Car Accidents in Robertsdale
The small town of Robertsdale was incorporated nearly a century ago in 1921. The so-called “Hub of Baldwin County,” Robertsdale was originally established to take advantage of the fertile farmland of southern Alabama and the nearby rail transportation system. In addition to the 5000 or so folks who call Robertsdale their home, at any given time there may be a good many visitors passing through on their way to or from nearby tourist-friendly locations such as Gulf Shores, Mobile, or Pensacola. As in similar towns across the country, traffic accidents happen on a regular basis is Robertsdale, sometimes causing serious injury or death to those involved. Experienced Robertsdale car accident attorney Whit A. Thomas handles traffic collision cases throughout Baldwin County, and he is here to serve your family’s legal needs.Seeking Compensation for Car Collision Injuries
Robertsdale has several busy roadways, including U.S. Highway 90, Highway 59, and Highway 104. Local travelers, as well as those taking a brief detour from Interstate 10 Baldwin Beach Express or Interstate 10 must obey the rules of the road, or else they may be held liable for damages resulting from an accident. In order to prove that another driver has acted negligently and caused a traffic collision, the party seeking monetary compensation must prove that the defendant owed him or her a legal duty (which may be found in a statute, ordinance, or regulation), that the duty was breached, that the plaintiff sustained actual damages, and that the breach of duty was the proximate cause of such damages.
While the incidence of fatal traffic accidents increases during the Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day holidays, there are just as many – and often more – fatal accidents during the summer holidays of Memorial Day, the 4th of July, and Labor Day.
About 4,500 car accidents happen in Baldwin County each year, and about 1 in 5 of these accidents happens at an intersection.
Some of the most common causes of motor vehicle accidents in Alabama are distracted driving (texting or other cellphone use), failure to yield, tailgating, and misjudgment of stopping distance. Speeding, driving under the influence, improper lane changes, fatigued driving, and failure to heed a traffic control device are also common causes of accidents.
Because Alabama is a contributory negligence state, many defendants attempt to avoid paying compensation to an injured party by claiming that the plaintiff, too, was at fault in the accident. Because contributory negligence is an absolute defense to a negligence claim in Alabama, a successful contributory negligence argument is fatal to the plaintiff’s suit. Or course, the defendant has the burden of proving contributory negligence, as it is an affirmative defense.
Assuming that contributory negligence is either not a factor or the defendant’s efforts to prove fault by the plaintiff are unsuccessful, the plaintiff may recover payment for lost wages and loss of future earning capacity, past and future medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other damages. If the defendant does not have enough liability insurance to satisfy the plaintiff’s judgment, the plaintiff may be able to seek additional compensation from his or her own uninsured or underinsured motorist insurance carrier.Schedule an Appointment with a Results-Oriented Robertsdale Car Accident Lawyer
Time is of the essence when it comes to car accident cases. The Alabama statute of limitations controls the time during which a claim may be made, but other deadlines may apply as well. Failure to take action within the appropriate time period usually prohibits a plaintiff from recovering money damages. To schedule an appointment to discuss your case with a helpful Robertsdale personal injury lawyer, call Attorney Whit A. Thomas at (251) 943-9330 and ask for a free case evaluation. Most cases are handled on a contingency fee contract, so no legal fees are required up front to get your case started.