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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Alabama on
Q: Will my insurance cover me for an accident and then I leave them after?

I’m at fault for an accident. The other party has retained a lawyer. My insurance is going up next month and I want to change companies. If I leave the company and then get sued over the accident does the company still cover me since the accident happened while I had coverage

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on May 23, 2024

An Alabama attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for a week. In general, if a policy is in effect on the date of an accident, it's likely your carrier would still defend you. However, you should double-check with your carrier. Some policies (in general) do carry caveats... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Alabama on
Q: If a car is pulling out of a parking spot frontward and 90% in the traveling lane and a car backed into them whoa fault

Car was pulling leftward frontward out of parking spot and was 90% out of parking spot when a car in a parking spot infront of them started backing out when he was 90% out of parking spot (back out to the left to travel in same direction, who is at fault?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Mar 23, 2024

An Alabama attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for three weeks. These types of cases can be difficult in terms of apportioning liability. The larger insurance carriers sometimes have examiners that specialize in parking lot settings. They generally look at available... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents, Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for Alabama on
Q: Why was my boyfriend arrested 48 hrs after an accident if drugs were supposedly found on the scene of the accident?

My boyfriend passed out while driving from a nosebleed and hit a guard rail. There were no other vehicles involved in the incident. When found his nose was pouring blood covering his shirt and inside vehicle he was unconscious and rushed to the hospital by ambulance. An officer gave his cell phone... View More

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answered on Jan 21, 2024

The sequence of events you described, including your boyfriend's accident, medical treatment, and subsequent arrest, raises several legal and procedural questions. While I can provide some general information, it's essential to consult with an attorney in Alabama who can review the... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Insurance Bad Faith, Traffic Tickets, Car Accidents and Civil Rights for Alabama on
Q: Being only insured driver ever on policy, I had full coverage with permissive drivers. I had two comprehensive claims

I had my car fixed, crappily, another story.

After receiving my car , I believe another premium was paid, then I was dropped. There's SEVERAL ISSUES, THE SAID I WAS DRIVER OF COBALT FROM ARKANSAS AND ADDED FULL COVERAGE ON A MOTOR, MY SONS, I HAVE NEVER HAD A MOTORCYCLE OR AN... View More

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Dec 18, 2023

An Alabama or Arkansas attorney could advise best, but your post remains open for a week. Until you are able to consult with a local attorney, you could contact the carrier and request their reason for dropping you. The short answer is that insurance carriers can drop policyholders based on their... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for Alabama on
Q: Does my lawyer need to send me a copy of his personal Injury limits demand letter ?

I called my lawyer, 7 months after my wreck, and eight weeks since my medical discharge, to get an update on my case. He told me that he has proof read the policy limits demand letter and will be sending it to the other parties insurance company that day. Well, that was weeks ago. Since I did not... View More

Jeffrey G. Blackwell
Jeffrey G. Blackwell
answered on Aug 7, 2023

Hopefully, I can answer some of your concerns. Your primary issue seems to revolve around a complete lack of communication with your lawyer. I totally understand your concern on that issue. A lack of communication is one of the biggest complaints about lawyers in general. The lawyer and client need... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Alabama on
Q: I was ran off the road, and totaled my vehicle. The other person didn’t stop and I have no evidence they did it.

I know who ran me off the road and the exact vehicle they were driving. What do I need to do?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Jun 3, 2023

An Alabama attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for three weeks. If you didn't know who the person was, you could have explored the possibility of a UM claim - but it depends on the coverage of your policy, and many jurisdictions require physical contact in such claims.... View More

3 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Car Accidents for Alabama on
Q: How can I ask the at fault drivers insurance company what their policy limits are without lawyer ?

I do have a lawyer currently, but they are not being transparent or giving me information. I am considering going with someone else. In the mean time , I want to know the at fault drivers policy limits. I have ongoing medical treatment and it is important to me to know what my case is potentially... View More

Christopher Belk Estes
Christopher Belk Estes
answered on May 2, 2023

In Alabama, the at fault driver's insurance company is not required to disclose the amount of coverage their insured has in place. You can certainly make that request of the carrier simply by sending a letter or by a telephone call, but they are not required to disclose the amounts of... View More

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3 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Car Accidents for Alabama on
Q: How can I ask the at fault drivers insurance company what their policy limits are without lawyer ?

I do have a lawyer currently, but they are not being transparent or giving me information. I am considering going with someone else. In the mean time , I want to know the at fault drivers policy limits. I have ongoing medical treatment and it is important to me to know what my case is potentially... View More

Jeffrey G. Blackwell
Jeffrey G. Blackwell
answered on May 2, 2023

I would first recommend you meet and talk with your lawyer. It is so important the lawyer-client relationship be one of trust and communication. The person you already hired owes you a duty to communicate regularly and work tirelessly to get you the best result.

At our office, we believe...
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1 Answer | Asked in Agricultural Law, Car Accidents and Personal Injury for Alabama on
Q: My neighbors have a lot of cows and they are out all the time. So i hit one so I am responsible?

We are on a busy highway and the cows get out all the time especially lately. I hit one the other night 2 were out. He knows they are always out how does he not have to pay for the damages. They are his they are not wild animals.

Hunter Garnett
Hunter Garnett
answered on Mar 22, 2023

Generally, farmers aren’t liable for personal injuries caused when their cows get out if they have proper fencing. However, there are occasionally exceptions. You should contact a lawyer, especially if you have serious personal injuries.

Here’s the statutes on this issue:

Ala...
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2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Car Accidents for Alabama on
Q: Can I fire my lawyer and negotiate on my own ?

I was in a car accident where the other party admitted fault ( I was rear ended at a high speed ).

I hired a lawyer but he is not trustworthy, doesn't respond to my questions in a nice way, and hides all my medical bills from me. He acts like I am stupid for asking questions about my... View More

Hunter Garnett
Hunter Garnett
answered on Mar 22, 2023

You’re entitled to terminate your lawyer at any time. However, the lawyer will likely be entitled to a lien for his attorney’s fee.

You can negotiate your own settlement. However, your healthcare providers and/or health insurer have a right to be paid back out of your settlement funds....
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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Car Accidents for Alabama on
Q: Is my lawyer being dishonest?

I hired a lawyer last year due to a automobile accident. A negligent driver rear ended me at a high speed. I have no health insurance, so the lawyer has partnered with an insurance company to get me treatment. The case manager for this insurance co. Has sent me to the sketchiest doctor, who does... View More

Jeffrey G. Blackwell
Jeffrey G. Blackwell
answered on Mar 17, 2023

I'm sorry you are dealing with this situation. This is a common problem in personal injury cases where you don't have health insurance. The first priority should always be to get the medical care you need for recovery. That priority should also be accomplished with your interest first and... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Car Accidents for Alabama on
Q: Why won't my lawyer tell me what my case is worth so I know if I even want him as a lawyer ?

Hired a lawyer two months ago because I was rear ended at a high speed. My passenger was injured as was I. We both had whiplash, I have c4 c5 injury, and torn rotator cuff. She had a concussion. She hired the same lawyer. Anyway, the lawyer will not tell us WHAT OUR CASE IS EVEN WORTH. They keep... View More

Hunter Garnett
Hunter Garnett
answered on Feb 28, 2023

It sounds like you have serious injuries. The value of your case may depend on the amount of insurance that is available. Over half of drivers in Alabama have no insurance or the bare minimum of $25,000.

Your lawyer is correct that it’s impossible to know the value of a personal injury...
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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for Alabama on
Q: What is the average settlement from a rear ended accident ? Whiplash,c4/c5 injury, back brace and physical therapy?

Just looking for settlement amounts that are reasonable . I have a lawyer but we have not discussed amounts.

Mitchell G. Lattof Jr
Mitchell G. Lattof Jr
answered on Jan 23, 2023

There is no "average" settlement. There are many factors that have to be evaluated in order to determine what a reasonable settlement might be in your case. These would include extent of negligence on the part of the other party, issue of any potential contributory negligence on your... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Alabama on
Q: My license are suspended for non payment on a judgement that was put against me for a car accident. Where or who can I

Talk to to work out some kind of payment arrangement so I can start making payments to get this took care of?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Dec 3, 2022

An Alabama attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for three weeks. One option is to try to arrange a consult with a local attorney to review the paperwork you received. There are several possible sources for a motor vehicle accident judgments. It could be from the other... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Alabama on
Q: I was involved in an accident 11/18/22. The other driver came in my lane going in the same direction at 70mph in Ms.

The police report said she was changing lanes and hit my car, ran my off the road. I’m in pain due to rheumatoid arthritis and plates and screws previously in both wrists. I live in Florence Al, the wreck occurred in Starkville Ms. Do I contact her insurance or what?

William Vann Burkett
William Vann Burkett
answered on Nov 21, 2022

You should contact a personal injury attorney immediately. Do not speak with an adjuster or insurance company until you have spoken with an attorney and received legal counsel. Based on the few facts that you report, it appears that the other driver is at fault. Any time there are significant... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law, Personal Injury, Car Accidents and Civil Litigation for Alabama on
Q: How should you transition to a new lawyer for a civil appeal?

I contacted an appellate attorney for consideration of a civil appeal/post-trial actions, but they said they couldn't discuss anything with me according to AL law, because I was already represented. Is there an official way to sever relations with my current attorney? I am concerned about the... View More

Allan Lamar Armstrong
Allan Lamar Armstrong
answered on Nov 15, 2022

Normally, you are simply going to terminate the lawyer. This ends the relationship. It might, however, be wise to seek the lawyer's advice regarding an attorney for the appeal. It may be difficult to find another attorney within the time limits for appeal if you have terminated one attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Traffic Tickets for Alabama on
Q: We had a truck pull out in front of us while we was on a motorcycle after the crash my husband had a panic attack a

Friend took us to his mom's . What can we do about the ticket

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Nov 9, 2022

An Alabama attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for three weeks. At this point, you likely consulted with a traffic ticket defense attorney or submitted a response. The circumstances of the accident are not fully clear from the brief description, but if you were proceeding on... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for Alabama on
Q: Was I at fault And could I sue him for demanding to the car?

I was in a car accident. It was night time 2:30am so it was not busy. I ran out of gas and had my emergency lights on. I was checking my rear view mirror when I saw a car speeding up the hill. I blown my horn but it was too late. The guy seems to be drunk. He told the officers he just has laser... View More

Joel Gary Selik
Joel Gary Selik
answered on Aug 5, 2023

Yes the driver was at fault whether he was dui, laser surgery or just careless. Consult with experienced attorneys in the state where this occurred.

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1 Answer | Asked in Insurance Bad Faith and Car Accidents for Alabama on
Q: My vehicle totaled in wreck by fault of other driver. Insurance claiming driver not authorized to be driving, and had no

License. They may be trying to not pay for my loss. What to do?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Jun 27, 2023

An Alabama attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for a week. One option is to look into the terms of your uninsured motorist coverage. If your policy would cover, that route could be more reliable than going after an uninsured motorist. A local attorney could advise more... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Alabama on
Q: if a car runs you off into the emergency lane and you hit an abandoned car who is at fault

a transfer truck ran my brother off the interstate into the emergency lane and he hit a broken-down car that was left unattended the transfer truck did not stop who would be at fault

Nelson Craig Johnson
Nelson Craig Johnson
answered on Aug 2, 2022

This would either be a negligence claim against the truck driver and trucking company (if it can be identified), or a phantom driver case. It will be a hard case to pursue unless your brother happened to have a dash camera to have some method of identifying the driver of the other vehicle. If you... View More

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