Archive for Personal Injury

Who is at Fault in a “Blind Spot Accident”

               Blind spot car wrecks occur when a driver merges over and hits another car that is traveling in a blind spot. There are many ways to eliminate blind spots and avoid these wrecks. The most effective way is to simply turn and look for a car before merging. Another way is to position your side-view mirrors to eliminate the blind spot.  Proper use and positioning of your mirrors can help prevent a car wreck.  Some cars and trucks now come equipped with technology to alert the driver to a car being in the blind spot.  However, people sometimes just forget to check or are distracted while changing lanes. In the event of an accident where the other party is negligent, they are liable for your injuries and damages from the car wreck. They have the responsibility or duty to not hit your car while they are traveling on the road. Even if they were well intentioned or simply did not see you doesn’t mean that they cannot be held liable for that damages. They were still negligent in not checking their “blind spot” and running into your car. The law protects you from drivers who run into you whether you are in their blind spot or not. If you find yourself personally injured in a car wreck contact the lawyers at Hodges Trial Lawyers, they would be happy to talk with you about your rights.

Dangers of texting while driving

Despite all the warnings and illegality, people are still using their phones while driving.  Adults and teens have formed a habit of reading and sending emails and text messages while driving their cars.  Warnings and statics about the dangers of distracted driving have been published over and over again.  Laws have been passed to make the use of cell phones while operating a car illegal.  However, people continue to ignore the warnings, statics, and laws.

     The dangers of using your cell phone while operating a car are due to the fact that your attention is on your phone instead of the road.  In order to use your phone you must look down at the phone which takes your eyes from the road.  You might as well be driving blind. You are not paying attention to your driving much less the driving of the other drivers on the road.  A distracted driver is more dangerous than a drunk driver.

Hodges settles Madison County wreck case for policy limits

Jeremiah recently settled a Huntsville car accident for the full amount of the tortfeasor’s insurance policy. Our client suffered severe injuries including multiple shoulder surgeries. Our client is very grateful that we were able to resolve the case without filing a lawsuit.

Second Lawsuit Filed Over Fatal FedEx Collision

A second lawsuit has been filed over a fatal collision in Wyoming involving a FedEx tractor-trailer. The lawsuit was filed by the sister of the driver of the car which was hit when a tire on the FedEx trailer failed. The man driving the car, his significant other, and her son all died of injuries from the collision. The first lawsuit was filed by the daughter of the driver’s significant other. The newest lawsuit, filed by the driver’s sister, contends that FedEx was to blame, as it should have monitored the truck’s tires. The lawsuit names as defendants FedEx Ground Package Systems, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations and its various subsidiaries, and a company called CLR Transportation.