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Tips For Travel During Inclement Weather

by Norris Injury Lawyers | December 29th, 2015

Heavy winds and rain across the state of Alabama over the last several days has made traveling not only difficult, but also extremely dangerous. Reports indicate that some areas have seen more than 14-inches of rain in the last six days, leaving many highways flooded and bridges washed out.

In order to help you stay safe during adverse weather, the Alabama auto accident attorneys at Norris Injury Lawyers would like to offer several safety tips. They include:

  • Stay Home- Do not travel during bad weather unless it is absolutely necessary to do so.
  • Know Your Route-If you must travel during turbulent weather conditions, research your route to ensure the roads you will use are clear. The Alabama Department of Transportation can provide you with the latest road conditions in your area.
  • Never Drive Through Standing Water- Even if a pool of water in the road looks passable, don’t attempt to drive through it. Your vehicle could quickly flood if the water is deeper than expected. Instead, turn around and find an alternative route to your destination.
  • Be prepared- Accidents aren’t always preventable, so have the supplies you will need in case of a crash. This can include a cellphone and charger, as well as a knife to cut thru a seatbelt and an object to break glass in the event your vehicle floods.
  • Wear Your Seatbelt- This life-saving piece of equipment significantly reduces your chance of injury or death in the event of an accident, so always buckle up.

The Alabama personal injury lawyers at Norris Injury Lawyers hope these tips help keep you safe as you get where you need to go in bad weather.


ALEA Working to Prevent Wreckless Driving During the Holidays

by Norris Injury Lawyers | December 22nd, 2015

As millions of Americans prepare to travel for the holidays, law enforcement agencies nationwide are stepping up their efforts to keep our roadways safe, and Alabama is no exception. Here’s what you need to know about what’s being done to take dangerous drivers off the road, as well as what you can do to help prevent collisions this holiday season.

The Alabama auto accident attorneys at Norris Injury Lawyers explain that from Friday, December 18, until Friday, January 1, Alabama State Troopers with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) will be out in full force patrolling for motorists who are breaking the law. Troopers will be targeting intoxicated motorists in particular this year after 19 people died last year in Alabama around the holidays as a result of drunk driving.

Troopers won’t just be targeting those who are under the influence of alcohol. According to an article from WBRC FOX 6 News, ALEA will have a number of drug recognition experts on hand to determine if a motorist is under the influence of illegal or illicit drugs while operating a motor vehicle. So far this year, the state’s 21 troopers who have been trained in drug recognition have been responsible for as many as 80 arrests of motorists who were driving while intoxicated.

At Norris Injury Lawyers, we applaud the efforts being made to keep our roads clear of intoxicated motorists this holiday season and our Birmingham personal injury lawyers are hopeful ALEA’s efforts are a success!


Alabama Car Accident Lawyers Discuss Importance of Safety Behind the Wheel

by Norris Injury Lawyers | August 27th, 2013

August 27, 2013

The Alabama Car Accident Lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers explain the government’s plan to eradicate dangerous driving behaviors using campaigns aimed at raising safety awareness may have backfired. Recent data shows that while most motorists are aware of how dangerous behaviors like drowsy, drunk, and distracted driving are, they aren’t taking the necessary actions to travel safely.

An article from Alabama’s 13 News stated the number of motorists who found texting and driving to never be acceptable was around 80 percent. However one in four of those surveyed admitted to engaging in the behavior.

Fewer respondents saw drinking and driving as a serious threat as well. Experts found that in 2009, 90 percent of motorists found drinking and driving to be unacceptable. By 2012 though, the number had decreased to 69 percent. Fourteen percent of motorists admitted to getting behind the wheel of a vehicle while over the legal blood alcohol limit in the past year as well.

In addition, fewer motorists believe in the dangers posed by drowsy driving. In 2009, 71 percent of motorists saw drowsy driving as dangerous, compared to the 46 percent who saw the behavior as risky last year.

Norris Injury Lawyers’ team of Alabama Personal Injury Lawyers asks motorists to do their part in keeping the state’s highways safe by never engaging in unsafe behavior behind the wheel of a car.

Kids with ADHD More Prone to Pedestrian Injury, Finds Study

by Norris Injury Lawyers | July 26th, 2011

July 26, 2011

Children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder are more likely to suffer an injury at a crosswalk, finds a University of Alabama at Birmingham study. Researchers discovered that children with ADHD behave the same when crossing a crosswalk but that they make riskier choices—smaller gaps of traffic and less time to spare–when determining when to cross a street.

The study used an interactive virtual environment and tasked each child 15 times with deciding when to cross a street. Researchers looked at 78 children aged seven to 10—half with ADHD, half without. Those on medication were required to stop taking it 24 hours prior to the study. Seventy-one-percent of the children were boys, and those with and without ADHD were matched in terms of gender, age, and ethnicity.

“Crossing the street safely requires the ability to plan and to inhibit responses such as darting into the street under unsafe conditions, both abilities controlled by the executive system and shown as central impairments in children with ADHD-C,” the researchers wrote.

Read more.

Do you think a child’s history of ADHD should be taken into account when a child is injured at a crosswalk?

If you or someone you know has been involved in an Alabama auto accident, the Alabama auto accident attorneys at Norris Injury Lawyers can help.

35 Percent of College Students Use Apps While Driving, Says Study

by Norris Injury Lawyers | June 28th, 2011

June 28, 2011

A new study out from the University of Alabama at Birmingham indicates that one-third of college students use cell phone apps while they’re behind the wheel. The most surprising finding: Even students who’ve had cell-phone related accidents continue to use their mobile devices in the car.

The study looked at 93 college students all of whom owned a smartphone device such as a Blackberry or iPhone. Each student claimed to use apps on their phone at least four times a week, although 10 of these students had previously been involved in car crashes caused by their own distracted driving.

The study, which will be presented at the American Psychological Association Convention in D.C. this summer, found that 10 percent of students often or nearly always use mobile apps while driving, and that one-third say they use them sometimes.

“It’s astounding, scary,” said David Schwebel, the director of the UAB Youth Safety Lab that supervised the study, in an interview with Reuters. “Very little of this is urgent business. It’s socializing and entertainment.”

Lauren McCartney, a UAB student who worked on the study, told Reuters that the study has led her to conclude that smartphones need to be banned from use while driving.

Read more.

Do you use smartphone apps while driving even though you know the dangers of doing so? What’s the best way to discourage people from using their cell phones while driving?

If you or someone you know has been involved in an Alabama auto accident, the Alabama auto accident attorneys at Norris Injury Lawyers can help.