If you live in Alabama and suffer an injury in a car accident, you may have questions about what types of compensation you might be able to claim, and whether you must adhere to a certain schedule or timeline to pursue it. At the Sapp Law Firm, L.L.C., we have a firm understanding of Alabama’s unique laws surrounding car accidents and compensation, and we have helped many clients seek recourse and rebuild their lives after suffering injury on state roadways.
Per Findlaw, Alabama operates on a “fault” or “tort” system, meaning you must prove that the other driver involved in your accident was responsible for causing the injuries you suffered if you wish to receive money in an insurance claim. Thus, if you wish to obtain compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages or what have you, you must demonstrate to the other party’s insurance company that their client was, in fact, at fault for the accident.
If you do wish to pursue compensation following an Alabama car accident, you have two years in wish to file a legal case. Thus, if you are a victim in an Alabama auto accident, do not delay, because any delays in handling or processing the claim could lead your window to pursue compensation to close for good. As far as how much money you might be able to pursue after your accident, know that there are certain limits in place in the state with regard to damages. The amount you can seek in punitive damages cannot exceed three times the amount of compensatory damages or $1.5 million, depending on which number is greater.
If you are a passenger in a car accident, know that Alabama has a “guest statute,” which dictates that you cannot sue a driver you believe is responsible for your injuries unless the driver engaged in willful or reckless conduct. More about Alabama car accidents is available on our web page.