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If you've been injured in a car accident, trying to decide on a lawyer can add stress. Located in South Alabama, we're your local car accident attorneys. Save driving out of town and work with a local, established attorney. The big billboard and TV commercial attorneys make big claims, but to them you won't be as important. Choose a small, hometown attorney that will work with you, listen to your problems and give you piece of mind as you recover. 

You'll be another number with a big firm, they'll focus on rushing your case through and reach a settlement and may leave money on the table. So when choosing an automobile accident lawyer, make certain your firm has the established, reliable and reputable to handle your case to the lengths necessary to make sure you get what you're entitled to. The Powell Law Firm has the experience, the skill, and the initiative to get the job done while still maintaining a strong focus on the attorney-client relationship.


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Waiting to speak to a lawyer costs you money. The longer you wait, the harder it is for an attorney to gather the needed information to put together a proper case. The longer you wait, the less you can get.

Many firms specialize in settling. But, The Powell Law Firm can and will take your action to court and work to get you the money you need to recover and get on with life. We are courtroom lawyers and will take an action to court to recover what is owed.

Top FAQs that Clients Ask Our Vehicle Accident Lawyers

At Powell Law Firm PC, we’ve had the privilege of representing our South Alabama neighbors, college students in the area, and even visitors enjoying the Gulf Shores in various legal matters. Our legal services extend across Baldwin and Mobile counties, and we’re certainly no strangers to assisting folks from the beautiful communities of Orange Beach and Gulf Shores.


Cars weren’t too common in South Alabama back when Powell Law was founded in 1907, but in recent decades, our team has amassed a wealth of experience guiding clients successfully through car wreck legal cases and other automobile accidents. Here are some of the questions our car accident lawyers always answer for our clients.

  • What should you do immediately after a car accident?
    If you have a car accident, you must prioritize safety. First, check for injuries, including your own and those of other people involved. Call for medical help if needed. Then, call the police to report the sustained accident. While waiting for authorities, exchange information with the other driver(s), including names, contact details, and insurance information.
  • When should you seek medical attention after a car accident?
    Right away. We recommend seeking medical attention as soon as possible, even if you don’t initially feel injured. Some injuries, like concussion or internal bleeding, may not be noticeable immediately but could become apparent later. Getting a prompt medical evaluation protects your health and creates documentation that may be essential for your case later.
  • How can you determine liability in a car accident?
    Liability in a car accident is determined based on collected evidence, for example, witness statements, police reports, and photographs. Based on this evidence, an attorney can assist in assessing who was at fault for the sustained accident.
  • Should you talk to your insurance company after a car accident?
    Yes. You should contact your insurance company to report the accident. However, be cautious about what you say, and consult with an attorney before providing a detailed statement. Our team can guide you on how to communicate with your insurer effectively.
  • What if the other driver is uninsured or underinsured?
    In cases involving drivers who are uninsured or underinsured, you may still have compensation options. We can help explore avenues like your insurance’s uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage. This type of coverage is crucial in Alabama due to the relatively high number of uninsured drivers. Alabama law requires insurance companies to offer it, and drivers can choose to accept or reject it. It can provide protection in cases where the at-fault driver has insufficient or no insurance.
  • Do you have to hire an attorney for a car accident?
    Not all car accidents require legal representation, but consulting with an attorney is advisable when injuries or significant property damage are involved. We can assess your case and advise on whether our legal services will benefit you.
  • What damages can you get for a car accident in Alabama?
    In Alabama, you may be able to recover damages for medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, and pain and suffering, among other losses. We’ll work diligently to help you pursue the compensation you deserve.
  • How much time do you have to file a car accident lawsuit in Alabama?
    Alabama’s statute of limitations typically allows two years from the accident date to file a car accident claim. Filing within this timeframe is essential to protect your rights.
  • What if the car accident involved a hit-and-run driver?
    If you’re the victim of a hit-and-run accident, you may still be able to claim compensation through uninsured motorist coverage or other avenues. Our expertise can help you navigate this challenging situation.
  • What should you avoid saying or doing after a car accident?
    After an accident, avoid admitting fault or making statements that could be used against you later. It’s best to consult an attorney before signing any documents or accepting an insurance company’s settlement offer.
  • Which insurance system does Alabama follow for car accidents?
    Alabama follows a traditional fault-based system for vehicle accidents. In this system, the at-fault driver and their insurance company are typically responsible for covering the damages resulting from the accident. This system is similar to what is used in many other states.
  • What are the minimum insurance requirements for drivers in Alabama?
    As of 2023, Alabama had minimum liability insurance requirements. These were $25,000 for bodily injury per person, $50,000 for bodily injury per accident, and $25,000 for property damage per accident. These requirements are consistent with those in many other states.
  • What is the “pure contributory negligence” rule in Alabama?
    Alabama uses a pure contributory negligence rule. This means that if you’re found to be even slightly at fault for the accident, you may be barred from recovering any damages. This rule is stricter than those of “comparative negligence” systems in many other states, where recovery may be reduced based on the degree of fault.
  • What are “dram shop” liability laws in Alabama?
    Alabama reformed its 1909 law on dram shop liability in 2023. Previously, a bar or establishment that serves alcohol could be held liable for injuries caused by an intoxicated patron. After the reform, a server must intentionally provide alcoholic beverages to an individual who is clearly and unmistakably inebriated for the establishment to be held liable. Additionally, the serving of the alcohol must directly lead to an injury or loss of life for the establishment to bear legal responsibility.
  • Are there seat belt laws in Alabama, and how do they affect car accidents?
    Yes, Alabama has strict seat belt laws requiring all occupants in a vehicle to wear seat belts. Failure to do so can result in fines. In car accident cases, violations of seat belt laws can impact liability and damages, as not wearing a seat belt may be considered contributory negligence. We hope these answers clarify some of the initial questions you may have regarding the law on car accidents in South Alabama. Remember that we’re here to support you throughout the process. If you need personalized guidance or further assistance, don’t hesitate to call or message our experienced automobile accident lawyers. Your well-being and legal rights are our top priorities.
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