According to the Alabama Transportation Department, a car wreck in Alabama is reported every 3 minutes and 20 seconds and a person is injured every 11 minutes. (1) With these statistics, there is a high probability that you or a loved one could be in need of a Mobile, Alabama Car Wreck Lawyer at some point in your life. If you do find yourself in an Alabama car wreck, make sure you are prepared with the proper steps to protect yourself and your assets.

How a Mobile, Alabama Car Wreck Lawyer Can Guide You After an Accident

It is almost inevitable, that many confusing thoughts and emotions will run through your mind after a traumatic experience such as an auto accident. If you do find yourself in a highly stressful situation such as a car wreck in Alabama, it could be hard to think clearly. You may feel overwhelmed, upset, and confused – which is why knowing which steps to take after a car wreck in Alabama is so important. Preparing beforehand will ensure that you can properly protect yourself, and avoid any mistakes that may hurt your chances of recovering damages.

8 Immediate Steps to Take After A Car Wreck in Alabama:

  1. Assess The Situation
  2. Call The Police
  3. Exchange Information
  4. Take Pictures and Notes
  5. Get Medical Attention
  6. Never Admit Fault
  7. Call your Insurance Company
  8. Contact a Mobile, Alabama Car Wreck Lawyer at Taylor Martino P.C.

Assess The Accident: After you experience a car wreck, check on yourself and then the other passengers in your car for injury. Once you have assessed everyone inside your vehicle, look outside. Where are you? What did you hit? Can you see any other people or anyone else in danger? If something outside the car is unsafe – remain inside the vehicle until help arrives. If it is unsafe to stay inside the car, get yourself and anyone else out immediately – move anyone injured as carefully as possible. Remember that both yourself and those who experienced the Alabama car wreck with you may be exhibiting signs of shock, which may mask injuries. Be aware of this condition, and wait for professional help if possible.

Call The Police: It is imperative to always call the police after a car wreck. No matter what the other person involved in the accident says, you must get a police report (no matter how minor) if you have been in a car wreck in Alabama. Make sure you file this report immediately. The police report documents your account of what happened and serves as valuable evidence should your require a Mobile, Alabama Car Wreck Lawyer. It will become a preventative measure to protect against those involved in the accident from making false claims later. You should always make a police report directly after the accident, unless a serious injury whisks you away from the scene. If that is indeed the case, make sure you contact the police as soon as possible to tell your story. Also, always get a copy of the police report and file it in your records.

Exchange Information: Even if you believe the accident is minor, make sure you obtain all the other person’s relevant information. Occasionally, the other driver might try to leave the scene of the car wreck or ask you not to report the accident. By no means should you listen to this request. Even minor car wrecks could cause injuries that may not appear instantaneously, but may arise the next day or week. If you wake up the next day with injuries and have failed to take the other person’s information, you have set yourself up for a difficulties tracking the other person down, or even proving the car wreck happened. Be up front, honest, and make sure you take all of the below information:

  • Name, address, phone number
  • Insurance info (company and policy number)
  • Drivers license number
  • License plate number
  • Make and model of the vehicle
  • Vehicle owner’s information if different than driver
  • Any witnesses’ contact information
  • Information from police officer who responded

Take Pictures And Notes: If it is safe to do so, take meticulous notes and pictures of the car wreck. Photos can serve as very important evidence when you file your claim and begin the legal process. The best pictures to take are of the following:

  • All the vehicles involved
  • The inside of every vehicle
  • The road
  • The street signs
  • Any skid marks around the scene
  • Debris
  • Damage to surrounding land/roads/buildings

Taking pictures and notes immediately following your car wreck in Alabama is your best course of action. If you are physically sound and can accomplish this, you will have strong evidence that stands up in court. While it can be chaotic after a car wreck, this is the best time to take pictures and notes because the evidence is fresh, and it has not been touched or tampered with.

Get Medical Attention Immediately: It’s essential to be examined by a medical professional following an accident. Even if you have minor injuries, you should consult a doctor as soon as possible. Symptoms such as headaches, dizziness and pain, might not appear for hours or days following a crash. Make sure you get documentation and pictures of any injuries you sustained in the car wreck. You also need to get the appropriate medical treatment. Treatment can be expensive, but don’t try to tough it out. An experienced Mobile, Alabama car wreck lawyer can get you full compensation for your medical bills. Keep records of all medical bills and lost wages, as this will be helpful when you file your personal injury claim.

Never Admit Fault: At no point in time should you admit fault to an accident. Admitting fault may hurt your chances of collecting damages at a later time. Even if you believe you caused the crash, you could be incorrect. There could be may factors that you did not consider that could have contributed to your car wreck. Also, it is possible for both drivers to be partially at fault, so remember to keep your cool and never admit any wrongdoing. Admitting fault to a police officer or an insurance agent will be difficult to overcome if you actually were not at fault and decide to pursue a claim later.

Contact Your Insurance Company, But Be Wary: Unfortunately your insurance company may try to take advantage of you. There have been instances when they try to get information out of you that can assist them to decrease the value of, or deny your claim. Do not give any insurance company your statement, do not admit fault, or sign anything without talking to an experienced Mobile, Alabama car wreck lawyer first.

Contact a Mobile, Alabama Car Wreck Lawyer at Taylor Martino P.C.: Regardless of the severity of the your car wreck in Alabama, you should contact a professional to discuss your options. An experienced Mobile, Alabama car wreck lawyer at Taylor Martino P.C. will assess your accident and aid in protecting your rights. Having a lawyer is especially crucial if you suffered severe injuries, as they will help negotiate with your insurance company and fight to get you the highest compensation possible. If you’ve been injured in a Mobile, Alabama car wreck, it is your right to take legal action. To learn more, contact Taylor Martino P.C. Personal Injury Lawyers for a completely free case evaluation by calling 1-800-256-7728 today!

  1. https://www.dot.state.al.us/dsweb/divTed/SafetyPlanning/pdf/2017FactsBook.pdf
Dangerous ET-Plus guardrails

Ed Rowan, Esq. of Taylor Martino, P.C. recently met with an expert engineer, Dr. Brian Pfeifer of BEC Consulting about his extensive experience investigating potential defective designs and installation of guardrails and barriers along highways and interstates. His specialty is roadside safety and analysis of maintenance of traffic issues.

The sole purpose of guardrails and barriers is life safety – to protect us from a hazard that is on the other side of the guardrail or barrier in case of a crash such as trees, embankments, and other structures. All across the United States, there currently exists a potentially defective end cap installed on guardrails (called the guardrail terminal) – this is an endcap called the “ET-Plus” manufactured by Trinity Industries. This end cap does not collapse when a car impacts it, but rather has the potential to cut the car into pieces and the rails have speared through the driver or passenger-side doors, into seats and through the vehicle floors. This particular guardrail endcap has been the subject of a recent $680 million verdict in Texas and the company faces at least 40 product liability lawsuits nationwide over its ET-Plus product.

A recent study conducted by the University of Alabama-Birmingham concluded that a redesigned version of the ET-Plus guardrail system places motorists at a higher risk of serious injury or fatality than its previous version. The study examined eight years of data for injury and death crashes in Ohio and Missouri involving five different guardrail end terminal designs. The study found that the ET-Plus design was 3.95 times more likely to produce a fatality than its predecessor, the ET-2000 design. In addition, the ET-Plus guardrail was 1.45 times more likely to produce a severe injury. The study was funded by The Safety Institute and the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission.

If you were seriously injured in a crash and there was a guardrail or barrier involved, there could very well be a defectively designed and/or installed guardrail or barrier that did not serve its one and only purpose – to protect you.

Please contact Ed Rowan at (800) 785-8755 or at ed@taylormartino.com for a free and confidential consultation.

TAYLOR MARTINO, P. C.
PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS
455 St. Louis Street Suite 2100
Mobile, Alabama 36602
Toll-Free: 1-800-256-7728
Main Tel:  251-433-3131
Follow us on Facebook

More than one in four children in ‪Alabama come from families that experience food hardships and nearly 60% of Alabama’s public school children are eligible for free and reduced lunch.Taylor Martino, P. C. is participating in the Alabama Legal Food Frenzy, which is a food & fund drive among all Alabama lawyers. The competition joins together the Alabama State BarAlabama Attorney General Luther Strange and the Alabama Food Bank Association to help end child hunger with the launch of the Alabama Legal Food Frenzy set for April 25 – May 6, 2016. Visit allegalfoodfrenzy.org for more information.

The Legal Food Frenzy provides a much-needed supply of food and funds to Alabama’s regional food banks to help the families of those kids during summer months when schools are closed. The Alabama Legal Food Frenzy is timed to help meet that demand. Ed Rowan, partner at Taylor Martino, is leading the food drive challenge for firm. “I had no idea that the shortage of food in Alabama was in this state of crisis. The Alabama Legal Food Frenzy is one of the most important things that we can do for our local community. It will have an immediate impact and benefit for our children.”

We will be collecting food and funds at our office located at 51 St. Joseph Street, Mobile, AL 36602 from April 25 – May 6, 2016. Monetary donations can also be made online at TaylorMartinoALLegalFoodFrenzy2016. Be sure to designate your donation for Taylor Martino, PC!

What is the Legal Food Frenzy?

The Office of the Attorney General, the Alabama State Bar, and the Alabama Food Bank Association have joined forces to create a friendly food and fund drive competition among Alabama law firms, law schools and legal organization to support the Feeding America food banks in Alabama.

All food and funds collected by Taylor Martino, PC will go directly to Feeding the Gulf Coast, formerly Bay Area Food Bank. To learn more about our local food bank, visit Feeding the Gulf Coast or contact Missy Busby, 251-653- 1617 ext. 127, mbusby@feedingthegulfcoast.org

TAYLOR MARTINO, P.C.
PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS
455 St. Louis Street Suite 2100
Mobile, Alabama 36602
 Toll-Free: 1-800-256-7728
Main Tel:  251-433-3131
Follow us on Facebook
Medical Malpractice

[column width=”1/1″ last=”true” title=”” title_type=”single” animation=”none” implicit=”true”]

Taylor Martino, PC Resolves a Medical Malpractice Against Surgeon

Taylor Martino, PC resolves a medical malpractice against surgeonTaylor Martino, P.C. has resolved a medical malpractice case against a surgeon who performed a hemorrhoid surgery called a PPH Hemorrhoidectomy on a patient. PPH Hemorrhoidectomy is a typically a minimally invasive procedure to treat hemorrhoids and/or prolapse, During PPH, a stapler-like device is used to reposition the hemorrhoids and cut off their blood supply. The surgeon chose an aggressive surgery over conservative care. The surgeon also did not follow the correct procedure during the surgery, which caused a hole between the rectal wall and vaginal wall, called a rectovaginal fistula. Our client underwent nine surgeries to correct the surgeon’s error.

Edward P. Rowan, Esq.

TAYLOR MARTINO, P.C.
PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS
455 St. Louis Street Suite 2100
Mobile, Alabama 36602
Toll Free: 1-800-256-7728
Main Tel:  251-433-3131
Follow us on Facebook

[/column]

[column width=”1/1″ last=”true” title=”” title_type=”single” animation=”none” implicit=”true”]

Ed Rowan, Esq. discusses smoke detectorsEd Rowan , Esq. shared his thoughts about smoke detectors to MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI)  The smoke detectors you likely have in your home right now may not alert you when it counts. Ninety percent of homes have ionization alarms, which has been proven to be much slower at detecting smoldering fires. Many, including the International Association of Fire Fighters, have called for their removal from store shelves. Local 15’s Andrea Ramey investigates why Alabama has not taken that action in tonight’s Reality Check.

LaKeysia Spencer had smoke detectors in her home, but by all accounts they never went off September 19th, 2005 as she and her two boys, Demetrius and DeJuan, slept through a smoldering electrical fire on Brooke Avenue in Mobile. All three died from smoke inhalation. Her sister Tiffany Spencer remembers that gut-wrenching moment when she found out her sister and two nephews didn’t survive.

“I blacked out. Once they told me I blacked out,” said LaKeysia’s sister Tiffany. “After hearing all of the witnesses say that they never heard an alarm, and I’m thinking she had an alarm. I know she had alarms,” said Tiffany.

“That alarm, the ionization alarm only goes off when there is a flaming fire, and by the time it gets to that stage, the house is filled with toxic smoke,” said attorney Ed Rowan.

Rowan represents the Spencer family. His firm Taylor-Martino sued the smoke alarm manufacturer and later settled out of court. Rowan says their investigation into this case and other fatal fires uncovered disturbing details most consumers aren’t aware of when it comes to smoke detectors.

“It is a scientific fact that ionization smoke alarms sound 30 – 33 minutes later than a photoelectric smoke alarm in a slow growth or smoldering fire,” said Rowan.

A former fire protection research engineer testified to that in a deposition.

“Sometimes they just don’t work and the manufacturers agree with that,” said private fire investigator Doug Cranford, who spent nine years with Mobile Fire-Rescue.

Complaint data Rowan obtained shows people for decades now have called manufacturers with issues of ionization alarms being delayed in going off or never going off at all.

“From a consumer standpoint, from a fire protection standpoint, there’s an issue here,” said Cranford.

“Do you feel the code should change in Alabama?” asked Ramey.

“Since I don’t know what kind of fire we’re going to have in a house, and I don’t know the conditions of that fire, right now. I don’t know which one would go off first. Right now, I’m just requiring that we have a listed and labeled smoke alarm in the house,” replied Alabama State Fire Marshal Ed Paulk.

While states like Massachusetts now require homes to have photoelectric alarms, Paulk believes consumers should educate themselves about the differences and make their own determination.

“I can’t say one is better than the other,” said Paulk. “Personally, in my home, I have photoelectric.”

Paulk says because he does not have an attached garage with combustible materials, does not have gas service, and does not fry foods, that is why he chose a photoelectric alarm. All of those things, he says, would cause a fast flaming, fire.

“We don’t get to choose our fires, when she went to sleep on a Sunday night, she did not believe she would not wake up again,” said Tiffany. “I believe that because she had an ionization smoke alarm that did not detect the type of fire that she had. I do believe that a photoelectric one would have possibly saved her life. I believe that.”

Many fire officials recommend having a dual alarm, one that is both photoelectric and ionization. And if you want to find out which kind you have, all you have to do is look at the alarm. It will say what kind it is. It may be on the back or side of the alarm.

[/column]

Vessels of Opportunity Lawsuit filed against BP Oil

(Mobile, Ala.) – The local law firm of Taylor Martino, P.C. has filed the first of many Vessel of Opportunity or “VOO” lawsuits against BP Oil in relation to the oil spill that resulted from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Rig Explosion on April 20, 2010. The firm filed its first round of complaints last Friday, November 5, 2010, on behalf of citizens of south Mobile County, who participated in the VOO program. A total of six complaints were filed, with more to follow.

“We are trying to help citizens of our community who provided work for BP in their oil clean up operations and were denied payment by BP. These people were given a job, required to sign a contract, and were not paid in full for their services.” said Edward P. Rowan, an attorney with Taylor Martino. “ All we want is for BP to stand by their contract. Instead, what we see here is a recurring theme in BP’s oil spill payments – an initial payment to ‘calm the waters,’ and then a quiet withdrawal of their obligations.”

The suit arises from fact that BP breached their contract with the vessel owners in the VOO program. The BP contract, entitled “Master Vessel Charter Agreement,” required that the vessels be used exclusively in the VOO program, and could not be used for any other purpose. The contract also required a formal termination called an “Off Hire Dispatch Notification.” Many vessel owners were put on a standby position on or about July 22,2010 due to the supposed threat of Tropical Storm Bonnie.Termination letters were sent to vessel owners several weeks later, in most cases, on or about August 27, 2010. During this time, the vessel owners were still obligated to hold their vessels open pursuant to the terms of the BP contract; likewise, BP was obligated to continue to pay under the same contract. VOO participants are entitled to be compensated for the charter of their vessels from the time that they were put on standby, until they were provided the requisite “Off Hire Dispatch Notification.”

Related News Articles: http://blog.al.com/live/2010/11/boat_owners_who_participated_i.html http://www.weartv.com/newsroom/top_stories/videos/wear_vid_12032.shtml

The law firm of Taylor Martino will continue to pursue these claims for all participants of the VOO program that were not properly compensated. Please contact a personal injury attorney at Taylor Martino regarding the Vessels Of Opportunity Lawsuit.