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Common Car Accident Claim Pitfalls

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You’ve probably heard stories about people who suffered a serious car crash and received a huge settlement. Those are success stories, but many Alabama residents end up settling for less than they need or handling the bills themselves after a crash.

Alabama car accident claims are tricky. Even a minor misunderstanding of the law could cost you your chance to recover compensation. If you’ve been hurt in a car accident, keep these common car accident claim pitfalls in mind. Protecting your claim after an accident is vital to your recovery, so watch out for these major mistakes that could cost you dearly.

You Missed the Deadline to File

When you’ve had an accident in Alabama, you’ll need to move fast. The insurance company should be notified as soon after the wreck as possible, but if you’ll need to file a personal injury claim for your accident, you’ll only have two years to do it.

While this does give you some time, it’s best to move quickly. Your insurance claim might have been a long process, only to not provide the compensation you need, and you’ll need to prepare your case for court. Act now to get the compensation you need.

You Didn’t Show That the Other Driver Was at Fault

Alabama is a “fault” state for auto insurance, which means the at-fault driver is usually the party responsible for the expenses that come from an accident. However, this means you’ll have to prove the other driver was at fault. You’ll have to gather evidence and build a compelling case.

Getting started on a claim can be complicated when fault is a concern. If you’re having trouble proving that you weren’t at fault, consider calling an Alabama car accident lawyer. An attorney can investigate the crash and make sure you don’t take the blame for an accident you didn’t cause.

You Held Part of the Blame

Alabama is unique in that, if you’re at all responsible for your car accident, you’ll be unable to recover compensation in court.

Any evidence the defense uses to show you contributed to the crash could get your claim dismissed. When you need that compensation to recover, this can be devastating, so proving that the other party was at fault is vital. Fortunately, a lawyer can help with this, as well.  

You Didn’t Have the Representation You Needed

Most people who haven’t experienced a car accident don’t know how serious crashes can be. You’re badly injured, your car may be totaled, and now you’re not sure where to turn as you seek the compensation you deserve.

A lawyer from the Henry Dailey Law Firm can guide you around these common car accident claim pitfalls, ensuring that you get the full compensation you need after a serious accident. We’ll even begin with a free consultation, so you’ll know before you sign anything that we’re the right firm for you. To get started, just give us a call at 205-995-2412 or fill out the contact form below.

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