Cross & Smith LLC

Bessemer Car Accident and Wreck Attorneys

Car accidents happen in the Bessemer area everyday. Statistics show that most people will be involved in a car wreck at some point in their lives. Car wrecks often result in death or serious personal injuries.
In 2009, there were six fatal accidents in Bessemer involving eight vehicles and ten persons. Two of the fatal accidents were caused by drunk drivers. Three of the accidents occurred in Bessemer on or near Interstate 20, two occurred on Interstate 459 and one occurred on a rural county road. In 2008, there were a total of 11 fatal accidents in Bessemer involving 17 vehicles and 31 persons. Only one fatal accident was caused by a drunk driver. Two of the accidents occurred on Interstate 20, two accidents happened on the Bessemer Super Highway, two accidents happened on Interstate 459, one accident occurred on Morgan Road, one accident on John Hawkins Parkway, one on Johns Road, and two accidents on city and county roads.

The Bessemer car accident and personal injury attorneys at Cross and Smith can help you through the entire process. Our attorneys have represented victims of car accidents for over 20 years. Dell Cross has handled cases in Bessemer for over 20 years. Dell lives in the Bessemer Cutoff. Justin Smith has handled cases in Bessemer for over eight years and lived in Birmingham for three years. He now lives in nearby Tuscaloosa. We have handled cases involving minor traffic collisions on city streets to multiple car crashes on interstate highways. Both Dell Cross and Justin Smith have written several materials and spoken at numerous seminars in Alabama regarding car accident cases and automobile insurance law and practice.

Due to our experience in this area of law practice, we are often asked what steps should be taken immediately following a motor vehicle wreck. We offer the following advice:

  • Call the police and file an accident report. Even if it is a minor accident it is important to remain at the scene until a police report has been completed. The police report will assist in pursuing your claim and will be beneficial in providing information to insurance companies that will be involved.
  • Exchange insurance and drivers license information with the other parties involved in the car accident. If possible, obtain the names and telephone numbers of any witnesses to the wreck.
  • Document the condition of the road and weather when the accident occurred.
  • Take photographs of the damages to the vehicles with your camera or cell phone before any repairs are made. If you have any visible injuries as a result of the car wreck, you should photograph your injuries as well.
  • You should not admit fault for the accident. You should, of course, truthfully and accurately describe what happened to the investigating police officers or state troopers.
  • We recommend that you do not discuss the accident or your injuries and damages with an insurance company until you have consulted with us. Often, the interests of insurance companies involved in the claim are adverse to your own interests.

If you or a family member have been involved in a car wreck, please feel free to contact the Bessemer car accident and personal injury attorneys at Cross and Smith. Our attorneys will advise you of your rights and evaluate your case. The Bessemer car accident and wreck attorneys at Cross and Smith operate on a contingency fee basis. No recovery. No fee. e-mail us at or call us toll free at 1-877-791-0618.

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