How to Stay Safe This Motorcycle Season

Motorcycle Accident Lawyer | Huntsville, AL | Martinson & Beason, P.C.We’re well into summer, and many people are enjoying the nice weather by riding their motorcycles.

If you are one of them, we want you to stay safe.

Despite ideal riding conditions, the number of accidents that occur during the summer is high. This is partly because of the increased traffic on the road, particularly around the holidays.

A recent article in Consumer Reports offers great tips for both new and returning riders. [Read more...]

GM Receives $35 Million Fine for Botching Recall

Chevy Cobalt | Car Accident Lawyer | AlabamaGeneral Motors has been in the news in recent months because of its appalling mishandling of its ignition switch defect and recall.

The defect in the ignition switch of several different GM vehicles, including the Chevy Cobalt, Pontiac Solstice, and Saturn Ion, allowed the switch to move from the “On” position into “Off” or “Accessory” mode if the key was too heavy. This put drivers in danger, as the defect could disable the airbags, anti-lock brakes, and power steering while the car is in motion.

In fact, the GM ignition switch defect has been clearly linked to the deaths of 13 people and dozens more accidents. [Read more...]

The Economic Costs of a Car Accident

Serious Car Wreck | Personal Injury Lawyer | Huntsville, AL | Martinson & Beason, P.C.Car accidents can be expensive: there’s no doubt about that. If the accident was your fault, you have to pay your deductible, and your insurance premiums will likely increase. Even if the accident was someone else’s fault, you may have to pay to have your car towed, and you may have medical bills from accident-related injuries.

These are just the costs associated with the individuals involved in the car accident: the costs to the U.S. economy as a whole are much, much higher. [Read more...]

Pregnancy May Increase Your Risk of a Car Crash

Pregnancy Increases Risk of Car Crash | Huntsville, AL Lawyer | Martinson & Beason, P.C.The list of things to avoid when you are pregnant can seem endless: sushi, deli meat, some soft cheeses, caffeine, ibuprofen, hot tubs, roller coasters, flying, etc.

Now, you may want to add another thing to the list: driving.

A recent Canadian study found that expectant mothers are more likely to get in a car accident. According to the study, the risk is greatest in the woman’s second trimester and decreases in the third trimester. [Read more...]

Win Free Concert Tickets!

UPDATE: We will now be giving away 6 total tickets (3 sets of two).

World class smooth-jazz performers will be making an appearance on stage at the Three Caves in Huntsville, AL.  This event is sponsored by The Land Trust and features renowned musical artists such as Warren Hill.  Martinson & Beason has a pair of tickets to give away for this exciting opportunity. The beautiful outdoor venue is the perfect space to bring music to your ears.

Share our Facebook  post by Thursday, July 17th to enter the drawing.

Winners will be notified via Facebook message. Tickets can be picked up at our Huntsville office on July 18th, during office hours. Learn more about the event in more detail on The Land Trust Website: http://landtrustnal.org/four-concerts-three-caves/

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Casey Kasem Family Feuding over His Care

Casey Kasem | Estate Planning | HuntsvilleCasey Kasem, beloved host of the American Top 40 radio show and the iconic voice of Shaggy in Scooby-Doo over decades, was unfortunately recently at the center of a family feud over his care.

Kasem was diagnosed with Lewy body dementia, the most common type of progressive dementia after Alzheimer’s disease, according to CNN.

Kasem was married to his wife of 34 years, Jean Kasem, with whom he has one daughter, Liberty. From his previous marriage, Kasem had three children: two daughters, Julie and Kerri, and one son, Mike. [Read more...]

Fourth of July Firework Extravaganza Set to Wow Huntsville

Huntsville, AL | Fireworks | Martinson & Beason, P.C.Nothing says “Fourth of July” quite like Huntsville’s Fireworks Extravaganza!

Here in America’s Rocket City, we do fireworks right: the U.S. Space & Rocket Center will host the city’s largest fireworks display and Fourth of July celebration.

Your whole family will enjoy the celebration, which features activities for all ages. Kids will love the children’s zone, where they can build their own paper rockets, jump in a moon bounce, get their faces painted, and play with chalk. They can also meet TOPPS and RamJet, the U.S. Space & Rocket Center’s mascots. [Read more...]

Will Your Estate Planning Documents Be Accessible When Needed?

Smartphone | Car Accident Lawyer | Huntsville, AL | Martinson & Beason, P.C.Estate planning documents can help you protect yourself and your family and spell out your last wishes—but only if they are found!

If your documents are gathering dust in a long-forgotten drawer—or worse, hidden away in a safe to which your family members don’t know the combination—they won’t serve their purpose when needed.

If you are incapacitated, for example, your family will need to access your advance directive (also known as a living will). [Read more...]

Motorcycle Accidents: Causes 101

Motorcycle rider | Motorcycle Accident Lawyer | Huntsville, AL | Martinson & Beason, P.C.As summer takes hold and the weather heats up, it becomes the perfect time of the year to hit the open road on a motorcycle. Riders enjoy the freedom that motorcycles bring—not the mention the ease of parking and other perks.

However, riding a motorcycle can be dangerous: motorcyclists don’t have the same protection that motorists do during an accident. With nothing to buffer them from the pavement but protective clothing and a helmet, motorcyclists can sustain serious injuries in an accident. [Read more...]

Rear Cameras Required in Cars by 2018

Rearview mirror | Car Accident Lawyer | Huntsville, AL | Martinson & Beason, P.C.Every year, thousands of people are injured or killed in accidents in which the driver was backing up. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are 210 deaths and 15,000 injuries on average every year in “backover crashes.”

Small children are particularly vulnerable to these accidents, because they are too short for the driver to see in the rearview mirror. The NHTSA reports that children under five years old make up 31 percent of those killed in backover crashes. The elderly are also vulnerable: adults 70 and older make up another 26 percent of those killed. [Read more...]