Preventing serious car accident injuries in Alabama

There is one thing that is true for almost every single car accident that has happened in Alabama. The people involved in the accident never saw it coming. Indeed, if we had a crystal ball, we would stay home on the car accident day and avoid getting hurt. Unfortunately, that’s not possible, but the next best thing we can do is take a number of safety precautions to limit our chances of being hurt in a crash. The first thingContinue reading

Concern about fatal car accidents involving mature drivers

The American Medical Association says drivers older than 65 nationwide, including here in Alabama, are at an increased risk of being involved in fatal traffic accidents. It is said that the number of mature drivers who are involved in car accidents per mile driven exceeds that of middle-aged drivers, between 55 and 64, by about 50 percent. The physical fragility of mature drivers makes them particularly vulnerable. There are three physical functions that are vital for safe driving that deterioratesContinue reading

New ‘Teen Driver’ feature gives parents more control, information

Parents of teen drivers have always been concerned about their kids staying safe behind the wheel. Fortunately, automakers and tech companies have been finding ways to help parents monitor and control young drivers even when they’re not around. The 2016 Chevy Malibu even has a setting called “Teen Driver.” It provides warnings to drivers if they’re doing things like exceeding the predetermined speed limit. It also provides a Report Card so that parents know exactly how well their child droveContinue reading

Former astronaut facing murder charges after fatal Alabama crash

A tragic crash in a remote area near Tuscaloosa County claimed the lives of two girls on June 6, and now a former astronaut is facing two charges of murder. The girls, who lived in Texas with their mother, were riding in a car with their father who was bringing them to stay with him in Brent for the summer. They were just 20 minutes away from their destination on a dark road, just before 3 a.m., when state troopersContinue reading

How automakers are preventing drowsy driving accidents

In 2015, over 5,000 people were killed in crashes involving a drowsy driver. Over 60 percent of drivers have admitted to drowsy driving, and likely the actual number is much greater. While tired drivers may not drive as recklessly as those under the influence of drugs or alcohol, the problem is just as great, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. According to NHTSA, drowsy drivers can have slowed reaction time, impaired judgment and poor attention to detail —Continue reading

Defining an occupational illness

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has defined several categories of occupational illnesses that are considered work-related if an exposure or event at work contributed to or caused the resulting condition, or aggravated a condition the worker already had. Those categories include: — Respiratory conditions: These are illnesses caused by breathing hazardous chemicals, vapors, dust, gases, fumes or biological agents. Some examples include farmer’s lung, rhinitis, silicosis, pneumonitis, asbestosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and much more. — Skin disorders orContinue reading

Summer Brings an Increase in Motorcycle Accidents

Warmer weather means there are more motorcycles on the roadways, bringing with them an increase in motorcycle-related injuries and fatalities. As lawyers, we unfortunately see, on a regular basis, the devastating effects these types of accidents can bring. Because they have a smaller profile than passenger cars and trucks on the road, it can be tougher to see motorcycles in the “blind spot” until it is too late to avoid an accident. And, motorcyclists also aren’t strapped in by seatbelts,Continue reading