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Birmingham Attorneys Discuss $1.2 Million in Alabama Highway Safety Grants

by Staff Blogger | October 13th, 2015

Preventing motor vehicle accidents is a top priority in Alabama. That’s why the Birmingham car accident attorneys at Norris Injury Lawyers are excited to learn that the state will receive more than $1 million in grants to improve highway safety.

Northwest Georgia News reports that the funds will be used to support campaigns to address speeding, drunk driving, and seat belt use. The grants will also provide the money necessary to pay officers overtime during campaigns such as “Click It or Ticket” or sobriety checkpoints.

The funding is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and will be distributed by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs.

While these campaigns will help raise awareness about safety on the road, preventing accidents starts with choices made behind the wheel. That’s why the Birmingham personal injury attorneys at Norris Injury Lawyers encourage you to take these steps towards vehicle safety:

  • Buckle Up– Wearing a seat belt will reduce your chances of injury or death in the event of an accident, so make sure you wear one. Also, wear a seat belt across the shoulder and lap to avoid injuries.
  • Drive Sober- Alcohol is involved in roughly one-third of all fatal Alabama car accidents. That’s why you should never drink and drive. Instead, call a safe and sober ride to get you home.
  • Slow Down- Speeding is another leading cause of serious motor vehicle collisions. Obey posted speed limits along the roads you’re traveling.

 

 

Man Injured in Distracted Driving Accident Tells Others of the Dangers

by Staff Blogger | August 7th, 2012

Aug. 7, 2012

A 21-year-old Huntsville, Alabama, man considers himself lucky to be alive after being involved in an accident while texting on a Texas highway. The New York Daily News reports that the man sent his friend a message saying he was going to wreck if he did not stop texting.

Moments after sending the message, the man drove his truck off the highway and crashed into a creek bed, which caused the trucks engine to come through the vehicle’s dashboard.

Rescue crews pulled the man to safety, but his chances of survival were deemed slim. He had broken almost every bone in his body and suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result of the Car Accident. Now, six months after the accident, he has left the hospital and wants to spread the message to others that distracted driving is dangerous.

“They just need to understand don’t do it. Don’t do it. It’s not worth losing your life,” he added “I went to my grandmother’s funeral not long ago. And I kept thinking, it kept jumping into my head: ‘I’m surprised that’s not me in that casket.’ I came very close to that. To being gone forever.”

The Birmingham Personal Injury Lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers would like to encourage motorists to keep the roads safe by putting the phone down while driving. This simple safety practice can mean the difference between life and death.

One Killed And Four Injured As A Result Of Two-Vehicle Collision

by nil | 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.

Two Killed in Separate North Alabama Single-Vehicle Crashes

by nil | February 14th, 2012

February 14, 2012

Two single-vehicle crashes just days apart have claimed the lives of two north Alabama men. According to a Times-Daily article, the most recent accident occurred around 8:00 AM Sunday along Alabama 64.

Reports by Alabama state troopers say that the 48-year-old man was heading west in his 1996 Saturn sedan, when he veered off the right side of the road and struck a power pole about five miles east of Lexington in Lauderdale County. The man was declared dead at the scene from blunt force trauma by the county’s assistant coroner.

This was not the first fatal accident in the area this week though.

On Thursday, another male driver was killed in Lauderdale County, just north of St. Florian, after being involved in a single-vehicle crash. The driver was on Butler Creek Road when officials say he lost control of his Toyota 4Runner, crossed the roadway, ran over a mailbox and through a ditch before going airborne and slamming into a tree on the east side of the road.

The number of fatal crashes in the state has been on a sharp incline compared to numbers from this time last year. Troopers say that 51 fatalities have been reported across the state this year, compared to the 42 reported this time last year.

The Alabama Car Accident Attorneys with Norris Injury Lawyers would like to send their condolences to the families of those that were killed.

Drunk Driver Hits School Bus Head-On In Hoover, Alabama

by nil | January 17th, 2012

January 17, 2012

A student and a bus driver were injured this morning when the school bus they were in was hit head-on by a pick up truck in a residential part of Hoover, Alabama. An article released by FOX 6 News states that the driver of that pick up was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence.

It was just before 8:00 AM when a McCalla, Alabama, resident called 911 to report an intoxicated driver leaving a local gas station. The woman was instructed to follow the driver until units could catch up with the vehicle and pull it over. The woman followed the drunk driver as he weaved in and out of lanes of traffic. The driver’s luck finally ran out when he went across the double yellow lines in the center of the road and hit a school bus head-on.

The driver of the bus was taken to an area hospital to receive treatment for injuries sustained in the crash, while a student was taken to Children’s Hospital for the same.

The drunk driver will face charges for his part in the crash pending the outcome of an investigation by a crash reconstruction team and results of toxicology reports.

The Alabama auto accident attorneys with Norris Injury Lawyers often represent the victims of drunk driving. If you have been injured by a drunk driver, contact an experienced lawyer today for a free initial consultation of your case.

Debate Over Distracted Driving Comes To Alabama Legislature

by nil | December 20th, 2011

December 20, 2011

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recommended to the federal government last week that states should ban all driver use of cell phones and other portable electronic devices, except in emergencies.

Text messaging on cell phones is banned for all drivers in 35 states and the District of Columbia.  Seven states, including Alabama, ban only 16 and 17-year-old drivers who have held an intermediate license for fewer than six months from texting.

The City of Montgomery, Alabama, has ordinances against text messaging and the use of hand-held devices while driving but it’s only a secondary offense. Being a secondary offense means police cannot pull over violators for that reason alone.

Alabama Representative Jim McClendon, who is in favor of the ban, stated, “If you don’t use seat belts, you put yourself at risk.  When you text message, you put everybody at risk.”

The Alabama legislature will reconvene in February 2012 to determine if the ban should be put into effect or not.

Last year in Alabama alone, an estimated 14,000 car crashes—about one in nine of all roadway accidents–involved distracted driving, such as talking on a cell phone, eating, texting, or toying with the navigation system. In those crashes, 132 people died and 4,380 others were injured, according to estimates by the University of Alabama Center for Advanced Public Safety.

The Alabama Car Accident Attorneys with Norris Injury Lawyers want to encourage drivers to refrain from using electronic devise while behind the wheel of a vehicle.

Alabama Man Accused of Murder in Crash That Killed Toddler

by nil | October 18th, 2011

October 18, 2011

Prosecutors want a 38-year-old Mobile, Alabama, man to be charged with murder and assault in connection with the 2009 high-speed crash that killed a 2-year-old girl.

During opening arguments on Monday, the man’s defense attorney told a jury, “He does not live a single day without extreme regret and remorse for what he did. This case is a lot of things. It’s an absolute tragedy. It’s the culmination of a lot of bad decisions by a lot of people. This is not a murder case.”

The crash occurred August 26, 2009, after police stopped a driver for playing his stereo too loud — a likely violation of the city’s noise ordinance. The man then fled from police. The Birmingham News reports that within 55 seconds of hitting his gas pedal and speeding down Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard the man crashed his Buick LaSabre into a Ford Taurus carrying three people, including a pregnant woman and the two-year-old victim.

After the crash, police discovered a small amount of drugs in the Buick.

The man was charged with murder, two counts of first-degree assault, second-degree possession of marijunana, possession of cocaine, and causing a death while attempting to allude police. He faces up to 20 years in prison on the murder charge.

Read more.

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

9 Tips for Safer Driving in Birmingham, Alabama

by nil | August 2nd, 2011

August 2, 2011

Some car accidents and dangerous auto-related incidents are out of a driver’s hands, but these important safety tips from the Birmingham Police Department may help keep drivers and their passengers safe on the road.

  • Never leave your keys in the ignition while your car is unattended.
  • Park in well-lighted areas and lock your doors, no matter how long you’ll be gone.
  • Put valuables out of sight or in the trunk.
  • Check front and rear seats, and floorboards before entering your car.
  • Drive with all doors locked.
  • Never pick up hitchhikers. If your car breaks down, put the hood up, lock the doors, turn on the flashers, and move to the passenger seat. Do not leave your car. If someone stops to help, roll down the window slightly and ask them to call a tow truck if you don’t have a cell phone.
  • Avoid underground and enclosed parking garages if possible.
  • When parking or returning to your vehicle, carry your keys and be aware of your surroundings.
  • Consider investing in a cellular telephone.

What do you think are the most important safety rules to keep in mind 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.

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

by nil | 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.

Students injured in Alabama auto accident

by nil | June 8th, 2011

June 9, 2011

A charter bus carrying a group of teens struck a semi truck in an Alabama auto accident.

According to crienglish.com, nearly two dozen people suffered from injuries in the Alabama auto accident.

A bus traveling from Texas hit into the semi truck just minutes after it overturned in the Alabama auto accident.

Two chaperones were onboard the bus with the teenagers, and one was left in serious condition after the Alabama auto accidents. Other injuries reported in the Alabama auto accidents included minor cuts and bruises.

The teens were headed to Disney World.

Read more.

Do you think recent news stories about fatigued bus drivers should prompt lawmakers to better regulate driving records of bus drivers? Do you trust your child taking public transportation for school trips?

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