The best way to know your rights around auto accidents is to understand some basic tenets before ever getting into one.
While Alabama has many of the same laws as other states when it comes to auto accidents, there are a couple of key differences to note.
What’s the Statute of Limitations for An Auto Accident in Alabama?
For personal injury cases, Alabama follows the same laws as many other states, which places a two-year limit in filing for damages. This also applies for potential wrongful death lawsuits that a family member might file after the incident.
If the lawsuit pertains to vehicle damage, those cases have a six-year deadline in Alabama.
What is Contributory Negligence?
Alabama has a specific “contributory negligence” rule that says you cannot receive monetary damages if you are found to have played even a minor role in an auto accident. This also plays into what insurance claims adjusters might award since they’ll often follow a court’s ruling in paying out damages. If the court finds that you played even a small role in an auto accident, be prepared for a tough road ahead with the insurance company.
With car accident rates rising across the country, it’s important to understand that any role you play in an accident could lead to no damages or compensation for your injuries.
Also, the contributory negligence rule applies to a number of areas outside of auto accidents within the personal injury realm. For example, if you slipped and fell at a restaurant, an opposing party could claim that you were on your phone or distracted in some other way that could present a danger and hold you partially liable for your own injuries.
With Alabama’s specific laws in mind, it’s crucial to consult a qualified auto accident attorney to understand your rights and options in your specific case. Call the team at Bevill and Bevill, LLC today at (205) 221-4646 to schedule your free consultation and learn more about how we’ve helped Alabama residents receive compensation for their injuries.