Archive for Helpful Information – Page 2

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.

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.

Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween is approaching, and while having fun, you also want to make sure that your property is safe for the trick-or treaters that will be coming. The following are some tips to make this Halloween not only enjoyable, but safe for everyone.

  • First and foremost, do not leave any open flames on your property unsupervised. This can include bon fires and candles on your walkway.
  • Make sure that your pets are inside and secured so that they are not able to get loose when you open your door. This not only keeps your pets safe, but eliminates the possibility of someone getting injured by your pet.
  • Ensure that your decorations are securely and properly hung and cannot fall off or down onto someone. Make sure that any holes in your yard are either roped off or filled in and are not trip hazards.
  • Likewise, make sure that if you have any electrical cords running through your yard that they are covered so someone cannot trip and fall over them. This also applies to any tools or toys that may be in your yard. Make sure that your yard is clear from anything that could be a trip hazard.

 This is just a short list of some suggestions that you can do to help keep everyone safe on Halloween night. We want everyone to have a safe and happy Halloween!

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!

How Do You Properly Use A Double Turn Lane?

Have you ever had to make a turn and there was an inside and an outside turn lane?  We all have.  Have you noticed the dotted white lines from those turn lanes into the intersection?  Those lines are a guide to inform the drivers in the inside and outside turn lanes as to which lanes they may turn in to.

Did you know if you are turning from the outside turn lane into a four lane road you may take either of the outside two lanes when you make your turn.  If you are turning from the inside lane into a four lane road you make take either of the two inside lanes.  However, you are not supposed to use the inside turn lane to take the outside lanes and vice versa.  Not only is this considered an improper turn, which could garnish you a ticket, but it could also cause a traffic accident.

The more we know about driving safety, the better drivers we become!

Is There A Proper Way to Use a Turn Lane?

How many times have you been driving down the road and had the person in front of you hit their brakes, come to almost a complete stop, and then move into the turning lane?  Probably more often than you’d like.

Most turn lanes are set up so that one can slow down in their lane of travel (i.e., let off the gas) and then ease into the turning lane to begin their stop to make a turn.  The turn lanes are set up this way so as not to impede other traffic.  You do not have to wait until the last moment to move into a turn lane and it is generally desired that you move into a turn lane earlier rather than later.

What to Keep In Our Cars for Emergencies

After the recent chaos in Birmingham and Atlanta, we have really been thinking differently about what we keep in our cars for emergencies.  The following is a list of items you should keep handy, just in case:

1.  Jumper cables (preferably with the knowledge to use them safely)
2.   Spare tire, tire iron, and car jack (and/or fix-a-flat)
3.   Blanket or sleeping bag:  This is one we never think about, but many of the people that spent the night in their vehicles on Birmingham highways would have loved to have had one.
4.   Drinking water and/or energy bars
5.   Phone charger
6.   Emergency lighting:  Road flares and reflectors make you visible if broken down or stranded at night.  A flashlight could prove useful as well.