What To Do After a Car Accident

Depending on the severity of the crash, law enforcement and your local emergency squad typically arrive at the accident scene within minutes of calling 911. If you are ever involved in a car wreck, remembering to do the following will ensure your safety and can help your personal injury lawyer obtain the compensation you deserve for medical bills, property damage, lost wages, physical pain, and mental suffering. 6 Things You Should Do After a Car Accident 1. Move Away from Dangerous Situations Gasoline spilling onto the pavement, smoking vehicles, and busy oncoming traffic are examples of dangerous situations existing after a car crash. Never try to push overturned cars back onto their wheels or drive a wrecked car away from the scene. Go to a safe place and wait for the police to arrive. 2. File and Obtain a Police Report of the Car Accident It’s always best to file a police report from the scene. This report is typically available within 72 hours of the crash. 3. If Possible, Get Witness Contact Information Should liability and fault be challenged, having witnesses who can provide testimony is vital to obtaining compensation. Make sure to obtain the names and contact information from any witnesses. 4. […]

Wrongful Death Case – April 2017

On February 25, 2019, the United States Supreme Court upheld a multi-million-dollar verdict secured by Warren & Simpson’s wrongful death attorneys in a truck wreck case. After a week-long trial in April of 2017, a Madison County jury rendered the verdict in favor of the Estate of Juan Estrada and his two minor children and against a Mississippi construction company that owned and operated the tractor-trailer. Juan Estrada, a 35-year-old resident of Huntsville, Alabama, worked for Thermal Insulation, Inc. Mr. Estrada performed commercial insulation work in buildings and factories throughout the Southeast. Juan Estrada and three co-workers were traveling west on U.S. Highway 72 from Huntsville, Alabama, to Memphis, Tennessee. A Peterbilt 18-wheeler, owned by the Mississippi construction company and driven by its employee, ran a yield sign and failed to yield the right of way to the Estrada vehicle. The truck driver misjudged the distance of the Estrada pickup. The Estrada pickup collided into the left rear of the tractor-trailer. Juan Estrada was killed in the tractor-trailer collision. He is survived by his wife and two children. The jury awarded the Estrada estate $2,731,762.00. The verdict was comprised of $731,762.00 for future lost wages, and $1 million each to […]

Hiring an Alabama Personal Injury Lawyer

Life can suddenly change drastically because of the negligence of someone else. Whether it’s injuries caused by a motor vehicle accident, poorly maintained property, or an industrial accident, you should never have to pay for someone else’s negligence. Personal injuries can result in major medical bills, lost wages, and a lifetime of physical pain. Working with a personal injury attorney in Huntsville, Alabama is crucial to protect you and your family. You should ask the attorney the following questions to make sure you get the most knowledgeable and competent representation. Does the Attorney Have Ample Personal Injury Experience? Just as you wouldn’t expect a dentist to help you with an eye disease, you can’t expect an attorney not skilled with personal injury to be equipped to represent you in court.  For example, at Warren & Simpson, P.C., our primary focus is on litigation and personal injury cases in Alabama associated with car wrecks, wrongful death, and catastrophic events. Therefore, we know what elements are involved, what evidence you’ll need, and how to try your case in court. Has the Attorney Handled Cases Similar to Yours? Every personal injury case is unique, even though they can have some similar elements and processes. For example, […]

Alabama Distracted Driving Motor Vehicle Accidents

There is no question that distracted driving is a leading cause of car accidents around the country. It’s threatening to overtake intoxication as the leading cause of all accidents. Alabama is no exception to this epidemic. If you have been harmed by distracted driving, there are some things you need to know. How Frequent Are Distracted Driving Accidents? The most recent complete data is from 2016. More than 3,000 people were killed, and more than 400,000 individuals were injured as a result of distracted driving. In Alabama, car accidents account for a large number of annual deaths (21.3 per 100,000). This is enough to rank as second worst in the country. Estimates show that more than 10 percent of traffic accidents are the result of distracted driving. What Counts as Distracted Driving? In Alabama, distracted driving can include texting, emails, or virtually any usage of a phone. Other forms of distracted driver include talking to passengers, eating or drinking, messing with a stereo or entertainment system, or using a GPS. These are just the most common causes of distraction. Any action that can be construed as distracting to a driver can cause an accident and make the driver liable. What Are Alabama’s […]

Legal Times – Issue 13

Dear Clients, I hope this newsletter finds everyone having a wonderful summer! After what seemed like the never-ending winter, summer has certainly set in! Many things have happened in America over the last several days, and, by the time this letter reaches you, July 4th will have come and gone. During the midst of these changing times in our nation, let’s remember to keep our eyes and thoughts focused on the One who never changes. The eyes of the world are watching us, and if we are to be a nation respected among nations, then we must first live that example in our daily lives, teaching our children to show respect and showing respect for one another. Make a difference where you are today. In order to be a nation that is respected, it has to start with us. We must first respect God, others and then ourselves. -Derek In this issue: Download Legal Times – Issue 13 Full Coverage What Forgiveness Looks Like We need you!!

Legal Times – Issue 12

Dear Clients, Spring is here! Time to break out those shorts and flip-flops and go plant something! Head down to the Farmer’s Market and support your local farmers! This is one of my favorite times of year. Everything about nature has that “new” look to it. My wife’s flower fetish means that we will spend the next several weekends digging in the dirt. But, after that long, long winter, I don’t think I will complain! I don’t know about you, but I enjoy driving by farms this time of year and seeing new calves running about. Everywhere we turn, we see new life. Speaking of new life, Easter is this Sunday. God’s wonderful, earthly example of death and renewal. Baptism is our symbolism for the death, burial and resurrection. “Buried in the likeness of His death, raised to walk in newness of life.” We’ve included a story in this issue about second chances. Because we are all God’s creation, we have all been given a second chance. Quite frankly, whether you’ve asked for it or not! It is your decision, however, whether or not to accept it. My hope is that you will! We love Him, because He first loved […]

Legal Times – Issue 11

Dear Clients, I can’t believe the first month of 2015 has already come and gone! Where has the time gone? Yet another reminder that we are not in control. Control. What an elusive word. Elusive because by definition it states “to direct the behavior, actions or function of something or someone; to have power over something.” Well, I don’t know about you, but I’m reminded on a daily basis that I control very little in my life. For those of you who have children, you know what I mean. Ask any parent of a new born if they have control. Or any parent of a teenager, for that matter. Everyone is trying to take control. But the more I ponder the word, I’m not sure I want it. Control, that is. Sometimes things happen in life that we can’t fix (or control), and we have to stand back and let God fix it. And you know what? I’m okay with that. His track record is better than mine. My good intentions don’t always turn out like I planned. However, His do. Because if you read Isaiah 55:8-11, He explains it. Proverbs 16:9 says, “The heart of man plans his way, […]

Legal Times – Issue 10

Dear Clients, As I write this letter to send to print, the Thanksgiving fried turkey has yet to be consumed and presents have yet to be bought for Christmas, but I am overwhelmed with the feeling that if neither were to happen, this year would still be complete. I am overwhelmed by the blessings this year has brought; the opportunities to meet new clients and the privilege to help existing ones. We’ve also had losses. Our partner, Fred, will be celebrating Thanksgiving and Christmas in his heavenly home for the first time this year Holidays can be a tough time for some, but as we head into the holiday season, I encourage everyone to “live in the moment,” as my pastor said last Sunday. Carpe diem. Seize the day. Embrace the season instead of avoiding it. If you have family to spend it with, make it a priority to be with them. If you don’t have an existing family, then this is your reminder that blood doesn’t make family. Love does. Open your heart this season to the Greatest Gift of All. Focus on others instead of yourselves. Focus on the real reason for the season. It is my wish […]

Legal Times – Issue 9

Dear Clients, Summer is drawing to a close and the cool air has finally arrived! Are you ready for some football?!?!?! I certainly am! It has been a busy summer here at Warren & Simpson. I would like to personally thank everyone for referring your friends and family to us. Allowing us to help them is our privilege indeed. Summer also brought a sad time to our firm with the passing of our partner (and Derek’s father) Fred. He was instrumental in our firm’s inception and his presence will be sorely missed. Please keep Derek and his family in your thoughts and prayers. Thank you, again, for all you do to make us who we are! -Barton In this issue: Download Legal Times – Issue 9 UM Insurance – Why you need it A Tribute – Fred B. Simpson, Esq Downtown Rescue Mission

Legal Times – Issue 8

Dear Clients, You’ve probably already noticed that the cover of this month’s newsletter has someone else on it! This is the youngest member of our family, John Luke. He and my wife went to Washington, DC last week for a 5th grade history field study with his school. The picture you see is of Luke next to his great, great grandfather’s (Capt. Terry Clarence Foster, WW1) headstone at Arlington. While the other families were touring museums one morning, they went to Arlington to find his grave. When my wife called later that day, through tears, she told me that while she expected Arlington to be impressive and expansive, what she didn’t expect was the overwhelming, raw emotion. The vast number of headstones in 360 degrees, all representing a person who had fought for or given their life for our freedom. She and Luke had to walk through 1.4 miles of headstones before finding his. If walking through over a mile of headstones doesn’t make you realize the unparalleled sacrifice of our heroes, I’m not sure what will. Our society does a fine job of helping us lose sight of the important things these days. Moments of thanks, respect and remembrance […]