Alabama Car Accident Law, Lawyers and Attorneys
UPDATED: February 19, 2020
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Car accidents are a fact of life. They happen every day in Alabama. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration reported 1,208 fatal crashes on Alabama roads in 2006. If you’ve been in a car accident and are looking for information about how to assess your rights and responsibilities and where to go for help, you’ve come to the right spot. Our car accident articles cover relevant issues such as fault, insurance, claims, personal injury, property damage, government liability, and structured settlements. You will also find rules, laws and other information specific to the state of Alabama, and links to Alabama personal injury attorneys who can assess the value of your claim and provide advice on your best course of action.
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Special Rules for Alabama Car Accidents:
Alabama Fault: Pure Comparative Fault
Alabama Car Insurance Requirements/Limits: Bodily Injury & Property Damage Liability. Minimum coverage limits by law are: Up to $40,000 covers personal injury of all persons in the car at the time of the accident, subject to a limit of $20,000 for any one individual; and up to $10,000 for property damage.
Alabama Small Claims Limits: $3,000
Alabama Personal Injury Statute of Limitations: 2 years from the date of the injury, or if the injury could not have been discovered right away, from the date you discovered the injury.
Alabama Auto Accidents Involving Government Vehicles: Notice to File Against Government: If you were injured in a car accident caused by a government employee, you may sue the government agency —the city or town, county or state, public agency, or school—that employs that person.
For claims against the federal government use form 95 and follow the instructions on page 2.
For claims against the state of Alabama, find the proper state agency you believe to be responsible for your accident and contact them to determine their claims process.
For claims against a county government employee, contact the county in which you want to file your lawsuit, see Alabama Personal Injury Venue below, for the proper forms and time limits.
For claims against a city government employee, contact the city in which you want to file your lawsuit, see Alabama Personal Injury Venue below for the proper forms and time limits.
In dealing with accidents involving government entities and workers, be aware that there are special notices that must be filed against the appropriate government unit responsible for your injury within a certain time period (6 to 12 months) AND before filing a lawsuit. Each entity has its own separate time periods and may differ from your state’s Personal Injury Statute of Limitations for actions against a private party. Accident claims involving the government can be complicated, and in Alabama there are limits to what you can recover from the county or city for your injuries. Any mistakes in filing or filing on time could result in losing your ability to recover for your damages and injuries. Consult with an experienced Alabama car accident attorney right away to preserve your rights and/or evaluate your case. See also Car Accidents Involving the Government-Owned Vehicles and Government Workers..
Alabama Personal Injury Venue (Where to File Lawsuit): In the small claims or superior court located where the defendant (the person you are suing) lives or does business. Alternatively, you might consider filing in a court located where the accident occurred or where you live or do business. If you are filing a claim against a government agency and are unsure of which agency is responsible, the most prudent course is to file a separate claim against each.