help make the legal process as smooth and stress-free as possible. Chip is straightforward, down to earth, and highly responsive. He provides free consultations, flexible evening and weekend hours, and he can meet you at your home, the hospital, or wherever is most convenient. He provides frequent updates on your case while it is ongoing, and he promptly addresses any questions or concerns you may have along the way.
Common Causes of Car Accidents in Alabama
Each year, thousands of individuals are killed and tens of thousands are seriously injured in auto accidents in Alabama. Some accidents are due to uncontrollable factors such as poor weather, but many are the result of the negligence or reckless actions of another party. Some of the common reasons motor vehicle accidents occur include:
- Reckless Driving
- Distracted Driving
- Driving while Drowsy or Fatigued
- Failure to See Vehicles, Bicyclists, or Pedestrians in a Motorist’s Blind Spot
- Mechanical Failures
- Faulty Vehicles/Vehicle Parts
Car accidents can result in serious and catastrophic injuries, especially when a vehicle crashes at high speeds. Common injuries that may occur from auto accidents include:
- Face and Head Injuries
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Neck and Spine Injuries
- Back Injuries
- Soft Tissue Injuries
- Whiplash Injuries
- Shoulder Injuries
- Knee Injuries
- Fractures and Dislocations
- Internal Injuries
- Burn Injuries
- Amputations/Loss of Limbs
- Wrongful Death
Physical injuries from car accidents can lead to psychological injuries as well. For example, severe injury victims often have to deal with the emotional trauma of having to adjust to the diminished quality of life that comes with a debilitating injury. These injuries can also be hard on those close to the victim. Oftentimes, loved ones need to take on a caregiving role, and they may also need to find extra work to make up for the loss in household income.
What to Do If you are Injured in a Car Accident in Montgomery
When someone is involved in an auto accident, there are several steps that should be taken to ensure their safety and preserve their legal rights:
- Seek Immediate Medical Help
The first priority after a car accident is to call 911 right away to attend to anyone who was hurt. If this was a high-impact crash, everyone involved should be checked out. Injuries are not always easy to detect. For example, conditions like whiplash, brain injuries, and internal injuries are not always known until they are detected by a health professional.
- Contact the Police
If there are injuries, the police should be called to the scene, even if the other party insists on handling everything without the involvement of law enforcement. It is important to have a police report on file so there is official documentation of what happened.
- Take Detailed Notes about the Accident
It is always best to write your own report of what happened in as much detail as possible. Do this as soon as is convenient after the accident, so everything is still fresh in your mind. You should also cross-reference your own report with the police report, so you can correct any inaccuracies the police have on file.
- Take Multiple Photographs of the Accident Scene
You need to have as much visual evidence as you can to help substantiate your accident report. Take several photos of the accident scene from multiple angles, and if you have a dashboard camera, be sure to capture video footage as well.
- Obtain Witness Contact Information
If there were individuals nearby that saw what happened, get their names and contact information for future reference. You may need witness testimony if you decide to pursue an injury claim.
- Report the Accident to your Insurance Company
Insurance companies require you to report an accident within a reasonable amount of time, usually between 24 and 72 hours. Call your insurer when it is convenient to report what happened. Give them just the facts and refrain from offering opinions about who was at fault. If you are hurt, let them know that you cannot give them the extent of your injuries until you are checked out by a medical professional.
- Do NOT Admit Fault to Anyone
Be cordial and polite with the other parties involved and exchange contact and insurance information, but do NOT admit fault or speculate on whose fault it was. Leave that to the experts to sort out based on the facts and evidence of the case.
- Get in Touch with a Skilled Personal Injury Lawyer as Soon as Possible
Alabama applies the “contributory negligence” legal doctrine to personal injury cases. This means that if an injured party is determined to be even 1% at-fault for the accident, they can be barred from recovering compensation. You can be sure that the insurance company for the responsible party will attempt to take advantage of Alabama’s high legal standard by trying to assign you at least partial blame for the incident. To have any hope of recovering damages, you will need a seasoned personal injury attorney in your corner who understands state laws and what is needed to successfully pursue your injury claim.
Contact Montgomery Car Accident Lawyer Chip Nix
If you or someone close to you has suffered a severe injury or fatality in an auto accident in Montgomery, Union Springs, or a nearby Alabama community, do not settle for less than you deserve. Attorney Chip Nix can meet with you to discuss your case, advise you of your rights and options, and determine the best legal avenue toward recovering just compensation for your injuries. To schedule your free consultation, call our office today at 334-279-7770. You may also send a secure and confidential message through our web contact form.