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Drake Law Firm

What Should I Do When I Hear Sirens While Driving?

Posted on July 23rd, 2018

Emergency response vehicles in Alabama have a signature sound – loud, wailing sirens. Most drivers pull over to the side of the road to get out of the way when they hear this sound, but many people aren’t sure how to safely react. Knowing exactly what to do in these common situations can help you stay safe, helpful, and compliant… READ MORE

What Should I Do if I Was Injured in a Student Driver Crash?

Posted on July 18th, 2018

Every driver was a first-timer at some point. Learning how to drive is an unavoidable part of getting one’s license. During the learning process, however, new drivers can pose serious risks on the road. Student drivers might not have the reaction times, maneuverability, or driving skills to avoid or prevent collisions. They can also be prone to negligence such as… READ MORE

What Is Alabama’s Drugged Driving Law?

Posted on July 16th, 2018

As is the case in every state in the U.S., drugged driving is illegal in Alabama. Drugged driving can refer to being under the influence of illicit substances as well as legal prescription drugs if they impact the driver’s ability to safely operate the vehicle. Drugged driving is a type of driving under the influence (DUI) crime in Alabama that… READ MORE

Can Technology Reduce Distracted Driving?

Posted on July 11th, 2018

The distractions and dangers of technology in the automotive industry gets plenty of press, but what about all the ways in which digital technologies are making the roads safer? The right tech at the right time can improve driving and reduce the risk of collisions. Technology could even reduce distracted driving, a persistent problem that took almost 3,500 lives in… READ MORE

Are Welders Who Work with Stainless Steel at Risk?

Posted on July 9th, 2018

Welding can pose hidden health risks for workers. Many long-term medical problems can affect professional welders – especially those who don’t take care of their health and safety from the beginning. Typical welding processes are already dangerous without proper safety gear, but welding with stainless steel might come with a unique, additional hazard: inhaling hexavalent chromium. What Is Hexavalent Chromium?… READ MORE

What Is the Danger of Benzene for Alabama Residents?

Posted on July 4th, 2018

Benzene is a clear, flammable chemical found in coal tar and petroleum. It is one of the most widely-used chemicals in the country, used mainly as a solvent. Plastics, detergents, pesticides, rubber, lubricants, dyes, and other chemicals often contain benzene. Benzene is a dangerous, carcinogenic chemical that could cause terminal cancers and other serious illnesses. A recent Reuters report states… READ MORE

If I Was Not Wearing a Seatbelt, Can I Still Recover Damages in a Car Crash?

Posted on July 2nd, 2018

Buckling your seatbelt reduces your risk of fatal injury by 45% in a passenger car and 60% in a light truck. Seatbelts saved an estimated 14,668 lives in 2016. Despite the proven power of seatbelts, more than 27 million people still don’t wear them. If you weren’t buckled up during a car accident in Alabama, it might have consequences beyond… READ MORE

Can Video Surveillance and Audio Tapes Be Used in Personal Injury Cases?

Posted on June 25th, 2018

With modern technology, the ability to produce photos, video, and audio recordings is in almost anyone’s hands. These developments mean it’s much easier now to produce surveillance footage than before, which can have an impact on trials of all kinds. In a personal injury case, recorded evidence can determine who is at fault in the accident or establish exaggerated injury… READ MORE

Can I Seek Compensation for a Defective Smoke Detector?

Posted on June 20th, 2018

Fires create many hazards to those trapped in, or exposed to, one. Burns are an obvious injury, but fires also put people at risk for inhaling toxins through smoke and a lack of essential oxygen. When it comes to home fires, many causes can be at fault: electric wiring can cause shortages, unattended candles and kitchen appliances may overheat nearby… READ MORE

What Is a Hospital Lien?

Posted on June 18th, 2018

Hospital liens are a right of hospitals and emergency care services. Liens enable a hospital to receive first payment from the negligent third-party to the injured victim. In other words, while you file your claim against the responsible party of your accident, the lien gives the hospital first rights to any payment you receive from the claim. What Does a… READ MORE

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legal professionals. We even have clients referred to us by insurance lawyers
who opposed us in court. We think that says a lot about our commitment to
integrity and maintaining an open line of communication with our clients
throughout the case."

— Whit Drake