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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.

We are pleased to announce that Jeremiah has been selected as one of the Top 40 Under 40 Litigation lawyers in the State of Alabama by the American Society of Legal Advocates (“ASLA”).  According to ASLA, the selection process is described as follows:

ASLA’s exclusive membership comprises less than 2% of all licensed lawyers nationwide. ASLA is both highly selective in extending invitations and in determining which specialties to include for a given state. Because many specialties typically includes listings for Top 100 Lawyers and Top 40 Lawyers Under 40, in order to remain selective we ensure that each specialty in a state has a sufficient number of practicing lawyers to merit inclusion. Those states with relatively low populations of practicing lawyers often will support only one or two specialties. ASLA monitors practice trends from year to year prior to extending invitations in each state.

As much as accolades like this are appreciated, what is truly meaningful to our firm is to be able to assist our clients.  A simple “thank you” from a deserving client will always mean more to us than any award.

Our new location

We are pleased to announce that our Huntsville office is now at a new location.  Our new address is:

200 West Side Square
Suite 309
Huntsville, Alabama 35801

To get to our office, you will turn right on Spring Street at the intersection of Spring and Jefferson Street.  Turn left into the parking garage from Spring Street.  Be sure to keep your ticket and we will validate your parking.

Our firm will continue to focus on the following:

  • Car, Motorcycle, and Truck Accidents
  • Personal Injury
  • Social Security Disability

Below are a few photos of our new office.  We will post more as everything is completed.  We look forward to seeing you.

hodges trial lawyers conference room   Hodges Trials Attorney Office

hodges trial lawyers reception area

waiting area for hodges trial lawyers

Smart Mobile Devices Create Even Greater Risks

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 5,474 people were killed in 2009 in crashes involving driver distraction, and an estimated 448,000 were injured. Looking at the big picture, that means 16 percent of all fatal crashes and 20 percent of all accidents across the country in 2009 involved distracted drivers. Other studies suggest:

  • Drivers on the phone are four times more likely to crash
  • Driving while on a cell phone (whether handheld or hands-free) reduces reaction time as much as being legally intoxicated
  • Teen drivers are most likely to be involved in a fatal crash where distraction is reported (16 percent of all teen crash fatalities in 2009)
  • Texting or emailing creates a crash risk 23 times worse than driving while not distracted

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Is Grandma a better driver than mom?

Researchers at the Philadelphia Children’s Hospital and the University of Pennsylvania determined that children riding in the car with grandparents were less likely to be injured than those riding with their parents. This is notwithstanding that fact that the kids were more likely to be involved in a crash while riding with grandma and grandpa and that the parents were more likely to properly use child restraints.
Researchers attribute the findings to the grandparents heightened caution while transporting the grandchildren. Perhaps the grandparents should trade driving lessons for car seat installation training.

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Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb to resign?

Effective August 1, 2011, Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb will resign as Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court.  She issued a lengthy statement and indicated that she was retiring to spend more time with her family.  I commend her for her work and her dedication to her family.  She will be missed.  No word yet on who Governor Bentley is expected to appoint to serve the remainder of her term.


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Chip It In For Alabama

I was thrilled to have the opportunity to participate in the “Chip It In For Alabama” Golf Tournament at Huntsville’s own Hampton Cove golf course yesterday. The organizers of the event were able to raise more than $100,000.00 for the Red Cross. We all had a great time and, though it was a long way from the PGA, some good golf was played by some. Our team came in second and we had a lot of fun. I was really proud to be a part of this tournament. I understand that there were four (4) simultaneous tournaments in Birmingham, Montgomery, Mobile, and Huntsville. Click Red Cross Donations for information about how you can donate to the Red Cross.

Jeremiah Hodges

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