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.

Teen Driving Safety

How can we make sure all young drivers stay safe on the roads?  David Greene recently joined Joe Emer on Studio 10 to discuss teen driving safety. David is currently navigating this terrain with his own children, and his experience may be able to help other parents who want their teens to drive safely.

The Risks for Teen Drivers

It can be perilous for teenagers to navigate the roads. It can be extremely dangerous. To mitigate this, it’s important to have candid discussions with your teenagers. In the Greene household, these conversations are an ongoing practice, particularly with his youngest son, Alex, who will be getting behind the wheel soon.

Driving safety begins with understanding the rules of the road and being aware of one’s surroundings. Distracted driving is a major societal problem that teens and young adults are especially susceptible to.

Safety Initiatives for Parents

One interesting approach adopted by David and his friend, Ashley Rich, a former district attorney was to create a safety contract that their children were required to sign, listing out things they should do and avoid while on the road. This contract, customized for each family, ensures that teenagers understand and commit to road rules as well as family-specific guidelines for driving.

These rules can be revisited and revised frequently to ensure they stay relevant and top-of-mind for young drivers.

Teen Driver Safety Contract

Teen Driving Contract PreviewTeen Driving Contract.pdf

Alabama 2023 Hands-Free Law

A great new traffic rule is the recently passed hands-free cell phone law in Alabama. The law simply states you can’t be holding your cell phone anymore while you’re driving. While enforcement of the law will be a bit delayed, parents can already enforce consequences if their child uses their phone to text, find music, or check social media. People thinking of using their phones should consider using the buddy system where a passenger handles the texting, song-finding, and navigation while the driver focusses on the road.  Otherwise, find a safe place to pull over to the side of the road to use the phone.

Addressing Drunk Driving

There is absolutely no reason for teenagers to consume alcohol, and driving intoxicated should carry significant consequences.  It’s important to convey this message firmly to teenagers, as the consequences of drinking and driving can be disastrous and even fatal.

Seeking Legal Advice

In the unfortunate event of accidents, Greene & Phillips Injury Lawyers are always ready to help. Getting help is very simple.

  1. Contact us at 251-300-2000 or visit their offices and we’ll let you know if we think you may have a case.
  2. Come in for a short 30 minute meeting where we can answer any questions you may have about the process.
  3. You focus on getting better and we’ll deal with all the paperwork and negotiate with the insurance company for you.  At Greene & Phillips it won’t cost a penny unless we get money for you. But it cost a lot if you don’t talk to someone.

Read the full article on Fox10TV.com

Summer Safe Driving Tips – Studio 10 – June 13, 2023

Summer is here and that means more people are out on the roads visiting family and of course going on vacations. With all the added traffic, there is a greater possibility for car wrecks to happen. J. David Greene recently appeared on the Studio 10 Legal Matters segment from Fox 10 with Chelsey Sayasane to provide some tips for safe summer driving.

The Summer Traffic Jam

During the summer months, the number of people on the roads significantly rises. With kids out of school and families planning trips, there is a surge in traffic volume. Additionally, the combination of alcohol consumption and risky behaviors further heightens the potential for accidents. Notably, holidays like July 4th can be particularly dangerous, demanding heightened caution during these times.

Keep Car Properly Maintained

To ensure a safe journey, it is essential to prepare your vehicle adequately. David emphasizes a few key aspects of car maintenance:

Tire Check: Verify that your tires have adequate air pressure to ensure optimal performance. Safety Equipment: Regularly inspect and ensure the proper functioning of safety features such as windshield wipers, seat belts, and seat backs. These simple checks can significantly contribute to your safety on the road.

Cut out the Distractions

Distracted driving remains a significant concern, especially with more people on the roads. David emphasizes the importance of avoiding cell phone usage while driving. Designate a passenger to handle calls or texts, prioritizing safety over the urge to check your phone. Keeping your hands on the wheel and paying attention to the road should always take precedence.

Make Time for Pit Stops

After an incredible vacation, the road home can leave you feeling exhausted. David advises travelers plan their trips effectively, allowing for sufficient rest before setting out. Additionally, take frequent breaks to recharge yourself. Taking advantage of roadside parks or rest areas, even for a brief walk or a coffee break, can help re-energize and enhance focus.

Dealing with Accidents

In the unlikely event of an accident during your summer escapades, don’t panic!  It is, however, crucial to take the appropriate steps.

  1. Call the Authorities: Contact the police immediately to report the accident and ensure an official report is filed.
  2. Seek Medical Attention: Prioritize your health and seek medical treatment for any injuries sustained.
  3. Consult Legal Professionals: Whether local or out-of-state, contacting a reliable law firm like Greene & Phillips can provide the necessary guidance and support during the aftermath of an accident.

As summer brings increased traffic and potential risks on the roads, prioritize your safety while driving.  Simple tips like conducting regular vehicle maintenance, combating distracted driving, and addressing fatigue, can reduce your risk of being in an accidents.  Stay vigilant, be prepared, and have a safe summer on the roads.

You can call Greene & Phillips 24/7 251-300-2000 or stop by anytime during business hours at 51 N. Florida St in midtown Mobile or in the Forbes Building at 1914 4th Ave N, Suite 110 in Birmingham.

WNSP – Summer Driving Safety – May 30, 2023

As summer approaches, many people eagerly anticipate road trips, vacations, and outdoor activities. However, with the rise in travel and increased traffic during the summer months, the risk of accidents also tends to surge. In a conversation this morning with The Opening Kickoff hosts, Lee Shirvanian and Mark Heim, on WNSP Sports Radio 105.5 in Mobile,  David Greene  shed light on the importance of practicing caution on the roads during the summer season.

Demystifying the Summer Accident Frenzy

Car accidents seem to multiply during the summer months. But why? Let’s uncover the reasons behind this sunny season crash extravaganza:

  1. Teen Driver Tsunami: With schools out and the open road beckoning, throngs of young drivers hit the asphalt, bringing their unique blend of enthusiasm and questionable judgment to the mix.
  2. Vacation Congestion Syndrome: As families embark on sun-soaked getaways and tourists flood popular destinations, the roads become clogged with vehicles, increasing the likelihood of fender benders and traffic tangles.
  3. Sunny Spirits and Risky Rides: Alas, summer is not all ice cream and pool parties. The warmer weather tempts some folks to indulge in a bit too much liquid courage before taking the wheel, leading to a spike in alcohol-related incidents.

Mastering the Art of Summer Roadtripping

To emerge unscathed this summer, here are some strategies to outsmart accidents:

  1. Timing is Everything: Like a ninja, plan your trips wisely by avoiding peak traffic hours. Leave earlier or later to sidestep the chaos and embrace open roads.
  2. Unlock your inner Sherlock Holmes and pay keen attention to your surroundings. Spot potential dangers before they pounce. Unleash your defensive driving skills, being prepared for the unexpected can mean the difference between a close call and serious injury.

Seeking Heroic Legal Aid

If you end up being in an accident be sure to call a lawyer before you talk to your insurance adjustors.  They are trained to ask you questions that can severely limit the recovery you can get from them. A headache for sure!

Be safe out there.  Drop by during office hours, call anytime 888-510-1020 or fill out contact form.

Mardi Gras Bike Safety

During Mardi Gras Season, one way to beat the traffic and parking issues is to pump up your bicycle tires for a quick and easy ride through downtown.  Bike safety is so important, and there are a lot of misconceptions about where someone should ride their bicycle.  According to Alabama state laws, a bicycle should be considered like any other vehicle, and travel down the road with the flow of traffic, in the far right lane, and as close to the fog strip as you deem safe. Here are a few biking tips to keep you safe.

Making sure you are as visible as possible is of extreme importance.  One way to ensure visibility is to wear lights, reflective gear, or brightly colored clothing.  If you are riding your bike at night, you need to have a light on the front of your bike, as well as the back of your bike.  You can pick these up at any sporting goods store, or bike store in town. And of course, always wear a properly-fitting helmet.

In the unfortunate event that you are involved in a bicycle related accident, be sure to call 911 and have the police write an accident report. Next, seek medical treatment right away at an ER or Urgent Care facility.  And as always, be sure to call a personal injury lawyer that handles this type of case. At Greene & Phillips, there are no up-front fees to hire one of our injury attorneys. We only get paid if we are able to obtain a settlement for you.

If you have questions about bike safety or laws, or think you may have a case, call us anytime at (251) 300-2000, or feel free to drop by our office at 51 North Florida Street. You never need an appointment!