Archive for Accident Prevention

Winter Accidents

Huntsville Alabama is known as one of the safest cities in the nation when it comes to winter driving. However, while driving down the parkway it is not uncommon to see the occasional accident. Unfortunately, families all over the Tennessee valley are still impacted by negligent drivers. If you find yourself in a car wreck, then it is important to hire an experienced injury attorney to represent your interests. Winter driving incidents are not isolated to Huntsville. Hodges Trial Lawyers also represents many clients form towns like Madison, Merdianville, and Hazel Green. It is important to Hodges Trial Lawyers to not overlook the good people of small town USA. We believe that justice and compensation should not depend on where you live or how much money you make. If you have been involved in a winter driving accident and need an injury lawyer, then call Hodges Trial Lawyers at 256-539-3110.

Trick-Or-Treating, Walking, and Biking at Night

Summer is over and fall is here. With the temperatures dropping, it’s a great time to exercise and enjoy the nice weather.  Days are getting shorter; more and more people are walking and biking at night. We have handled numerous cases where a pedestrian or cyclist was injured by a vehicle at night. We want to take the time to offer you a few basic tips to help you stay safe and enjoy this season.

1. Wear Bright Clothing! -Whether you’re walking, trick-or-treating, jogging, or biking, the easiest way to avoid being struck by a vehicle is to be as visible as possible! Reflective costumes and clothing are preferable but if you don’t have that, wear bright colors and avoid dark colors that cannot be visible at night.  Flame retardant (See Pooh and our favorite Princesses pictured) costumes are best for little ones, especially with all the jack-o-lanterns that may have flaming candles. 

2. Stay in well-lit areas! – Neighborhoods often have different degrees of lighting. Try and stay in the most well-lit sections of your neighborhood. Sidewalks along the main roads often have much better lighting than side streets or alleys.

 3. Have a light with you! – When biking, you might attach a white light to the front of the bike and a red, reflective one to the rear so you’ll be more visible to cars and trucks. If you’re walking or jogging, a simple flashlight or even a glow stick would do the trick. The idea is to have something bright that draws the driver’s attention to you and allows the driver to avoid you.  Never allow your kids to wander in the streets alone, especially at night.

 Stay safe this Halloween and on the upcoming nights of Fall and Winter. There is no reason you can’t continue to enjoy the outside if you practice these simple safety steps. 

Takata airbags recall

Millions of vehicles are now under recall due to faulty airbag inflators manufactured by Takata. Many of these faulty inflators are in Honda vehicles. Serious injuries and at least 13 deaths are blamed on the Takata airbags.  We are investigating these claims.  If you or a loved one has been injury by a Honda airbag, call us to see if we can help.

Pokemon Go and the Dangers of Distracted Driving

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Chances are you have heard about the new app called “Pokemon Go” that has exploded onto the app scene. While many have been enjoying the highly interactive game safely, a news report that a man caused a huge car wreck by stopping on the highway to catch-em-all went viral and definitely spurred some interesting conversation in our office. Luckily this report has been found to be fabricated but the false story did highlight the real dangers that exist with playing cell phone apps while driving. It won’t be long before someone is injured by someone trying to catch Pikachu scurrying across their dash. This action is not only dangerous, but it also exposes you to civil and potentially criminal liability. If you cause physical injury to another while you were playing a cell phone game and driving, you would expose yourself to a lawsuit for not only negligent conduct, but also wanton conduct which carries the penalty of punitive damages. You may also face criminal charges for reckless endangerment for creating a substantial risk of serious physical injury to another. Additionally, under Alabama law, it is illegal to text while driving. At this time, it is not illegal to use a cell phone app while driving. In fact, some apps, such as a GPS app, can aid a person’s driving. However, you might not know is that all novice drivers in the state of Alabama are banned from cell phone use while driving regardless of the manner of use. A novice driver is defined as a driver who is 16 or a 17 year-old licensed within the prior 6 months. Remember to encourage your friends and family to drive safe and refrain from distracted driving. If you or someone you know has been hurt in a car wreck call Hodges Trial Lawyers today!

Is your head restraint set up properly?

Is your head rest correct?

If you are like us, you have probably never given a second’s thought to the location or height of the head restraint in your car.  Jeremiah recently attended a seminar on the physics of a car crash and learned about the importance of the head restraint in a car crash.  It really changed our perception of this safety device that we previously mostly ignored.

The top of your head restraint should aligned with the top of your head.  If your head restraint is too low, it essentially acts like a fulcrum in certain types of car crashes.  A head restraint that is too plush or too soft is also not effective.  Most people, if they adjust their head restraints at all, do so for comfort.  Make sure yours is set up for maximum protection in a wreck.  You hope it will never happen to you, but if it does, you want to be prepared.

Dangers of driving during the winter and spring

Winter Driving in Alabama

Over 1.3 million car accidents (23%) in the United States occur due to weather-related incidents. As we finish the last bit of winter weather, here are some dangers to be aware of as you are driving.

Icy roads can be a dangerous factor when driving. The ground stays cold longer, so even if it’s not freezing outside, the ground could still be cold enough to form ice. Black ice is even more dangerous because it looks like a wet road, but it is actually quite slick and could cause problems for drivers. To avoid troubles with icy roads, make sure to drive slowly and give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination so you do not rush.

Winter is also a time to be aware of your tire pressure. Atmospheric changes can cause the pressure in your tires to decrease, leading to accidents. Make sure you check your tires’ pressure before you head out.

1. Know the law for your area. If you live inside the city limits, there is likely a leash ordinance in control. In the county, there may be no leash law, but it is likely that the county prohibit dogs from running wild around the neighborhood.
2. Be aware and be vigilant. If you have a neighbor that refuses to obey the law and lets its dog run loose in violation of leash laws, contact animal control or the sheriff’s department.
3. Teach your child not to approach a dog they do not know.
4. Don’t startle any dog, whether you know them or not. When you reach to pet a dog, make sure they can see and identify you.
5. Never leave any dog, not even your best friend, alone with a baby or small child.

Our firm has handled a number of dog bite cases and they often have tragic results. Being bitten by a dog can scar a child physically and emotionally for life and rob them of one of life’s great relationships. Following these steps can help prevent this from occurring.