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Cory Watson Secures $1 Million Judgement Against Drunk Driver

After a Birmingham couple was seriously injured in a head-on collision with a drunk driver, the experienced attorneys at Cory Watson secured $1.4 million on their behalf. Our clients, a local husband and wife, saw this drunk driver coming toward them on the road. They quickly moved out of the way, off the road and onto the shoulder to avoid being hit by the swerving driver. Unfortunately, the drunk driver crossed two lanes of traffic and struck them against the guardrail, hitting their vehicle head-on. The husband and wife both sustained serious injuries, including lacerations and broken bones that took months of treatment in order to properly heal. Their car was also totaled in the wreck. DRUNK OR DISTRACTED DRIVING IS DANGEROUS Our experienced legal team secured a judgment of $1.4 million. Congratulations to Cory Watson attorneys Douglas Dellaccio and Curt Tanner for their great work on behalf of our clients! This case serves as a reminder of the importance of driving defensively. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 28 people die every day in the United States from car accidents involving a drunk driver. This is one death every 51 minutes. Be mindful of the fact that no matter how safely you may drive, there are others on the road who are intoxicated, inattentive or distracted by their cell phone. GET HELP WITH YOUR CAR ACCIDENT CLAIM If you have been injured by a drunk driver, contact the experienced attorneys at Cory Watson today. We have more than 35 years of experience helping the injured, and we know what it takes to build and defend successful car accident claims. Let our dedicated legal team fight for you. Call Cory Watson Attorneys at (877) 562-0000 or fill out our online contact form. It takes just minutes to contact us, and the initial consultation is always free. Don’t wait to reach out – contact us today!

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Cory Watson Verdict Named to CVN’s Top 10 Most Impressive Plaintiff Verdicts of 2017

A $25 million verdict against automotive giant Nissan North America over faulty brakes in passenger vehicles was named the third most impressive plaintiff verdict in 2017 by Courtroom View Network (CVN), a news organization that webcasts high-stakes civil trials. The news organization covered a variety of litigation to compile its Top 10 list, including product liability trials, medical malpractice trials, and complex commercial trials. The verdicts were not ranked solely by amount awarded. The newsgroup also took into consideration the facts of each case, parties and attorneys involved, and the potential broader impact of the verdict. The No. 3 plaintiff verdict involved the case of Hilario Cruz and Solomon Mathenge, who took Nissan North America to court in June over claims the company’s faulty brakes caused a car crash that killed three people. A Los Angeles, California jury awarded them a headline-grabbing $25 million verdict. Cory Watson attorneys Jerome Tapley, Ryan Lutz, Brett Turnbull and Adam Pittman led the trial team representing plaintiffs. Others included Paul Kiesel, Steven Archer and Bryan Garcia of Kiesel Law LLP, Kirk Wolden of Carter Wolden, as well as attorneys Claudia C. Bohorquez and Vicki I. Sarmiento. The impressive verdict came after Nissan settled a class action involving claims concerning the same brake defect in 2014, offering compensation to the owners of more than 250,000 Nissan-built Armadas, Titans and Infiniti QX56 models. Cory Watson attorneys Jerome Tapley and Ryan Lutz were Class Counsel in that case. From CVN’s website: “Why it made the list: When plaintiff Hilario Cruz first filed a lawsuit over the vehicular collision that took the life of his two children and their mother, he sued the driver of the Infiniti SUV that slammed into their car, 74-year-old Solomon Mathenge. Mathenge was later charged with vehicular manslaughter. Mathenge maintained that the brakes on his vehicle failed, and after prosecutors learned that the same defect Mathenge alleged also served as the basis for a class action lawsuit against Nissan, which manufactures the Infiniti line, they dropped the charges. Cruz then sued Nissan with Mathenge as a co-plaintiff. The litigation culminated in a month-long trial this summer in Los Angeles that featured the unusual circumstance of both sides involved in a two-vehicle collision suing an automobile manufacturer together at the same trial. Nissan defended the case vigorously, claiming Mathenge caused the crash by hitting the gas pedal instead of the brake and bringing in a team of trial aces from the powerhouse firm Bowman & Brooke. Despite that top shelf defense effort, the jury awarded $14 million to Cruz, $7.4 million to one of his surviving daughters, and $3.5 million to Mathenge.” Congratulations to Brett Turnbull, Jerome Tapley, Ryan Lutz, Adam Pittman and the rest of the trial team! To view the entire list, as well as video from the Hilario Cruz, et al. v. Nissan North America proceedings, click here.

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Lives in the Balance: Feature by BHM BIZ

Not only was a $25 million verdict against Nissan a big case for Cory Watson Attorneys, its impact changed lives. “A jury in Los Angeles returned a $25 million verdict for three plaintiffs against Nissan in a lawsuit blaming faulty brakes for a car crash that killed three victims. The crash that occurred at an intersection in Hollywood involved a minivan and an Infiniti QX56, manufactured by Nissan. The van driver and her two children were killed when the Infiniti driven by Solomon Mathenge slammed into their vehicle. Cory Watson attorney Jerome Tapley, who is based in Birmingham and served as lead attorney in the case. says the firm became involved after a family member reached out to them. Tapley has described the case is a perfect microcosm of the importance of the law and the careful, measured pursuit of justice. “This case affirms that the justice system works to hold wrongdoers accountable, and that good Birmingham lawyers can try a case anywhere.” Along with Tapley, fellow Cory Watson attorneys Brett Turnbull, Ryan Lutz, Adam Pittman and Ryan Myers represented plaintiffs in the case. “We applaud the jury for their diligence and hard work reviewing the evidence in this case. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families who lost their loved ones in this tragic accident that could have been avoided. We hope this verdict will inspire Nissan to step up and take responsibility for the safety of their vehicles so that no one else is killed or injured because of a product defect Nissan failed to reveal and recall.”

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3 Ways Car Accident Lawyers Save You Money

Car accidents happen every single day. According to the Alabama Department of Transportation, there can be more than 120,000 car crashes in a single year. Transportation data shows that the top contributors to auto accidents are: Speeding Drunk Driving Distracted Driving Following too close Failing to yield right of way Unfortunately, many of these accidents involve the injury or even death of a loved one. That’s why it’s smart to be prepared for whatever may happen. As experienced accident attorneys, we understand what’s at stake. We also know the importance of using the right personal injury attorney for your case. Saving Money With A Lawyer When you hire a car accident lawyer for a claim, you are hiring someone who is going to fight for your case. Cory Watson will stand up to insurance companies and demand that they pay the financial compensation you deserve instead of settling for the lowest dollar amount. Here are three reasons why hiring a lawyer can save you money: The medical costs. The effects of a crash can cost you a significant sum in medical bills. And, you may not get access to your compensation until your treatment is complete. A good car accident lawyer will be able to negotiate medical charges on your behalf. That means fewer upfront costs, and you can settle a lot of your bills after you get compensation. This helps you get more money to pay for a replacement vehicle, medical visits, and recovery from your pain and suffering. The costs to your time. The more time you spend off work, the more expensive your life becomes. Time is money, whatever business you are in. You need someone who can work quickly to get the fastest possible results. Let’s say that you are a delivery driver, and need a trucking accident lawyer to represent a claim against another. It’s vital that you get back to work quickly, but maybe you can’t afford the treatment. A lawyer will be able to suggest your best course of action. The best advice. If you use an honest and compassionate injury lawyer, they will be able to advise you on your best chances of winning compensation. Trying to fight insurance companies yourself could result in court costs, additional court fees if you don’t file your paperwork correctly, and lower settlements than you deserve. Your lawyer will act as an intermediary and make sure that you have a better chance of winning. Experienced Car Accident Lawyers Knowing what to do after an accident is critical. Our team is here to guide you. If you or a loved one were injured in an Alabama car accident, Cory Watson Attorneys wants to help. Call us at (877) 562-000 or complete our online form for a free case review today. We’re available 24/7 to talk about your case, so don’t wait to get the experienced representation you deserve. Get in touch with our team today, and we’ll do everything we can to help you get back on your feet and safely on the road!

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I’ve Been Injured, and It Wasn’t My Fault. Should I Hire a Lawyer?

There are many reasons to hire a lawyer if you have been injured.  Here are some of the best benefits of hiring a lawyer to help you with your claim: Greater Recovery A study conducted by the Insurance Research Council found that people who hired an attorney to assist them with a personal injury claim received almost 3.5 times more money on average than those who did not. Other studies from the Insurance Research Council have shown that an average of at least 50% of all personal injury claimants are represented by an attorney and that 85% of all money paid on personal injury claims is paid to those with attorney representation. “How could this be?” you might ask. Simply put, insurance companies make money by keeping as much of it as they can.  It is not in their best interest to pay top dollar on a claim. Too often, unrepresented individuals do not know how to properly value a claim and settle for less than they could have received if they had a lawyer. Preservation of Evidence The first days after an accident can be a critical time frame for gathering and preserving evidence.  The insurance company will have their investigators at the scene conducting their own investigation. Hiring a lawyer early on allows you to have someone participate in this process on your behalf, to ensure that the scene is investigated properly and all evidence is preserved, including evidence that helps your case. Your lawyer will also be able to meet with and obtain statements from potential witnesses who may later disappear or be unavailable. Peace of Mind When you or a loved one have been injured, your number one priority should be the healing process, not claims management. Hiring a lawyer early on in the process allows you to focus on healing, while your lawyer handles communications with law enforcement, the insurance company, and medical providers. Medical Care Speaking of medical providers, a skilled personal injury attorney will know the medical landscape in your area and can assist with specific doctor and clinic referrals to find the best medical help for you. Having a lawyer to help obtain the right medical care for you can be a huge benefit, especially in circumstances where an injured individual is uninsured or has no access to health care. If you’ve been injured by the negligence of someone else, please consult with a skilled personal injury attorney in your area. Most will provide you with a free consultation to discuss your claim and will not charge any money unless they recover for you. Remember, statistics show that individuals who retained attorneys to assist them with their claims received an average of almost 3.5 times the awards received by unrepresented individuals.  You deserve quality representation. WE’RE HERE FOR YOU 24/7 If you have been injured at no fault of your own, we are here to help. At Cory Watson Attorneys, we have made it our mission to fight for the rights of injury victims and their families for more than 30 years, and have recovered over 3 Billion for clients. Call (888) 760-2313 now or fill out the form on this page to arrange for your free and confidential case evaluation. Insurance Research Council. (1994). Auto Injuries: Claiming Behavior and Its Impact of Insurance Costs. Malvern, PA: The Institutes.  Insurance Research Council. (1999). Paying for Auto Injuries: A Consumer Panel Survey of Auto Accident Victims. Malvern, PA: The Institutes. Insurance Research Council (2014).  Attorney Involvement in Auto Injury Claims. Malvern, PA: The Institutes

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Alabama is a Dangerous Place for Pedestrians

Between 2005 and 2014, 724 Alabama pedestrians suffered traffic-related fatalities. This has led to Alabama being rated as the second most dangerous state for pedestrians in the country by SmartGrowthAmerica.org. The group reports that Alabama averages 1.5 pedestrian fatalities per 100,000 people per year. Careless drivers are at fault for many of these deaths; but they are not necessarily the only cause. Common Causes of Wrecks between Cars and Pedestrians Negligent drivers: Driving too fast for conditions or distracted can cause a driver to fail to notice or react to a pedestrian on the road, drivers who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol which can affect a drivers ability to perceive and recognize pedestrians Dangerous roadways: Narrow or curvy roads can reduce the ability to see pedestrians crossing the road. Rough roads with bad road surfaces can send vehicles out of control. Overgrown foliage can also block the vision of drivers and pedestrians. The Elderly and the Very Young: Older individuals who may wander into a road because of dulled senses or confusion and children who dart out into traffic can be causes for pedestrian wrecks Pedestrians: Walking near a road while distracted by phones, music, or other people can be a dangerous situation for pedestrians Alabama’s Contributory Negligence Law In Alabama, if the pedestrian contributed just one percent to the wreck they were injured because of are barred from recovering any money for their injuries. This is a common tactic employed by insurance companies to try and escape liability in pedestrian involved wrecks. WE’RE HERE FOR YOU 24/7 If you have been injured as a pedestrian, or injured at all we are here to help. At Cory Watson Attorneys, we have made it our mission to fight for the rights of injury victims and their families for more than 30 years, and have recovered over 3 Billion for clients. Call (877) 562-0000 or fill out our online form to arrange for your FREE and CONFIDENTIAL case evaluation.

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Driving in Bad Weather

This summer has brought large amounts of rain and many thunderstorms to Alabama. Wet weather can create hazardous driving conditions and increases the likelihood of being involved in a motor vehicle wreck. This may lead one to wonder if there is a car wreck during bad weather, which driver(s) is legally at fault and how is this determined? And what are some tips to avoid getting into an automobile collision in poor driving conditions in the first place? WHO IS AT FAULT FOR A CAR WRECK ON WET ROADS? Driving on wet roads is more dangerous than driving on a typical day with dry roads and clear visibility, but many drivers do not adjust their speed, steering, attentiveness, or braking to compensate. A driver who is inexperienced or reckless is not allowed to use the weather as an excuse for wrecks caused by their careless driving. He or she can be found to be at fault for causing a car wreck since every driver has a duty to drive safely all the time. Alabama uses a system that prevents an injured party from recovering if they contribute to their injury in any meaningful way. The jury may find that you partially contributed to the circumstances that caused your injury. If the jury determines that you are partially at fault then Alabama law is clear that you will not be able to recover any damages for your injury. Therefore, it is important that you practice safe and conservative driving habits so that you cannot be found to have contributed to any wreck you may be involved in. AVOID BEING SWEPT AWAY IN A FLASH FLOOD Water on the surface of the road often looks much shallower than it actually is. As few as six inches of water can stall your vehicle making you are a sitting duck for other drivers. As few as two feet of water can sweep your vehicle away. Drivers often feels safe in their vehicles during inclement weather, but this is not always the case. To stay safe, remember these two things: DO NOT DRIVE UNTIL THE STORM HAS PASSED The best thing you can do during bad weather is to avoid driving whenever possible. If you absolutely must be on the road, be extra vigilant. Keep more distance than you typically would between yourself and other vehicles, drive at a slower speed, turn your lights on, keep distractions to a minimum, and pull over and put on your emergency flashers if conditions worsen. DO NOT IGNORE A BARRICADE Police have blocked the road for a reason. Don’t be tempted to drive past a barricaded area even if your destination is just up the road. Use your GPS or phone to find an alternative safe route. And don’t drive through unmarked low lying areas with swirling water. It is impossible to tell how deep the water might be or how fast it is moving. WE’RE HERE FOR YOU 24/7 If you have been injured in a car wreck during bad weather, or injured at all we are here to help. At Cory Watson Attorneys, we have made it our mission to fight for the rights of injury victims and their families for more than 30 years, and have recovered over 3 Billion for our clients. Call (877) 562-0000 or fill out our online form to arrange for your FREE and CONFIDENTIAL case evaluation.

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Alabama Traffic Fatalities Reach 10 Year High

Alabama State Troopers are reporting that nearly 900 people have been killed in car crashes on Alabama roads in the past 17 months. According to their data, 2016 represented a 10 year high for the number of traffic fatalities on Alabama roads and we are on pace to beat that unfortunate mark in 2017. Alabama State Troopers work a car wreck every 17 minutes in Alabama. The reported traffic fatalities include not just drivers, but passengers who can be adults, teenagers, senior citizens, and children. State Trooper Chuck Daniel says, “We rank number six in the nation in total number of fatalities per capita. Alabama is number five in the nation in the number of teens killed in traffic crashes.” Trooper Daniel doesn’t call these traffic “accidents.” He is very careful in his choice of words when he calls them crashes or wrecks. That is because he says true accidents, where something happens beyond a person’s control like a tree falling or a deer running into the road, are rare. “99% of the crashes we work is driver error.” Troopers also report that the majority of Alabama traffic fatalities occur on two lane highways and country roads, where crossing into opposing traffic is easier to do. This high rate of fatal wrecks in our state begs the question, what is an acceptable number of fatal car wrecks per year? Most people that Trooper Daniel polls report that somewhere between 100 and 200 fatal traffic crashes a year seems like an acceptable number. However, when the question is rephrased to ask how many fatal traffic wrecks year is acceptable for your family, everyone always responds with “Zero!” In order to reduce the number of traffic fatalities Trooper Daniel has a few recommendations for drivers. First thing, slow down! Speed kills and it gives drivers less time to make crucial decisions in an emergency situation.  Be sure that you and all your passengers are belted. Perhaps the most important tip is to focus on driving. Distractions such as cell phones, children, and other passengers should be managed correctly. “If we can fix the driver error than that goes a long way to making these crashes come down and that will make the injuries and the fatalities come down,” says Daniel. WE’RE HERE FOR YOU 24/7 At Cory Watson Attorneys, we have made it our mission to fight for the rights of injury victims and their families for more than 30 years, and have recovered over 3 Billion for clients. Call (877) 562-0000 or fill out our online form to arrange for your FREE and CONFIDENTIAL case evaluation.  

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What to Do If You Are in a Hit and Run

Hit and run wrecks happen often, despite the fact that fleeing the scene of a wreck is illegal in Alabama. Being in a hit and run wreck can be a trying time which is why we have composed a list of steps to take if you or a loved one have been involved in a wreck of this kind: DO NOT TRY TO PURSUE THE CAR THAT CAUSED THE WRECK If the wreck is severe, it might not be safe for your car to be on the road. There is also a chance that you could make your injuries worse if you chase the other vehicle. Another reason to not chase the vehicle that caused the wreck is that you may put yourself in danger by doing so. The driver that hit you could be dangerous or they could be a criminal fleeing a crime. It is best to stay put and let the police handle chasing the driver that hit you. WRITE DOWN THE LICENSE PLATE NUMBER It is best to try to do this while you are still in your car. You should only exit your car to read the license plate number if doing so will not endanger your safety. You should also take note of the color, make and model of the vehicle along with the area of the car that was damaged in the collision. Your goal is to provide the police with as much information as possible to help them find the car. Snapping a picture with your phone can also be helpful to the authorities in identifying the vehicle that hit you. TALK TO WITNESSES I can be hard to have the presence of mind to remember identifying details of the car that cause your wreck in a hit and run. That is why you should ask anyone in the area if they saw the driver or vehicle. Ask local business owners if they have surveillance cameras. They may have footage of the crash that could fill in the gaps in the information you provide to police, particularly about the driver. CALL THE POLICE Call the police as soon as you can. If you are seriously injured ask another person to call the police and EMTs. Give them all the information you can about the car that hit you. Also give them any identifying information about the driver. If the police find the car and driver, they may be able to charge the individual with leaving the scene of an accident. It is illegal to leave the scene of a wreck with injuries in Alabama. Before the police leave the scene of the crash, ask how you can obtain a copy of the accident report. GO TO THE HOSPITAL Seeing medical professionals quickly will help them diagnose injuries sustained in your wreck. This will help your medical team create the best treatment plan for your injuries. WE’RE HERE FOR YOU 24/7 At Cory Watson Attorneys, we have made it our mission to fight for the rights of injury victims and their families for more than 30 years, and have recovered over 3 Billion for our clients. Call (877) 562-0000 or fill out our online form to arrange for your FREE and CONFIDENTIAL case evaluation.

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3 Tips for Maximizing Your Injury Claim

Being in a serious wreck is never a pleasant experience. It happens in a blink of an eye, without warning, thrusting you into a physical and financial nightmare. Damage to your vehicle you’re your personal injuries will subject you to pain, lost time, lost income, and numerous annoyances, all of which the insurance company should be responsible for. However, making sure that the insurance company of the driver that caused your wreck and injuries compensates you fairly can be challenging without the correct knowledge and experience. Below are three tips to help you if you have been injured in a wreck: NEVER TAKE THE INSURANCE COMPANY’S FIRST OFFER. Insurance companies are not in business to pay you large amounts of money. It is in their best interest to conclude your claim as fast as possible and for as little money as possible. It is likely that you may receive a settlement offer from an insurance company in the days or even hours following a wreck. Do not accept an offer so early in the process. There may be additional medical expenses you will incur over the following weeks, months or even years. If you accept a settlement early in the process then you, not the insurance company, will be responsible for paying for future medical expenses. DOCUMENT EVERY EXPENSE. Your injury claim is based in large part on the amount of money your accident costs you. Document every expense you incur including medical expenses, lost wages, copays, travel expenses, and any other out of pocket expenses. The insurance company should be responsible for future expenses as well, so it’s important to take that into consideration when determining how much your injury claim is worth. CALL A LAWYER. No matter how much research you do or how much time and energy you put into your claim, chances are an attorney will be able to secure a larger settlement. In addition, an experienced attorney will handle the majority of the work related to your claim, including dealing with the insurance company, so all you have to worry about is getting better. WE’RE HERE FOR YOU 24/7 At Cory Watson Attorneys, we have made it our mission to fight for the rights of injury victims and their families for more than 30 years, and have recovered over 3 Billion for our clients. Call (877) 562-0000 or fill out our online form to arrange for your FREE and CONFIDENTIAL case evaluation.

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