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Stokes Stemle

MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA CAR CRASH LAWYERS

In an instant, a car accident can have life-altering impacts for both the victim and his or her family. There were over 7,000,000 car crashes reported in the United States in 2016 of which 2,177,000 involved an injuries according the United States Department of Transportation. In 2017 there were 156,993 collisions involving cars in the State of Alabama.

In Montgomery County alone there were 10,205 crashes in 2017. Out of these crashes there were 19 fatalities and 3,691 injuries reported to authorities. Unfortunately, the odds of you or someone you know being involved in a motor vehicle collision are high so it is important to know what to do and how to respond.

A driver in Alabama has a one in three chance of being injured or killed as a result of a car collision over their lifetime.

It does not matter if you were involved in a fender-bender on the Eastern Boulevard, a hit-and-run in Eastchase or a multiple car pile-up on Interstate 85 our skilled team of professionals in Montgomery, Alabama are here to help you. Following a car accident in Montgomery, victims can find themselves in need of medical treatment for injuries, in need of a temporary or permanent replacement vehicle, and struggling to meet financial obligations due to a loss of employment resulting from accident-related injuries.

Many clients turn to their insurance companies for help and guidance only to find out later that their insurance carrier did not have their best interest at heart. Insurance is big business. It is the insurance company’s goal to minimize their exposure and settle all potential claims for less than their full value. Therefore, it is important to have an experienced personal injury attorney representing your interests.

The dedicated Montgomery, Alabama car accident attorneys at Stokes Stemle have helped many injured car accident victims get through the initial shock and secure the financial compensation they need to heal. We combine a commitment to outstanding customer service with extensive legal experience and knowledge of car accident liability laws in Alabama.

If you are tired of dealing with the insurance company and uncertain of what to do please call us today at 334.316.4123 and speak to a skilled personal injury attorney now and get the help you need.

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HELPING CAR ACCIDENT VICTIMS PUT THEIR LIVES BACK TOGETHER

Recovering from a car accident can be tough, but the legal professionals at Stokes Stemle are here to assist you in returning your life back to normal. Our knowledgeable attorneys will work with you to ensure you receive the maximum compensation that you deserve for:

  • Pain and Suffering
  • Medical Expenses
  • Lost Wages
  • Future Medical Care
  • Property Damage

Let our experienced attorneys at Stokes Stemle deal with the insurance companies, and make sure those to blame for the motor vehicle accident are held liable for their actions so that you can focus on recovering from your injuries.

Call us today at 334.316.4123 to speak with a lawyer in our Montgomery, Alabama office about any questions you may have regarding your car crash.

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WHAT DO I DO AFTER A CAR ACCIDENT IN MONTGOMERY?

8 Things You Need to Do After a Truck Accident:

Whether the collision occurs between a truck and a car or motorcycle, the outcome is often deadly.
IMPORTANT!

A car accident occurs almost every minute of every day, yet most people do not know what steps to take after being involved in a motor vehicle collision. Victims of car accidents can quickly find themselves suffering from severe injuries requiring expensive medical treatment, not to mention dealing with the stresses of repairing and/or replacing their vehicle involved in the collision. However, there are several steps you can take immediately following a car accident to increase the likelihood of you being quickly and fairly compensated for outstanding bills and pain and suffering.

To help protect you and to make sure you are prepared in the event of an accident, the legal team at Stokes Stemle – Personal Injury Lawyers has outlined six important steps to take after an accident:

Make Sure Everyone is Okay.

Take a moment to make sure that you and all of your passengers are alright. Once you have checked on each of your passengers, then make sure the area around the collision is clear before you check on the other people involved in the collision.

If anyone is injured be sure to call an ambulance.

Call the Police.

It is important that you call 911 so that the police may come out and investigate the collision and make an official report.

Make sure to inform the investigating officers of any injuries you feel that you may have sustained as a result of the collision.

Exchange Information with Other Drivers.

Make sure that you get the names, addresses, phone numbers, driver’s license numbers and insurance information for all parties involved in the accident.

You should also write down the make, model, year, color, and license plate number of all vehicles.

Get Contact Information from Witnesses.

If any witnesses stop to help be sure to speak with them and write down their names and contact information just in case you may need them later on.

Take Pictures.

Take pictures of the damage to all vehicles involved in the accident, as well as the scene of the collision. If you don’t have access to a cell phone or camera, make sure that you take photographs of your car and the accident scene as soon as possible after the accident.

Contact a Lawyer.

After a car crash, it is important to get in touch with an attorney to assist you in handling your car accident claims. An experienced attorney familiar with personal injury law and car crashes in Montgomery, Alabama can guide you through the claims process and advise you on how best to approach speaking to the insurance company about how the collision occurred and receiving compensation for property damage and outstanding medical bills.

 

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TOP CAUSES OF CAR ACCIDENTS

94% of collisions were caused by the driver of the vehicle while 2% were attributed to an issue with the vehicle according to a study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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PROPERTY DAMAGE IN AUTO ACCIDENTS

When accidents happen there are so many questions going through a victim’s mind. What happened? Am I injured? Is the other driver injured? Am I going to be able to come back from this accident?
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5 THINGS NOT TO SAY TO AN INSURANCE COMPANY

After a car accident the insurance carrier for the person responsible for the accident will have one of their employees reach out to you asking for a moment of your time so that they can get a few details regarding the collision and help get you paid.
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WHAT NOT TO SAY TO AN INSURANCE COMPANY

5 THINGS NOT TO SAY TO AN INSURANCE COMPANY FOLLOWING AN ALABAMA CAR ACCIDENT

After a car accident the insurance carrier for the person responsible for the accident will have one of their employees reach out to you asking for a moment of your time so that they can get a few details regarding the collision and help get you paid.
IMPORTANT!

ANYTHING YOU SAY CAN AND WILL BE USED AGAINST YOU

Every word you say could have negative affects on the value of your claim and getting you properly compensated for your injuries and the value of your car. Even the most innocent of statements can be turned or twisted against you so that they can save their company and client money.

It is important to be prepared when speaking with the at-fault party’s insurance carrier following a car accident. 

DO NOT ADMIT ANY FAULT CONCERNING CAR ACCIDENT. 

Alabama is a contributory negligent state. This means if you are even considered to be 1% at fault the insurance carrier can deny you any money for your injuries. 

DO NOT SAY THAT YOU WERE NOT INJURED OR YOUR INJURIES WERE MINOR

You are not a medical professional. It is best to let the medical records speak to the level of your injuries. At Stokes Stemle Law Firm we ask our clients to not make any comment as to the level or intensity of their pain and injuries. Even if you believe the injury is minor and pain is tolerable you could be lessening the value of your claim as the insurance companies will latch on these brief statements when it comes time to compensate you for pain and suffering. 

DO NOT PROVIDE A RECORDED STATEMENT

Do not agree to a recorded statement without first speaking to an attorney with Stokes Stemle Law Firm. Again, ANYTHING YOU SAY CAN AND WILL BE USED AGAINST YOU. If they are wanting a recorded statement this usually means they are going to try to deny your claim for some reason and put you at fault for the collision. 

DO NOT SIGN A RELEASE

Many times insurance companies will tell you that they can not provide you a rental car or fix your property damage to your car without you first signing a release. Remember, a RELEASE will release the at-fault party from liability and gives up your right to sue the person at fault for you injuries. Do not sign a release without first speaking to an attorney to make sure you are properly compensated and that you are not giving up any of your rights to compensation.

DO NOT TELL THE INSURANCE COMPANY YOU DO NOT HAVE AN ATTORNEY

When dealing with insurance companies you SHOULD have a lawyer assisting you with your claim and advising you every step of the way. Insurance Companies love to hear that the you are not represented as this makes you more vulnerable to their practices that work to de value your claim.

 

TOP CAUSES OF CAR ACCIDENTS

TOP CAUSES OF CAR ACCIDENTS

94% of collisions were caused by the driver of the vehicle while 2% were attributed to an issue with the vehicle according to a study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
IMPORTANT!

DRIVER-RELATED CAUSES
This study estimated that 94% or 2,046,000 collision were caused by the driver of the vehicle.

SPEEDING: 13.3% of accidents caused by going to fast for conditions or roadway. Speeding is easily on of the top causes of traffic collisions involving light vehicles.

DISTRACTED DRIVING: 17.7% of accidents were caused by distracted driving. Distracted driving is very prevalent among drivers now as people are texting and driving or utilizing other digital devices while on the road.

FATIGUE: 2.4%. People driving while tired is extremely dangerous and has a higher likelihood of involving a fatality.

VEHICLE RELATED CAUSES: Only 2% or 44,000 collisions were attributed to a defect or system failure with the vehicle

TIRES/WHEELS: 35%

BRAKES: 22%

STEERING/ENGINE/TRANSMISSION: 3%

ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS CAUSES: 2% or 52,000 collisions were attributed to roadway or weather

SLICK/ICED OVER ROADS: 26,000 or 50%

OBSTRUCTION IN ROAD: 9,000 or 17%

FOG/RAIN/SNOW: 5,000 or 4%

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ALABAMA CRASHES IN 2018
Total Crashes - 156,993
Total Injuries - 47,771
Total Fatalities - 948

HOW TO HANDLE PROPERTY DAMAGE TO YOUR CAR IN MONTGOMERY, AL

When accidents happen there are so many questions going through a victim’s mind. What happened? Am I injured? Is the other driver injured? Am I going to be able to come back from this accident? With all these questions to be answered and paperwork to be done one thing often drifts to the background, your vehicle. Without a vehicle it will be incredibly difficult to get to the medical treatment required and to get to work to make sure bills keep getting paid. So let’s discuss what can be done when it comes to property damage to get your vehicle fixed or replaced as fast as possible.

WHAT IS A “PROPERTY DAMAGE” CLAIM?

After an accident the primary concerns are injury damages and property damages. Now the insurance company treats these as two different claims. An injury claim covers injury and medical treatment stemming from those injuries while a property damage claim deals with damages to your vehicle. This type of claim may include rental cars, repair of your vehicle, or payment on a totaled vehicle.

HOW DO I GET A RENTAL VEHICLE?

Now many policies provide for rental coverage with their policies but not all are so complete. The best way to ensure that you will have access to a rental car is to make sure you have your own coverage. Also keep in mind that the rental will likely only be available for 2 weeks at the most. If you wish to extend the rental you can at your own cost. Many times the insurance company will cancel reservations and if liability is disputed in the accident they may refuse to provide coverage. When disputes in coverage arise it is best to reach out to an attorney.

If you’ve been seriously injured in a Montgomery car accident, every moment after the crash can feel like a lifetime of uncertainty. Your mind may race from how badly you are injured, to who was at fault, to how you are going to afford to deal with this.

AT STOKES STEMLE WE HANDLE PROPERTY DAMAGE CLAIMS FOR NO ADDITIONAL FEE

If you are having difficulty getting your insurance adjustor to fix your vehicle, provide you a rental or make you a reasonable offer on cost of a new car call us today at 334.316.4123 and let us help you.

 

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LET US GO TO WORK FOR YOU

When you hire Stokes Stemle your attorney will take the time to answer your questions and listen to your concerns. We will stay by your side every step of the way and keep you fully informed about everything that is happening in your case.

At Stokes Stemle, our team of knowledgeable legal professionals will aggressively pursue your claim to ensure that you are fully compensated for your injuries and receive the justice you deserve by:

  • Conducting Thorough Investigation
  • Navigating You Through Claims Process
  • Pursuing All Compensation Available
  • Negotiating Maximum Settlement Possible
  • Handling Medical Expenses
  • Litigating Your Claim If Necessary

MONTGOMERY ALABAMA CAR CRASHES

Driving Behaviors Reported for Drivers and Motorcycle Operators Involved in Fatal Crashes, 2016

(1) The sum of the %’s is greater than total drivers as more than one factor may be present for the same driver.

Source: U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

SCHEDULE YOUR FREE CONSULTATION TODAY

If you or somebody you know was involved in a car accident, the personal injury attorneys at Stokes Stemle are here to help. Please call us today at 334.316.4123 or click the link below to schedule your free consultation with one of our experienced car accident personal injury attorneys.

There are no obligations or costs associated with your free consultation. We will only charge a fee if we make a recovery for you!

If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident, don’t let the insurance companies take advantage of you. Contact Stokes Stemle at 334.316.4123 today for your free consultation and case evaluation.