Month: July 2013

Teen driver deaths increased in first half of 2012

Teen driver - Martinson & Beason, P.C.Teenage driver fatalities are a troubling problem that our nation faces today. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), car accidents are the leading cause of death for teens. This is a serious issue that governments at the state and federal level have attempted to resolve using a variety of methods, including stricter laws and driver education. All 50 states adopted graduated licenses, which place restrictions on young, inexperienced drivers, including how late they can drive and how many passengers they can have in the car.

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Sweeping New Gun Law to Take Effect August 1st

Alabama gun law - Martinson & Beason, P.C.What You Need to Know

The sweeping new gun law passed by the Alabama Legislature this Spring makes several changes to the way firearm permits are issued, where they can be taken and who can sue over weapon-related incidents. Parts of the law remain unclear and law enforcement agencies across the state are working quickly on enforcement guides. A few key provisions include:
  1. Alabama moves from a “May Issue” to a “Shall Issue” state (Meaning County Sheriffs have less leeway in determining who receives a concealed carry permit)

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Self-driving cars approved for testing by U.S. Transportation Department

Self-driving cars - Martinson & Beason, P.C.Self-driving cars are the dream for a number of carmakers and other companies, including Google. But before this dream can become a reality, these companies will have to overcome a variety of legal, regulatory, and cultural obstacles. Legislation, regulation, and even public opinion moves at a much slower pace than technology. Currently, driverless cars in California, Nevada, and Florida are legal. In other states, driverless cars are not technically illegal—but only because the law does not explicitly state that cars even have to have drivers.

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Huntsville Slip and Fall Lawsuit Against Chili’s Settles at Mediation

Huntsville, Al personal injury lawyer Morris Lilienthal is pleased to announce he has reached a settlement arising out of a slip and fall accident at a local Chili’s Restaurant. The accident occurred when the plaintiff slipped and fell on a greasy substance on the floor resulting in the plaintiff sustaining a serious back injury. As a result of the fall, the plaintiff underwent two back surgeries, multiple injections, and several rounds of physical therapy. The plaintiff’s medical bills totaled over $300,000. Under Alabama law, a premises owner has a duty to keep its premises in a reasonably safe condition. In the context of a slip and fall accident, the plaintiff has to establish the premises owner had actual knowledge of the foreign substance (dangerous condition) or that they had constructive notice of the foreign substance.

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Don’t Miss out on Historically Low Rates! Refinance Now!

Prime interest rates remain historically low, however, the strong possibility of increases means the time to refinance your mortgage or buy a house is now. Many have already taken advantage of the low rates but those who have not should strongly consider refinancing options. The current prime rate of 3.25% has been in place since 2009; the average rate for the nine years prior to 2009 hovered around 6.33%. According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the average interest rate on an outstanding mortgage in early 2012 was over 5.09%. Homeowners are now regularly finding that by refinancing, they can substantially reduce their interest rate and even slight changes in your rate make a significant difference in the amount you pay each month.

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Thousands of Honda minivans may have air bag problems

Minivan - Martinson & Beason, P.C.Minivans, the vehicle of choice for many safety-conscious parents, are unfortunately not exempt from dangerous defects. Recently, Christopher Jensen from the New York Times reported that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is investigating a possible airbag defect in 320,000 Honda Odyssey minivans.

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