1.8 Million Jury Verdict for Motorcycle Wreck Victim

Greene & Phillips Injury Lawyers Secure $1.8 Million Jury Verdict against Hut American Group for Injured Saraland Resident

MOBILE AL, 8/31/2023 – Greene & Phillips – Attorneys at Law, a local firm with a 25-year legacy of advocating for injury victims, announces a victory on behalf of their client, a 39 year-old man from Saraland. A Mobile Circuit Court jury on Wednesday awarded the client a $1.8 million verdict against Hut American Group following a three day trial.

In June of 2021, the client was riding his motorcycle when a delivery driver failed to yield the right of way and pulled into his path. The driver was delivering pizza for his employer Hut American Group, which owns and operates the Pizza Hut in Saraland. The wreck fractured the client’s left femur in multiple places.

The case was litigated by Attorneys Britt Bethea and David Greene, Managing Partner. Greene said, “The negligence of a company employee while on the clock resulted in a terrible injury and drastic change to our client’s life. Despite clear evidence in the case and their driver’s own admission, Hut never accepted responsibility for the wreck.”

The Law firm of Greene & Phillips is deeply rooted in the local community and is tirelessly dedicated to representing injury victims in Mobile, Birmingham, and throughout the country. Over the firm’s quarter-century in business, they have helped 20,000+ clients obtain rightful compensation for their injuries. Greene & Phillips stands ready to fight for those who have suffered due to the negligence of others.

To see if you have a case, please call the office for a free consultation 24/7 at 251-300-2000.

Infrastructure Bill Allows Trucking Companies to Hire Underage Drivers

Trucking companies all across the country will soon be free to hire underage drives, thanks a provision included in the $1.5 trillion infrastructure bill recently signed into law by President Joe Biden. The provision will help the industry manage the shortage of truck drivers that has hindered the nation’s supply chain in recent months.  But critics are apprehensive about putting underage drivers behind the wheel of 18-wheelers and other large commercial vehicles.

The trucker shortage has only worsened throughout the Covid pandemic. It is a very demanding job with irregular and long hours, often away from home for weeks or even months at a time. As the pandemic began, many truckers resigned or took early retirement in order to combat a stressful work environment. The industry’s “great resignation” has only worsened the pandemic-related supply chain issues that have left store shelves bare, led to rising prices, and extended delivery times for many goods.

Federal regulations had required truck drivers to be at least 21 years of age before they could drive a large commercial vehicle across state lines, while those aged 18 to 20 could only drive routes within their state. But the trucking industry has long sought to hire “underage” truckers, stating that the ability to bring on drivers as young as 18 would ease the personnel shortage. The industry finally sought some relief when the infrastructure bill was signed in November 2021.

The new law requires that the U.S. Department of Transportation establish an apprenticeship program for underage drivers by January 14, 2022. It’s estimated that this new program could certify up to 25,000 underage drivers as long-haul truckers per year until it ends in 2024. Apprentice truckers will be required to drive 240 hours under the supervision of older drivers, and they may only operate vehicles equipped with safety features like automatic brake systems, and a 65 mile per hour speed governor. But once they’ve put in their 240 supervised hours, they will be free to drive across any state in the country.

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) claims that underage truck drivers brings about an increased crash risk – a concern backed by available research. An earlier commercial driver safety study found that crash risk increases with younger drivers, then falls as they get older, and begins to rise again once they reach age 65. In 2019, the Congressional Research Service studied proposals for lowering the minimum truck driving age to 18, and ultimately concluded that “young commercial drivers, like young drivers overall, are much more likely to be involved in crashes than their older counterparts.” While the trucking industry insists underage drivers are key to solving its long-standing personnel problems, could the issue be more related to retention versus recruitment? Trucking suffers from a staggering 100% turnover rate, with data suggesting that 1/3 of all new drivers quit after just three months on the job. Nonetheless, with studies having already been done concerning the safety issues of underage drivers, is it truly worth the risk? When it comes with catastrophic injuries and a potential loss of life, the answer is no.

Our team of experienced personal injury and wrongful death attorneys have successfully litigated many cases against trucking companies. Don’t let an insurance company force you into a small settlement. Our attorneys are available 24/7, and you never need an appointment at Greene & Phillips. Stop by when it’s convenient for you, or call us at 877-478-1115.

Big Truck Accidents

Crashes involving large trucks can be some of the most severe, causing significant injuries and even death. Often times, trucking companies and drivers are not following the rules and regulations required to operate a commercial truck. When a big truck accident occurs, it is imperative to begin investigating the wreck immediately.  Downloading the crash data module (sometimes referred to as “the black box”) and gathering physical evidence from the scene is imperative.  Sometimes, when a proper investigation is not conducted immediately after a wreck, evidence is lost.  Thankfully, Greene and Phillips has a full-time investigator that can begin working to protect and preserve crucial information.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 4,136 people died as a result of big truck accidents in 2018. If you or someone you know is injured or killd in an accident involving a commercial truck, seek medical attention immediately. Your health is the most important thing in any accident. Second, be sure that everything is documented. The police should responded to the accident and make a detailed report. Also, if possible, be sure to take pictures. And of course, do not take any calls from insurance companies or the trucking company without consulting a lawyer first.

If you or your loved ones have suffered from the negligence of a commercial truck driver, having the right team of injury attorneys, like Greene & Phillips, can provide a lot of relief. You can always call us at (251) 300-2000, or come by our office anytime. You never need an appointment to meet with a injury lawyer at Greene & Phillips!