Accidents happen every day, but that doesn't lessen the devastating, life-changing effects that they can have on those who are injured. The tragedy of such an event is only compounded when the accident is caused by someone else's negligence. While a personal injury lawsuit against a responsible party cannot turn back the clock and stop an accident from happening, it can help the injured person and family members recover without having to worry about medical bills and lost wages. At Allred & Allred, P.C., our Montgomery personal injury lawyers have more than 40 years of experience representing clients who have been injured in a variety of accidents. We are committed to protecting our clients' rights while seeking the maximum compensation to which they are entitled.
Our significant experience defending insurance companies sets us apart from other firms by giving us a keen insight into the strategy and tactics that insurers use and allowing us to be much more proactive in our preparation of your case. Based on our expertise, commitment, and hard-earned reputation for vigorous representation, other attorneys in Alabama and across the country often refer clients to our firm. Contact us at 334.396.9200 or online for a consultation at no cost to you.
A personal injury claim can arise in a variety of situations, ranging from car accidents and truck crashes to incidents involving defective products. We can help accident victims gather evidence to prove a defendant’s liability and pursue compensation for all of the damages to which they may be entitled. Damages in personal injury cases usually cover medical bills, the costs of future medical treatment, lost income caused by missed time from work, property damage, and the victim’s pain and suffering. In some cases, the family members of victims may be able to pursue compensation as well.
Similar to many other personal injury claims, car accident cases usually involve proving that someone else was negligent and that their negligent actions led to the accident. Drivers in Alabama and elsewhere unfortunately act negligently behind the wheel each day. A driver may get behind the wheel while drunk, fail to yield at an intersection, drive too fast for conditions, engage in aggressive driving behaviors, or get distracted by using a cell phone, among many other examples. Any of these situations can lead to liability because a reasonable driver would not take these actions, recognizing the risk of harm that they pose to others. Our Montgomery personal injury attorneys advocate vigorously for victims dealing with the aftermath of an accident.Truck Accidents
While any type of motor vehicle collision can cause devastating harm, truck accidents are especially likely to result in catastrophic injuries. This is because the weight of the truck results in a severe impact that can crush a passenger car. Truck drivers and the companies that employ them must comply with federal and state regulations that apply to their industry. For instance, a driver must follow hours of service rules, which have been enacted to reduce the risk of a trucker falling asleep behind the wheel. They also must check blind spots, properly secure their cargo, and take other measures to avoid endangering other people on the road. A trucking company also may be liable for a truck accident, either through its employment relationship with the driver or through its own negligent actions.Motorcycle Accidents
A momentary lapse in care by a driver of a larger vehicle can change the life of a motorcyclist forever and place a substantial burden on their loved ones. Following a collision, however, defendants and their insurers sometimes try to argue that the rider was at least partly responsible for the accident. Alabama uses a strict rule known as contributory negligence. This provides that a victim cannot recover any compensation if they were at fault for an accident to any degree, even if the defendant was 99 percent at fault. Our personal injury lawyers can assist Montgomery residents and other victims in fighting back against the application of this rule when a rider was not actually at fault for a crash. We can help you make sure that a defendant does not unfairly shield themselves from liability.Product Liability
As consumers, we trust that the products that we use on a daily basis are safe or at least have adequate warnings about their risks. Sometimes a manufacturer does not comply with its obligation to release a reasonably safe product to the market. A victim may be seriously injured based on a defect in the product’s design or manufacturing, or an absence of instructions or warnings. A design defect means that the product was unreasonably unsafe as it was designed, while a manufacturing defect means that an error in the process resulted in a certain item being unsafe, even though the design of the product was acceptable. A consumer bringing a product liability claim may be able to use a strict liability theory, which means that they do not need to prove negligence.Work Injuries
If you have been injured on the job in Alabama, your first recourse may be the state workers’ compensation system. You can receive benefits through this system regardless of whether you were at fault, but you cannot sue your employer or a coworker for their negligence. Workers’ compensation benefits can cover your medical bills related to an injury or illness, in addition to some of your lost wages. However, they are less extensive than the benefits available through a personal injury claim against a third party other than your employer or a coworker. Our Montgomery personal injury lawyers are ready to help victims of work injuries explore the full scope of their legal options and pursue all of the claims that may be appropriate.Construction Accidents
The construction industry is notorious for being one of the most hazardous in the nation. Some common incidents include falls from heights, blows from falling objects, and injuries caused by malfunctioning equipment. As with other workplaces, an injured worker can pursue a claim for benefits through the workers’ compensation system. Since the injuries in construction accidents often are catastrophic, and the associated costs tend to be substantial, considering a third-party personal injury claim may be especially important. A victim may be able to recover damages for all of their lost income, in addition to their subjective pain and suffering, by bringing a lawsuit against an entity that does not employ them, such as an equipment manufacturer, a general contractor, or a subcontractor.Wrongful Death
The aftermath of a fatal accident can devastate a family, leaving them with anxiety over how they will pay the bills in addition to grief over the loss of a loved one. The Alabama wrongful death law is unique among state laws in this area. It permits the recovery of only punitive damages, rather than compensatory damages, and only the personal representative of the victim’s estate can bring the claim, rather than the victim’s family members. Punitive damages that are awarded in these cases are paid not to the victim’s estate but instead to their heirs. Like personal injury claims, wrongful death lawsuits must be brought within a strict time window, known as the statute of limitations. Otherwise, a court likely will dismiss the case, regardless of whether the estate has a strong claim.Contact a Knowledgeable Personal Injury Attorney in the Montgomery Area
When you hire our firm, you will work directly with an attorney at all times, and your attorney will handle every aspect of your case. We will examine your case from every possible angle, determine all of the responsible parties, and hold them all accountable. Pursuing every legal option available, we will explore settlement options while standing ready to litigate your case through trial if necessary. Among recent cases handled by our lawyers, we helped secure a $5 million recovery for the family of a driver who was killed in an accident with a tractor-trailer. We have also recently earned a $1.2 million settlement for a client who suffered a severe leg injury in an accident with an 18-wheeler and a near $900,000 recovery for a bus passenger injured when the vehicle overturned.
At Allred & Allred, we are both skilled litigators and proficient negotiators. We understand the stress and anger that people feel when they have been injured through no fault of their own. We will be there with you at every step of the way to seek justice on your behalf, and we will not charge a fee without a recovery. We are happy to provide a free consultation, and we are available to schedule a meeting at the time and place most suitable for you. Contact us today online or at 334-396-9200 to discuss your questions with a personal injury lawyer at our Montgomery firm.