The Laws Surrounding Car Accidents in Alabama

April 24, 2018

Alabama car accident lawyerThe seconds after you have just been involved in a car accident can be very disorientating, especially if you or another passenger have been injured. That is why it is best to always be prepared with the knowledge of what the laws surrounding car accidents in your state are before you get into one, as the stress and emotional toll one feels afterwards makes it much harder to think clearly. There are several different aspects to be aware of involving car accidents in Alabama, and there are some clear steps to take if you want to win your insurance claim and get the compensation that you deserve.

Statute of Limitations in Alabama

The statute of limitations in Alabama states that you have two years from when the incident occurred to submit your claim in any cases of any personal injuries or property damages. This does not mean that the case has to be decided in that time frame, but if you wish to get any sort of compensation for your accident and you do not file a claim in that timeframe you will be out of luck. This period of time gets even shorter if the accident involves any government vehicle or happened on any government property, so if this is the case you will need to file a claim with the government agency involved as soon as possible or risk missing out on winning any claims.

Only a small number of states follow the “contributory negligence” rule which is one that says that if a party is proved to be at fault for any percentage of the accident no matter how small that percentage is they cannot receive any type of monetary compensation, and Alabama is one of those states. This strict rule means that even if you were to win your case from a liability viewpoint the fact that you had anything to do at all with the accident occurring means you cannot collect any money for what happened. This can be a very severe penalty and one that most states do not abide by, but those are the rules in Alabama and it is something that every driver in the state should be cognizant of.

Schedule a Consultation With an Alabama Car Accident Attorney

Contributory negligence is an extremely tough rule, but it is not one that should stop you from consulting a qualified personal injury attorney like the ones from Liddon Law who can help guide you through the laws and make sure you do not lose out on any compensation that you are owed. Contact Liddon Law today to set up a free initial consultation.

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2 Buses Carrying High School Students from Birmingham Involved in a Crash in Anniston

March 16, 2018

Birmingham Alabama Motor Vehicle Accident AttorneysTwo buses were involved in a crash while transporting students from Ramsay High School on their way to a semifinal basketball game in Jacksonville. Police on the scene have reported that the collision occurred when the two vehicles, as well as another passenger vehicle, had crashed on McClellan Boulevard near Baltzell Gate Road in Anniston.

Birmingham City School officials have stated that none of the students had suffered any “visible serious injuries” in the accident, however, they did note that one of the drivers of the bus as well as six of the students involved were taken to Anniston Regional Medical Center. While none of the injuries are assumed to be major they were taken to be evaluated after complaints of suffering from pain after the event. The school system has also said that they did have representatives at the site of the incident.

School buses from the Calhoun County School System were able to then transport the remaining students who were not suffering from any injuries despite these events to Jacksonville, and that they were still able to compete in the semifinal game which they ended up winning 58-53. Those same Calhoun County School buses that picked them up at the scene where it all transpired were able to bring the students back to Birmingham once the game was over without any other incidents taking place.

According to the Birmingham City School officials, another passenger vehicle was also injured during the crash but as of now the severity and details of their injuries are not known at this time. A spokesperson for the school had explained that in addition to a further investigation of the incident that there would be nurses available at Ramsay High School to monitor the young students when they were available to come back to school.

If you or a loved one have been in a car accident and sustained an injury you may have the right to receive compensation. The personal injury attorneys at Liddon Law in Birmingham are ready and prepared to represent you and help get the compensation and justice you deserve.
Contact Liddon Law today to set up a free initial consultation and begin discussing your case.

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Worker from Mississippi Suffers Fatal Accident with a Bulldozer at Alabama Construction Site

February 15, 2018

Alabama Workplace Injury AttorneyA Mississippi man who worked at a construction site in Alabama was killed in an unfortunate accident involving a bulldozer just before midday. The deadly incident occurred at the location of a new apartment complex right by West Irvine Avenue as reported by the local police department and occurred when the worker was walking behind the bulldozer and ended up being fatally struck .

Emergency medical teams as well as members of the police and fire departments all arrived at the scene hoping that they could save the man but at that point there was sadly nothing more that they could do. The worker who came from Carthage, Mississippi which is about 50 miles northeast from Mississippi’s capital Jackson was pronounced dead at Eliza Coffee Memorial hospital in Florence, Alabama.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration or OSHA department of the government has already been contacted to investigate the event further according to authorities, but if there is one positive to take out of this unfortunate and tragic even it is that no other workers had been harmed or injured. It has also been reported that the owner of the site has ceased all construction that had been currently going on as they try to figure out exactly what happened and how to make sure that nothing like this can or will happen again.

Whether or not the surviving members of the family plan on filing a lawsuit against the construction company remains to be seen, and further details surrounding the deadly accident are still being researched and investigated as more details continue to unfold at this time. It is very possible that any additional information will help lead to some sort of worker’s compensation claim, but as of yet there have been no comments in regards to this from any of the parties involved in this matter.

Accidents like these are impossible to predict, but if you or someone you love was injured in a workplace accident such as this it is extremely important to know what your rights are and what compensation you are possibly owed. For over 20 years the attorneys at the Liddon Law Firm have helped people recoup the financial losses they have suffered and brought justice to those who deserved it most. Call 205-900-3770 for fill out our simple online contact form today to begin discussing your legal options.

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New Tech Looks To Eliminate Car Accidents

January 15, 2018

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With each passing year comes new, more up-to-date technology. Cellphones and laptops are usually the things we see constantly changing but they aren’t the only ones. Motor vehicles continuously receive updates in technology each year, with a lot of the focus being on driver and passenger safety.

The United States Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently reported that 37,461 lives were lost on the roads in 2016, which is a 5.6 percent increase from the previous year.

With the number of vehicle miles traveled (VMT) on U.S. roads also increasing, the fatality rate sits at 1.18 deaths per 100 million VMT, which translates to an increase of 2.6 percent from the previous year.

It is scary seeing those numbers consistently increasing each year, especially since they are fatalities. Injuries from car accidents also continue to rise each year and the NHTSA contributes these accidents to factors such as distracted driving, speeding, alcohol impairment, drowsy driving, etc.

As stated earlier, the constant improvements in technology are lending a helping hand in keeping drivers and passengers safe while on the road — something to continue looking forward to.

Many different car manufacturers are creating and building their vehicles with things like automatic braking and adaptive headlights.

Automatic breaking is a great feature that uses sensors to monitor a car’s surroundings and gently applies the brakes in the event that the car is close to coming in contact with any stationary object.

Adaptive headlights use sensors to adjust a vehicle’s headlights to curves in the road. They are in tune with the steering wheel and will turn along with you, the driver. They also adjust themselves based on the speed of the vehicle and will even lower when coming up on opposing traffic or for a turn. Adaptive headlights are offered as a standard or optional feature in many vehicles like BMW, Buick, Jeep, Lexus, Mazda, Volvo, etc.

In addition to the aforementioned technologies, car manufacturers are working to make cellphone use while driving a thing of the past. Dashboard systems that sync seamlessly with your cell phone via an app can make it so navigation, communication, and music can be controlled with your voice or quick taps — keeping your eyes on the road instead of elsewhere.

It is comforting to know that technology is aimed at safer roads and safer vehicles, with the ultimate goal of eliminating accidents altogether. Unfortunately, accidents are still occurring, leading to injuries or even death.

If you have been in a car accident and sustained an injury you may have the right to compensation. The personal injury attorneys at Liddon Law in Birmingham are ready and prepared to represent you and help get the compensation and justice you deserve.

Contact Liddon Law today to set up a free initial consultation and begin discussing your case.

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Toddler Struck In Accident Raises Awareness About Serious Children’s Injuries and Fatalities

December 15, 2017

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A recent accident involved severe injuries to a toddler. The 18-month-old toddler involved in the critical vehicle accident in Alabama was in the ICU for days after the accident happened. Due to their developing bodies and inability to brace themselves for impact, children may be subjected to more severe injuries in the event of an accident. In fact, in conjunction with poisoning, burns, drowning and suffocation, motor vehicle accidents are one of the leading causes of injuries for young children.

In the event that someone else was responsible for the accident in which your child sustained injuries, you may be eligible to file a personal injury lawsuit to recover compensation to help with the child’s recovery. Some of the most devastating impacts on children’s accident victims are due to drunk driving, distracted driving, drowsy driving or aggressive driving. A study found that the safest part of the car for the children was the second row when considering the side and the front crashes.

Having appropriate restraints inside your vehicle is one way to minimize the devastating injuries sustained by infants and young children in an accident. Many parents do not have their car and booster seats installed properly and this can increase the chances of severe injuries, including those affecting a child’s head, neck, and back.

It is a parents’ worst nightmare to deal with children’s injuries after a serious vehicle accident and your only opportunity to recover compensation may be filing a legal claim with the help of an experienced lawyer.

At Liddon Law, you know you’re in good hands in the wake of a serious car accident. Whether it’s you or your children who have suffered in an accident, you must be prepared to take action to protect your interests. Don’t wait to learn more about what you need to do to file- contact us to schedule a consultation today.

 

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Front porch shooting resulting in Birmingham man’s death ruled a homicide

November 15, 2017

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It is not often that someone who has been shot in the leg later ends up the victim of a homicide. But such is the case in a shooting of a man on his front porch in Wylam this past August.

The 36-year old victim and witnesses were inside the screened in porch of the victim’s home playing video games. Then, some kind of argument broke out and then there was gunfire.

An estimated 15 to 20 shots were fired — in the home as well as into the victim’s car, a BMW SUV. The vehicle’s windows were shattered and one tire was left flat.

The victim ended up hit by a bullet in the leg and was subsequently taken to the hospital with apparently non-life-threatening injuries. Unfortunately, according to the coroner, the bullet that struck his leg ended up traveling from the leg to his lower abdomen where it caused organ damage.

The Wylam man was released from the hospital but still remained under medical care. Then, in September, when getting ready to leave his home to go to the doctor, he collapsed. The victim was again taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

After evaluation, medical examiners ruled the man’s untimely death was the result of sepsis. The manner of the death is considered to be a homicide. For those who do not know, sepsis is a “life-threatening condition that arises when the body’s response to an infection injures its own tissues and organs.”

Usually, doctors are the ones best equipped to recognize and handle sepsis. The condition affects at least 75,000 adults a year but there have been cases where medical professionals have missed the diagnosis.

The problem falls during the early stages of sepsis, where the symptoms are similar to those of a viral infection. Viral infections tend to go away on their own, making it hard to decide if a patient should be allowed to go home or if that patient needs to promptly be hospitalized.

Sepsis is an unforgiving condition but this does not mean doctors or medical professionals cannot be held accountable for misdiagnosis.

In the recent case of the Birmingham man shot in the leg, it might not be immediately apparent but the family of the man could have a potential lawsuit worth filing — either for wrongful death or for medical malpractice.

If you or loved one has suffered because of the negligence of a medical professional you should seek out the guidance of an experienced personal injury lawyer. At the Liddon Law Firm in Alabama, we are experienced in personal injury and medical malpractice litigation.

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