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Safety Advice for Motorcyclists
Posted on: July 21st, 2015 by J. David Greene

What are some safety tips that motorcyclists should be aware of?

First off, be sure to wear a helmet and protective clothing. If you are in an accident, they can save your life. But beyond that, you really want to always assume that you cannot be seen and that the other drivers may not act rationally when they are around you. If you're on guard, you can and drive defensively you can often take evasive action to avoid an accident.

Make sure you make yourself visible and always be aware of your surroundings. You'll want to drive within the speed limit, but always be thinking how you can escape if another vehicle acts in a way that may threaten you.

Also, it's very important that you do not drink at all before you ride. You've got to be alert, not tired and not on any medication that may cause drowsiness or delayed responses. There is no margin for error when you're on a motorcycle because you have very little protection, so your life could depend on how alert you are.

What are some things for a drivers of a cars and trucks should remember, when it comes to motorcycle safety?

First, make sure you don't drive distracted, motorcycles can be less visible, so it's important to keep your eyes on the road. If you do see a motorcycle, keep a safe distance and use your turn signals.

A motorcyclist has the same rights and responsibilities as any other motorist on the road. That means you should never assume you can squeeze by a motorcycle in the same lane. If you are passing a bike, give it a full lane, just like you would a car.

If someone is involved in a motorcycle accident is that case unique?

Motorcycle accident injuries are often much more severe than other accidents, but the cases can be difficult because the motorcyclist is often unfairly initially blamed. People tend to see them going faster than they actually are, and the insurance company is going to make assumptions about the motorcycle driver that are often not true.

When should the victim of a motorcycle accident contact a lawyer?

You should contact a lawyer as soon as you can after your accident. Important information about the accident can be harder to determine the longer time from the accident. Make sure to pick a lawyer who handles Motorcycle Accident cases. ...

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Legal Advice on Trucking Accidents
Posted on: January 31st, 2015 by J. David Greene

When you've been in a trucking accident

  1. Seek Medical attention
  2. Make sure the authorities are called
  3. Make sure a report is filed
  4. If you are able ask about any witnesses
  5. Take photos of the scene if you are able
  6. Also talk to an attorney
As you search for an attorney to represent you, make sure you hire an attorney who has experience with big truck cases, and make sure to ask them how much money they have recovered for victims of trucking accidents. A personal injury lawyer who regularly handles truck accidents is not going to make big mistakes that could cost you tens of thousands of dollars or more.

A lawyer with experience will have the knowledge to find ways to increase the value of your case. They'll be able to attain information that you may not know how to get on your own. The company who owns the 18-wheeler will be investigating the scene trying to prove it's not their fault to minimize their cost. You as the victim really need someone looking out for your best interest.

We send an investigator to the scene as soon as we are hired. Accident reconstruction experts create graphs of the scene to determine the speed of both vehicles, how the accident happened, who was at fault.

We look for things that can add value to the case including recovering logbooks and driving record of the operator. Also we seek out interview any witnesses, and recover any video that may have been recorded of the incident

Truckers can be distracted, they can be drowsy from driving longer than they should, also the truck may be equipped with faulty equipment like brakes or tires, or have maintenance issues that contribute to the accident. A trucking accident lawyer is going to to be able to hire the right experts to find out all the causes of the accident, and make sure that the responsible parties pay.

Most big truck accident cases settle before going to trial. If the insurance company refuses to pay a fair settlement, we will take the case to court. If you don't have someone on your side who knows this type of case you may be at a disadvantage.

Greene & Phillips has been handling trucking cases since the late 90s. We've handled cases ranging from a hundred thousand dollar cases to multimillion dollar cases....

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Airbag Recall
Posted on: October 22nd, 2014 by J. David Greene

Eight vehicle manufacturers have issued recalls for problems related to sharp metal pieces or shrapnel shooting out of airbags when they are deployed. BMW, Honda, Mazda, Chrysler, Ford, Nissan, Toyota and Subaru have recalled cars and trucks that included airbags manufactured by Japanese automotive parts company Takata.

You'll find links about the defective airbags and recall information on the Greene & Phillips website. Go there to find out if your vehicle is affected by the recall. Airbags were meant to help, not hurt.

N. Staples Wood, a product liability attorney at Greene & Phillips, says these airbag defects can be grounds for compensation for injury victims. If you or anyone you know have been involved in an accident where the vehicle's airbag deployed and there were injuries caused by shrapnel from the airbags, contact Greene & Phillips to consult with a Product Liability lawyer to determine if you have a case. Greene & Phillips has experience helping their clients recover money for their injuries due to faultily designed products.

If you have questions you can contact us anytime or come by the office during business hours. ...

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Financial Pressures after you are in Car Accident
Posted on: April 14th, 2014 by J. David Greene

from Studio 10 on

Whether you are at fault or not, there are a lot of financial pressures that come along with being in a car accident. David Greene from Greene and Phillips Law Firm stopped by Studio10 to discuss this issue.

Below is a list of questions and answers talked about on the show:

What are some financial pressures that people face after a car accident?

Well, first off, they have to get their car repaired, that can cost thousands of dollars. While their car is being repaired they may need to rent a car, or use another form of transportation. There are medical bills, lost wages to be considered too. Many people have very little emergency savings and something like a car wreck can cause a lot of stress about how to pay for necessities.

If the accident is someone else's fault, what costs are they responsible for?

The other driver is responsible for all costs associated with the accident.

What can someone do about these financial pressures?

Your property damage should be handled quickly by the insurance provider of the person that hit you. You should hire a personal injury lawyer to help you get recoveries for your medical expenses. A lawyer can help you navigate the complexities of finding and receiving treatment, and getting the maximum value from you case.

What if you don't have health insurance and are afraid about not being able to pay for medical bills?

Call a lawyer who handles this type of case. They can connect you with medical providers who do not require upfront fees. Those providers will then be paid out of your settlement from the insurance company.

What if the insurance company is not providing you enough money to fully fix your car?

Often the property damage part of your claim will not be enough to cover the full costs of fixing your car and the costs associated with renting a vehicle, and dealing with the hassle of being without a vehicle while it's being fixed. Sometimes the settlement value of your personal injury claim will make up for the financial loss you took on your property damage claim.

When and what should you say to the insurance company concerning your property damage case and your personal injury case? We tell everyone don't give a statement to the insurance company without consulting with a lawyer first. The insurance adjuster is trained ask questions in a certain way that answering them may lessen the value of your case.


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Questions to Ask Your Attorney
Posted on: September 18th, 2013 by J. David Greene

When you've been in a auto accident and are thinking about hiring an attorney, there's a few questions you may want to ask the attorney before you hire them. David Greene from Greene and Phillips joined Studio10 to take a look at these questions.

What is your experience in this area of law?

There are many fine lawyers in the area. Some have more experience in car wreck cases than others. A general practice lawyer may not know as much about the ins and outs of personal injury law as a law firm that does it every day. That lack of experience can cost you tens of thousands of dollars in a final settlement. So ask the attorney "how many cases like mine have you handled?" If they've only handled a handful you may want to find an attorney who is more experienced in your legal matter.

What system do you have in place to handle cases efficiently?

Unfortunately it is still quite common to walk into an attorney's office and see boxes and files everywhere and no coherent system for making sure a case makes its way through the process quickly and efficiently. At Greene & Phillips we use an advanced computer system to keep track of our client's files so at every point it is moving toward being settled. Over the last few years this system increased our efficiency significantly.

How large are the verdicts and settlements you received for cases like this?

Even if an attorney has a great system in place and has handled many cases like yours, they may not know the maximum value of your case. An attorney who has been able to make large recoveries for their clients will have the knowledge to pursue legal action against all responsible parties.


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Paying for a Personal Injury Attorney
Posted on: August 29th, 2013 by J. David Greene

Some people who have been in a wreck may be concerned that they can't afford to hire an attorney.

When you hire a personal injury lawyer, you actually owe nothing unless we get money for you. That is because we work on a contingency fee which means we are working for you based on a percentage of your final settlement or verdict amount.

There is never a charge for a consultation. If you want to talk to us we'll be happy to sit down with you and go over your case. If we think you may have a case, we'll give you the opportunity to sign up. You owe us nothing unless we get you money damages.

Some people may wonder if they would get more money if they were not having to pay an attorney out of their settlement. Personal injury claims can be very complex. Having an injury attorney on your side can save you from making critical mistakes that could cost you thousands of dollars in potential settlement money. In fact insurance companies' own research shows that those who hire a lawyer end up getting on average 3.5 times more money than those who do not hire a lawyer.

There really isn't a circumstance where it's a good idea not to talk to a lawyer. Even if you don't think the damage is enough. It's still worth coming in and letting us look to see if you may have a case.


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Greene & Phillips donates to Vigor Football Team shoulder pad fundraiser
Posted on: August 7th, 2013 by J. David Greene

Law firm donates to Vigor fundraiser

$2000 donation meets minimum fundraising goal and allows team to purchase safety equipment. Mobile, AL, August, 6, 2013: Greene & Phillips - Injury Lawyers donated $2000.00 to the fund for Vigor High School Football Team to purchase needed safety equipment for the 2013 season. This amount increases the total amount of the fundraiser to $8000 which is the minimum needed to purchase new shoulder pads. Coach Ashley Johnson started the fundraiser so his team will be safe during future practice and football games. Many of the shoulder pads the school currently possess are 15 years old and no longer provide the necessary protection that is needed in the game. In a high impact sport such as football, proper and adequate safety equipment is necessary to reduce injury. David Greene and Will Phillips presented the $2000.00 check to Coach Ashley Johnson on the morning of August 6, 2013 just before the team began morning practice at 10:20am on the football field at Vigor High School in Prichard, Alabama. Coach Ashley Johnson told his team they should remember this gift when later in life they see a need they should pay it forward. David Greene told the students that when he saw the need he knew he had to do whatever he and Will Phillips could do to help meet that need. "Will Phillips and myself and the entire team of Greene and Phillips want to support you as a team. We are a team and we want to help you as a team. We love you guys. We support you guys. We know you will win, and we want to be apart of that." Coach Ashley Johnson, David Greene, Will Phillips and special guest Prichard Chief of Staff, Eddie Brown, posed with team members in front of the media for pictures and video. Greene & Phillips is a strong ally of injured victims' rights. As one of the region's largest personal injury law firms, they firmly believe proper safety equipment is necessary in many aspects of life including driving, sports, and on the job. Greene & Phillips has a long partnership with the community through support of various church events, Joey Jones Football Camp, giveaways of hands-free cellphone adapters, and sponsoring Mobile Gospel Fest and other events. You can support the cause by visitng their Go Fund Me page: More media coverage: NBC 15:

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Hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer
Posted on: July 29th, 2013 by J. David Greene

The lawyers at Greene & Phillips are all personal injury lawyers. A personal injury lawyer focusses on representing people who are involved in car accidents, or people who are victims of the negligence of another party. You may want to consider hiring a personal injury lawyer if you are the victim of an accident, like a car wreck. The person who is responsible for the accident has the duty to repay your expenses, and you may need a lawyer to make that happen. If you don't have an attorney, you're at an unfair disadvantage. Hiring a lawyer levels the playing field, and makes things more fair....

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North Mobile Comedy Series
Posted on: July 24th, 2013 by J. David Greene

Greene & Phillips is proud to support the 2013 North Mobile Baptist Church Comedy Series. July 15, 22, and 29 at 7pm. North Mobile, Comedy Series...

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Uninsured Motorist Coverage
Posted on: June 7th, 2013 by J. David Greene

David Greene from Greene & Phillips Injury Law Firm has some important information you need to know about Uninsured Motorist Insurance coverage. Uninsured motorist coverage is a component of your auto insurance policy that is not required by state law. Uninsured Motorist (UM) covers your vehicle damage and injury costs if you are hit by someone without insurance. Underinsured Motorist (UIM) covers you if you are hit by someone who may have insurance, but not enough to cover your property damage or injury expenses. Someone may not have Uninsured Motorist coverage if they are trying to save money and may have waived their UIM component. Insurance agents sometimes don't explain its advantages very well. UIM/UM coverage is some of the most inexpensive insurance you can buy. Depending on your policy, many times it costs you an additional $15-20 every six months. It is very important to have Uninsured Motorist coverage on your policy because Alabama law requires every driver to have at least $25,000 in liability coverage. That is so if you hit someone, your insurance will pay up to $25,000 toward the injury or property damage of the vehicle or person you hit. Unfortunately many people do not have insurance. A recent study showed that one in four vehicles are not insured. If one of those uninsured vehicles hits you and causes damage, you will be stuck with the bill. We also see many instances where injury costs and vehicle damage total more than $25,000. Cars and trucks are heavy and can do tremendous damage quickly. You may get hit by a vehicle that has the Alabama minimum, but that amount of coverage may not be enough to cover your hospital bills. UM coverage steps in when you are in a wreck with someone who does not have enough insurance to cover the costs of the accident.  It pays for the balance of the cost up to the total amount of your own policy. Depending on your policy, your UIM coverage may cover you in an instance where you are hit by a uninsured driver while you are walking or riding a bicycle. Many insurance policies cover you as a pedestrian but not all of them. You should double check this on your own policy. You should always have as much Uninsured Motorist coverage as you do liability insurance. If you have questions about whether you have enough insurance, feel free to call or stop by, we would be happy to look at your policy with you....

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