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Claims for car accidents and Alabama's statute of limitations

When a person is involved in a car accident or another type of injurious incident, he or she has the right to file civil litigation against the parties believed responsible. However, in Alabama, there is a statute of limitations that dictates the time frame in which those claims must be filed. Failing to file in a timely manner can mean that an injured person may not be able to pursue litigation, though there are exceptions to some of these rules. At the Drake Law Firm, we are well aware of just how the statute of limitations can affect claims relating to car accidents and other types of personal injury lawsuits.

Generally speaking, you have two years to file a claim for a car accident or other personal injury case. If the person at the center of the claim is a minor or not competent, the time to file can be extended. Wrongful death claims are also subject to a two-year time limit. Other types of legal claims have a longer statute of limitations, and we here at the Drake Law Firm can help clients determine what restrictions might apply to their case.

Car accidents involving bicyclists in Alabama can be fatal

Car accidents that involve bicyclists can result in devastating damage, sometimes risking the life of the person that was hit. A victim who has suffered physical trauma from the actions of a motorist may face disability or disfigurement if they survive their injuries. A recent Alabama accident took the life of a bicyclist after a car ran into a group of riders. Car accidents similar to this may lead victims and their families to question how an entire pack of bicyclists were not noticed and were hit by a vehicle.

The tragic collision took place on a local roadway as a small group of recreational riders traveled on their bicycles. A witness riding that morning claims to have seen the vehicle move quickly past her and into two of her cyclist friends. Immediately following the crash, she dismounted her bike and called for emergency help.

Alabama man hurt by truck driver reckless driving wins verdict

Truck driver reckless driving can place other motorists at great risk for being involved in an accident. When a driver is severely injured due to the negligent actions of a truck driver, they may struggle to overcome their injuries and learn to live with a disability. An Alabama jury recently awarded a victim that suffered a collision with a UPS vehicle for truck driver reckless driving.

The accident took place when a delivery truck owned by UPS attempted to cross through an intersection and pulled into the roadway in front of the victim’s moving car. The suit claimed that the driver did not adhere to right-of-way traffic laws, resulting in the catastrophic crash. The impact inflicted serious trauma to the driver of the car, requiring multiple surgeries.

"Didn't see him" accidents can be fatal in Alabama

Motorcycles can be a lot of fun to ride. On the other hand, motorcycles can also be more dangerous than other types of vehicles, since the driver’s body is exposed, as opposed to being enclosed in a metal body of a regular passenger vehicle. Also, many drivers end up not paying attention to motorcyclists on the road, which can result in “Didn’t see him” accidents. The authorities did not report if the driver of an SUV saw the motorcyclist it ran into in a recent crash, however Alabama State Troopers are currently investigating the incident.

The crash happened one morning in mid-August when the motorcyclist was traveling southbound on the freeway. At the same time, an SUV was driving northbound on the freeway. Somehow the SUV and the motorcycle ended up colliding in a head-on crash. The male driver of the motorcycle was transported to a hospital but died as a result of injuries sustained in the incident.

18-wheeler accidents in Alabama can have tragic results

In the aftermath of someone’s death, loved ones must confront their grief. When the death does not result from natural causes, it is common for those left behind to search for a reason for such heartbreak. For the families of victims of fatal motor vehicle accidents, taking action may give them a sense of comfort. One family in Alabama may understand just how important closure can be following one of the 18-wheeler accidents.

Vehicles traveled along an Alabama Interstate early on a Friday morning. A tractor-trailer was moving southbound along the roadway and jackknifed, blocking on on-ramp. Another vehicle was travelling along the Interstate in the same direction as the 18-wheeler, authorities reported.

Car accident damages in Alabama can have a lasting effect

Being involved in a motor vehicle collision often does not necessarily end once the accident is all cleaned up and the roadway reopened. Car accident damages go far beyond what happened to the actual vehicle and the victims involved. An automobile accident in Alabama that took place almost a year ago is still shaking the lives of many.

The fatal car crash involved two vehicles, a car with the driver deemed responsible and a pickup truck carrying nine occupants. Four of the people in the truck lost their lives in the crash, ranging from thirteen to around eighteen in age. The other victims suffered injuries, from minor to major, and had to be treated.

Pedestrian hit and runs in Pennsylvania leave families shaken

In the United States, authorities attempt to make all laws equal regardless of one’s gender, age or nationality. While this is often looked at as a good thing, it also means that there is no escaping the consequences of breaking the law. Speeding, robbery and pedestrian hit and runs are just some of the things in Alabama that may lead to a variety of legal actions.

A 38-year-old man from another country had been driving along a road late one Tuesday evening; he could not have known what was about to happen. As his motor vehicle traveled along, it collided with a pedestrian crossing the street near an apartment complex. The 23-year-old man struck by the van had to be transported to a hospital for treatment. Unfortunately, the victim passed away the next day from the injuries he suffered.

Car accident damages are shocking in Alabama crash

Public transportation can be extremely convenient. Whether it is the subway, train or bus, a large amount of people can decide to use one of these methods of travel over driving. Someone who has chosen to use public transportation typically thinks he or she can lean back and relax until they reach the destination. However, like every method of travel, there are still risks, which can be seen in the car accident damages from an Alabama crash.

There is a system of transportation available to those in some rural Alabama counties. This allows people to get from place to place, even though those destinations may be quite far apart. One such passenger van was traveling eastbound on a Monday evening, before it collided head-on with an SUV.

Car accidents can be fatal for pedestrians in Pennsylvania

There is a certain amount of danger present when pedestrians walk next to roadways that may sometimes lead to tragic car accidents. Whether the victim of a pedestrian hit and run or some other collision, a person struck by a vehicle typically suffers major injury. A recent one of these car accidents in Birmingham, Alabama involved two pedestrians.

A man and woman were walking next to a roadway in an Alabama neighborhood on a Thursday afternoon. Officials state that a utility van had been traveling eastbound along the street before it jumped the curb and hit the two pedestrians before crashing into a pole. In the course of the crash, the van pinned the woman beneath it. Authorities declared her dead after arriving at the scene.

Tragedy can result from Alabama car accidents

Although rather tragic, holidays can create a great deal of accidents. It is heartbreaking that during an exciting and joyous time, such a sad thing can occur. The 4th of July is no exception to this trend; numerous crashes take place over this holiday weekend and many lives are lost. A recent one of Alabama’s fatal car accidents took place during this patriotic holiday time.

Traffic on a highway can be hazardous for those who are unaware. This was apparently exhibited in a motor vehicle collision that happened on I-10 in Alabama involving two vehicles one Friday morning. A Corolla had stopped because of the traffic on the roadway when a pickup truck traveling at a high rate of speed reportedly failed to stop.

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