Gulf Coast‘s Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyer in AL, MS, FL, and GA
For a motor vehicle accident lawyer with knowledge of the local court system, you can trust the legal team at Alexander Shunnarah & Associates. We’re experienced with a wide variety of accident-related cases, and we can help evaluate the legal options for your situation. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 2013 saw 32,719 deaths from motor vehicle accidents in America, with 2,407 in Florida and 1,179 in Georgia. With seven locations, our office handles cases in four different Gulf Coast states, so we can help whether your accident occurred while traveling, or close to home.
Negligence is a term that’s frequently used in car accident cases. Negligent behavior is careless or thoughtless, especially when it results in harm to someone else. It can be an unsafe act, like speeding, or a failure to do something, like yield when appropriate. The argument is typically that one person’s negligent behavior made the accident possible, and if the negligent party had been reasonably careful, then the collision would have been avoided. Multiple people in an accident can exhibit different degrees of negligence, like a relatively minor degree such as failure to turn on headlights at dusk. An extreme degree of carelessness can be defined as gross negligence.
Recklessness or Wanton Conduct
Beyond mere negligence, a complete disregard for consequences and how one’s actions may impact others can be defined as reckless or wanton conduct. The terms are used when someone has completely failed to demonstrate a normal level of care, creating a significant and unjustifiable risk to others. In order to be worse than negligence, there has to be a high risk of harm, and the person must knowingly ignore the likely consequences of their behavior.
Willful and intentional misconduct are a step beyond reckless and wanton behavior, indicating a more deliberate choice. This misconduct involves a choice that knowingly or even deliberately places others at risk, often in violation of applicable laws. The intent may not have been to cause an accident or physical harm, but the willful decision sets the behavior apart from mere negligence.
Strict liability can find a party responsible for payment without that party being directly at fault for the accident or guilty of negligence. For example, a car manufacturer may be liable or responsible for payment following an accident due to a faulty part. In general terms, the manufacturer may have taken measures to make sure that the vehicle was safe, but that doesn’t negate their liability for the part’s failure. In some jurisdictions, strict liability can also apply to decisions involving bicycle accidents (see below).
Because of all the potential complications, it’s important to call a motor vehicle accident lawyer soon after a collision. Medical expenses and vehicle repairs can quickly get expensive, and insurance claims are complicated, even when the fault of an accident is clear. The team at Alexander Shunnarah & Associates can help you navigate the legal questions following any kind of car accident.
Because of the vulnerability of riders, a moment of inattention on the part of other drivers can result in catastrophic injury. Drivers pull out in front of motorcycles or change lanes without signaling, failing to notice the motorcycle in plain sight. Unfortunately, many insurance agencies fail to offer the same level of Personal Injury Protection for riders as they offer for most drivers, and so it can be more difficult to cover medical expenses. A motor vehicle accident lawyer can help you make the right legal decisions following a motorcycle accident in Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, or Florida. If a loved one has been killed on a motorcycle because of a driver’s negligence, you may have grounds for a wrongful death claim.
Common carriers like busses are held to a higher standard of accountability. Where average drivers must take a reasonable level of precaution for the safety of those around them, bus drivers are expected to use the highest degree of caution. If the bus involved in the accident was part of a government agency (like a city bus), then special time limits may apply to any lawsuit.
Large trucks are involved in about one in every eight traffic fatalities. While other kinds of traffic accidents have been on the decline in states like Georgia and Florida, trucking accidents have continued to be a major problem. Insurance companies may attempt to deny fault, and it can be difficult to collect evidence like driver logs and past records of violations. When the driver’s negligence may involve factors like fatigue and failure to be aware of blind spots, it’s important to find a motor vehicle accident lawyer who has dealt with 18-wheeler companies and their insurance lawyers.
Riding a bicycle leaves you particularly vulnerable to injury because of the negligence of other drivers. You can also be in a vulnerable situation if you’re injured in a hit-and-run or by an uninsured motorist. In Florida, no-fault insurance (or uninsured motorist coverage for your own car) can pay medical bills and lost wages. If you don’t have a car, and if the driver involved in the accident has no car insurance, then it may be up to your health insurance or your employer’s disability policy. Georgia and Florida have particularly high numbers of bicycle fatalities though Florida is one of several states with laws requiring three feet of space when passing a bike.
Many cyclists are likely to underestimate the severity of an injury or may claim undue responsibility in an accident. It’s important not to negotiate with the driver of the vehicle or give recorded statements to anyone. Wait for the police to arrive so that an official accident report is filed, and the identities of the driver, passenger, and witnesses are recorded. You should not immediately attempt to repair damage to your bike because the police officer should be able to see the scene as undisturbed as possible. Seek immediate medical attention and get medical records to document all complaints. Pictures of your injuries and a diary of your recovery will also help as specific documentation. In order to be prepared in case of an accident, it’s important to ride with your ID, cell phone, emergency contact information, and something with which to write.
Our motor vehicle accident lawyers are available to help with offices in seven locations, including Panama City, Pensacola, Tallahassee, and Gainesville, Florida. We also have offices in Atlanta, Georgia; Mobile, Alabama; and Gulfport, Mississippi. To understand the laws that apply in your case, schedule a consultation with a local motor vehicle accident lawyer at Alexander Shunnarah & Associates. Our regional knowledge and related areas of practice make us better equipped as a law firm. The loss of a vehicle and injuries resulting from an accident can be major obstacles, and it’s important to seek legal representation from a motor vehicle accident lawyer in a timely fashion.
Learn more about the legal choices ahead by contacting us and scheduling a consultation with one of our motor vehicle accident lawyers. Alexander Shunnarah & Associates is known throughout the Gulf Coast Region, and we believe in the power of the civil jury system for providing compensation and deterring further wrongdoing.
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