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Drake Law Firm

How do I get an accident report after I am in an accident?

Posted on January 4th, 2019

If you are in an automobile accident, the first thing you need to do is call the police.  The police will immediately come to the scene of the accident and complete an investigation.  Make sure you provide the police officer with as many details of the accident as you can recall.  After the police officer completes his or her investigation… READ MORE

Is Lane Splitting Legal in Alabama?

Posted on December 19th, 2018

Lane splitting, or riding a motorcycle between two lanes of traffic traveling in the same direction, is illegal in Alabama. The only state in which the law permits motorcyclists to lane split is California. Many motorcyclists believe lane splitting is a safer way to travel, while others disagree. Other motorists have also had mixed feelings on the subject. As of… READ MORE

How Do Dock Electrocutions Happen?

Posted on December 17th, 2018

Dock electrocutions are a serious – if lesser-known – risk of drowning in Alabama. They can cause electric shock drowning, or a death that occurs when swimmers encounter electric currents while swimming. The electric shock itself may be strong enough to kill the swimmer, or it may incapacitate the swimmer enough to cause drowning. It is every dock owner’s responsibility… READ MORE

How to Prevent Wrong-Way Accidents

Posted on December 14th, 2018

Every year in the U.S., wrong-way accidents kill 300 to 400 people on average. Wrong-way accidents are particularly devastating collisions. A vehicle traveling in the wrong direction on a road or highway can cause a head-on collision – one of the deadliest types of car accidents. In a head-on collision, the vehicles collide at a speed that combines the speeds… READ MORE

How to Save the Life of a Motorcyclist

Posted on December 12th, 2018

Motorcyclists are 28 times more likely to die in car accidents than passenger vehicle occupants, according to the Insurance Information Institute. Vulnerabilities to serious personal injuries in auto accidents put motorcyclists at great risk every time they travel. In Alabama alone, 114 motorcyclists and moped riders lost their lives in 2016. Although riding a motorcycle can be more dangerous than… READ MORE

How to Avoid Daycare Nightmares

Posted on December 10th, 2018

Parents trust daycare centers in Alabama with the safety, health, and lives of their children. Unfortunately, not all childcare companies deserve this trust. Leaving your child at daycare should not end with a phone call about an emergency situation. As a parent, the best way to protect your child’s well-being is to check the safety and standards of the daycare… READ MORE

Winter Driving Tips for Alabama

Posted on December 5th, 2018

Winter driving in Alabama can change abruptly. The state does not receive predictable snowfall each year, often making it difficult for drivers to prepare for the winter weather. Many drivers may encounter their first snow-driving experiences during one of Alabama’s occasional snowstorms. It is important to review safe-driving tips and best practices before hitting the road in Alabama this season.… READ MORE

The Dangers of ATVs and Young Drivers

Posted on December 3rd, 2018

All-terrain vehicles (ATVs) are popular in Alabama – especially on farms and in rural regions. ATVs are useful for outdoor work and for recreational purposes. Although most ATV manufacturers stipulate that minors under the age of 16 should not operate ATVs alone or unsupervised, many families make the mistake of assuming they are safe for young drivers. This leads to… READ MORE

What do I do if I was hit by someone texting while driving?

Posted on December 5th, 2018

If you or your vehicle are struck by a distracted driver who was texting while driving,  it is important to tell the police officer who arrives at the scene.  According to Alabama Code §32-5A-350, it is against the law to use a cellular telephone or other similar device to send or receive text based communications, including text messages, instant or direct… READ MORE

Why Is Texting the Most Dangerous Type of Distracted Driving?

Posted on November 26th, 2018

Many states have enacted laws against distracted driving, and most of these laws pertain to cell phone use behind the wheel. Several states have banned the use of cell phones while driving or require the use of hands-free calling systems. Many possible distractions may cause car accidents, but texting while driving has proven to be one of the most dangerous… READ MORE

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