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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. 

Uber in Huntsville: What You Need to Know

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It is important for our readers to know how car insurance works when ride-sharing and a wreck occurs.  It is important to know the different risks you may face when choosing between using Uber or a taxi cab.

There is currently no Alabama law requiring ride-sharing drivers to carry insurance above and beyond traditional personal car insurance.  Generally, personal car insurance will not cover a ride-sharing driver  in the event of a wreck.  Personal auto insurance policies typically exclude coverage when using a vehicle as a business service.  If a ride-sharing driver has only their personal automobile insurance, he or she may be personally liable for damages caused.  Ride-sharing drivers should check with their company and/or their insurance agent to make sure they have coverage.

Similarly, if a passenger is involved in a wreck caused by the ride-sharing driver with only has a personal automobile insurance, the driver likely has no insurance.  This is often remedied by the ride sharing company, but you want to do your research to be sure.  Make sure the company provides coverage for its drivers and UM/UIM coverage as well.  Be safe and educated on the risks of driving or riding with these cutting edge services.

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Jeremiah appears on Law Line on WAAY 31

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Jeremiah Hodges made a guest appearance on Law Line on the ABC affiliate WAAY 31.  Law Line is a live, weekly, thirty minute show broadcasted on Sunday nights where viewers are encouraged to call in with their legal questions.  Jeremiah answered a number of callers’ questions relating to car wrecks, liability issues, insurance coverage and claims, and whether individuals needed an attorney to handle specific issues.  While not all questions were simple enough to be answered on air, Jeremiah was able to help numerous callers with their specific legal problems.

Hodges Trial Lawyers enjoys giving back to the community by participating in events where we can use our training and talents to help those who might not otherwise have access to lawyers.  Last year, Tim McFalls of Hodges Trial Lawyers, participated in the Law Day All Call telethon that occurred at WHNT 31.  The All Call was a day long telethon where lawyers continuously answered phone calls and gave out legal advice to callers.  The event was deemed a huge success by the Madison County Volunteers Lawyers program.  Our lawyers appreciate the opportunity to give back to the community they are proud to represent.Law Line 2

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 www.YardGardenHammocks.com 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 Facebook.com/HodgesTrialLawyers for more information.