An Overview Of Personal Injury Cases In the State Of Alabama

Interviewer: What time of day do auto-injuries usually occur?

Brett Hollett: Anytime. Weather can definitely be a factor but accidents are caused by various other reasons as well. Accidents can be caused by anything from the weather, the time of day, speeding, drunk driving, distracted driving, road rage, driver fatigue, reckless driving, product defects, animal crossings, improper lane change, tire blowouts, running red lights, potholes, etc… Today we are seeing more and more distracted driving accidents. Drivers simply refuse to put down their cell phones. I am sure all of us have seen other drivers actually texting or surfing the web on their phone while attempting to drive.

The Police Need to Be Informed of a Hit and Run Incident at the Earliest Possible Instance

Interviewer: What about situations that would involve something like hit and run situation? Well, how does someone deal with that and how does an attorney deal with that?

Brett Hollett: They would still need to call the police out, they would still need to have the police draft a report, describe the vehicle as best they could and give the police any and all information they have. At that point in time, the police would attempt to find that vehicle or that driver who hit them but if they couldn’t find the driver or the vehicle, then there still may be a way for the injured person to be compensated under their own insurance policy if they carry underinsured or uninsured motorist coverage.

Unsupervised Children In the Vicinity of Dogs are More Prone to Suffer Bite Injuries

Interviewer: Are animal bites a common thing? What sort of animals, what sort of breeds of dogs and what areas of the body do they usually occur at?

Brett Hollett: They can be. Attacks tend to happen more to small children. They’re either not properly supervised or they may be left alone with a dog they are unfamiliar with. The type of breed can be irrelevant but many people associate larger breeds such as Pit bulls, Dobermans and Rottweilers as vicious dogs. In reality, even small dogs such as Chihuahuas can bite and cause serious injury to an individual. Alabama is a strict liability state when it comes to dog bites and attacks. This makes the owner strictly liable regardless of the dog’s past behavior. If the incident took place on the dog owner’s property, then the owner will be responsible for any damages the animal causes.

Burn Injuries May be Sustained in a Car Accident or Through a Defective Product

Interviewer: Are there any injuries that involve burns? Have you ever worked with victims of burns and what kind of situations would cause those?

Brett Hollett: Yes. Burn injuries can be caused by numerous things, including car accidents, scalding water, chemicals or chemical explosions, cigarettes, candles, fireplaces, electrical appliances, space heaters and even defective products. Burn injuries are among the most horrific and painful injuries. The medical treatment associated with burn injuries can be very extensive and costly. Burns oftentimes leave people with melted skin, scarring and nerve damage. The physical, emotional and financial effects of burn injuries can be devastating. Burns are classified into three categories: First Degree Burns, Second Degree Burns and Third Degree Burns. The Third Degree burn is the most serious burn an individual could experience.

18 Wheeler Accidents are Similar to Auto-Accidents but They’re Held to a Higher Standard of Safety than Other Drivers

Interviewer: What type of 18 wheeler situations do you see?

Brett Hollett: 18 wheeler accidents can occur for similar reasons as other car accidents but oftentimes with disastrous results. 18 wheeler accidents can also occur due to a lack of vehicle maintenance or equipment failure. 18 wheeler or commercial drivers are held to a higher standard than the average driver. There are numerous federal laws and regulations that commercial trucking companies and their drivers must abide by. Trucking companies and their drivers must maintain proper tire pressure, they must ensure their brakes are adequate based on the overall weight of the truck and they must ensure their trailers are properly aligned. Additionally, 18 wheeler drivers are limited to the amount of time they can drive and they are required to log their driving time in their log books. Trucking companies carry higher insurance because the inherent danger involved in what they do.

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