Posted On: March 24, 2010

Alabama Auto-Pedestrian Injury News: Mobile High School Student Seriously Hurt by Pickup Truck Driver

Pedestrians all across Alabama are hurt or killed as a result of a negligent drivers more often than you may imagine. As a Birmingham personal injury attorney, I know all too well the kind of bodily injures a passenger car, pickup truck or commercial delivery vehicle can inflict on person walking along a rural route or crossing a city street. I don’t need to remind anyone that it is every driver’s responsibility to be aware of persons on foot in or near our public roadways.

In the countryside, as well as in our cities, there are more than enough opportunities for pedestrians to sustain injuries, many of them life-threatening, due to an automobile collision. Auto-pedestrian accidents typically result in the pedestrian being severely hurt, left unconscious or even permanently disabled as a result. The aftermath of a car-pedestrian collision usually entails cuts and bruises at best, with broken bones, concussions and possible traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries being commonplace.

Recently, a 17-year-old student from Baker High School was hit by the driver of a pickup truck near a construction zone in West Mobile, AL. The traffic accident took place in the morning hours while the young man was crossing Airport Boulevard apparently on his way to school. According to police, Alfred Leonard was in critical condition following the accident that happened just before 7:30am. Emergency personnel responding to the crash treated the student who was subsequently transported to the University of South Alabama Medical Center.

Based on news reports, the boy was still unconscious when he was admitted to the medical facility’s intensive care unit (ICU). A spokesman from the Alabama Department of Public Safety stated that Leonard suffered a lacerated liver, broken femur and a possibly serious head injury.

As much as we may want to trust that drivers will be watching out for persons on foot, my warning to anyone who walks on or near public thoroughfares is be very careful and never assume that motorists will see you, even in the middle of the day. As pedestrians we must be highly vigilant and aware of oncoming traffic. Even if you cross in a designated crosswalk, be sure that all traffic is stopped and it is safe to proceed. Being a personal injury lawyer and parent myself, I say this goes doubly for children walking to or from school.


Baker HS Student Struck By Truck, WKRG.com, February 4, 2010


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Posted On: March 10, 2010

Birmingham Personal Injury Lawyer Update: Hurt while Shopping, Dining or Doing Business in Alabama?

Many people don’t realize the extent that an injury can have on one’s life. Whenever someone is hurt in an on-premises accident that seriousness of that bodily injury can cause a great deal of trauma, not just to the victim but to his or her family as well. Physical trauma goes without saying, but if that slip-and-fall accident or other personal injury results in even temporary disability you’re looking at potentially high medical bills, not to mention lost wages or the complete loss of a job as a result.

As a Birmingham personal injury attorney, I understand how much an on-premises accident can disrupt a person’s life. This kind of accident can really put your family in a financial bind. Representing Alabama resident in the area of injury law, I have many years of experience in handling cases for people hurt or killed as a result of another person’s negligence.

One thing you must do before agreeing to any settlement with an insurance company or other party is to consult a knowledgeable Alabama personal injury attorney. The small amount of time required can help you to better understand your rights in the aftermath of an accident. Whether that injury is only temporarily or has left you permanently disabled, you must do your research before making any decisions that could adversely affect you and your loved ones.

Being injured at work or while performing a job-related task means you may be able to qualify for workmen's compensation. As above, if you have been injured on the job never agree to settle any claim without first talking with a qualified attorney who focuses his or her practice on Alabama worker's compensation law. An experienced workmen's comp lawyer has the skills to help you realize the award to which you are entitled under Alabama's workmen's compensation laws.

And don’t forget, Alabama worker’s compensation benefits can sometimes come up short when compared to lost income and high medical expenses associated with an on-the-job injury. An experienced injury lawyer can help you in the event there is third-party liability associated with your injury. In fact, it is not uncommon for the recovery from a third party to be greater than that from the individual’s employer.

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