Personal Injury Lawyers

How safe are school children? Know the facts. Be prepared.

We trust our schools. We expect them to keep our children safe.

But accidents happen, often when we least expect them. Recently, a school bus near Atlanta, Georgia was involved in a fatal accident, killing one student and injuring more than a dozen children. The on-going investigation has already uncovered that the driver did not have the proper certification to drive a bus.

People also need to be aware of children coming and going to school. Children sometimes get caught up in the excitement of seeing a friend and forget to look both ways when they cross the street. That’s when pedestrian accidents happen.

Sadly, a staggering number of pedestrians injured and killed are under 15 years old. In 2008, pedestrians sustained 69,000 injuries and 4,378 deaths in accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Those statistics include 15,000 injured and 316 killed under 15 years old.

The statistics are even more startling for bicycle injuries and deaths for children. Cyclists under 14 years old account for 24 percent of all bicycle-related deaths and 50 percent of all bicycle-related injuries.

Why so many accidents? Sometimes, children don’t pay attention while walking to their bus stop, riding a bike or walking to school. Other times, it’s the driver doing something besides driving. Texting while driving, talking on cell phones, fiddling with the radio – all of these activities distract drivers and put us all at risk.

Accidents happen. Everyone feels sorry. But actions have consequences. Don’t let someone else’s irresponsible behavior ruin your family’s lives. You need a team you can trust to fight for your child’s rights. You need the Mike Slocumb Law Firm.

The lawyers at Mike Slocumb have years of experience defending families traumatized by accidents involving school children in Alabama, Georgia and Washington, D.C. We know how precious children are to parents. And we will do everything in our power to right any wrongs done to them.

Get back your peace of mind. Contact Mike Slocumb today. We’re on your side.

Tractor trailer trucks safe? Know the facts. Get street smart.

Are Tractor trailer trucks safe? That question may race through your mind when one of these massive, 18-wheeler trucks barrels by just inches from your car.

The truth? Large trucks (vehicles over 10,000 pounds) are involved in many accidents. One out of nine traffic fatalities in 2008 resulted from a collision involving a large truck, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In Alabama, 124 large trucks were involved in 9.6 percent of fatal accidents statewide in 2008. The numbers are also high in Georgia, where 179 large trucks were involved in 8.6 percent of fatal accidents in 2008. Just recently, an Alabama delivery truck driver was killed when a train collided into his vehicle.

Why so many accidents? Partly, it’s because there’s just so many trucks on the road. In the last 40 years, the number of tractor trailers has more than doubled. In 1970, there were 905,082 tractor trailers. By 2008, that figure had skyrocketed to 2,215,856. The number of all large trucks (vehicles over 10,000 pounds) has also increased sharply in recent years, from 7.7 million in 1998 to 9 million in 2007.

But accidents happen for other reasons. Truck drivers get distracted sending text messages even though it is illegal to text while driving a commercial truck. Others ignore rest breaks and fall asleep at the wheel. Some drivers overload their truck and lose control of the vehicle. Such irresponsible behavior is unacceptable.

Have you been injured in a tractor trailer truck accident? Unsure where to turn for help? You need someone who knows how to thoroughly investigate such complicated cases. You need someone who will take on large trucking companies and insurance providers fighting to deny your claim. You need the Mike Slocumb Law Firm.

Serving clients throughout Alabama, Georgia and Washington, D.C., Mike Slocumb has years of experience working hard for victims of tractor trailer truck accidents. Let our team of seasoned attorneys defend for your rights.

Don’t be a victim. Fight back. Contact Mike Slocumb today. We mean business.