How Drugged Driving Affects Car Crashes

    With an increase in the numbers of states decriminalizing marijuana, or completely legalizing it for medicinal or recreational uses, laws regarding drugged driving are trying to keep pace with increased incidences of drugged driving and how it affects accidents and fatality cases. As of 2017, 32 states and the District of Columbia have …

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Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month: Tips to Stay Safe

    May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, a time when it is vital for both motorcyclists and other vehicle drivers to be aware of riders.       Riding a motorcycle is an exhilarating experience for many – you can find reasons why riding a motorcycle is fun here – but it also poses …

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Need a Lawyer? The Right Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Lawyer

  When you or a beloved family member need a lawyer or are in search or legal services, it can seem a little scary. After all, you’ve just been through some sort of traumatic event or injury and may have been treated unfairly. Take heart, as the right attorney will spend time with you answering …

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Mass Tort Trends

What is a Mass Tort To qualify as a tortious charge in accordance with mass tort law, the basic legal definition is that a mass tort is a collective tort or injury to more than one Spike in Mass Torts Cases being filed During 2016, according to court statistics, there has been an increase of …

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3 Safety Tips for Polaris Owners

Enjoy your Polaris Safely ATVs are fun to ride – whether it’s for commercial use to haul small cargo loads or simply for recreation. ATV vehicles operate best in tight wooded areas and are perfect for folks to use if they need to quickly hop on or hop off. While physically demanding to ride, in …

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Chris Hellums Joins Colleagues in Abilify Litigation

If Abilify is a familiar sounding name to you, that may be because it is one of the most commonly prescribed drugs in the United States. Abilify, used to treat major depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia, has been associated with compulsive gambling behavior while using the drug. Thousands of Americans who were using Abilify, often at …

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Protecting Yourself from a Car Accident with Uninsured Driver in Alabama

What To Do In An Accident With An Uninsured Driver When you’re involved in a car crash, “stressful” is the mildest word to describe the situation you find yourself in. If you’re extremely fortunate, the most you will suffer is a derailed schedule because the driver who caused the accident quickly pays for the damages …

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Sleep Deprived Teens More Likely to Be in an Accident

Increased Risk of Drowsy Driving Accident Most of us remember our high school years with a combination of fond nostalgia and shuddering relief not to be there anymore. Along with the emotional highs and lows, and the pressures of school balanced against the stresses of home and social life, a prominent memory for many is being …

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2016: The Year of Self-Driving Vehicle Partnerships

The Steel City is about to get a whole new perspective on its historic industry. Rideshare company Uber is debuting a fleet of self-driving vehicles in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The event is a strategic way for Uber to position itself as one of the first businesses to commercialize self-driving vehicle technology. In light of this development, …

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Pokemon Go and Auto Accidents

If you live in a municipal area of any size—from major urban center to small country town—you’ve probably seen them. Hundreds, sometimes thousands, of people pacing slowly in all directions, their heads bent over their phones. At first, the spectacle may have startled or confused you, but by now you probably know exactly what they …

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Back to School Safety Tips

As the Alabama heat begins to break, residents of Birmingham slowly revive from the lazy days of summer and look forward to the coming season. Along with cooler mornings and relenting humidity, the air is charged with the excitement of going back to school.   School’s Back in Session Birmingham students are officially going back …

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Alabama Summertime Car Heat Dangers

Summer brings a hundred great reasons to get on the road, and to bring friends along for the ride. But the rising temperatures mean rising heat inside the car during an Alabama summer. For your most vulnerable passengers—children and pets—summertime car heat can pose a serious risk to their well-being. We’ve created the infographic below …

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Who Is Responsible When Driverless Cars Crash?

The driverless car has officially expanded beyond the futuristic concept of high-end manufacturers. Companies renowned for reliability and safety—such as Toyota, Honda, and Ford—are throwing their efforts (and their investment dollars) into self-driving car R&D.  The reason is simple: these companies believe that cars with driverless technology have the potential to improve driver safety. But …

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Four PDH Attorneys Nominated to 2016 Super Lawyers

Our firm is pleased to announce that three attorneys were again selected for inclusion in the 2016 list of Super Lawyers and one attorney was selected for inclusion on the Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” list. Super Lawyers, published by Thomson Reuters, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who …

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Leigh King Forstman Named Top Local Lawyer in 2016

On behalf of the entire firm, we are pleased to announce that our partner, Leigh King Forstman, was nominated to a list of distinguished female lawyers in Alabama. To view the list click here. Ms. Forstman is Chair-Elect of the Women Lawyers Section of the Birmingham Bar Association and serves as its Liaison to the …

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6 Coolest Things to Do in Birmingham This Summer

As summer moves into its third act, temperatures continue to rise. Average temperatures throughout July hovered at about 80 degrees with humidity reaching as high as 84 percent, and August promises more of the same, not to mention generous helpings of our region’s notorious thunderstorms. Despite the sweltering weather, Birmingham residents show no sign of …

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Filing a Wrongful Death Claim

When your loved one dies as the result of someone else’s negligence or irresponsible behavior, nothing is more natural than to want justice. You may have already looked for ways to demand accountability for the person or organization at fault in your loved one’s death. In this situation, a wrongful death, there is a very …

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Proposed High-Speed Rail in Birmingham

The American south is known for a nostalgic way of life, slow to change and steeped in reverence for the past. But in the next few years, this region could potentially join the highly modernized cities of Europe and Japan with its very own high-speed rail line. Several major cities along Interstate 20, including Dallas, …

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Parking Lot Accidents & Determining Fault

By definition, accidents are the disasters that happen when you’re not expecting them. They happen when you are off your guard, when you feel “safe” enough to let your attention wander or think about something beyond your immediate surroundings. That may be why no place is so ripe for the unexpected to take place as a …

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Thunder on the Mountain – Birmingham 4th of July Tradition

It’s no secret that the state of Alabama boasts some of the country’s best Independence Day fireworks shows. But natives from Muscle Shoals to Dauphin Island plan their patriotic celebrations around a trip to Birmingham for Thunder on the Mountain. For more than 15 years, our Birmingham 4th of July has been distinguished with an …

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