Archive for Personal Injury

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.

Perhaps you or a loved one has taken or been prescribed Xarelto in the past and suffered excessive bleeding or death due to the drug’s effects. Many doctors prescribe Xarelto to prevent blood clots in patients that have undergone surgery that in turn limits their mobility. Some patients have suffered harm after a joint replacement or other major surgery due to complications caused by the drug. The most serious problem that can result from taking Xarelto is internal bleeding which can require additional surgery to resolve. The current litigation is against the drugs manufacturers Bayer and Johnson & Johnson claiming that they failed to warn consumers about the risks of the drugs. In some cases, medical malpractice can occur if the physician has failed to take notice of risks or has been persuaded by a drug company.  If you feel that you or a family member has been wronged by or injured by Xarelto then the attorneys at Hodges Trial Lawyers will be happy to discuss your legal options regarding this bad drug.

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.

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.

Can you see when driving at night?

Most of the contributing factors in night-time crashes are directly or indirectly involved with vision. In fact, most states have visual acuity requirements in order for licensure. In the state of Alabama, the visual acuity requirement for licensure without restrictions other than corrective lenses is 20/40. The minimum visual acuity required for licensure, better eye or both eyes together, with or without added restrictions or conditions, is 20/60. If you are involved in an accident and require corrective lenses, you could be guilty of contributory negligence if you were not wearing your corrective lenses. For your safety and the safety of others, always remember to wear your corrective lenses if you require them. If you are not sure if you need corrective lenses, you should go have your eyes examined.

Deer Season Safety Tips

As we enter fall and start losing our afternoon daylight faster, remember that deer season is upon us.  It is during this time of year, especially during the dusk hours that deer incidents increase.

 Having lived in Alaska for some years, Moose season is extremely dangerous.  Moose are huge and can wreak havoc on both vehicles and drivers.  While we do not have to worry about Moose in Alabama, deer can still wreak havoc as well.  What I did learn driving in the early morning dawn or the evening dusk is to be more vigilant and be more aware of deer which may be standing near the edge of the road ready to cross.

 Should a deer jump out in front of your vehicle and an accident is unavoidable, as with moose, you want to aim for the hind quarters as this will push the deer away from your vehicle.  An impact anywhere else runs the risk of the animal being thrown to the top of your hood and possibly into your windshield.

As our city of Huntsville grows, so does the rush hour traffic. The number of cars traveling the parkway during rush hour has increased tremendously over the last few years. South Memorial Parkway can be a dangerous place during afternoon rush hour. This statement was proven yesterday, July 21st, when three vehicles were involved in a wreck at the intersection of Lily Flagg and South Memorial Parkway. Six people were transported to the hospital with various injuries. As the traffic flow increases so does the attention of drivers. We as drivers have to make sure we have all of our attention focused on the task at hand, driving.