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Potential defendants in a truck accident case

Accidents involving commercial trucks are generally far worse than those involving passenger vehicles alone. A passenger car can't withstand the sheer size and weight of a commercial truck -- especially when it is loaded with cargo. Because these kinds of accidents are so severe, victims can end up with lifelong disabilities from their injuries.

When you're left with permanent scars and limitations on your life, there's no amount of money that will make you whole again. The only thing you can do is try to hold all of the culpable parties responsible for their actions. You may then be able to recover enough damages to provide for yourself and your family well into the future.

Recognizing the biggest risk factors from your daily commute

The average person in the greater Birmingham area probably spends a substantial amount of time in their car every week. Commuting to and from work, as well as making trips for errands and the benefit of your family, can mean that you spend several hours every day behind the wheel of a motor vehicle.

Given that their use is so prevalent, the average person tends to ignore the risk that comes with motor vehicles. However, just because you don't think about the potential for a crash doesn't mean the risk suddenly disappears.

Medical marijuana, marijuana crimes and Alabama

In the wave of changing social attitudes toward marijuana, the majority of states have authorized its use for certain medical conditions. Recreational marijuana is now available in at least 10 states and the possession of small amounts of the drug has been largely decriminalized in many others.

Except in Alabama.

What are the common causes of slip-and-falls?

What could potentially make a business owner liable for your slip-and-fall accident?

Most people are familiar with the idea that a business owner is expected to keep the floor reasonably clean. You would probably expect a grocery store, for example, to be liable if they let melted ice cream collect on the floor and someone was injured when they slipped on it. However, there are plenty of other ways that a business owner could be liable for your slip-and-fall accident.

Alabama law enforcement renews its focus on the drug trade

In much of the continental United States, opioid abuse and overdose deaths are making the biggest headlines. In Alabama, however, the use of methamphetamines (meth) is drawing more attention from law enforcement. A Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) official even called meth the number one problem in the state, saying that while opioids were "an acute problem," meth was a "systemic problem" that was deeply entrenched.

Much of the meth -- about 90% of what can be found in the state -- is coming in from Mexico by the hands of those involved with the Sinaloa drug cartel. The cartel has had a significant foothold in Alabama for some time. Police and other law enforcement officials recently had a chance, however, to clearly see what they're up against after Mexican officials managed to seize a multimillion-dollar meth lab run by the cartel. The discovery has focused renewed attention on the problem.

A conviction for drug possession can put your education at risk

According to The Princeton Review, the University of Alabama is the number two party college in the nation. If you’re a ‘Bama student, this might make you want to put a feather in your Crimson Tide hat and say, “party on dude.” However, if you are one of the 43% of college students who smokes marijuana, know that a drug-related arrest can change your life overnight.

State laws governing marijuana use differ significantly. Whether you’ve come from a state where pot is legal or not, federal regulations require institutes of higher education to enforce the ban of illicit drug use. Don’t extinguish your Crimson spirit by getting arrested for marijuana use, possession or distribution. Whether on or off campus, students are expected to follow the university’s Code of Student Conduct.

Here's why it helps to hire an attorney after a truck accident

When a semitruck and a passenger vehicle collide, the passenger vehicle usually takes the brunt of the damage. The semi's sheer size and weight, plus its longer braking distance, make it a force that will usually tear through an ordinary car.

Unfortunately, the number of fatal truck accidents has been steadily climbing since 2009. In 2017, the last year for which figures are available, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) says that there were 30% more fatalities involving large trucks than there were back in 2009.

Trucker sentenced to 99 years for fatal crash

Does falling asleep at the wheel of your truck and causing an accident -- even a fatal one -- deserve 99 years in prison?

That's the sentence a 19-year-old long-haul trucker received after killing a 29-year-old nurse. The accident was heavily reported under lurid headlines that incorrectly described the truck driver as an "illegal immigrant" and a drunk driver without a shred of remorse for his actions.

What does University of Alabama's 'party school' ranking mean?

Parents who have kids going off to the University of Alabama this fall might not be thrilled to learn that it came in second behind Syracuse University in The Princeton Review's latest list of the top 20 party schools in the country.

The annual ranking is part of their yearly publication, The Best 385 Colleges. It's based on a survey of 140,000 students at these colleges on various aspects of college life, including:

  • Academics
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Town life
  • Social scene

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