The Birmingham car accident and wreck attorneys at Cross & Smith have handled hundreds of automobile accident cases. Dell Cross has handled cases in Birmingham for over 20 years. Justin Smith has handled cases in Birmingham for eight years. Justin lived in Birmingham for three years. He now lives in Tuscaloosa. Firm attorney Adam Cross lives in Birmingham and has handled cases there since 2008. Both Dell Cross and Justin Smith have written several materials and spoken at numerous seminars for lawyers in Alabama regarding car accident cases and automobile insurance law and practice.
We monitor traffic fatality statistics for Birmingham and the State of Alabama. Each year, automobile accidents kill over 40,000 people in the United States, and are the number one cause of death for Americans ages 34 and younger. In 30% of all fatal car crashes speeding is a contributing factor in the wreck. Almost one-half (49%) of fatal car accidents happen at night. Nearly half of all fatal car wrecks happen on roads with speed limits of 55 mph or higher. The United States had 5.5 million car wrecks during 2009. There were 848 traffic fatalities in Alabama in 2009.
In 2009, there were 35 fatal accidents in Birmingham. These accidents involved 51 vehicles and 74 people. There were 36 fatalities. Nine of the fatality accidents were caused by drunk drivers. There were also five pedestrians killed as a result of these wrecks. In 2008, there were 30 fatal automobile accidents in Birmingham. These wrecks involved 49 vehicles and 71 people. There were a total of 31 fatalities. Drunk drivers caused eight fatal accidents in 2008. Seven pedestrians died in 2008 as a result of these fatal wrecks.
Birmingham has been listed by CNBC.com as one of the 15 most dangerous places to drive among cities with a population exceeding 150,000. This list was compiled using crash data available from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System and General Estimates System. The crash data showed that Birmingham had a fatality rate of 13.55 per 100,000 in population.
Our investigation and handling of car accident cases involve both a process and procedure that we have found works well for our clients. We have an integrated plan that includes specific tasks performed by attorneys, clerical staff, and investigators. Each case requires organization and categories that depend on specific facts and circumstances. For instance, some car wrecks involve special vehicles such as ambulances, emergency vehicles, farm equipment, motorcycles or bicycles. Other cases may also involve equipment defects that are not readily apparent without an investigation such as defective door latches, seatbelt and seat back failures, tire and rim defects and negligently performed repairs or service. Contributing factors often involve issues pertaining to conditions of streets, roads or highways or malfunctioning traffic control signals. Poorly maintained intersections, bridges, medians, or roadway surfaces can result in an accident.
The operation and maneuvering of vehicles must be thoroughly investigated and carefully studied, particularly in those cases where fault is denied by all drivers involved. Our firm often retains the services of a professional and well qualified accident reconstructionist to provide expert opinions regarding issues such as closing and impact speeds, load shifting, the sequence of vehicle movements before and during the collision, the significance of any roadway marks such as skid marks or yaw marks and stopping distances.
In some instances, a car accident may happen in special situations that involve, for example, a funeral procession, roadway construction, a previous accident scene or inclement weather conditions. Although these types of special situations may present additional challenges in terms of establishing liability, they still require the same thorough investigation and attention to detail as other fact patterns.
The Birmingham car accident and wreck attorneys at Cross and Smith operate on a contingency fee basis. No recovery. No fee. e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us toll free at 1-877-791-0618.