8 Vehicle Accidents That Lead To Lawsuits in Alabama

December 6, 2018

Picture of a bus accident.We like to think we share the road respectfully, but let’s not kid ourselves here. People screw up. Texting while driving, zoning out behind the wheel, and road rage are too common.

Sometimes people make mistakes and get away unscathed, but sometimes they cause accidents that lead to injuries. Here are eight types of vehicle accidents that could result in serious legal trouble.

1) Car accidents

These happen for many reasons. Some of the most common are when people:

  • Speed on the highway
  • Drive while drunk or high
  • Run red lights and stop signs into intersections
  • Drive recklessly when the weather is causing dangerous road conditions.

2) Truck and commercial vehicle accidents

The usual causes with car accidents apply here, but other reasons include:

  • Driver fatigue
  • Improper loading
  • Improper maintenance
  • Defective truck components

3) Motorcycle accidents

The biggest reason bikers get into accidents is that other drivers fail to see them. This puts bikers at a greater risk of injury and fatality than people who drive cars and trucks.

4) Drunk driving accidents

Plain and simple: drinking and driving is a stupid decision. Don’t do it. Lawsuits usually involve the impaired driver and their insurance company, but a bar or restaurant could also be held liable if the driver was over-served.

5) Bus accidents

School buses, long-distance buses, charter buses, airport shuttles, and other buses must meet a higher standard of care for their passengers than drivers of personal vehicles. Legal action and financial compensation will be a factor if an accident happens from negligence of the:

  • Bus owner
  • Driver
  • Manufacturer
  • Maintenance shop resulted

6) Bike accidents

Bicyclists have the same right to use the road as any driver. But let’s be real, bikes and automobiles aren’t equal in terms of performance or size. Unless there is a designated path or lane, there’s no way a bike can compete with an automobile on the main road if a person driving a car or truck is negligent. If a bicyclist gets hit, the damage will likely be severe.

7) Pedestrian accidents

Reckless or distracted drivers cause serious and sometimes fatal injuries to walkers and runners. We’ve had clients who were injured by vehicles while on foot, including people who were run over at:

  • Sidewalk restaurants
  • Street fairs
  • Farmers’ markets
  • And other events

8) Uninsured/underinsured motorist accident

What do you do when the driver who injured you was uninsured or underinsured? You’ll most likely need to obtain compensation under the UM/ UIM provisions of your own auto insurance.

This blog post should not be taken as legal advice. If you’re in Alabama and you’ve been injured in an accident, we can help you receive compensation. Liddon Law Firm works with victims of all types of vehicle injuries. Please contact our attorneys to arrange a free initial consultation and case evaluation.

Call 205-224-5675 today for a free consultation with our Birmingham law firm.

10 Types of Injuries That Lead to Lawsuits & Financial Compensation

October 10, 2018

Picture of a man with bandaged hand and pain medication.To say that an injury can be life-altering would be an understatement. The negligence of others often results in medical bills, ongoing therapy, lost wages and a lifetime of pain and suffering.

People or companies that have caused serious or fatal injuries need to be held accountable for their actions. If you are the victim of an injury, you could receive financial compensation for the damages suffered.

We have represented victims of these types of legal suits from accidents and injuries:

  1. Catastrophic injuries: This has included broken bones all the way up to paralysis. Serious burns also belong in this category. Learn more here.
  2. Traumatic brain injury: Serious head trauma that disrupts normal brain function. Your brain is everything, so it’s worth considering legal action if you’ve recently had a head injury. Some symptoms of traumatic brain injury (TBI) include forgetfulness, change in personality, slurred speech, vision issues, depression, and more.
  3. Motor vehicle accidents: Automobile accidents are extremely common and can lead to devastating results. This category includes injuries that occur after car accidents, truck wrecks, semi-trailer accidents, and motorcycle accidents.
  4. Workplace injuries: On-the-job injuries sustained at construction sites, manufacturing plants, warehouses, offices, and other workplaces
  5. Third-party claims: Not every work-related injury is covered by worker’s compensation. This type of legal claim is for people in this category.
  6. Defective products: You should be able to buy a product and trust that it’ll work properly. You should also expect it to have been tested for safety. Still, companies make mistakes that lead to customer injuries. People have been injured by defective tires, auto parts, toys and children’s products, tools, equipment, and medical devices.
  7. Medical malpractice: We put our health in the hands of doctors. Medical professionals need to be held accountable for errors that harm patients.
  8. Hospital or nurse negligence: This includes medication errors, inadequate staffing, and failure to prevent falls and hospital-acquired infections.
  9. Premises liability: Many warehouses, construction sites, and other business locations put safety as a prior for their employees and guests. However, there are still companies that don’t put emphasis on safety, and people end up with injuries from dangerous property conditions ranging from inadequate railings to fires caused by bad wiring
  10. Wrongful death: Families have lost members because someone else was negligent.

As victims battle to recover from these injuries, they must also fight for compensation from the insurance companies and those who caused the accident. That money is desperately needed to cover medical bills, treatment, therapy, and lost wages.

This blog post should not be taken as medical or legal advice. If you’re in Alabama and you’ve been injured, we can help you receive compensation. Liddon Law Firm works with victims of all types of catastrophic injuries. Please contact our attorneys to arrange a free initial consultation and case evaluation.

Call 205-224-5675 today for a free consultation with our Birmingham law firm.

Accidents Involving Driverless Cars

June 1, 2018

Driverless Car Accident Attorney BirminghamDriverless vehicles contain technology that allows the car to steer itself, adhere to traffic laws, speed up or slow down, move between lanes and cope with navigational hurdles autonomously. In the past several years, enthusiasts have been excited about the dawn of this new type of car and have claimed that the technology could save millions of lives each year. Self-driving cars are now being tested around the globe with some success and some failure.

Safety Concerns

The fatal accident involving a pedestrian and a self-driving car has recently caused an uproar from the public who is concerned about the safety of these autonomous features. Car manufacturers have made it clear that drivers should always remain attentive behind the wheel, and drivers should never entirely rely on the automated features. Despite these warnings, the driver behind the self-driving car that struck the pedestrian was looking down the entire time. The human driver failed to notice the pedestrian. It’s clear that the human driver was negligent, but some are arguing that the car manufacturers share some responsibility for touting the unrealistic safety of “self” driving vehicles.

Birmingham Personal Injury Attorney

Human negligence is the cause of over 90 percent of all motor vehicle accidents. If you were injured in an accident, then you are legally entitled to pursue compensation from the negligent party. Our hands-on attorneys at the Liddon Law Firm are committed to helping our injured clients put their lives back together again. We will seek maximum compensation to ensure you are completely financially restored for all damages you incurred as a result of the accident. Contact the Liddon Law Firm now at 205-224-5675 for more information.

The articles on this blog are for informative purposes only and are no substitute for legal advice or an attorney-client relationship. If you are seeking legal advice, please contact our law firm directly.

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.

The articles on this blog are for informative purposes only and are no substitute for legal advice or an attorney/client relationship. If you are seeking legal advice, please contact our law firm directly.

New Tech Looks To Eliminate Car Accidents

January 15, 2018

new-car-technology

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.

The articles on this blog are for informative purposes only and are no substitute for legal advice or an attorney/client relationship. If you are seeking legal advice, please contact our law firm directly.