The City of Opelika is located in East Central Alabama along I-85 and is the county seat of Lee County. The city has some 30,000 residents and is the principal city in the Auburn-Opelika Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), which is home to more than 150,000 people.
Opelika is easily accessible, as I-85 runs directly east of the city. Opelika is located between the Hyundai and Kia automobile facilities: Kia is 18 miles east and Hyundai is 67 miles west of Opelika. In addition to links to manufacturing, Opelika and the Auburn-Opelika MSA have outstanding educational options. Opelika is home to Southern Union State Community College; and neighboring Auburn is home to Auburn University. Opelika has its own school system of eight schools: three primary, three intermediate, and one high school.
Given that the Auburn-Opelika MSA is home to one of the largest universities in Alabama, it poses unique and additional risks that could give rise to accidental injuries and deaths that wouldn't otherwise occur in a typical Alabama town. The large concentration of teenage and college-aged drivers increases the number of motor vehicle accidents, truck accidents, and motorcycle accidents. Texting and driving, drinking and driving, and distracted driving undoubtedly occur more frequently in college towns such as Auburn. Also, due to the high volume of students on bicycles or on foot, there are a number of motor vehicle accidents involving pedestrians. These incidents often result in severe injuries or death.
Additionally, there are a number of manufacturing plants in the Auburn-Opelika area. These plants bring about their own set of unique safety-related issues. Each year in Alabama, there is a high volume of work-related injuries that result in deaths to employees of plants such as those found in and around Opelika. Deaths such as this typically have devastating emotional and financial consequences to family members. Unlike other wrongful death claims that don't arise from employment, the victim or his dependent family members are entitled to workers' compensation benefits, if the employee dies in a work-related incident. Moreover, if the work-related death was caused by a third party, which is someone outside the place of employment, then the decedent's family may have a viable claim for wrongful death against the third party.
If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in an accident, contact the skilled Opelika wrongful death attorneys at Hollis, Wright, Clay & Vail at 205.324.3600
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Lee County Death Statistics
Lee County, Alabama, sustained 1,005 total deaths in a recent year—525 involved males, and 480 were females. Of those deaths, 58 were accidental in nature, which may be a result of another person's negligence or misconduct. The accidental deaths were the result of motor vehicle accidents (31), falls (9), poisoning (9), drowning (6), and other miscellaneous events (6).
If you recently lost a loved one due to the careless conduct of another, you should be able to spend your time emotionally recovering and grieving with your family. Your family members should not be tasked or burdened with investigating and gathering evidence to prove what happened. These efforts and activities should be performed by an attorney working on your behalf to uncover the facts and evidence surrounding the death. The Opelika wrongful death attorneys at Hollis, Wright, Clay & Vail will handle all aspects of your claim. This includes using our resources to investigate the wrongful death and determine exactly what transpired in an effort to prove your case and maximize your recovery. As always, the attorneys and staff at Hollis, Wright, Clay & Vail handle wrongful death cases on a contingency-fee basis, which means we don't get paid unless we successfully recover money for you. As part of our agreement, we advance all expenses associated with pursing a wrongful death claim and only get reimbursed those expenses if we recover on your behalf. Thus, there is no financial risk to you or your family whatsoever.
Trusted Opelika Wrongful Death Attorneys
During the most horrific time of your life, let the Opelika wrongful death attorneys at Hollis, Wright, Clay & Vail be on your side against the at-fault party's insurance company. While nothing can bring back your family member, filing a wrongful death claim can help reduce the emotional pain and financial consequences of losing the loved one. Additionally, filing a wrongful death claim will call attention to the particular conduct that caused the death of your family member and help alert the public to avoid engaging in such conduct.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in an accident due to the carelessness of another, contact the Opelika wrongful death attorneys at our law firm as soon as possible for a FREE
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