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Rear Ended in Alabama? Here’s What You Should Do After a Crash

A car accident occurs in Alabama every three minutes, so, unfortunately, chances are you’ll be involved in some sort of crash in your lifetime (and maybe already have). If so, knowing what to do ahead of time can save time, money, and stress down the road.

In this blog, we outline what Alabama car crash victims need to know after an accident and provide next steps if you find yourself in this scary situation.

Alabama Rear-End Collisions Can Have Devastating Effects

While rear-end collisions might seem run-of-the-mill, they often cause serious injuries and significant damage. According to the Washington Post, there are 1.7 million rear-end crashes in the U.S. every year. Roughly 1,700 people die and 500,000 are injured in these collisions.

Seemingly minor injuries after a rear-end collision are common. However, neck injuries like hyperextension, hyperflexion, and strains — all other words for “whiplash” — can have an incredible impact on a victim’s life. Other common injuries include concussions, sprains, and emotional distress.

Don’t let the seemingly uncomplicated nature of these injuries keep you from seeking help. Without proper treatment and care, a routine injury could lead to something more complicated — prolonging your healing and causing you more pain and suffering over time.

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Take These Steps After a Rear-End Collision in Alabama

Getting rear-ended might seem minor because it’s so common, but the moments immediately after a crash are scary and can be filled with uncertainty, panic, and pain. Protect yourself after a rear-end collision by knowing what to do and who to contact.

Make Sure Everyone Is Safe

The most important thing after a crash is to ensure everyone involved is safe. Even if you don’t think you’ve sustained major injuries, it’s still best to get checked out. A doctor will catch latent injuries that can cause trouble if left untreated. Concussions, internal bleeding, and bruised bones can be painful and problematic if left untreated.

Call the Police and Get an Accident Report

A police report is a tremendous piece of evidence in a rear-end case. It’s in your best interest to call the police after a crash, especially when you’re the victim of someone else’s negligence because the report will list the liable driver. When the other driver is at fault, the report can help you and your lawyer fight for the compensation you deserve if you decide to pursue legal action.

Gather Information and Evidence

If you can, take down the negligent driver’s:

    • Name
    • Phone number
    • Address
    • License plate number
    • Insurance information

This information will be useful when you file your insurance claim.

If possible, you should also use your cell phone to take photos of the crash scene, every vehicle involved, and the road. While your lawyer can help you collect and preserve evidence, these images are irreplaceable.

How a Car Accident Lawyer Can Help After a Rear-End Collision in Alabama

After a rear-end collision, the negligent driver might not have sufficient insurance to cover the costs of your injuries and damages. They might also claim that they were not at fault or liable for the crash.

If you’re being denied the compensation you deserve after a crash, you should consider contacting an Alabama personal injury attorney. These professionals can help you evaluate your options, compile and preserve evidence, and fight to get you the compensation you need to get your life back on track.

A lawyer can help you recover damages for:

  • Medical bills
  • Repairing your vehicle
  • Pain and suffering
  • Missed work
  • Lost wages
  • And more

Andy Citrin Injury Attorneys: Taking Your Accident Seriously for Over 30 Years

At Andy Citrin Injury Attorneys, we’ve been fighting for personal injury victims Alabama and the Gulf Coast for over 30 years. We understand the impact even the most seemingly routine crashes can have on victims and have dedicated our careers to making sure no one goes without the compensation they deserve to live full and happy lives.

If you’re suffering because of someone else’s negligence, please contact us today so we can conduct a free case evaluation and provide sound legal advice about what to do next.

Please call (251) 888-8888 or complete this brief form to request your free consultation.

References

Halsey, A. (2015, June 2015). There are about 1.7 million rear-end collisions on U.S. roads each year. Here’s how to stop them. The Washington Post. Retrieved from https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/dr-gridlock/wp/2015/06/08/there-are-about-1-7-million-rear-end-collisions-on-u-s-roads-each-year-heres-how-to-stop-them/?noredirect=on

The content provided here is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice on any subject.

How Much Is My Spinal Cord Injury Claim Worth?

While they may seem relatively rare, more than 17,700 people suffer a spinal cord injury (SCI) each year. Motor vehicle accidents are the top cause of SCIs, contributing to nearly 40% of all cord injuries. Whether you’ve completely lost the use of your limbs or still have some function, a spinal cord injury can change your life forever. At Andy Citrin Injury Attorneys, we have a long history of helping people with spinal cord injuries and their loved ones rebuild and demand justice.

In this article, we’ll discuss the various kinds of cord injuries and how they can impact the value of your claim after an accident.

Understanding Spinal Cord Injuries

Your spinal cord is made up of a series of complex nerve tissues and runs from your brain to your low back. It transmits messages from the brain and then passes them on to the rest of your body, using spinal nerves. These electrical impulses control most of your body’s conscious and subconscious activities, including walking, talking, breathing, and feeling. While it is protected by a fibrous layer (the dura) and your backbone (vertebral column), it is still prone to injury.

When your spinal cord is crushed, compressed, bruised, or cut, it may be unable to send the brain’s messages to certain spinal nerves. This can cause a wide range of symptoms, ranging from partial strength and movement to complete loss of strength and mobility from the neck down. The most serious cord injuries are fatal.

Doctors and other medical providers categorize SCIs in a variety of ways, focusing on the degree of injury and its location:

  • Incomplete: You retain some ability to move and feel below the site of the spinal injury.
  • Complete: You lose all sensory and motor function below the site of the spinal injury.
  • Paraplegia: Spinal cord damage in your mid or low back causes paralysis or weakness in your legs and lost bladder and bowel control, sexual function, and sensation.
  • Quadriplegia or tetraplegia: An injury to your cervical or thoracic cord can lead to paralysis in both your arms and legs, breathing difficulties, lost bowel and bladder control, sexual dysfunction, and other problems.
  • Sacral cord injuries: Damage at the very base of your spine can cause leg and hip weakness, bowel and bladder control issues, and sexual dysfunction.

An estimated 300,000 people in the U.S. live with spinal cord injuries.

While trauma can immediately damage the cord, spinal cord injuries can take time to develop. For example, bleeding and swelling can cut off the spinal cord’s oxygen supply, causing its tissues to die. Other times, a bone fragment or debris from a penetrating injury may bruise or break the spinal cord days, weeks, or even months later. Because of this, victims should try to be patient when filing a claim despite the overwhelming fear and anxiety about what to do next. You want to know exactly how your injuries are affecting you before calculating their value. Consider things like ongoing physical therapy, physical and mental comfort, and if you’ll be able to work and live independently.

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Signs of a Spinal Cord Injury

After a serious car accident, you should always call 911 and seek medical treatment. If you suspect a spinal cord injury, prompt medical care is even more important. If you experience any of the following symptoms, go to the ER or your physician for help:

  • Loss of movement
  • Lost or decreased sensation
  • Altered ability to feel heat, cold, or pain
  • Changes or loss of function in pelvic organs, including bowels, bladder, and sexual organs
  • Exaggerated reflexes or spasms
  • Pain, such as intense stinging
  • Respiratory difficulties, including problems with breathing and clearing your lungs
  • Weakness or a lack of coordination and balance
  • Severe pain or pressure in the head, neck, or back
  • Strange twist or position of the neck or back

How a Spinal Cord Injury Can Affect Your Claim

In the past, a spinal cord injury was a dire and potentially life-threatening diagnosis. While you still must take all spinal cord injuries seriously, there have been significant advances in their treatment. In the 1970s, a spinal cord injury survivor would typically spend 24 days in the hospital, followed by 98 days in a rehabilitation center. Today, most people spend 11 days in the hospital and 31 days in intense rehabilitation. However, that doesn’t mean that you still won’t face challenges.

Many people with cord injuries require ongoing medical attention and help with daily tasks and self-care. Depending on the severity of your injury and other factors, you may be unable to work and do other things you love.

At Andy Citrin Injury Attorneys, we understand how overwhelming it is to live with paraplegia and quadriplegia. If the at-fault driver’s insurance company has offered you a settlement for your spinal cord injuries, you should give us a call. Unlike the insurance adjuster, we’ll help you understand the full value of your claim. We frequently consult with experts, including physicians and long-term care planners, to estimate our clients’ future needs.

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Determining Compensation in an Alabama Spinal Cord Injury Claim

According to the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, the average lifetime cost of a spinal cord injury is within the millions. However, the value of your case will depend on a variety of factors, including your medical needs, lost income, pain and suffering, and the number of insurance policies that cover your claim. Your lawyer may also suggest waiting until you’ve reached maximum medical improvement (MMI) before you agree to a settlement. You’ll reach MMI once your condition stabilizes and it’s unlikely that your symptoms will improve. If you settle before you reach this point, you may seriously underestimate your damages.

When you work with Andy Citrin Injury Attorneys, we’ll carefully assess all of your losses, including:

  • Medical  bills, both current and future
  • Lost income and wage-earning capacity
  • Long-term care needs
  • Equipment that helps you live more independently, such as ramps, wheelchairs, and lifts
  • Pain and suffering
  • Decreased quality of life
  • Damage to your relationships

Contact Andy Citrin Injury Attorneys If You Have Suffered a Spinal Cord Injury

Spinal cord injuries cause enough pain and stress on their own. The last thing you need after suffering a catastrophic injury is unfair compensation that doesn’t cover your medical expenses or changed quality of life. The lawyers at Andy Citrin Injury Attorneys are dedicated to ensuring you get the compensation you deserve. We have a long history with catastrophic SCI claims and have the resources to represent you aggressively and effectively.

If you or a loved one is living with a spinal cord injury, please call us today at (251) 888-8888 or complete this brief form to request your free case evaluation with an experienced attorney from the Andy Citrin team.

References

Costs of living with SCI (n.d.) Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. Retrieved from https://www.christopherreeve.org/living-with-paralysis/costs-and-insurance/costs-of-living-with-spinal-cord-injury

Spinal cord injury (SCI) facts and figures at a glance. (2019). National SCI Statistical Center. Retrieved from https://www.nscisc.uab.edu/Public/Facts%20and%20Figures%202019%20-%20Final.pdf 

The content  provided here is  for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice on any subject.

Follow These Simple Tips to Avoid a Tire Blowout This Summer

As summer approaches and the temperatures rise, most of us are looking forward to baseball, bike rides, and barbecues. But with this warm weather comes another common summer event that most of us would rather avoid: tire blowouts.

Tire blowouts are a frequent occurrence on Alabama highways and can lead to more than just a frightening and inconvenient roadside stop. In some cases, these blowouts can cause a vehicle to lose control and either roll over or collide with other cars sharing the road, leading to severe injuries such as concussion, amputation, and even death.

Please keep reading to learn about the main causes of tire blowouts, steps to avoid these malfunctions, and what to do if you’ve been injured in a tire blowout accident due to a faulty tire.

What Causes Tire Blowouts?

According to Popular Mechanics, national tire blowout season runs from mid-May through early October. In Alabama, however, our season starts a little earlier and ends a little later due to the intense heat we experience during the summer. However, a tire blowout can occur at any time of the year depending on the health of the tire, vehicle upkeep, and other circumstances.

There are four simple reasons why summer is unofficially known as tire blowout season:

  • There are more drivers on the road.
  • People are driving longer distances.
  • Their vehicles are often heavily loaded with passengers and luggage.
  • Warmer temperatures lead to piping hot pavement.

In most cases, the heat of the road surface alone doesn’t cause tire blowouts. But when that heat combines with a faulty tire, an overloaded vehicle, or reckless driving, the chances of a blowout increase significantly.

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Tire Tread Separation Can Lead to Blowouts

The most common user errors leading to tire blowouts include punctures, low pressure, hitting a curb or pothole, and using a tire beyond its rated life. Design defects, manufacturer errors, and improper installation can also lead to tire blowouts. However, the most common reason for a defective tire blowout is tread separation.

Tire tread separation usually occurs when a metal belt fails to bond with rubber in the tire, and this is a defect the tire manufacturer is responsible for. Errors in the tread bonding process can result in separation, for example:

  • Materials contaminated with rust, moisture, oxidation, grease, sawdust, gum wrappers, or cigarette butts
  • The use of outdated bonding ingredients
  • Sub-optimal temperatures
  • Improperly sized parts

No matter what the cause, tread separation resulting from the negligence of the manufacturer can be catastrophic. For example, if the defective tire causes a rollover crash, victims frequently suffer head trauma, spine and spinal cord injuries, and broken bones.


“But when that heat combines with a faulty tire, an overloaded vehicle, or reckless driving, the chances of a blowout increase significantly.”


If you have been injured or suffered property damage in a car accident in Alabama as a result of a faulty tire blowing out, you should contact a skilled and experienced Alabama injury attorney immediately.

It’s also important that you act quickly to preserve the defective tire. If your vehicle experiences a blowout, do not throw the damaged tire away.

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How to Avoid Tire Blowouts

While there isn’t much consumers can do if they’ve been sold a defective tire or had a tire improperly installed, there are measures you can take to cut down on the likelihood of a tire blowout from user error.

  • Underinflated Tires

Along with tire defects, underinflation is one of the most common causes of tire blowout. When tires don’t have enough air in them, their essential components are stretched to the limit and can fail violently.

Thankfully, tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) are now standard on all passenger vehicles, but these systems usually aren’t designed to notify the driver until the tire is nearing its minimum pressure. Unfortunately, these systems can also malfunction over time, leaving the driver unaware of their low tire pressure. Therefore, you should regularly check your tire pressure and whenever you’ll be driving long distances.

  • Overloaded Vehicles

Trucks and SUVs are designed to fit more passengers and cargo than other vehicles, but all that weight can lead to tire blowouts. Further, since these vehicles are usually taller and have a boxier design than standard cars, they’re also more likely to roll over during a tire blowout crash.

To avoid exceeding the weight limit of your vehicle, you should check your automobile’s gross vehicular weight rating, which should be on the same page or placard as your recommended tire pressure. If you must carry an especially heavy load, increase your pressure to the “maximum load” number listed on your tires’ sidewalls.

  • Careful Driving

You can help prolong the life and health of your tires by being a little more cautious behind the wheel. Always follow the speed limit and feel free to drive a few miles per hour below the speed limit on the highway (you’ll get there soon enough). You should also take turns slowly to avoid unnecessarily pushing your tires to the brink of their capability.

Most importantly, be on the lookout for potholes, curbs, and debris in the road. Impacts with unforgiving structures and objects can lead to severe damage that could either cause the tire to burst or slowly wear away at the tire, leading to a blowout.

By following these simple tips, you can reduce the risk of a tire blowout. However, tire designers, manufacturers, and installers commonly make errors that can place matters outside of even the most responsible driver’s control.

In these cases, you’ll need an experienced and aggressive injury lawyer who understands how to investigate defective product claims and hold companies accountable for their acts. This may involve consulting with engineers, accident reconstruction experts, and other specialists.

Andy Citrin Injury Attorneys: Guiding Victims Through Tire Blowout Injury Claims

If you or a loved one has been injured during a tire blowout, or any other motor vehicle accident, you may be eligible for compensation under Alabama law.

The attorneys and legal staff at Andy Citrin Injury Attorneys have years of experience helping car accident victims receive the justice they deserve and are willing to go the extra mile for all of our clients. We understand the pain and stress of recovering from car accident injuries, which is why we are dedicated to providing honest, skillful legal representation. Our goal is to hold those responsible for your injuries accountable and make Alabama’s roads even safer.

To ensure affordable representation, we operate on a contingent fee basis. If you choose to hire our attorneys, there is never any cost to you until we recover compensation on your behalf.

Please contact us today to schedule your free consultation by calling (251) 888-8888 or completing this brief online form.

Reference

Demere, M. (2013, August 21). Why blowouts happen — and how to avoid them. Popular Mechanics. Retrieved from https://www.popularmechanics.com/cars/how-to/a9399/why-blowouts-happen-and-how-to-avoid-them