Cross & Smith handles personal injury, truck accident and car accident cases in Bessemer, Alabama and in the Bessemer Cutoff of Jefferson County. The firm’s senior member, Dell Cross, lives in the Bessemer Cutoff. Due to the large volume of vehicle and railway traffic in the area coupled with the city’s manufacturing base, there are a number of personal injury cases and accidents that occur frequently in Bessemer and in the Bessemer Cutoff.
The City of Bessemer was founded by Henry DeBardeleben in 1887. DeBardeleben was a wealthy industrialist who purchased the land now known as Bessemer for $100,000.00 in 1886. The city was first named Brooklyn, but DeBardeleben renamed it Bessemer in honor of Sir Henry Bessemer, a British scientist who was famous for his innovations in the steel manufacturing process. Bessemer boomed as large deposits of iron ore, coal and limestone were mined in the area. All three ingredients are necessary for the manufacture of steel. Bessemer was a major steel center for most of the 20th century. Its rapid early growth led to its nickname as “The Marvel City.”
Bessemer is located in North Central Alabama about 18 miles southwest of Birmingham. The city has a population of 29,000 residents. Today, although its steel and mining operations have greatly decreased, manufacturing of other products and retail services have become more prominent. Bessemer is now home to Watermark Place, an outlet mall, and Alabama Adventure, a popular theme park.
A satellite Jefferson County courthouse is located in downtown Bessemer. Its location is the result of the special county government district known as the “Bessemer Cutoff.” The “Bessemer Cutoff” was established in the middle of the 20th Century. Certain court rules in Alabama govern which cases are brought and litigated in the “Bessemer Cutoff.”
Bessemer operates its own school system that is separate from Jefferson County schools. Bessemer’s school system includes Hard Elementary, Jonesboro Elementary, Greenwood Elementary, Abrams Elementary, Westhills Elementary, Davis Middle and Bessemer City High School.
The Bessemer Division of the Tenth Judicial Circuit serves the citizens of Bessemer. The Jefferson County Courthouse, Bessemer Division, is located at 1801 3rd Avenue North, Bessemer, Alabama 35020 and houses the District, Circuit and Family Courts. The Circuit Court handles civil cases where the amount in controversy exceeds $10,000. The Circuit Court also maintains original jurisdiction of all felony, misdemeanor and ordinance violations. The District Court handles all civil actions pertaining to cases that do not exceed $10,000 and civil actions based on unlawful detainer. The District Court also has concurrent jurisdiction with the Circuit Court to receive pleas of guilty for criminal misdemeanor and felony cases that are not punishable by death.
Our lawyers handle personal injury, truck wreck and car wreck cases in the district and circuit courts of Jefferson County.
Our office is located at 907 17th Avenue, Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35401. Our attorneys have litigated several personal injury cases in Bessemer, Alabama.
If you or any family members have been injured, e-mail us or call our attorneys toll free at 1-877-791-0618. The firm operates on a contingency fee basis. The initial consultation for personal injury, truck accident and car accident cases is completely free of charge. No recovery. No fee.