Archive for Car Wrecks

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.

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.

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.

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.

UM/UIM Coverage is SUPER IMPORTANT!

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!

Winter Tire Safety

With the recent freezing temperatures it is time to think about tire safety. Did you know that winter weather can cause your tires to lose air pressure?

According to TireRack.com the air in your tires and expand when heated and contract when cooled.  As the temperature gets colder your tires’ inflation pressure is going down.  The rule of thumb is for every 10° Fahrenheit change in air temperature, your tire’s inflation pressure will change by about 1 psi (up with higher temperatures and down with lower).

Several vehicle manufacturer’s recommend operating winter tires several psi (3-5) higher in the winter to adjust for the cold temperature fluctuation.  Have you checked your tire pressure since the recent drop in temperature?  Now is a good time to do so.  Just a 5 psi drop in pressure can affect your vehicle’s handling.

Let’s play it safe and remember to check your tires’ air pressure regularly.

What is a Safe Stopping Distance?

Have you ever wondered how far behind the car in front of you should stop?  A good rule of thumb is one car length.  In visual terms when you stop behind another vehicle you should see both of their back tires on the pavement and a little bit of the pavement in front of those tires.

How many times have you heard that someone was rear-ended causing them to rear-end the car in front them?  Probably quite a few.  The reason for this is that most people stop approximately three to four feet behind the car in front of them.  If they get rear-ended that lack of space causes them to rear-end the car in front of them.

If you leave that one car length space between you and the car in front of you that space is approximately fourteen feet.  This eliminates the chance of you rear-ending the vehicle in front you.  The benefit is two-fold, because having this fourteen feet between you and the car in front of you also gives you the ability to go around the car in front of you should that vehicle suddenly have a problem.  This way you won’t be stuck in traffic.