A series of recent Alabama pedestrian accidents have hi-lighted the need for strict enforcement of crosswalk right-of-ways and better public education. Early last month a University of Alabama at Huntsville student was hit while coming back from class. Before that, in 2011, a jogger was hit while running in Mountain Brook. Finally, a tragic accident occurred in Mobile when a police officer struck a husband and wife, killing the man and leaving the woman permanently disabled.
The US Department of Transportation (DOT) announced a rule revising commercial truck driver hours of service (HOS). It employs the latest in driver fatigue research to ensure those operating commercial vehicles on the nation's roadways are well rested, according to a DOT News Release. The rule is designed to increase highway safety and decrease the number of truck accidents.
Hoover police have charged a man with driving under the influence after a collision between his pick-up truck and a school bus. The driver was arrested after the accident.
Contributory negligence is a common law defense used in personal injury cases. When the jury believes that the injured plaintiff's own conduct contributed to cause the accident, they can decline to award compensation.
A jury has awarded $8.8 million to the family of a Florida woman who was fatally injured in a auto accident caused by a driver who was texting on his cell phone. The amount was awarded by a jury that was shown phone records indicating the defendant had been weaving and texting at the time of the crash. This verdict comes during a time when texting and distracted driver accidents are center stage for state legislature proposals for new laws.
Drake Law Firm has handled thousands of personal injury claims involving car accidents, 18 wheeler crashes, drunk driver wrecks, etc. After those accidents, our clients are usually more concerned with recovering from their injuries than dealing with a persistent insurance adjuster. So, we have made a list of tips and suggestions that should be followed in order to avoid common pitfalls:
Cold weather is slowly creeping into the weather forecasts around Alabama. While day-time temperatures are currently still above the normal chill of winter, temperatures during the night and early morning have already produced much frost and ice across the state.