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The Impact of Emotional Shock After a Car Accident

By Smith & McGhee, PC |

It happens in a second before you can react. The sound and the sight – it is a moment you’ll never forget, though you wish you could.The emotional shock after a car accident is especially profound if there are injuries, death, and/or a property loss. The American Psychological Association (APA) reports at least one… Read More »


Why Are There So Many Truck Accidents in Alabama?

By Smith & McGhee, PC |

Dothan, Alabama sees more than its fair share of accidents involving big trucks. With congestion crowding Highway 84, and our proximity to the beaches of Florida, our outdated roads host traffic backups that can lead to a collision.  Especially bad are passenger vehicle collisions with trucks.   Alabama is home to more than 10,000… Read More »

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Do Pedestrian Accidents Increase in the Summer?

By Smith & McGhee, PC |

Summertime means more people are on the roads, including motorists, motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians. Unfortunately, it also means more pedestrian accidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports nearly 6,000 pedestrians died in traffic-related events in 2017, roughly the same number as the year before. That’s about one fatality every 88 minutes. Nationwide,… Read More »

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How will a Criminal Record Impact My Visitation Rights?

By Smith & McGhee, PC |

We’ve heard the question – Does having a criminal record affect my child visitation and custody rights? The simple answer is yes, it may. Certain convictions will severely curtail or even terminate parental custody rights under Alabama and Florida law. Let’s look deeper. In The Best Interest of the Child The best interest of… Read More »

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Common Forms of Nursing Home Abuse in Dothan AL

By Smith & McGhee, PC |

Nursing homes have reached a point of crisis. Aging demographics, industry consolidation, and a tight labor market have contributed to substandard conditions in many of today’s nursing facilities. This has resulted in a vast increase of nursing home neglect and abuse cases.  Government statistics tell us that at least one in nine Americans over… Read More »

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Five Ways to Respect Motorcycles on the Road

By Smith & McGhee, PC |

It is so important that you understand a basic fact – passenger cars have been found to be the primary cause of most motorcycle accidents. It is true.  Despite the image of a reckless, loud motorcyclist weaving through traffic, it is more often the carelessness of the passenger vehicle driver who is to blame,… Read More »

Hiring a Personal Injury Attorney

When Should you Hire a Personal Injury Attorney in Florida?

By Smith & McGhee, PC |

While our offices are located in Dothan, Alabama we often hear from folks who are seeking the services of a personal injury attorney while in Florida. Florida represents fun in the sun for so many from Alabama and between the beaches and amusement parks it is a frequent vacation stop for those from our… Read More »

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Making Healthcare Decisions for Children of Divorce

By Smith & McGhee, PC |

It is unfortunate that you and your spouse have decided to divorce. In the best-case scenario here, you both will come up with a co-parenting plan to make the best decisions for your child and to make the split as peaceful as possible. That includes decisions on health care.  Again, the couple who co-parents… Read More »

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Smith Brothers Follow in Their Father’s Footsteps

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“You’re never too old to follow your dreams and strike out on a different path.” This has been a defining philosophy in the lives of attorney Thomas Smith Jr. and his sons Thomas “Scott” Smith III and Elliott Smith. Thomas Smith Jr. found his calling a little later in life. Having previously earned a… Read More »

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Stopped for a DUI in Florida – I Have a Gun in My Car – What Do I Do?

By Smith & McGhee, PC |

It is not unusual for a Dothan, Alabama resident to head south to Panama City Beach. In 87 miles you can be on the white sands and wide expanse of Florida’s Panhandle coastline and many Alabama residents take advantage of the proximity. But what do you do if you are stopped for a DUI… Read More »