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Jefferson County, AL – Street Sweeper Crash on I-459 Takes Two Lives

Jefferson County, AL (August 16, 2023) – A major multi-vehicle wreck took place in Jefferson County on Tuesday evening that claimed the lives of two people.

The Alabama Department of Transportation notified officials at approximately 8:00 p.m. on August 15 that an accident occurred on Interstate 459.

According to local law enforcement, two vehicles were involved in a collision with a street sweeper on the southbound side of the road. The force of the collision sent the street sweeper across the roadway and onto the northbound lanes.

One person was trapped in their vehicle and had to be extricated by the Rocky Ridge fire department. The victim was transported to UAB Hospital for emergency care. A second victim was transported to Grandview Medical Center for the treatment of injuries.

Two additional victims were pronounced dead at the scene.

The accident is being investigated at this time by the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency.

We hope the two victims are able to recover quickly.

Our sympathies go out to the families of the two people who died in this crash.

Fatal Car Accidents in Alabama

The sudden and unexpected loss of a loved one is incredibly difficult to deal with. Unfortunately, hundreds of people die as a result of crashes that occur in Alabama every year.

Even though the majority of states across the country follow the comparative fault doctrine when it comes to assigning fault in a motor vehicle accident, the state of Alabama is one that follows the contributory negligence law. This law states that any person who contributed to the accident taking place in any way is prevented from filing a legal claim against another person to recover compensation.

This can dramatically impact your ability to seek compensation by filing a wrongful death claim after the loss of a loved one. For this reason, it is important that you seek help from a Jefferson County wrongful death lawyer right away. Your attorney will be able to work hard to prove the four elements of negligence existed at the time of the accident and that your loved one lost their life as a result of the negligent and reckless actions of another driver.

Your attorney will be invaluable when it comes to proving your case in seeking the maximum compensation possible under state law. In Alabama, families are only able to recover punitive damages in wrongful death actions. These damages are designed specifically to punish the person who is at fault for the actions and to discourage future wrongful acts. Strong legal guidance is critical when it comes to your ability to get justice.

At Cockrell, Cockrell, Ritchey & Ritchey, we understand how difficult it can be to have lost a loved one in a car accident. We want to do all that we can to help you get the justice and closure that you deserve. Our experienced team of legal advocates is dedicated to providing compassionate legal assistance as well as emotional support during this trying time. If you or someone you know has been affected by an Alabama car accident, don't hesitate to call us today at 205-349-2009 for your free consultation.

Notes: Our writers relied on secondary sources to create this article. Our staff has not independently verified all of the circumstances surrounding this accident; therefore, if you find any incorrect information, please contact Cockrell, Cockrell, Ritchey & Ritchey, LLP immediately so that we can update the post to reflect the most accurate information available. The post may be deleted upon request.

Disclaimer: This post's content is not intended to serve as legal or medical advice. The image used in this post was not taken at the described accident scene. This post is not intended as a business solicitation.


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