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Hurt in a Retail Store? Here’s How to Sue for Your Injuries

April 21, 2021 | Personal Injury

When you head to the store for groceries, home goods, clothes, or other items, you don’t think twice about your safety while shopping. Unfortunately, too many establishments do not provide a safe environment for people to shop. If you’re in a store and get in an accident that wasn’t your fault, you shouldn’t have to struggle through your recovery alone. In fact, there’s a real possibility that someone else should pay for your medical bills, lost wages, medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other damages. The way injured people hold them accountable for their actions is through a premises liability lawsuit. We’ve represented countless injured people in personal injury cases who were hurt in stores, so we understand the process of getting compensation for injuries that weren’t your fault. Keep reading to learn more.

Alabama Retail Store Injuries (Like Slip and Fall Accidents) Are More Common Than You Think

Getting hurt in a store is an all-too-common experience. There are countless dangerous conditions that innocent people can get hurt; injuries can be minor, or serious and life changing. Common premises liability issues include:
  • Parking lots: Dangerous parking lots, including bad layout, uneven surfaces, a failure to address and remove dangerous objects, and more can cause injury.
  • Head and body injuries: Falling objects, displays, racks, and other hazards can cause severe injuries to the head, back, and body.
  • Slip and fall: Wet floors, improperly marked stairs, poorly lit parking lots, unreasonably slick paint or floor surfaces—these are all dangerous conditions that can cause severe injuries.
  • Improperly marked floors and hazards: Property owners and managers have a duty to warn you about certain hazards. When they don’t mark stairs, wet floors, and other hazards, they can put customers like you at risk.
  • Overcrowding: When stores don’t address crowding issues on their premises, people can suffer injuries.
  • Negligent employees: When store employees misbehave, don’t pay attention to what they’re doing or the people around them, or are otherwise negligent, innocent shoppers can—and do—get seriously injured.
Our lawyers represent worked injured people who’ve suffered through no fault of their own after getting hurt due to these dangerous conditions. We know how devastating these injuries are, how to hold the property owner accountable, and how to get results that help people heal and move on. RELATED: What Happens if You Get Hurt in a Store in Alabama?

Who Is Liable for Your Injuries?

In-store injuries can be complicated, simply because there are many people, companies, and parties who could be responsible for your injuries. The first step to getting the compensation you deserve is identifying who is at fault. This might include:
  • A contractor who did shoddy work
  • Reckless drivers in a parking lot
  • A property manager, or property management company who did not keep their property up to safe standards
  • A property owner who failed to address or warn you about a hazard
  • An employee or store representative who acted irresponsibly
To file a successful slip and fall claim or lawsuit, you must be able to prove that the property owner, or someone else involved, failed to take the necessary steps to keep the store or property safe.

Understand (and Be Wary of) Alabama Contributory Negligence Laws

After a slip and fall accident or another in-store injury, the store manager might blame you for the accident. Under Alabama’s strict contributory negligence laws, if an injured person played a part in an accident, even just a little bit, they aren’t eligible for compensation. So, it’s in the retailer’s best interest to blame the victim. For example, suppose you were using your cell phone while running an errand. Because you were texting, you didn’t notice a spill on the floor. You slip, fall, and injure your hip. The retailer might argue that if you had been paying attention, you would have noticed the hazard and avoided it. While a personal injury lawyer might be able to prove otherwise, many unrepresented victims will just give up in the face of victim blaming. If someone is claiming that you were to blame for the slip and fall or other in-store accident, don’t admit fault, don’t apologize (which can be considered an admission of guilt), and contact an attorney as soon as you can.
If someone is claiming that you were to blame for the slip and fall or other in-store accident, don’t admit fault, don’t apologize (which can be considered an admission of guilt), and contact an attorney as soon as you can.

How to File an Injury Claim After Getting Hurt in a Store

Stores and other establishments must provide a safe shopping experience. When they fail to do so, they need to take responsibility for their negligence. Andy Citrin Injury Attorneys helps injured people get compensation and closure after an in-store accident by working with them to file a claim for compensation. Here’s what that process is like and the steps you can take to protect yourself and your future.

Get Medical Attention

If you were hurt in a store and want to file a lawsuit, the most important thing you can do is protect your health by getting medical care. Even if your injury seems small, you’ll need proof of what happened to you. If you’re worried about how you’ll pay for medical care (especially if you need a lot of tests, or even surgery) remember, you can include these costs in your injury claim.

File an Incident Report With the Store Manager

Most stores should prompt you to fill out an incident report after an injury occurs. If they don’t offer, ask to speak to a store manager or store owner and complete this report. However, the store may use this as an opportunity to manipulate you or trick you into admitting the accident was your fault instead of taking accountability for the unsafe conditions. In these situations, don’t admit that the accident was your fault and don’t apologize. Instead, stick to the facts when you give your statement. The store may ask you to sign the report, but be careful—sometimes, there is fine print that releases them from liability. When in doubt, don’t sign anything until you’ve talked to an attorney about your options.

Get Witness Contact Information

Many people who are hurt in stores, restaurants, or other establishments have people around them who witness the event and try to help. If there were people around you who saw what happened, ask for their name and contact information. It would also be helpful for them to write down what happened, so you have their testimony to support your case.

Preserve the Evidence

Photos can act as powerful evidence to support your lawsuit. If you’re able, take pictures of everything you can, including the scene of the accident, the store conditions, your injuries, and anything else that’s related to the injury. Afterwards, write down everything you can remember about what happened and call an attorney so they can help you preserve the security tapes if they exist.

Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer

The lawsuit or claims process is notoriously challenging for injured people and their families. If you or someone you love are ready to file a lawsuit, you need an attorney on your side who can help you win. Additionally, the Alabama statute of limitations is two years, meaning that you must file your insurance claim within this two-year period to have a chance at compensation. While you can file a claim at any point within this two-year period, it’s in your best interest to file as soon as you can, rather than waiting until this time limit is nearly up.

File Your Claim

Most people who are hurt in a retail store work with an attorney to file a claim with the store’s insurance company. If the insurance company doesn’t offer a fair amount, we help them file a lawsuit. However, you can file a lawsuit at any time within the statute of limitations. After you file your claim or suit, you can expect back and forth communications to understand the incident, evidence, and more before you come to an agreement. If you’re not sure about your case, its value, or what to do next, don’t wait to call a lawyer for advice. At Andy Citrin Injury Attorneys, we offer everyone a free, confidential consultations where we learn your story and offer practical advice about what to do next. If you’re feeling confused or just want to talk to someone who’s been there before, please don’t hesitate to schedule time with our team today. RELATED: Should I See a Doctor After a Slip and Fall in Mississippi?

Our Team of Personal Injury Attorneys Knows How to Handle In-Store Accident Claims

Our law firm’s team of personal injury attorneys has been winning for injured people in retail stores in Alabama and Mississippi for over 30 years. We know how to fight and win for you, and we’re not afraid to go up against big stores or national chains. Some of the people we’ve won for include: To learn more about how we fight and win for people like you every day, and for more information about how we can support you and your injury claim, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at  251-888-8888  or fill out our  online contact form.

Andy Citrin Injury Attorneys: Our Law Firm Is Ready to Support You After a Slip and Fall Accident

If you’re ready to get started, don’t wait to call our office. Our team of personal injury attorneys is ready to hear your story and offer legal advice on what to do next. These free case evaluations are always confidential and if you hire us, you don’t pay a dime unless we win for you. To schedule your case review appointment, call us today at  251-888-8888  or fill out our  online contact form. We look forward to hearing from you!  

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Press Release: Andy Citrin Injury Attorneys Obtains $3 Million Jury Verdict

April 21, 2021 | Truck Accidents

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 30, 2021

ANDY CITRIN INJURY ATTORNEYS OBTAINS $3 MILLION JURY VERDICT

FOR CONECUH COUNTY VETERAN

MOBILE, Ala.-- On Friday, March 26, 2021, a Conecuh County jury returned a $3 Million jury verdict in favor of 78-year-old Evergreen, Ala. resident, Jerome Marshall. Marshall was injured on January 30, 2015 when an almost 70-ton oversized low boy, hauling oil rig substructure equipment collided with the back side of Marshall’s pickup truck causing his pickup to flip several times into the woods.

At the time of the crash, Marshall was driving down a local county road and had the right of way. A large truck owned by R.W. Delaney suddenly pulled out in front of Marshall, causing a collision which resulted in Marshall’s pickup truck flipping four times at 50 mph.

The driver for R. W. Delaney was uninjured and the trucking company denied responsibility for the crash. Delaney claimed that Marshall ran into the back of the truck and had plenty of time to avoid the accident.

The crash broke Marshall’s back and to this day it causes miserable pain which required a kyphoplasty, due to a crunch like injury in the spinal column. This back pain requires steroid and cortisone shots which Marshall receives routinely to this day.

"This was a preventable crash. All Delaney had to do was follow the most basic driving principles for the operation of these oversized loads. Mr. Marshall’s quality of life has changed forever, and he deserves to be compensated fairly for that," said attorney Brad Kittrell of Andy Citrin Injury Attorneys, who tried this case with firm owner, Andy Citrin. "Mr. Marshall is a retired war veteran and a deacon in his church. He has lived a life of service. Our law firm is proud to have represented him, and we're proud of the jury for standing up for him," Citrin said.

This is one of only a handful of plaintiff verdicts in the United States since jury trials were suspended in March 2020 due to the pandemic. It is one of the largest jury verdicts in the state of Alabama since COVID shut courts down last year. "It was clear that the Conecuh County judges and court staff put their time and energy into making sure that everyone felt safe- especially the jurors. The court did a great job of keeping the jurors protected throughout the trial. This allowed the jurors to focus on doing their job," added Citrin.

“It is my responsibility as a lawyer to hold negligent drivers, companies, and company driver escorts accountable for their actions,” said Kittrell. “That’s exactly what Andy and I did in this trial. The jury helped us right a wrong. We stood up to a huge trucking corporation and brought justice to Mr. Marshall and his family.”

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About Andy Citrin Injury Attorneys:

For 34 years, Andy Citrin Injury Attorneys has protected the rights of Alabama and Mississippi auto accident and injury victims. With five office locations across both states specializing in auto, truck, commercial, pedestrian and motorcycle accidents. They are experts in personal injury law. Since opening their doors in 1986, the firm has won over half a billion dollars for its clients. To learn more, call (251) 888-8888 or visit www.andywins.com.

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Alabama Boat Crashes are More Common Than You Think – Here’s What to Do After One Occurs

April 14, 2021 | Maritime Accidents

Although we don’t often hear about boat crashes, at least not the way we hear about car crashes, they do happen, and more often than you might think. As a Gulf Coast state, Alabama is situated to have many more boating accidents than land-locked states like Tennessee or Arkansas. In fact, in 2019, Alabama had the most boating-related deaths it had seen since 1998. Before the summer was even over, 25 people lost their lives in crashes involving a full range of boating circumstances. Just as car crashes can injure pedestrians on the sidewalk, boat accidents can affect people on shore who are in path of a runaway boat, jet ski, or other watercraft. Again, this isn’t something most people think of while enjoying time on the water. Yet, it’s vital that you know what to do if you or a loved one are injured in an Alabama boating accident.

6 Steps to Take After Being Injured in a Boat Crash

In any boating accident Alabama residents experience, the first step is to ensure everyone is all right or receiving the medical attention they need. Then it will be time to contact insurance companies and attorneys. If you were on land and injured by a boat, observe these same steps. As an innocent bystander, you are very likely entitled to compensation (assuming you didn’t do anything to encourage the crash). By law, everyone involved must remain at the scene. Ask witnesses to stay around to speak with law enforcement.

1. Check Everyone’s Safety and Call 911

Check everyone aboard each involved watercraft and anyone on land who was affected. Even if everyone thinks they’re okay, call 911. Certain injuries might not be immediately obvious, such as a concussion. This will also alert law enforcement. Anyone stranded in the water should already be wearing a life vest, but if they aren’t, try to get them a flotation device or something to hang on to. If possible, get them back on the boat or onto shore. If the boat ran aground, or entered a swimming area, look for anyone who might be hurt or unconscious, including people who were thrown some distance from the scene. In some cases, people are injured as they flee the boat, such as our client Karen, who fell and seriously injured her knee as she ran away from a boat that drove onto shore. Karen ended up needing a knee replacement, and the Andy Citrin team helped her secure a settlement of $290,000.

2. Get Boater and Witness Contact Information

Once everyone’s health and safety is addressed, take down the names, contact information, boater registration number, and insurance details of the boat operators. Try to also get names and contacts of any witnesses (including passengers).

3. Document Injuries and Property Damages

Take photos of the boats and where they ended up, which may help show how the accident happened. Also get pictures of damage to the boats, other property, and injuries. Take notes on what you remember happening, including the time and location of the crash.

4. Schedule a Follow-Up with Your Doctor

Even if you were checked out on the scene of the accident and are feeling all right afterward, follow up with your regular doctor. They can check for signs of less obvious problems, from brain injury to bone fractures. Further, the incident will be in your medical records in case a related issue arises later. Boat drivers, passengers, and those on shore may end up needing surgery, ongoing medical care, physical therapy, medications, and/or mental health support. All of this can figure into your financial compensation.

5. File an Accident Report

Depending on the damages and injuries from the crash, you have one of two deadlines for filing an accident report with the Alabama Marine Patrol:
  • File within 48 hours if someone involved dies within 24 hours of the accident, if someone has disappeared and is presumed dead, or if an injury required more than basic first aid.
  • File within 10 days if someone involved dies more than 24 hours after the accident, if there is more than $2,000 in property damage, or if a vessel is damaged beyond repair or sunk.

6. Contact a Boating Accident Lawyer

Boating accidents are different than car accidents, and it’s in your best interest to work with a personal injury lawyer who’s experienced with crashes on the water. They will know how to deal with complicated issues, such as:
  • Navigating applicable state, federal, and even international laws, which can be complex depending where crashes happen in the water.
  • Uninsured boaters, which happens all too often.
  • Determining who is at fault without evidence like tire marks and traffic cameras. Sometimes, more than one boat driver is at fault.
  • Comparative negligence, which means you can be compensated even if you carry some percentage of fault.
RELATED: A Guide to Alabama Boating and Maritime Law

Andy Citrin Injury Attorneys are Experienced in Difficult Boating Cases

The lawyers at Andy Citrin Injury Attorneys have handled all kinds of difficult boat crash cases, including Karen’s, whose story of nearly being crushed on shore by a runaway boat we linked to earlier. If you or someone you love has experienced a serious injury or wrongful death in a boat crash, we’re ready to help you get the compensation you deserve. Don’t hesitate to contact Andy Citrin Injury Attorneys with questions, for help, and to set up a free consultation. Call (251) 888-8888 or use the contact form on our website to get started!   References Robinson, Carol. (2019, July 17). Alabama suffers 25 boating deaths in 2019, the deadliest year on state waters since 1998. AL.com. https://www.al.com/news/birmingham/2019/07/alabama-suffers-25-boating-deaths-in-2019-the-deadliest-year-on-state-waters-since-1998.html

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4 Things Insurance Companies Don’t Want You to Know About Slip-and-Fall Injuries

April 7, 2021 | Slip and Fall

Slip and fall injuries are relatively common – slick floors and out-of-place objects are part of life. Unfortunately, these accidents sometimes result in serious medical problems, not to mention financial and emotional expense. If you slip and fall in a public place, like a store or a restaurant, you might be eligible for compensation. However, the insurance companies aren’t likely to make that process easy. This article explores the basics of slip and fall injuries and how you can go about getting financial compensation in Alabama. We’ll also share a few things the insurance companies might not want you to know about this kind of claim. Finally, we’ll discuss how an experienced attorney can help you navigate the entire situation.

Know the Basics: Alabama Slip-and-Fall Injuries

Stores and restaurants see a lot of foot traffic and rearrangement. Generally, property owners and managers have systems for keeping walkways clear and dry. However, from a ripple in the carpet to floors wet from winter boots, small problems can become dangerous for customers. Common causes of slips and falls include (but are not limited to):
  • Wet spots from spills or leaks
  • Fixtures, such as drains and vents
  • Tears, wrinkles, or corners of rugs and carpets
  • Uneven sidewalks or floors
  • Icy walkways
  • Aging stairways
  • Misplaced objects or temporary obstacles
  • Poor lighting
As we said, situations that increase the chance of falling are simply part of life. Still, property owners are expected to observe regular practices of cleaning and repairing anything that could pose a risk to customers. At the same time, a slip and fall injury does not automatically mean the property owner is legally at fault. So, what happens if you get hurt in a restaurant or store? Ultimately, liability comes down to a thorough understanding of responsibility for the specific event:
  • If the property owner (or an employee) caused the dangerous surface/item, knew about the risk but didn’t work to repair it, or should have known about the issue as part of the reasonable measures taken to maintain safety, the property owner may be at fault.
  • If the injured party was in an area not open to customers, ignoring warning signs, or moving inappropriately for the conditions (such as running, jumping, etc.), the property owner may not be at fault.
Two major factors will influence your ability to secure financial compensation after an Alabama slip-and-fall injury:
  1. The statue of limitations sets a time limit on how long you have to file a lawsuit after the accident. In Alabama, you have two years from the day of the fall itself. After that, the chance of any compensation is off the table.
  2. The contributory negligence rule (still observed in Alabama) requires that a property owner bear 100% of responsibility for the slip and fall in order for the injured party to be awarded compensation. This differs from the comparative negligence rule (observed by most other states), which simply reduces financial compensation based on the percentage of fault.
Related: How Is Liability Determined in Slip-and-Fall Cases in Alabama?

4 Tools and Tactics Insurance Companies Don’t Want You to Know About

Because slip and fall injuries are so common, the insurance companies know how to deal with them. Their main goal is to protect their bottom line. While they strive to protect the reputations of their insured clients and take care of claims quickly, saving the insurance company money is the priority. With that as the goal, insurance companies, and the adjusters who work directly with claimants, sometimes use tools and tactics they’d rather you didn’t know.

1. Use of Computer Programs to Analyze Claims

Most insurance companies use computer programs to analyze the details of personal injury claims. Colossus is the most commonly used program, and it’s known to have significantly reduced the compensation people receive for bodily injuries. At the same time, it saves the insurance company money on labor and payouts.

2. Even Your Own Insurance Company’s Adjuster is Not Your Friend

Insurance adjusters don’t personally want to make things more difficult for you, but their job is to save their employer money. Typically, adjusters are trained by insurance negotiators and lawyers who understand both the law and psychology – they know how to get away with paying you as little as possible. Beware of adjusters asking for recorded statements or saying you don’t need an attorney. These are tactics to get you to admit some blame for the accident and to keep you from getting the legal help that could secure more compensation. Even adjusters from your own insurance company, while not concerned with the reputation of the restaurant or store where you fell, are not looking to spend more money. It’s important to stay calm when you talk to any insurance adjuster. If they sense frustration or desperation, they may use it against you.

3. Using IME Doctors

An adjuster may say they’re going to schedule an independent medical exam (IME) to determine how to handle your claim. Any doctor performing this kind of exam should be unbiased, but often they’re actually working for the insurance company, and they’re being paid to find reasons to question your slip-and-fall injury. For example, if you end up getting an IME, the doctor might blame your injury on other back issues or an old ankle sprain. Any aspect of your medical history could be used to dispute your claim, instead of supporting it.

4. Being Pushy or Delaying the Process

As a rule, insurance companies want to get your claim taken care of quickly. However, under certain circumstances it benefits them to drag it out a bit. You might encounter a pushy adjuster, or you might have trouble connecting with one. Pushy adjusters may suddenly state that a specific amount of money is their “best offer” or that they’ll close your claim if you don’t accept certain terms. They can also toss lowball offers your way, yet play it off like they’re being generous. All of this is to pressure you into accepting an offer that is less than you deserve. On the other hand, an adjuster who’s trying to make you lose confidence might ignore your calls and questions or not respond to counter offers. Other adjusters only get serious when an attorney gets involved.

Do I Need a Lawyer for My Slip-and-Fall Case?

The vast majority of slip and fall personal injury cases would benefit from working with a lawyer. The mere fact that insurance companies don’t usually want injured people to work with a lawyer suggests that it will work in your favor. In Alabama, being awarded compensation after a slip and fall in a store or restaurant isn’t easy. Experienced attorneys, such as those from the Andy Citrin team, can help with:
  • Securing a rare exception to the two-year statute of limitations
  • Creating a strong case to meet the contributory negligence rule
  • Convincing the insurance company that compensating you will be good press for the property owner
Andy Citrin Injury Attorneys recently helped Randell and his wife. As Randell guided his wife’s wheelchair through a restaurant hallway, he didn’t see that there was an unmarked step. His wife ended up falling out of her wheelchair and breaking her wrist. After the insurance company said that it wasn’t responsible for paying any of her medical bills, the frustrated couple turned to the Andy Citrin team for help. We were able to get the couple the justice they deserved. Hear Randell’s Story

Contact Andy Citrin Injury Attorneys After a Slip and Fall Injury

Now that you know what happens if you get hurt in a restaurant or store, you know that it’s important to work with an experienced attorney. Andy Citrin’s team is able to handle complex personal injury cases, including slips and falls and other injuries in restaurants and stores. Don’t hesitate to contact Andy Citrin Injury Attorneys with questions, for help, and to set up a free consultation. Call (251) 888-8888 or use the contact form on our website to get started!

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Hurt by a Drunk Driver During St. Patrick’s Day? Here’s What to Do

March 30, 2021 | Car Accidents

Drunk driving causes many deaths every year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 29 people in the U.S. die every day in car accidents that involve an alcohol-impaired driver, which is one death every 50 minutes. Holidays where people tend to drink a lot can cause havoc on the road. St. Patrick’s Day is particularly dangerous because for many people, the goal of the holiday is to get drunk. Then, they may make poor decisions like getting behind the wheel. If you were involved in a St. Patrick’s Day drunk driver accident and now you don’t know what to do, don’t fret, because there are crucial steps you can take to get the compensation you deserve. 

Holiday Drunk Driving Statistics and Safety Tips for St. Patrick’s Day

According to the latest statistics from 2014, Alabama experiences 312 alcohol-related traffic fatalities per year. Unfortunately, the state has the fifth highest rate of impaired driving deaths in the United States, with 5.5 deaths per 100,000 people. In order to avoid into a St. Patrick’s Day drunk driver accident, you can take a rideshare instead of driving or ask a friend to drive you if you’ve been drinking. If you eat and drink water and only have one alcoholic drink per hour, you’ll be much less likely to get drunk. Make sure you never leave your drink unattended, since someone could slip a drug into it and cause you to become much more impaired. If you’re on medication that doesn’t allow you to drink alcohol, don’t mix the two. If a friend is drunk and wants to drive, you’ll need to stop them from doing so. By keeping all these safety tips in mind, you will have an enjoyable and safe holiday.

What to Do If You’ve Been in a St. Patrick’s Day Drunk Driver Accident

As soon as you get into an accident, you need to call 911 to get immediate medical attention and to file a police report. Then, you should take photographs of your injuries and the damage to your car along with the other driver’s car and license plate. Ask them for their insurance and contact information, and collect witness statements from anyone who saw what happened. Immediately after gathering evidence, go to the hospital, even if you don’t think you’re injured. You’ll need a full check-up including X-rays. Then, follow your doctor’s treatment plan, which could include going to specialists and taking prescription medication. When you’re home from the hospital and you’ve had a day or two to recover, call up a personal injury lawyer. They will negotiate with the defendant’s insurance company to get you the proper compensation. Then, you won’t have to worry about covering your medical bills and other damages out of pocket. Related: Who Will Pay My Bills After an Alabama Car Accident?

How Drunk Driving Cases Are Different

Drunk driving cases are not typical personal injury cases. There may be more than one defendant who is responsible for your injuries. For example, while the drunk driver is responsible, the bartender or party host who gave them too much alcohol could be as well. Additionally, if the drunk driver only hit you because they were swerving to avoid an object in the road, the accident may not be entirely their fault. If the driver was underage, an adult who served them alcohol may be at fault. The only way to know who was to blame is if you contact a personal injury lawyer like Andy Citrin.
Drunk driving cases are not typical personal injury cases. There may be more than one defendant who is responsible for your injuries.
Andy Citrin Injury Attorneys have extensive experience with drunk driving cases. One client, Lisa, suffered multiple injuries when she got into a head-on collision with a drunk driver. She initially didn’t think she was very badly hurt, but a few days later, her head and back began to hurt. Andy Citrin and his team ended up getting a $25,000 settlement for her injuries, damages, and suffering. They have a track record of success because they fight hard for their clients no matter what.  Read Lisa’s Story 

Get in Touch With Andy Citrin Injury Attorneys

If you’ve been in a St. Patrick’s Day drunk driver accident in Alabama or Mississippi, Andy Citrin Injury Attorneys are here to represent you. Since 1986, we’ve helped thousands of injury victims and gotten our clients the compensation that’s rightfully theirs. If you or a loved one is suffering because of a drunk driver’s negligence, we’re ready to help. To learn more about your options and what steps to take to protect your case, please schedule a free, confidential consultation. Reserve your time today by contacting our team at 251-888-8888or complete our online form. References AlcoholAlert.com. (2019). “Drunk Driving Statistics Alabama.” http://www.alcoholalert.com/drunk-driving-statistics-alabama.html Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2020, August 24). “Impaired Driving: Get the Facts.” https://www.cdc.gov/transportationsafety/impaired_driving/impaired-drv_factsheet.html Nusbaum, Lydia. (2018, December 31). “Alabama has fifth highest drunk driving deaths in 2017, study says.” WSFA News. https://www.wsfa.com/2018/12/31/alabama-has-fifth-highest-drunk-driving-deaths-study-says/  

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When Is a Written Boating Accident Report Required After a Crash?

March 24, 2021 | Maritime Accidents

Boating is a popular year-round pastime in Alabama and Mississippi, where the Gulf of Mexico is easily accessible, along with dozens of inland lakes, rivers, and state parks. Unfortunately, with that many people on the water, the odds of being involved in a boating accident increases. Boating crashes frequently result in the loss of life, and they are becoming all too common. According to the United States Coast Guard (USCG), 28 people died in boating accidents in Alabama in 2019, the state’s highest total in 20 years. Another five people in Mississippi died from boat accidents. If you or a loved one has been injured in a boat crash, you may be eligible for compensation. In this blog, the Andy Citrin Injury Attorneys team will outline what you need to know and what you should do if you are involved in a boating accident in Alabama or Mississippi.

Boater Safety Starts with Life Jackets

Safety should be the first priority for all boating enthusiasts, in all types of personal watercraft, including motorboats, pontoons, canoes, kayaks, or rowboats. Boater safety starts with life jackets, which are essential for anyone on the water. Even strong swimmers should wear a life jacket. The USCG reported that 82% of drowning victims in 2019 were not wearing a life jacket. If you fall off a boat, it is easy to become injured, disoriented, or even get knocked unconscious. A life jacket will help keep your head above the water until you can be rescued.
The USCG reported that 82% of drowning victims in 2019 were not wearing a life jacket. If you fall off a boat, it is easy to become injured, disoriented, or even get knocked unconscious. A life jacket will help keep your head above the water until you can be rescued.
Here are some other things to keep in mind when you are on the water:
  • Take sunscreen, water, and know the signs of heat stroke and other heat-related illnesses.
  • Bring an extra set of clothes in case you fall into cold water or get wet.
  • Be wary of carbon monoxide, a poisonous gas that is odorless and colorless, but can be emitted by combustion engines, outboard motors, and onboard generators.
  • Have spotters and hand signals worked out for water skiers, tubers, and wakeboarders.
  • Make sure the propeller has stopped before anyone gets back into the boat.

Common Causes of Boating Accidents

Boating accidents can happen for a lot of reasons. One common factor is people making poor decisions while driving a boat or watercraft. Dangerous habits cause many crashes, and those wrecks lead to death all too often. According to the U.S. Coasts Guard’s 2019 Recreational Boating Statistics Report, here are the 10 most common contributing factors to boating accidents:
  1. Operator inattention: You should be aware of your surroundings, recreational vessel, and passengers to avoid potentially dangerous situations.
  2. Improper lookout: Accidents can happen if no one is available to monitor water conditions and other watercraft, like jet skis or canoes, near your boat.
  3. Operator inexperience: Young and inexperienced drivers need to know the basic rules of boating and understand how to operate their vessel.
  4. Excessive speed: A speed limit isn’t necessarily going to be posted on the water like it is on a highway, so use slower speeds to give you more time to react to situations and avoid collisions.
  5. Alcohol use: The legal blood alcohol limit for boaters in Alabama is 0.08 percent and 0.10 percent in Mississippi.
  6. Machinery failure: Maintenance checks should be regularly performed to ensure your boat is in proper working order.
  7. Navigation rules violation: Many of these are similar to the rules of the road and should be followed to avoid crashes with other boats.
  8. Weather: Sudden storms and heavy winds can create rough conditions and high seas, making operating a boat potentially dangerous.
  9. Hazardous waters: Rapid tide and current changes often result in hazardous conditions.
  10. Force of wave/wake: The force from a large wave or wake caused by a boat's hull can make a major impact on your vessel.
Related: Boating Accidents Cause Serious Injuries. Here’s What You Should Know

Here’s What You Should Do If You’re Hurt in a Boat Crash

The first thing you should do if you are involved in a boating accident is seek medical attention for anyone that is hurt or injured. Even if you don’t feel like you’ve been badly hurt, a doctor can find hidden symptoms you might miss and help prevent long-term medical issues. Once everyone is safe, note that you are required by federal law to file a boating accident report with your state if you were the boat operator or owner of a vessel that results in any of the following:
  • The death or disappearance of any person from the boat
  • An injury that requires medical treatment beyond first aid
  • Boat or property damage that is more than $2,000 in Alabama or $100 in Mississippi
Reports must be filed with your state’s Marine Police Division within 48 hours if someone dies or requires medical treatment, or within 10 days if there is only boat or property. Take down the names and contact information of all the passengers that were on your boat at the time of the accident, along with the name, insurance, and contact information of the driver who hit your boat. Record everything you can remember about the crash, interactions with local law enforcement, and take pictures of any injuries and property damage. These details will be important if you file a personal injury claim.

If You’ve Been Injured in a Boating Accident, You May Be Eligible for Compensation

An experienced boat crash attorney can help you understand your legal options if you have been in an accident. Boating accidents can be challenging because a collision on the water won’t leave the same kind of evidence as a car crash. Experienced boat crash attorneys can help you uncover hidden accident causes, every available source of compensation, and ensure you get the best results possible. Your lawyer can help with other legal items you may be struggling with, including:
  • Organizing medical bills and liens
  • Finding emotional support throughout the claims process
  • Communicating with insurance companies and law enforcement agencies
  • And more, depending on your situation.
An experienced boating accident attorney can help you recover compensation to cover:
  • Pain and suffering
  • Lost wages from missing work
  • Medical bills and expenses
  • Long-term treatment costs
  • The repair of damaged property
  • And more, depending on your case
Even if you’re not sure about working with an attorney, Andy Citrin Injury Attorneys can help you understand your options and what to do next.

Andy Citrin Injury Attorneys Can Help With Your Boat Injury Case

Andy Citrin Injury Attorneys has a long track record of success with boating accident cases. We can help you get the justice you deserve if you have or someone you love has been hurt in a boating accident in Alabama or Mississippi waters. We’ll meet with you individually to listen to your story, identify your options, and help you decide what to do next. We aggressively pursue justice through careful research and bold strategies. Thanks to the results of a thorough investigation and aggressive tactics, we helped reach a $290,000 settlement for Karen, who was injured on shore by a drunk boater traveling at high speeds. To learn more about your options, steps to take to protect your case, and how the Andy Citrin team can help, please schedule a free, confidential consultation. Reserve your time today by contacting our team at 251-888-8888 or complete our online form. References National Safety Council. (n.d.). Recreational Boating: Stay Safe on the Water. Retrieved from https://www.nsc.org/home-safety/tools-resources/seasonal-safety/summer/boating U.S. Coast Guard. (2020, June 4). 2019 Recreational Boating Statistics. Retrieved from https://www.uscgboating.org/library/accident-statistics/Recreational-Boating-Statistics-2019.pdf U.S. Coast Guard Boating Safety Division. (n.d.). Accident Reporting. Retrieved from https://www.uscgboating.org/recreational-boaters/accident-reporting.php  The content provided here is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice on any subject.  

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I Just Had a Car Crash—What Do I Do Now?

March 16, 2021 | Car Accidents

Even the most careful driver can have a car crash. This experience leaves many people feeling rattled and confused—especially if the wreck wasn’t their fault. While the hours after a collision can be stressful, your actions can affect the strength and value of your personal injury claims. Our lawyers have been helping crash victims get the compensation they deserve for decades, recovering more than $500 million for our clients. In this blog, the team at Andy Citrin Injury Attorneys outlines the steps you need to take in the first 24 hours after a car crash.

What to Do Immediately After a Car Crash

Step 1: Remain Calm

The first thing to always do after a car crash is to remain calm. Immediately after a collision, your body is pumping with adrenaline and other “fight or flight” chemicals. Take a deep breath and give yourself a moment to collect your thoughts. Remaining cool and calm helps you gather all the information needed in a safe and thorough manner. Also, you should never leave the scene of an accident. If you are involved in a hit and run crash, do your best to write down all of the information you remember about the at-fault driver and their vehicle. Sometimes, the police or an experienced car wreck lawyer can identify the hit and run driver and hold them accountable. For example, Andy Citrin helped Ashley, a motorcyclist who was gravely injured after a hit-and-run driver dragged him for miles. Using surveillance footage and other information, we were able to track down the driver and his damaged vehicle. Our investigation also uncovered that the reckless driver had been intoxicated—and that three different bars had overserved him. RELATED: Ashley’s Story: Injured Motorcyclist Get Results With Aggressive Representation

Step 2: Check for Injuries and Call 911

In Alabama and Mississippi, you must call 911 when someone is injured in a car wreck or there was at least $250 in property damage. That means that after nearly every car crash (even a “minor” fender bender), you should contact the authorities and get a police report— even if the other driver tries to discourage you. If someone was seriously injured, calling 911 can be a matter of life and death. The sooner first responders get to the scene, the sooner people can get the care they need. If you’re not too hurt to move, check your passengers and people in other vehicles for injuries. Depending on your situation, move yourself and all passengers to safety. If your vehicle is drivable, turn on its hazard lights and move it to the side of the road. If you can’t move your car, leave it where it is and get yourself and your passengers to safety. Related: 5 Ways to Keep Your Loved Ones Safe During a Car Crash

Step 3: Document Everything

Gather as much evidence as you can at the accident scene.
  • Take pictures or videos of the crash scene from different angles to show the extent of the damage. This might include:
    • All the vehicles involved, including their damage and license plate numbers
    • Skid marks and debris trails
    • Any suspicious behavior, especially if someone tries to hide or destroy evidence
  • Get the other driver’s name, contact information, and insurance details.
  • Talk to any witnesses and get their names and contact information.
  • Cooperate with the police investigation and report any concerns you had about another driver’s drunk or reckless driving.
  • Write down the names of the police officers that responded to your 911 call, including their badge numbers.
The more information you can get, the better. If you don’t have any documentation of the crash, it’s a lot harder to deal with the insurance company, and you might not receive ta fair settlement for your injuries, pain and suffering, and vehicle repairs.

Step 4: Get Medical Treatment

Immediately after a car accident, you might think you just have “bumps and bruises.” However, you might be mistaken. Adrenaline can numb your pain, and some injuries take time to develop. If you have any discomfort, get medical treatment. Your doctors might identify developing or hard-to-find medical issues, like internal bleeding, brain trauma, and broken bones that could become life-changing without care. And these early medical records will be essential evidence in your personal injury claim, since they can connect your diagnoses to the crash.

Step 5: Avoid Posting on Social Media

Don’t post about your accident or any health updates on social media. In fact, it’s best not to post at all while your case is open. Many insurance companies search for that type of information and could potentially use it against you. Save posting anything until after the case is closed. Insurance companies will do everything they can to deny or lessen an injury claim. Anything you publicly post after the accident can be used to cast doubt on your claim. Even posting a photo of something not related to the accident—like going out to a restaurant or holding a baby—could be used by an insurance claims adjuster or a defense attorney as evidence that your injuries aren’t that bad. If you share accident details with friends and family members, make sure to tell them not to discuss the accident on their social media accounts.

The Importance of Evidence: Linda’s Story

When Linda and her son decided to go fishing at a canal, they didn’t think they’d be nearly hit by a speeding boat. The boat came up the shore and straight at them, nearly hitting Linda. The boat driver began name-calling, blaming, and threatening Linda and her son. The police were called and while everyone waited, the boat driver and a friend began clearing away empty beer bottles. Taking quick action, Linda and her son pulled out their phones and began taking photos and videos that were later shown to the police. Linda injured her knee as she tried to get out of the speeding boat’s path. In the days following the accident, her knee pain got worse and she scheduled an appointment with her doctor. After she was denied compensation from the boat owner’s insurance company, she decided to call the Andy Citrin team. With a careful investigation, strategy, and skillful negotiations, Linda was able to get a fair settlement that covered her medical bills and pain and suffering. Without a doubt, Linda’s quick action, taking photos of the crash scene, and getting prompt medical treatment, undoubtedly helped her case. RELATED: Linda’s Story: Holding a Drunk Boater Accountable

Demanding Compensation After a Car Crash

There are two main ways you can receive compensation after a car crash—either through an insurance claim or a personal injury lawsuit. When you file an insurance claim, the company will assign an adjuster to your case. This individual will investigate your claim and decide how much compensation you’re owed. Sometimes, insurance companies settle a claim without litigation. However, the insurance adjuster’s job is to resolve your claim as cheaply and quickly as possible—so don’t assume that their first settlement offers are fair. If your claim stalls during settlement negotiations, you can file a personal injury lawsuit and take the case to trial. Negotiations with the insurance company will continue even after you file a lawsuit, and many cases are settled before ever going to trial. An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you determine your best course of action and make sure the at-fault driver’s insurance company doesn’t take advantage of you. Andy Citrin Injury Attorneys can help you get the justice you deserve if you or someone you love has been hurt in a car accident on Alabama or Mississippi roads. We’ll meet with you individually to listen to your story, identify your options, and help you decide what to do next. Related: 5 Ways a Car Accident Lawyer Can Support Injured People After a Crash

When Should I Call a Car Accident Lawyer After a Wreck?

Call an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible, preferably within the first 24 hours after the car crash. Unlike the insurance company and its representatives, an injury attorney is on your side. They can help you preserve evidence, like trucking company logs, dangerous or defective car parts, and surveillance footage that can help you prove your case. They can also file your insurance claims for you, helping you avoid costly mistakes. Insurance adjusters often try to get unrepresented survivors to make recorded statements about the wreck. During these “interviews,” they might ask you leading questions or try to get you to make inaccurate or conflicting statements. Later on, the insurance company will use your words against you, arguing that you weren’t seriously injured during the wreck or that you exaggerated your story. Once you hire a respected lawyer, the insurance company cannot speak with unless your attorney is there. That means that the adjuster’s harassing phone calls and attempts to trip you up will end—giving you time and space to heal.
Insurance adjusters often try to get unrepresented survivors to make recorded statements about the wreck. During these “interviews,” they might ask you leading questions or try to get you to make inaccurate or conflicting statements. Later on, the insurance company will use your words against you, arguing that you weren’t seriously injured during the wreck or that you exaggerated your story.
We can also help you uncover each and every legal claim you might have. In addition to a lawsuit against the at-fault driver, many other parties might be owe you compensation:
  • Your Med Pay or uninsured motorist (UM/UIM) insurance policies
  • The driver’s employer (if they were in the scope of their employment)
  • Manufacturers and distributors of unsafe vehicles and parts
  • Bars and restaurants that overserved a drunk driver
  • Companies that improperly loaded or maintained commercial vehicles or big trucks
Without an experienced lawyer, it’s easy to miss out of many of these claims and valuable compensation.

What Should I Bring to My Free Consultation With Andy Citrin Injury Attorneys?

While your personal injury lawyer will complete a full investigation of your wreck, make sure you bring any information you have with you to your appointment. (If you’re scheduled for a phone consultation or video conference, our team will tell you how to send us this information.) This might include:
  • Your police report
  • The names and contact information of the people involved in the collision
  • Pictures of the accident scene and your injuries
  • Insurance information from the other party
  • Copies your personal auto insurance policies or policy numbers
  • Letters from the insurance company
  • Any medical records or “off work” slips that you have
  • Any witness statements you were able to get
These documents can help our team understand the circumstances surrounding your crash and your case’s settlement value.

Questions About Your Car Crash? Contact Andy Citrin Injury Attorneys Today

For over 30 years, the Andy Citrin Injury Attorneys team has fought to make sure people like you get a fair chance at a comprehensive settlement. To learn more about your options, steps to take to protect your case, and how the Andy Citrin team can help, please schedule a free, confidential consultation. Reserve your time today by contacting our team at 251-888-8888 or complete our online form.  

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

References Center for Advanced Public Safety. (n.d.) Crash Facts Book. University of Alabama College of Engineering. https://www.caps.ua.edu/outreach/reports/crash-facts-book/  

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Does Renters Insurance Cover Dog Bites?

March 16, 2021 | Dog Bites

More than 48 million American households have a pet dog, which makes them the most popular pet in the country. And though they’re famously known as “man’s best friend,” they can also be dangerous. More than 1,000 Americans seek out emergency treatment every day because of dog bite injuries, and annually, more than 14,000 Americans are hospitalized due to dog attacks. Although it’s strange to think about, Americans are more likely to be killed by a pet dog than a bear, alligator, or shark. If you’ve been bitten by a dog in Alabama or Mississippi, whether by a dog owned by a friend or a total stranger, the injuries you suffered could potentially entitle you to compensation for things like your medical bills, loss of wages, pain and suffering, and future medical care. First, make sure you seek treatment the bite. Infection is common with bite wounds, so thoroughly wash the wound and treat it with an over-the-counter antibiotic cream. It’s a good idea to have your doctor check the bite, even if the bite seems minor. Tetanus, rabies, or sepsis could all develop well after a dog attack—all of them caused by bacteria introduced into the body at the wound site. And even minor wounds can sometimes lead to nerve damage. Equally important, your medical records provide documentation for your dog bite claim. After you’ve had your injury tended to, it’s important to do some research to see whether renters or homeowners insurance covers dog bites. Then, reach out to an experienced dog bite attorney so that you can pursue damages and get the compensation that’s rightfully yours.

Does Renters and Homeowners Insurance Cover Dog Bites?

Renters and homeowners insurance protect renters and homeowners from theft, loss, and liability. Typically, renters insurance policies have a liability limit of up to $100,000, while homeowners insurance policies will have a liability limit of up to $300,000. While the liability coverage in the typical homeowners policy covers dog bites, renters insurance policies may not automatically include dog bites. That might be separate coverage. Additionally, some renters and homeowners insurance may not cover certain breeds of dogs like Doberman pinschers, rottweilers, pit bulls, German shepherds, mastiffs, and boxers. If you’ve been seriously attacked by a dog and the attack wasn’t your fault (that is, you weren’t breaking into the home or tormenting the dog), then you could file a claim with the homeowner’s or renter’s insurance company. They will just need to make sure they can provide medical records and evidence, like photographs of the injury and witness statements. Related: What to Do if You've Been Bit by a Dog in Mississippi

What to Do if the Dog Owner is Not Covered by Renters Insurance

If you’ve been attacked by a dog and the dog’s owner claims to not have coverage, you should contact a dog bite attorney. It’s possible they may be able to recover damages for you. For example, the dog owner may be lying about not having insurance coverage, and will admit as much once a lawyer contacts them. If worse comes to worst and the owner is truly not covered, a personal injury lawyer could file a lawsuit and attempt to collect the money for you. Either way, an experienced dog bite attorney will do all the work for you, which includes collecting evidence and negotiating with the insurance company, as well as trying to get you a much higher settlement than you could on your own.

What to Do If a Dog Bites You

In Alabama, dog owners are liable for bites and attacks as long as you are lawfully on the owner’s property when the attack occurs. This applies even if you started out on the property and the dog chased you off of it. If the owner shows a lack of knowledge that they didn’t know the dog was aggressive, then damages could only include actual expenses like medical bills and not pain and suffering or other non-economic damages. After a dog bites you, it’s critical to collect evidence from the scene, including photographs of your injury, witness statements, and video if you have it. Then, you’ll need to ask the owner for their contact and insurance information and go to the hospital right away for treatment. You might want to get X-rays done just to be safe. Once you’re home from the hospital, you can call up dog bite attorney Andy Citrin for help.
After a dog bites you, it’s critical to collect evidence from the scene, including photographs of your injury, witness statements, and video if you have it. Then, you’ll need to ask the owner for their contact and insurance information and go to the hospital right away for treatment. You might want to get X-rays done just to be safe.
RELATED: Bit by a Dog in Alabama? Take These 5 Steps to Protect Your Claim

Need Help After a Dog Attack? Contact Andy Citrin Injury Attorneys Today

For over 30 years, the Andy Citrin Injury Attorneys team has fought to make sure people like you get a fair chance at a comprehensive settlement. To learn more about your options, steps to take to protect your case, and how the Andy Citrin team can help, please schedule a free, confidential consultation. Reserve your time today by contacting our team at 251-888-8888 or complete our online form. References American Veterinary Medical Association. (2019). U.S. Pet Ownership Statistics. https://www.avma.org/resources-tools/reports-statistics/us-pet-ownership-statistics DogsBite.org. (n.d.). Dog Bite Statistics. https://www.dogsbite.org/dog-bite-statistics.php

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

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Types of Auto Accidents

March 8, 2021 | Car Accidents

While decades of engineering breakthroughs like anti-lock brakes and airbags have helped reduce incidents of fatal driving, an element of danger still exists every time you climb into a car. This is especially true if you live in Alabama or Mississippi. According to the Alabama Department of Transportation, drivers in Alabama have more than a one in three chance of being injured or killed in a crash while operating a vehicle over their lifetimes. It’s not much better in Mississippi. In 2019, the state had a fatality rate of 22.2 deaths per 100,000 people, which was the highest in the nation according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Auto accidents can be extremely traumatic events with life-altering repercussions. Accident victims may experience property damage, endure financial losses, suffer physical injuries, or worse – death. In this blog, we examine the most common types of car accidents in Alabama and Mississippi, injuries that may be sustained, and why working with an experienced and dependable law firm can help you recover after a crash.

The Different Kinds of Auto Accidents

No one wants to be in a car accident, and hopefully it will be something you never have to experience. Unfortunately, wrecks can happen at any time, and there are many ways they can cause serious injuries, property damage and even death. Typical car crashes that occur in Alabama and Mississippi include the following:
  • Head-On Collisions: The most likely type of accident to be fatal, these happen when either two vehicles hit each other directly from the front, or when one vehicle hits a fixed object from the front, like a tree or streetlight.
  • Multi-Vehicle Collisions: These frequently occur on a highway when several cars are involved in a collision. Cars are often hit more than once, causing enormous amounts of property damage and physical injuries.
  • Rear-End Collisions: These happen when one vehicle hits another from behind, often because one vehicle is traveling slowly or hitting the brakes and the driver behind them is distracted or slow to react.
  • Side-Impact Collisions: Also known as getting “broadsided” or in a T-bone collision, these occur when one vehicle is hit on the side by either the front or rear of another vehicle.
  • Sideswipe Collisions: These happen when the sides of two vehicles traveling in the same or opposite direction make impact.
  • Single Car Wrecks: Typically, these occur when there is only one car, which may hit a tree, pole, wall, or even a pedestrian.
  • Rollover Accidents: These generally happen when a vehicle, like an SUV, is traveling at high speeds around a sharp turn, causing it to roll onto its side or roof.
Even the best driver may have a difficult time avoiding these types of accidents, regardless of whether you are at fault. While some crashes simply can’t be avoided, it can be helpful to know how and when they frequently occur so that they can be prevented to best of your abilities.

Common Causes of Car Wrecks

Driving a vehicle in a variety of circumstances carries a mix in the kinds of collisions that may occur. For instance, driving conditions such as weather, escalated traffic, and increased speed on highways can all lead to different kinds of accidents. This variance relates back to the vast array of injuries that may result from an auto accident.

Distractions

There are a lot of examples of ways drivers can get distracted on the roads creating a potentially unsafe situation:
  • Texting or otherwise using a mobile device
  • Rubbernecking to see something and taking eyes off the road
  • Passengers or loud music drawing attention
  • Reflection or glare from sunlight or the headlights of other vehicles
  • Trying to eat a meal, apply makeup, read a map, or reach for something, and taking one or both hands off the steering wheel

Drowsiness or Fatigue

It is not uncommon for tired motorists to fall asleep behind the wheel, especially semi-truck drivers who are subjected to unreasonable work schedules. According to NHTSA, drowsy driving was reportedly involved in approximately 2.5% of all fatal crashes nationwide from 2011 through 2015.

Alcohol or Drug Impairment

In 2019, there were 210 deaths in 5,524 crashes with suspected alcohol or drug impairment in Alabama. You would be hard-pressed to find a driver today that isn’t aware of the dangers of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, but DUI and DWI accidents remain some of the most devastating despite the fact that drunk driving is illegal.

Speeding

Speeding exponentially increases the odds of injuries or fatalities in an accident. ALDOT reported that speeding is the top contributing factor in fatal crashes in the state. According to NHTSA, approximately 27 percent of all fatal motor vehicle crashes are related to speeding, and the cost of is estimated to be $52 billion.

Bad Weather

Flooding, severe wind, and rain are uncommon in large areas of Alabama and Mississippi, especially when a hurricane strikes. In those situations, road conditions can turn dangerous in an instant.

Mechanical Malfunctions or Poor Maintenance

If regular maintenance isn’t performed on important parts like brakes, steering, or suspension systems, it can be extremely dangerous. Due attention should be paid to broken or malfunctioning parts to reduce the potential for wreck.

Most Frequent Injuries Caused by Car Accidents

Your mind may race if you are involved in a car crash. You may feel scared or confused. As hard as it may be to collect your thoughts, you first instinct should be to check on the physical status of everyone inside of your vehicle. There are wide variety of injuries that can be sustained in an accident and not all of them may be immediately obvious. The following injuries are commonly sustained after being involved in a car accident:
  • Bone Fractures: Broken bones are usually treatable depending on the severity of the fracture.
  • Whiplash: This is caused by the sudden jerking of the head and neck, which can damage ligaments, muscles, and other soft tissues.
  • Traumatic brain injuries: Concussions are a common form of a TBI and can be quite serious. Symptoms include disorientation, losing consciousness, headaches, nausea, and blurry vision.
  • Lacerations and burns: These intense and deep injuries can take a long time to heal and often leave scars.
  • Paralysis: This can come in three forms: paraplegia, paraparesis, and quadriplegia. When an accident victim is paralyzed from the waist down, this is referred to as paraplegia. In cases where the victim suffers from paraparesis, spinal cord damage limits mobility and sensory ability below the waist. Quadriplegia is paralysis to the legs, arms, and torso.
  • Spinal Cord Injury: Spinal cord injuries are tricky and may not surface for several days following the crash. Common forms of back injuries are ruptured or herniated discs, fractures, sprains, thoracic spine injuries, and lumbar spine injuries.
  • Shoulder injuries: Seat belts can injure your chest or shoulder by tearing the muscles and soft tissue in your shoulder.
  • Emotional or psychological injuries: If you experience anxiety or panic at the thought of being inside a vehicle, or you keep reliving the crash (a common symptom of post-traumatic stress disorder), you may want to seek mental health treatment.
  • Wrongful Death: When a collision results in a death, family members of the deceased may be eligible to recover financial recourse for medical bills, funeral expenses, and lost wages.
Internal injuries frequently occur in car accidents and it is wise for all occupants involved in a collision to seek professional medical care as soon as possible whenever the symptoms arise. Related: Watch Out for These Hidden Injuries After a Car Crash

If You Are Hurt, Seek Medical Help

Getting medical help is crucial for developing a personal injury claim. If you wait to get medical help and issues develop later, insurance companies may try to deny you financial compensation by saying that because you would have gone to the doctor right away if your injuries were truly serious. Don’t let insurance adjustors get away with those excuses. If your injuries were slow to appear, you should still seek medical treatment as soon as you can. If you are filing a personal injury claim in Mississippi, the statute of limitations is three years. In Alabama, you have two years to file a personal injury claim after a car accident. Be sure to file your claim before these deadlines. If you miss the deadline, your car accident case likely will be dismissed in court. If you have any questions about the statute of limitations in your state, your injuries, or filing a claim on time, contact experienced auto accident attorneys.
If you are filing a personal injury claim in Mississippi, the statute of limitations is three years. In Alabama, you have two years to file a personal injury claim after a car accident.

Contact an Experienced Car Accident Attorney

Auto accidents can change your life in an instant. If you or a loved one has been injured in motor vehicle accident in Alabama or Mississippi, the experienced attorneys at Andy Citrin Injury Attorneys are dedicated to fighting for the fair compensation in which you may be entitled to. Our track record of testimonials speaks for itself. When a company driver was using a cell phone and caused a horrific crash, we reached an $8.5 million settlement for the victim. In another, we settled on $3.5 million for the victim of a truck driving incident. Our team strongly believes that irresponsible drivers need to be held accountable for their actions. With this in mind, we are dedicated to fighting for your compensation benefits, including:
  • Medical expenses
  • Outpatient care
  • Loss of wages
  • Stress/mental fatigue
  • Pain and suffering
Andy Citrin Injury Attorneys fights for car accident victims in Mobile, Daphne, Foley, and throughout Alabama and Mississippi. To find out how we can help, please call 251-888-8888. Or you can schedule a no-obligation, free consultation with a member of our legal team by completing the free case evaluation form. References Alabama Department of Transportation. (n.d.) Drive Safe Alabama. Retrieved from https://drivesafealabama.org/serious-stats/ National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. (n.d.) State Traffic Safety Info. Retrieved from https://www-fars.nhtsa.dot.gov/Main/index.aspx National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. (2017, October). Drowsy Driving 2015. Retrieved from https://crashstats.nhtsa.dot.gov/Api/Public/ViewPublication/812446 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. (2018, March). National Traffic Speeds Survey III: 2015. Retrieved from https://www.nhtsa.gov/sites/nhtsa.dot.gov/files/traffic_tech/812489_tt-national-traffic-speeds-survey-iii-2015.pdf

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

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Five Ways a Car Accident Lawyer Can Support Injured People After a Crash

February 22, 2021 | Car Accidents

Car crashes can be one of the most traumatic events a person can experience in their life. It is not uncommon to sustain immediate and long-term injuries, along with extensive damage to your personal property. Once the accident scene is cleared and any potential injuries have been addressed, though, you may find yourself asking a lot of important questions: Who was at fault? How can I pay my medical bills? Is there anyone that can help me? The whole process can be overwhelming. It’s hard to know what to do first. That’s why working with an experienced car accident attorney can help you navigate the steps you should take if you’ve been involved in a wreck. In this blog, we outline five key ways an experienced law firm can support you if you or a loved one has been hurt in an auto accident.

1. An Attorney Is Emotionally There for You

One of the most important ways an attorney can support your claim is by serving as an advocate. Your lawyer should support you every step of the way, from the initial consultation until any potential settlements or verdicts, ensuring that you are taken care of and compensated for any damages or losses you may have endured.
Your lawyer should support you every step of the way, from the initial consultation until any potential settlements or verdicts, ensuring that you are taken care of and compensated for any damages or losses you may have endured.
Our law firm has an experienced team of empathetic personal injury attorneys ready to hear your story and help you understand all your options. We also want to emotionally support you as you heal, providing legal advice for a wide range of complex issues you may be dealing with, including:
  • Organizing medical bills and liens
  • Navigating the claims process
  • Communicating with automobile and health insurance companies, which frequently have large legal teams and vast resources to tap into

2. An Attorney Is a Legal Expert

You should find an experienced lawyer with the ability so they can help you with relevant laws and regulations you may not know anything about, from personal injury and wrongful death claims to property damage and liability issues, so that it doesn’t negatively affect your case evaluation. For example, Alabama has a two-year statute of limitations to file a wrongful death claim after a victim’s passing. If an estate representative fails to meet this deadline, the family loses the right to compensation. Wrongful death cases take time to properly prepare. If you wait too long, it may compromise your case and prevent you from getting the justice you deserve. Related: 5 Things You Need to Know About Alabama Wrongful Death Claims

3. An Attorney Will Investigate Your Wreck and Preserve Evidence

Unfortunately, your word is not enough in a car accident case. Instead, you need evidence that documents the accident, explains your injuries, and outlines your damages. This may include:
  • Medical records and bills
  • Paystubs and information about your lost income
  • Police reports and witness statements
  • Video footage and photographs from the crash scene
  • Electronic data from a commercial vehicle’s black box or logbooks
  • Cell phone records and texting data
  • Long-term care recommendations from your doctors
  • Insight from expert witnesses
While photos of your injuries and police reports are relatively easy enough to obtain yourself, an experienced attorney will help you compile the harder-to-get evidence. Cell phone records, for instance, can serve as a critical piece of evidence in a distracted driving car accident. The driver often will resist giving up their text and phone records. However, a skilled attorney can issue a formal request, called a subpoena, to access them. Related: 3 Ways a Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help After a Car Accident

4. An Attorney Will Compile Witness Testimony Under Oath

A personal injury lawyer can make a big impact during a deposition, where a witness testifies and has their statement recorded under oath. Typically, this involves:
  • Swearing-in of the witness, who may be an eyewitness or an expert
  • The lawyer that scheduled the deposition asks the witness questions
  • The other side’s lawyer then asks a list of questions, sometimes called a “cross-examination”
These statements can help you understand all the factors that contributed to your crash and how much your case is worth. Your lawyer also can prepare you to testify, educating you about the process and common tactics used by defense lawyers to you won’t be caught by surprise. RELATED: Why You Need to Understand Evidence’s Role in Your Injury Claim

5. An Attorney Will Fight for Fair Compensation

Medical bills. Lost income. Pain and suffering. All of these items, and more, can add up in a hurry. And odds an insurance company will try to convince you to accept a settlement that is too low. Your lawyer can help you understand the full value of your claim by considering the full scope of your case, including:
  • The severity of your injuries
  • The likelihood of making a full recovery
  • Current and future medical needs
  • The strength of your legal arguments and chances of winning at trial

Andy Citrin Injury Attorneys: A Proven Track Record of Results

If you’ve been in a car crash in Alabama or Mississippi, the team at Andy Citrin Injury Attorneys is here for you. Since 1986, our law firm has helped thousands of car accident victims get the compensation they deserve through insurance settlements or personal injury claims. For example, in one case when a driver was using a cell phone, we reached an $8.5 million settlement. In another, we settled on $3.5 million for the victim of a truck driving incident. While cases can settle out of court, that may not necessarily be your best option. We are not afraid to fight for your claims and try cases when the insurance company is being unreasonable. We will meet with you in your home or at the hospital. Whatever it takes to lessen your stress or ease your worries, we strive to treat all our clients like family. Andy Citrin even once officiated one client’s wedding in a bedside ceremony in USA Health University Hospital only a few weeks after he nearly died in a motorcycle accident. Related: Kenny’s Story: Andy Citrin Wins Big for Injured Motorcyclist and Officiates His Wedding

Contact Our Team of Car Accident Lawyers Today

Our law firm has offices in Mobile, Daphne, Foley, and Montgomery, Alabama, as well as in Pascagoula, Mississippi. Our lawyers are ready to handle a wide range of personal injury cases, including car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, and more. To schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys, please contact our team at 251-888-8888 or complete our online form.  We will listen to your story, review all the details of your case, and give you the expert legal advice you need to rebuild your life after a serious motor vehicle crash.

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

 

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