December 23rd, 2014|
Christmas is this week. And while it’s a day for celebrating, many will be traveling to visit friends and family. This increase in traffic volume around the holidays leads to an increase in Alabama car accidents.
Reports indicate researchers from the University of Alabama Center for Advanced Public Safety crunched accident numbers collected over the last ten years using a piece of technology known as Critical Analysis Reporting Environment—or CARE. They found Alabama car accident totals were 18 percent higher at Christmas than the total number of crashes recorded during Thanksgiving. Furthermore, accident totals around Christmas were as much as 27 percent greater than the New Year’s Day accident count.
These numbers may leave you wondering what you can do to stay safe on Alabama’s roads and highways this holiday season. The Birmingham personal injury attorneys with Norris Injury Lawyers suggest:
- Avoiding Alcohol if You’re Driving– If you’ve consumed alcohol or any other substance that could impair judgment, use a cab or designated driver to get home safely.
- Being Prepared– Know the traffic and road conditions along the route you plan to travel. Also, be sure and pack emergency supplies, such as food, water, blankets, flashlights, and a fully charged cellphone.
- Obeying The Law- Eliminate distractions prior to driving, obey the speed limit and traffic signs, and buckle up.
We are hopeful these tips help you and your loved ones to have happy and safe travels during the holiday season!
January 7th, 2014|
Motor vehicle collisions are a serious risk to those traveling the highways in Alabama. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that, in 2012, a total of 865 motorists lost their lives as the result of crashes in the state.
The Birmingham Car Accident Lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers explain this number leaves many citizens wondering what some of the most common causes of car accidents are in today’s society. The firm states three of the most common car accident contributing factors are:
- Speed – The U.S. Department of Transportation estimates that speed plays a part in roughly one-third of all car accidents in the United States.
- Distracted Driving – Research shows individuals who text message while driving are 23 times more likely to be involved in a collision compared to motorists who are focused on the road.
- Drunken Driving – A NHTSA Press Release shows that in 2012, a total of 37 percent of the state’s motor vehicle fatalities listed alcohol as a contributing factor to the death.
Norris Injury Lawyers and their team of Birmingham Personal Injury Lawyer are aware of the risks posed by auto accidents. That is why the firm is asking motorists to do their part by refraining from these behaviors while behind the wheel.
October 15th, 2013|
October 15, 2013
Each year, thousands of people in Alabama are injured as the result of motor vehicle accidents. The Birmingham Car Accident Lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers point out that a growing number of these collisions are being attributed to distracted driving.
An article from The Gadsden Times explains that one such crash occurred last week leaving nine people seriously injured, including eight children. Reports indicate the accident happened at approximately 7:20 p.m., on DeKalb County Road 568.
The victims were participants in the Deadwood Farms Haunted Hayride attraction and were riding on a trailer pulled by a tractor. The trailer was not using its taillights at the time, but was illuminated by a lamp shining down onto the passengers. When the driver of the trailer attempted to turn left onto another road though, a vehicle approaching from the trailers rear failed to stop and the two collided. The driver of the vehicle involved in the crash later told investigators a dog riding in the car distracted them.
Norris Injury Lawyers’ team of Alabama Personal Injury Lawyers is aware of the risks posed by driving while distracted. That is why the firm asks motorists to eliminate all distractions in a vehicle before driving by turning phones on silent, not eating or drinking, securing all animals in a crate or kennel, and turning car stereos down enough to hear horns and sirens equipped on other vehicles.
February 26th, 2013|
Feb. 26, 2013
A plea agreement has been reached with a man accused of causing an Alabama Car Accident that left one woman dead and seriously injured several other motorists. According to an article from Al.com, the Chickasaw, Alabama, man had murder charges reduced to a single count of manslaughter and assault in exchange for a guilty plea.
Court documents show that on the evening of Nov. 28, 2010, the man pulled out of the parking lot of a sports club in Mount Vernon and began driving down Old Highway 43. The man’s vehicle then crossed into the oncoming lane of traffic and collided nearly head-on with another vehicle, killing its driver. The man’s car then struck a parked vehicle, injuring an occupant in each of the vehicles involved.
The man responsible for causing the accident had a blood sample taken at the hospital to determine if he was under the influence at the time of the crash. However, twelve hours passed between the accident and the drawing of the blood sample. The test came back negative.
A sentencing date was set for later this month and the man is expected to face between 2 and 20 years in prison for his crimes.
The Alabama Injury Attorneys with Norris Injury Lawyers are hopeful the agreement reached in the case will help bring a sense of closure to the friends, families, and victims touched by this horrific event.
January 29th, 2013|
Jan. 29, 2013
A 27-year-old man from Hoover, Alabama, is facing charges in connection with a car accident this past May that left a woman dead and her sister seriously injured. A story from Al.com says the crash occurred on May 27 at around 5 a.m. along Jefferson Avenue SW in Birmingham, Alabama.
Reports indicate the man was driving a black Chevrolet Impala at a high rate of speed when he suddenly lost control of the vehicle He veered off the road and crashed into the side of a nearby residence. The impact of the Birmingham Car Accident sent the vehicle through an exterior wall and into the living room of the home, where a chimney then collapsed on the roof of the car.
A 27-year-old woman from Birmingham, who was in the vehicle at the time of the wreck, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver and the deceased victim’s sister, who was in the backseat of the car, were rushed to a local trauma center for treatment to serious injuries.
An investigation into the accident later determined the driver was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash, and he was placed under arrest on charges of murder and assault on Wednesday.
Norris Injury Lawyers has a team of Alabama Personal Injury Lawyers who hope this case will make others think twice about getting behind the wheel of a vehicle after consuming alcohol.
January 8th, 2013|
Jan. 8, 2012
The number of crashes between trains and cars in Alabama slightly decreased over the past year, but thousands of these accidents still occur. In fact, an article from Tulsa World reports that more than 1,500 collisions between train and cars occurred in Oklahoma throughout 2011.
Experts say while the number is still high, it is a dramatic decrease from the estimated 2,400 Alabama Car Accidents involving trains in 2008. Motorists who fail to heed warnings signals and lights at train track crossings cause a majority of these accidents.
Take, for example, the case of a young man involved a train accident in Evergreen, Alabama two years ago. The victim failed to come to a stop at a railroad crossing for an oncoming train. The particular crossing has been the sight of at least nine other accidents in recent years. To combat the problem, measures are being taken to curb the high number of these accidents.
Government programs, such as Operation Lifesaver, are being implemented to educate the public on the dangers posed by crossings. Railroad companies also updating infrastructure by improving signage and warning signals at certain crossings known to be notorious for accidents.
The Alabama Personal Injury Lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers are hopeful these efforts will work to educate the public on the dangers of railroad crossings and lead to success in preventing future accidents between trains and cars.
November 6th, 2012|
Nov. 6, 2012
Despite a law that recently took effect in Alabama banning drivers from texting and driving, distracted driving continues to claim lives across the state. An article from WAFF 48 News said a recent fatal Alabama car accident might be attributed to the behavior.
Reports state that the accident occurred at around 5 a.m. on Wednesday morning at the intersection of Highways 72 and 247 in Colbert County. It was there that the vehicle of a 32-year-old woman collided with a tractor-trailer hauling logs driven by a 39-year-old man. The impact of the Alabama Car Accident killed the woman injured her toddler who was in the backseat of her vehicle at the time of the crash. The child was rushed to a Tuscumbia hospital where she was treated and released.
Troopers say that while their investigation into the accident is ongoing, they believe that distraction from an electronic device may have been a contributing factor.
Statistics from the federal government show that roughly 23 percent of all motor vehicle accidents in the United States last year involved cellphones. More specifically, 1.2 million accidents were caused by texting and driving in 2011.
The Birmingham Personal Injury Lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers understand the dangers associated with distracted driving. That is why the firm is here to assist you if you have been hurt in an accident caused by another person’s use of a cellphone while driving.
July 24th, 2012|
July 24, 2012
It was a busy weekend for law enforcement in the state of Alabama. According to reports from the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, three separate automobile accidents in less than 24 hours have left two injured and two others dead.
The first Alabama Car Accident happened at just after 9 p.m. this past Saturday night, at the intersection of North College Street and Magnolia Avenue. It was there that Captain Tom Stofer, from the Auburn Police Department, says that a 23-year-old driver lost control of his vehicle and crashed into two pedestrians walking near the road. The pair was transported to a hospital for treatment.
Just after midnight Sunday morning, College Street was the site of a fatal accident involving a 21-year-old Auburn University student. Reports indicate the man died after striking three cars at the intersection of South College and Shug Jordan Parkway. One other person involved was taken to the hospital for treatment.
An hour later, a 17-year-old girl died as the result of a crash on Highway 50. The Alabama Highway Patrol says that a preliminary investigation has determined that the teen lost control of her vehicle and veered off of the highway just moments before the fatal collision.
The Alabama Personal Injury Lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers would like to send their deepest sympathies to the families of those that died, and would like to wish the survivors a full and speedy recovery from their injuries.
June 12th, 2012|
June 12, 2012
Motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of death for teenagers in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say that in 2009, approximately 3,000 teens died and 350,000 were injured as a result of auto accidents; however, the agency has recently shown that certain driving behaviors could prevent teen car accidents.
In an article from ABC 33/40 News, the CDC cites a study conducted last year showing that more teens are involved in accidents due to distracted driving than ever before. Results from the study showed 58% of high school seniors and 43% of high school juniors admitted to texting while driving on a regular basis.
Another risk factor uncovered by the study was a high proportion of accidents with several passengers in the vehicle. Numbers showed that the chances of being involved in an accident grew exponentially with the number of passengers in the car.
However, the study revealed that teens are practicing other safety behaviors better than ever before. Fewer students reported having driven drunk, and more teens reported wearing seatbelts on a regular basis.
The Alabama Personal Injury Lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers say that the best way to prevent your teen from being involved in an Alabama Auto Accident is setting rules for car usage, such as limiting the number of passengers, and having a conversation about the dangers of speeding, riding unbelted, and texting behind the wheel.
April 17th, 2012|
April 17, 2012
A 14-year-old Huntsville, Alabama, girl was killed and four other people were injured in a two-vehicle collision Friday. According to WAFF 48 News, the crash happened just after midnight on Highway 24, near the intersection with County Road 217.
Reports from the Alabama State Police indicate that the crash happened as a white car carrying the young girl and three others was heading east on Highway 24. When the car began to slow to make a right turn onto CR 217, a pickup truck failed to stop and rear-ended the car. The collision sent the car sailing into a ditch, while the truck skidded across the intersection before stopping in the median of the road.
The young girl, who was riding in the backseat, died as a result of the injuries she sustained in the crash. The three passengers in the car, along with the driver of the pickup truck, were taken to a local hospital in Decatur to receive treatment for non-life threatening injuries.
State troopers say that they will continue to investigate the accident and that charges could be filed later.
The Alabama Auto Accident Attorneys with Norris Injury Lawyers would like to remind young drivers to always buckle up and obey the speed limit. The firm would also like to send their thoughts and condolences to the family of the young girl who died in this tragic accident.