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!

World class smooth-jazz performers will be making an appearance on stage at the Three Caves in Hunstville, 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...]

GM Recalls Cadillacs

Cadillac | Car Accident Lawyer | Huntsville, AL | Martinson & Beason, P.C.It hasn’t been a good couple of months for GM: the automaker has been under fire both in the media and in Congress.

Lawmakers have accused the company of orchestrating a cover-up during the past decade to avoid paying for a defect present in millions of cars and have questioned the head of GM during a Congressional Hearing. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has fined the company for failing to answer its questions. And the U.S. Justice Department has begun a criminal investigation.

Now, on top of all this, GM is issuing another recall. [Read more...]

First Ever National Distracted Driving Campaign Launched in April

Texting campaign | Car Accident Attorney | Huntsville, AL | Martinson & Beason, P.C.Distracted driving is the new drunk driving: there’s no denying it. While deaths caused by drunk driving have been declining in the last several decades—thanks to tougher laws, better enforcement, and public education—distracted driving injuries and deaths have actually been on the rise.

DistractedDriving.gov reports that deaths from distracted driving decreased slightly from 3,360 in 2011 to 3,328 in 2012. However, injuries increased a staggering 9 percent, from 387,000 to 421,000 in the same years. [Read more...]

Win Alabama Hammers Football Tickets for Father’s Day!

Father’s Day is June 14; do you have your gift for dad? How about a day of football in Huntsville, Alabama?

We are giving away two sets of five Alabama Hammers tickets for the June 14 game! Share our promotional Facebook post by June 12 to enter the drawing.

Winners will be notified via Facebook message. Tickets can be picked up at our Huntsville office on June 13 during office hours.