February 2016 Archives

Can technology overcome driver negligence in rear-end crashes?

Technology appears to be both a blessing and a curse to Alabama drivers. Handheld devices have proven to be a tempting distraction behind the wheel, prompting lawmakers to pass laws banning such technology-related behaviors as laws texting and driving. On the other hand, a new study indicates that technology may also be helping to lower the amount of rear-end crashes across the country.

Cullman County $4.5 Million Verdict

A Cullman County jury this afternoon returned a verdict in favor of the family of a woman who died as a result of a car crash with a police vehicle.  The family was represented by MRB attorneys David Marsh and Rip Andrews and Cullman attorney Gaynor St. John.

Drones are not just toys; they present real hazards

Drones, also referred to as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), are popular devices with children and adults. They are also used by some businesses to carry out tasks. As they grow in popularity, however, their potential for causing serious injuries is becoming clearer.

Adequate compensation is critical after a brain injury

The notorious case involving Ethan Couch, the teen who was sentenced only to probation and rehab after killing and injuring several people while driving drunk, highlights the need for brain injury victims and their families to receive compensation that covers all of their losses. One of Couch's victims, Sergio Molina, suffered a severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) in the crash.

Are cell phones causing a spike in traffic deaths?

A recent statistic bears some bad news: Traffic deaths in the United States rose over nine percent in the first three quarters of last year. The cause was not specifically identified. Given the ubiquitous nature of cell phones, however, it may be a smart bet to assume they played a role. 

Construction accident may prompt wrongful death claim

Are employees in certain industries more at risk of suffering brain injuries? Perhaps the most obvious example is professional football players, who routinely experience head trauma from tackles. Yet a recent crane collapse also illustrates how dangerous the construction industry can be.

The private sector takes a stab at improving truck driver safety

Federal regulators aren’t the only ones who can take a proactive approach to minimizing truck accidents. The 12th largest commercial trucking company in America, U.S. Xpress, recently announced it would reward safe driving records among its employees with a pay raise.

Are federal truck safety regulations being enforced?

A truck accident may reveal negligence on more than just the part of the individual truck driver. Trucking companies are also bound by federal regulations. However, some commentators have questioned whether the U.S. Department of Transportation is adequately enforcing those rules.

Can product liability be alleged before a product recall issues?

Ford Motor Company recently announced a recall of its Ford Ranger pickup trucks due to an issue with the vehicles' airbags, made by Takata Corporation. In some cases, the chemical propellant in the air bags may become explosive. An estimated 400,000 Ford pickup trucks may be affected. 

Make it a safe Super Bowl Sunday

In addition to the 1.3 billion chicken wings Americans are estimated to consume at Super Bowl parties and bars this year, many people will consume alcohol -- and likely at higher rates than they normally do. Research by the company BACtrack shows that the average blood alcohol content (BAC) on Super Bowl Sunday is among the highest (.09 percent) of the year.

Are assisted living residents with dementia being neglected?

A recent front-page story raised some troubling questions about the care of elderly residents of nursing homes or assisted living facilities with dementia. As a law firm that focuses on bringing civil lawsuits against such facilities on claims of nursing home neglect, we took great interest in the story. 

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