Car Accident FAQs
At Pepper & Odom, P.C., our auto accident attorneys are well-versed in personal injury law and have successfully recovered maximum compensation for hundreds of clients who’ve been hurt or lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligence. These car accident FAQs can help you understand your rights and how the process of filing a personal injury claim works.
What Steps Should I Take After A Car Accident?
After a motor vehicle accident, your priority should be getting the medical attention you need. Signs of certain injuries may not appear until days or weeks later and documenting your injuries with a hospital or doctor visit provides valuable evidence if you decide to file a personal injury claim.
Call 911 and check to see if anyone else is hurt and needs first aid. If you’re able, take photos of vehicle damage, the scene, and your injuries. Collect contact, license, and insurance information from all motorists who are involved in the accident. Ask any witnesses for their contact information. Use your phone recorder or write down notes recounting everything you remember about the crash. Ask for a copy of the police report if it’s available.
Why Should I Contact A Car Accident Lawyer?
Whether you believe your injuries are serious or not, it’s vital to contact an experienced car accident lawyer as soon as you can. Your initial consultation with our Birmingham or Jackson personal injury attorneys is always free. We can assess your case and advise you on the best path to move forward. If you do have a personal injury claim, our attorneys in Alabama and Mississippi fight for your rights and work tirelessly to help you recover the full and fair compensation you deserve.
An Insurance Adjuster Contacted Me. Should I Speak To Them?
Don’t sign anything, speak to an insurance adjuster, or accept a settlement before discussing your case with a car accident attorney. Unfortunately, insurance companies don’t have your best interests in mind. They do anything they can to minimize your injuries and pay out as little as possible or may deny your claim altogether. Our personal injury lawyers handle all communications and negotiations with insurance adjusters and company representatives so you can focus on healing.
Who Will Compensate Me For My Injuries And Damages?
To recover compensation in a car accident claim, you must prove that the other driver was at fault for causing your injuries. Alabama is a comparative negligence state, which means that if your actions contributed to the crash at all, you might not be able to recover damages. Mississippi is a comparative fault state, which means that an injured victim can recover compensation even if they are partially at fault. These are just a couple of reasons why skilled legal representation is so crucial in these types of cases.
Our personal injury lawyers understand what’s involved in investigating car accident claims and proving negligence. Multiple parties may be liable for your damages — we collect and review evidence to determine who was at fault and pursue all possible avenues to help you recover maximum compensation.
How Much Compensation Will I Recover?
Each case is unique. Depending on your specific situation and the extent of your injuries, you may be able to recover both economic and noneconomic damages. It’s straightforward to quantify economic damages, such as medical bills, loss of income, and property damage. Putting a value on other offenses, such as pain and suffering, mental anguish, emotional distress, and loss of quality of life, is more challenging.
Several factors go into valuing a personal injury claim. Our attorneys at Pepper & Odom, P.C. are skilled litigators who know how to accurately determine the worth of your claim. We understand the tactics that insurance companies often employ to undervalue or deny claims. We won’t hesitate to take your case to court if a reasonable settlement cannot be reached.
How Will I Pay For Legal Representation?
Our Mississippi and Alabama personal injury attorneys work on a contingency basis, which means you don’t have to pay a costly retainer and only pay attorney fees if we recover compensation for you.
Contact A Car Accident Lawyer To Learn More
At Pepper & Odom, P.C., we understand how devastating being injured or losing a loved one can be. If you’ve been hurt in a crash, contact us online or call our Birmingham car accident attorneys at 205-250-1107, or our Jackson, Mississippi car accident attorneys at 601-202-1111. We handle cases throughout Alabama, Mississippi, and nationwide, utilizing local counsel.