Birmingham Injury Law Blog

Category: Personal injury

78 Year-Old Pedestrian Hit by Car

When walking along a busy street, pedestrians need to be alert and cautious.  Even when a pedestrian has the right of way, it is always better to be safe than sorry, and look all ways before crossing the street.  Unfortunately for one Huntsville pedestrian, he had the right of way, but was hit by a car this morning. Wayne Smith, 78,  was walking this morning on the sidewalk crossing Ledges Drive with the green pedestrian light when a motorist hit him with his car.  Accord...

Lightning Likely Sparked Hoover Blaze

Summer  storms have recently brought much needed rain to drought stricken areas in Alabama.  Along with the welcome rain, however, these same storms  bring lightning that can spark fires not only in parched vegetation, but in the homes of Alabama residents as well. Firefighters from Hoover believe that the cause of a fire that destroyed four units in the Autumn Wood Apartments was likely  started by lightning.  The blaze displaced two dozen residents and sent one wom...

Baby in Critical Condition After Wreck

Whenever a car is disabled,  motorists are advised to pull over to the side of the road if possible to prevent a car from accidentally crashing into the disabled vehicle.  Had one Tuscaloosa motorist followed this advise, an accident with serious injuries might have been prevented. Early last Thursday morning, a motorist ran out of gas in Tuscaloosa near the B.F. Goodrich plant.  Instead of pulling the car over to the side of the road, the female motorist left her car parked i...

Alabaster Rock Climber’s Fatal Fall Blamed on Failed Knot

One of the most exhilarating and arduous sports is that of rock climbing.  Rock climbing is both a physically and mentally challenging sport, one that tests a climber’s endurance, agility, strength and balance.  A rock climber needs to have knowledge of proper climbing techniques and also the usage of climbing equipment to be safe in this strenuous sport.  Last year in Virginia, unfortunately, one rock climber’s equipment failure led to his falling to his death near the Blue ...

Police Dashboard Video Leads to Officer’s Firing

The majority of police officers do their best to not only uphold the law, but to protect the citizens of the cities and states they serve in as well.  However, there are those officers who abuse the power and authority they hold and injure those they are sworn to protect. In Huntsville, Alabama, city officials have released a copy of the dashboard video from a former police officer’s car that shows his rough treatment of a female driver which resulted in personal injury to the woman....

Truck and Railroad Vehicle Collide

When a road crosses  railroad tracks, motorists count on the warning lights at the crossing to signal when a train is coming, and thus prevent a collision between the motor vehicle and the train.  Unfortunately for one Alabama motorist, the warning lights were not working at a crossing and he collided with a railroad vehicle which resulted in serious injury to one driver in the incident. At a railroad crossing near Moores Mill and Jordan roads this morning, one person was injured when a pick...

Heavy Rain Storm Brings Flood Warning

The National Weather Service  has issued a flash flood warning for the metro Birmingham area after an intense rain storm dropped 3-6 inches of rain before moving on.  According to forecasters, more rain is likely this afternoon and through the rest of the week, as well. The National Weather Service’s primary mission is to provide weather information for the protection of life and property in this country.  The service not only records statistics on flood damage, loss, and fata...

Youth Sports and Head Injuries

Sports are an integral part in the life of many children.  Sports not only teach children and young adults that hard work and personal discipline will help them achieve their personal best, but are a way for families to show their support to their young athletes.  Unfortunately with all the positive aspects associated with youth sports, these activities also carry real risks, and one of the most damaging risk is that of traumatic brain injury. A traumatic brain injury is a severe b...

Irondale Firefighters Investigate Morning Home Explosion

In the pre-dawn hours last Friday, a wife smelled the odor of gas in her home.  Her husband investigated and discovered  the origin of the gas odor was coming from the garage of their home.  When the man used his cell phone as a flashlight by turning on the light of the phone, there was a large explosion, which resulted in injury to the man. Irondale firefighters were called to the home and found that the victim had already been transported to Trinity Medical Center by his wif...

Parents Defend Putting Children to Work on Farms

The U.S. Labor Department has dropped its proposal to require paid farm workers to be at least sixteen to use power equipment, such as tractors or reapers, and to be at least eighteen to work at grain elevators, silos or feedlots.  These rules would not have applied to children working on their parent’s farms, but they would have limited the paid jobs children could do on their neighbor’s or relatives’ farms. Dennis Mosbacher acknowledged the risks of farming as he watched his ten-year-...

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