Winter Driving Tips

* The thermometers have confirmed that we are deep into winter now.  The cold weather of winter brings its own set of perils that drivers may face on the roadways.  So here’s a few helpful tips to make sure you’re prepared for any situation that may come up during these cold months.

* Never warm up your car in an enclosed area – This can lead to a deadly, odorless build-up of carbon monoxide 

* Make sure your tires are properly inflated – Colder temperatures lead to gas shrinking, which means your tire pressure will naturally drop slightly, so make sure to check your tire pressure as the temps drop

* Don’t drive on empty – Keeping your gas tank at least half full will help prevent your gas line from freezing up

* Check your battery – Your car battery is just like any other battery in that it operates poorer in cold temperatures. So make sure it still has a good charge to ensure your car will start in these temps.  Most local auto shops such as Autozone or NAPA will check your battery charge for free.

* Keep a warm blanket and flashlight in your car – This is vital in the event that you get stranded.  You cannot rely solely on your car’s heater. Keep a warm blanket (and preferably a jacket) and a flashlight in your car in case your car breaks down and you are stranded for the night.  It’s also good practice to keep your cell phone with you in the car at all times during these months so you can call for safety.

* Get any maintenance work done – Your car has to work hard to operate in these cold temperatures, so you want it running in peak condition. If you have old brakes or need a new air filter, get it done now so your car can continue to run well in these tough conditions.

Here’s also some vital tips if you MUST drive in snow/icy conditions:

* Be careful for ice on overpasses and bridges – Areas where the road is  elevated are the first places that ice will form. So be extra careful for ice when driving on bridges and similarly elevated roadways.

* Accelerate/decelerate and turn slowly – Similarly to driving in the rain, your goal here is to keep traction with the roadway. You’re far more likely to slide if you try and make quick moves with your vehicle.

* Stay off cruise control – Cruise control is your worst enemy when driving in slick conditions. You need to be in control of your accelerating in these conditions to ensure that you keep traction with the roadway.  Additionally, cruise control can actually worsen your sliding once it begins  because it will continue to attempt to accelerate your car to the programmed speed even as your tires are spinning out of control.  Cruise control should only be used in ideal temperatures.

* Don’t stop going up a hill – There’s nothing worse than trying to get moving up a hill on an icy road.  Get some momentum going on a flat roadway and attack the hill in one move.

* Don’t park on hills/Don’t rely on your emergency brake – Parking on hills is a terrible idea.  While the road may be fine when you first park your car, ice can form behind your tires and cause your car to slide down the hill when you’re not even there.  So avoid parking on hills whenever possible.

* Stay Home – Don’t make unnecessary trips. The easiest thing to do in icy and snowy conditions is stay home, get a nice warm cup of hot chocolate and get a good fire going in the fireplace.  Driving in ice and snow is very dangerous and should be avoided whenever possible.

Red Bull Settles False Advertising Suit, Offers Refunds

Energy drink maker Red Bull has settled a class action lawsuit by consumers alleging deceptive advertising. The group of consumers alleged in the lawsuit that the company lied in its advertising by claiming that the drinks contained only caffeine to provide energy, and not guarana, taurine and or other ingredients. The class action lawsuit also alleged that the company falsely advertised by claiming that the drink was a superior source of energy. As part of the settlement, Red Bull is offering a reimbursement for any consumer purchases over the last 10 years.

Candles Sold at Hobby Lobby Recalled Due to Fire Hazard

A recall has been issued on DD brand candles, sold exclusively at Hobby Lobby, due to a fire hazard. The recall states that the high flame on the candles has the potential to ignite the surface of the wax, posing a hazard to consumers. CoScentrix, the maker of the candles, has received 29 reports of the candle’s surface igniting. The reports have included nine instances of property damage and one injury. The recall includes 256,000 of the candles, which were sold at Hobby Lobby stores from June 2014 through October 2014.

Know your bike laws in Alabama!

Fall is a great time of year in Alabama to get out on your bike and enjoy the cooler weather.  Whether you’re the serious cyclist or the weekend warrior, it’s important that you know the Alabama laws that apply to bicycles.  So here are a few of the important laws to know when riding your bike during this fall season.

  • The Rules of the Road that apply to Motor Vehicles also apply to bicycles, including traffic signals, speed limits, etc.
  • If you’re under 16, you have to wear a helmet
  • If riding at night, you must have a white headlight and a red back light
  • You must stay on the right side of the roadway and use designated bike paths when provided on the road
  • You are not allowed to cling to vehicles
  • You cannot carry a package that would prevent you from having one hand on the handlebars

These are some of the important bike laws to know in Alabama.  Violating any of these laws can result in a costly ticket and may put you in harm’s way.  So follow these laws and enjoy your bike rides while you take in the beautiful outdoors that Alabama has to offer!

Update: Love for Ansley

We have had an outpouring of support and concern for Ansley, the little girl that is so bravely fighting a very rare and very serious medical condition.  People called and wanted to donate, wanted to help with fundraisers, and wanted to know more about her.  Ansley is really doing well especially considering her circumstances.  We continue to keep her in our thoughts and prayers.

We also want people to know that a local business, Yard Garden Hammocks, saw our newsletter and wanted to help with its own fundraiser.  If you have been looking for hammocks, outdoor furniture, and yard decor please go to and use the promotional code HELPANSLEY when you checkout.  Yard Garden Hammocks is donating thirty (%) of the proceeds directly to the family to help offset the financial costs they are facing.  See for more information.

Wrongful Death Suit Filed Over Legionnaires Outbreak

A lawsuit has been filed over an outbreak of Legionnaires’ Disease at a medical facility in South Whitehall Township in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania. The families of two men who contracted the disease, along with one of the men who survived, have filed a lawsuit against the medical facility alleging wrongful death and negligence. The lawsuit also names as defendants Integrated Health Campus, the management company which operates and maintains the potable water system at the campus, and a property management company. 


We were recently retained to represent a very nice lady that was catastrophically injured in a car wreck caused by a drunk driver.  We sent letters of representation to the tortfeasor’s insurance carrier and our client’s automobile liability insurance carrier.  We have just been informed by the liability insurance carrier that our client allegedly rejected UM/UIM insurance.  Make sure you understand the ramifications of being catastrophically injured by a driver with no insurance or not enough insurance.

No one wakes up in the morning expecting to get seriously injured in a car wreck.  Worse yet, those that get hurt in an automobile accident expect that the other driver will have adequate liability insurance.  Unfortunately, this is often not the case.  Protect yourself by carrying $250,000.00 in UM/UIM coverage on each of your vehicles.  If you cannot do that, make sure your UM/UIM limits match or exceed the liability coverage that you carry on your car.  Do not wait until it is too late!