alabama auto accident

Hoover Teen Killed in Collision with Dump Truck

by nil | September 20th, 2011

September 20, 2011

A 14-year-old Hoover, Alabama, girl was killed on Thursday, September 15, when a dump truck collided with the car that the high school freshman was riding in on the way to school.

The Birmingham News reports that at 8 a.m. the girl had been riding to Hoover High School in a 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier, driven by a 16-year-old fellow student. A 15-year-old passenger was also in the car at the time of the crash, which occurred when a dump truck hit the passenger side of the Cavalier as it made a left turn off Shades Crest Road onto Brock Gap Parkway.

The 16-year-old driver and 15-year-old suffered non-life-threatening injuries but the 14-year-old, who was in the back seat on the passenger side, was pronounced dead shortly after arrival at Children’s of Alabama.

The 65-year-old dump truck driver was unharmed.

An accident reconstruction team has been assigned to the crash to investigate all details. The victim was wearing her seatbelt, and there’s no indication that cell phones were a factor in the crash.

“This crash will have profound effects on not only all of those involved, but their families as well,” said Hoover police spokesman Captain Jim Coker. “It is our duty to fully investigate the crash, in order to find answers.”

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3 Killed, 2 Injured in Sumiton Car Crash

by nil | September 15th, 2011

September 15, 2011

A two-car accident in Alabama’s Walker County killed three people and injured two others on Tuesday, September 13.

The crash occurred around 5:30 a.m. on Corridor X near Sumiton, Alabama, which is about 25 miles from Birmingham.

Alabama State Troopers say a 27-year-old man (now deceased) was traveling slowly in the eastbound lanes just west of the Dora/Sumiton exit in his 1995 Ford Taurus. A coroner has determined that the man must have been having car trouble, as his flashers were on and he was driving very slowly.

A 32-year-old male who was traveling behind the Taurus pulled around an 18-wheeler in his 2002 Toyota Tacoma and rear-ended the Taurus.

“It caught the vehicle above the frame, so the frame didn’t take the impact,” said Walker County Coroner J.C. Poe to The Birmingham News.

The three men who died—ages 27, 22, and 21—were all residents of Jasper, according to The Birmingham News. Each was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.

Among the injured were a 16-year-old male from Jasper (a passenger inside the Taurus) and the 32-year-old male driver of the Tacoma, who lives in Cordova. Both were taken to UAB Hospital in Birmingham.

Police continue to investigate the accident.

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Lawsuit Settled Over Fatal Apartment Complex Deck Collapse in Alabama

by nil | August 30th, 2011

August 30, 2011

A lawsuit filed over the collapse of an apartment complex deck in Hoover, Alabama, has been settled out of court, reports The Birmingham News.

Two decks at Waterford Landing apartments collapsed on July 4, 2010, killing a resident who fell three floors to the ground. The man’s roommate and five friends who were visiting the apartment were all injured when they, too, fell three stories. Three of them were seriously injured. Two decks below, which no one was standing on, were crushed by the falling deck.

Three weeks later, another deck on a different Waterford Landing apartment building collapsed, injuring a woman.

“The settlements were fair,” said the plaintiffs’ attorney.

Though the monetary compensation was kept private, the attorney said, “I can tell you that all the plaintiffs were fairly and fully compensated … [Representatives for both the real estate firm and the apartment complex were] sensitive to the needs of the individuals in the case.”

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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?

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New Alabama Law Stiffens Penalties and Fines for Drunk Drivers

by nil | July 12th, 2011

July 12, 2011

A new Alabama law enforces harsher penalties and fines for drivers with especially high Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) levels. The law, originally Senate Bill 67, was signed into effect last month by Governor Robert Bentley. It states that those convicted of aggravated DUI—defined as driving with a BAC of .15 or higher—will face double the fines and prison terms.

The bill was sponsored in the House by Representative Paul DeMarco and in the Senate by Rusty Glover.

“I am sure this law will reduce the number of DUIs in Alabama,” said DeMarco. “It directly affects the most highly intoxicated drivers, who are the ones who cause the most accidents. Hopefully, this will make our highways safer by strengthening the penalties against DUIs.”

The Birmingham News reports that 33 percent of all Alabama traffic deaths in 2009 were attributed to drunken-driving. Of the crashes that involved a fatality, 56 percent of drivers had a BAC of .15 or higher.

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Do you think this new law will help deter drunk driving in Alabama? Do you think it’s fair that your BAC would help determine your punishment for drunk driving?

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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.

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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?

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One dead in Memorial Day Alabama auto accident

by nil | June 2nd, 2011

June 2, 2011

State Troopers worked eight Alabama auto accidents over Memorial Day weekend, according to blog.al.com.

In the most recent Alabama auto accident, one man was killed and another injured in a single-vehicle accident. A 20-year-old was driving a Ford F-100 when he lost control in a curve, swerved off the road and flipped in the Alabama auto accident.

A 20-year-old passenger in the truck at the time of the Alabama auto accident was thrown from the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene of the Alabama auto accident.

The driver was taken to UAB Hospital by helicopter and was last listed in serious condition as a result of his injuries in the Alabama auto accident.

It was not mentioned whether drugs or alcohol were to blame for the Alabama auto accident, but of the other fatal accidents, alcohol was involved in at least five, and seatbelts were not worn in five.

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Do you think law enforcement officials did a good job keeping roads safe over the Memorial Day weekend? Why do you think some people use holidays as a reason to drink in excess?

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Man charged with DUI after Alabama auto accident

by nil | May 25th, 2011

May 26, 2011

A man accused of murder had his charged revoked when a judge found probable cause that he was driving under the influence of alcohol and left the scene of an Alabama auto accident, according to al.com.

The man left the scene of an Alabama auto accident without giving authorities the required information. Police found him after he tried to walk back home after the Alabama auto accident.

A 47-year-old passenger was killed in an Alabama auto accident when the man tried to elude police and crashed into a concrete pole.

Tests confirmed that the man was under the influence of alcohol and other substances at the time of the Alabama auto accident.

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What do you think about DUI laws in Alabama? Do you think someone who is involved in an Alabama auto accident while under the influence should be allowed to get their license back?

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Victims identified from Mobile auto accident

by nil | April 10th, 2008

April 10, 2008

The victims of a Mobile auto accident, one woman killed and six others injured, have been identified by police, according to The Press Register.

The Alabama auto accident occurred when a sport utility vehicle made a lane change and struck another vehicle, causing both to run into the nearby retaining wall.

The SUV overturned, landing on its roof and throwing its driver out of the vehicle. The driver of the SUV was pronounced dead at the scene of the Mobile auto accident.

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Alabama auto accident deaths at four-year low

by nil | December 28th, 2007

December 28, 2007

Fatal Alabama auto accidents were at a four-year low with only four days left in the year, according to The Birmingham News. Gov. Bob Riley implored Alabama residents to ride home safely New Year’s Eve with a sober driver to avoid deadly auto accidents.

From the first of the year through Dec. 26, there were 758 Alabama car accident deaths, down 61 from 2006, according to the Alabama Department of Public Safety. Over the New Year’s weekend, checkpoints and extra patrols will be set up in an attempt to keep the number of auto accidents down and ensure the safety of Alabama drivers.

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