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Drake Law Firm

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

Damages Recoverable under Alabama Wrongful Death?

Posted on November 22nd, 2018

  A wrongful death lawsuit can be an extremely complex legal case, and every state has unique laws covering who may file these claims, the damages available, time limits for filing, and many other factors. However, in Alabama, potential procedural traps may complicate a wrongful death claim. It’s vital for anyone considering a wrongful death claim to understand how these… READ MORE

How Can You Keep Kids Safe at the Bus Stop?

Posted on November 20th, 2018

Millions of American children ride buses to and from school every day, and many parents worry about their kids’ safety. While many parents will accompany younger children to and from their bus stops, some parents’ work schedules prevent this and kids will eventually be able to manage getting to and from their buses on their own as they get older.… READ MORE

Do I Need Uninsured Motorist Coverage in Alabama?

Posted on November 15th, 2018

Every state upholds minimum insurance requirements for all drivers. All states have unique laws for handling car accident claims as well. Alabama drivers must carry auto insurance that meets the state’s minimum requirements, but what happens when a driver causes an accident without insurance? It’s vital for all drivers to understand how underinsured and uninsured motorist coverage works and when… READ MORE

Can Workers Injured During Horseplay Get Workers’ Compensation?

Posted on November 13th, 2018

Most American employees are aware that the workers’ compensation can help them recover after a work-related injury or illness, but what happens when employees cause harm to themselves due to recklessness or carelessness? If a worker suffers an injury due to worksite horseplay, then his or her deviation from job duties will likely influence a subsequent workers’ compensation claim. In… READ MORE

Can a Defendant’s Prior Drug Use Complicate an Alabama Car Crash Claim?

Posted on November 8th, 2018

When an Alabama driver suffers injuries and property damage in a car accident, the injured driver’s first step in recovery is determining if any other party bears liability for the accident. If another driver definitively caused the accident, the injured driver can recover damages in a personal injury lawsuit. The plaintiff will need to provide evidence the defendant was negligent… READ MORE

Preventing Injury and Illness During and After Hurricanes

Posted on November 6th, 2018

The recent hurricane season has caused many fatalities and astronomical property damage across the United States. While initial storm conditions are extremely dangerous, countless health and safety risks persist for months or even years in hurricane-stricken areas. Hurricane survivors, relief personnel, emergency responders, and all recovery and rebuilding professionals should use the utmost care in preventing illness and injuries during… READ MORE

Safety Tips for Working With Fuel

Posted on October 23rd, 2018

Many Americans work with or handle different types of fuel every day, and it’s crucial to understand the inherent dangers of working with or handling combustible or flammable fuels. People who work in the oil and gas industry must meet rigorous safety standards and use acceptable, tested equipment always. However, Americans should know basic fuel safety too, for their homes… READ MORE

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— Whit Drake