It is pretty common for most adult Americans to own a vehicle and use it for daily travel. The state of Alabama is no exception. Not surprisingly, higher use of our nation’s – and Alabama’s – roads and highways means the higher risk of car accidents. While America’s roads are dangerous, so are roads in Alabama. In fact, studies show that typical Alabama drivers have more than a one-in-three chance of being involved in a car accident that results in injury or death within their lifetime.
It is no surprise that being alert while driving is critical to your safety and the safety of your loved ones. This is particularly true on roads that are known for being dangerous. Some of the most dangerous roads in the state include Interstate 20, Interstate 65, Highway 431, and Interstate 85.
By the Numbers
According to Drive Safe Alabama, an online resource on Alabama’s roadways, in 2017, the state recorded that:
- A reported traffic crash occurred every 200 seconds;
- A person was injured every 11 minutes in a traffic-related crash;
- A texting driver was 23 more times at risk of getting into a car accident than his or her non-texting counterpart;
- Most crashes happened in urban areas, but most traffic-related deaths happened in rural areas;
- More than 50 percent of all fatal crashes happened at night, including dusk and dawn;
- The state had a higher 2016 crash fatality rate than the national rate of traffic-related deaths; and
- Nearly 60 percent of crashes involved people who did not use their safety restraints despite availability;
As can be seen, driving on our state’s roads can be dangerous and it is critical that drivers remain focused, alert, and reactive in order to keep everyone safe in Mobile and the rest of Alabama.
What to Do After an Accident
While accidents can be frightening and make it difficult to make rational decisions, you can reduce your chance of being justly compensated for injuries suffered if you fail to do some basic things. Below are tips on what to do if you, or someone you know, is involved in an Alabama car accident:
- Check if anyone involved in the crash (including yourself) is hurt;
- Call emergency responders and identify the crash site;
- Once it is completed, be sure to get a copy of the police crash report;
- Gather contact information from other drivers, victims, and witnesses to the crash;
- Take video footage and pictures of the accident scene, including property;
- Do not admit fault to anyone;
- Do not speak, or correspond with, the insurance adjusters;
- Contact an Alabama car accident attorney.
Doing the above things will give you a greater chance of recovering monetary compensation for injuries suffered if you later decide to file an Alabama personal injury lawsuit related to the car accident.
Mobile, Alabama Car Accident Help
If you or a loved one has been hurt in an Alabama car wreck – in Mobile or anywhere else in the state – know that the skilled Mobile, Alabama car accident attorneys at Stevenson Klotz Law Firm are here to help. Our legal team can handle the insurance company while you focus on recovering from your injuries. We fight on behalf of Alabama car accident victims who have suffered harm due to another’s carelessness to seek just compensation.
Following graduation from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, Eric Stevenson held a number of positions including Assistant State Attorney in the First Judicial Circuit of Florida. Eric has been practicing with partner Christopher Klotz since 2015 litigating personal injury and car accidents in Alabama and Florida.