February 11th, 2014|
Winter weather was pummeling the state of Alabama several days ago, and more snow and ice is expected to encroach on the area over the next several days. The impending road conditions may increase the chances of being involved in car accidents. In many of these cases, auto crash damages will lead to the filing of insurance claims.
The Alabama Car Accident Attorneys with Norris Injury Lawyers point out these claims may prompt insurance companies to attempt to increase rates or drop policies in extreme cases. But the firm adds that there are laws in place that may help protect motorists from being victims of such predicaments.
A story from My FOX AL 6 News explains Alabama has a law known as the “Act of God” rule. The piece of legislation prevents insurance companies from increasing rates or dropping policies based on accidents resulting from “acts of god”, including weather.
Officials add that while it may be illegal for insurance companies to change rates based on accidents, they can revoke other offers, such as “claim free” discounts.
The Birmingham Personal Injury Lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers are aware of how confusing the laws overseeing the insurance industry can be. That’s why the firm urges car accident victims to discuss their legal options with an attorney prior to speaking with insurance claims adjustors.
October 16th, 2012|
Oct. 16, 2012
A Huntsville resident was injured as the result of a single-vehicle accident this past week. An article from WHNT 19 News said the crash happened Friday evening at the intersection of Governors Drive and Monte Sano Boulevard.
Reports indicate the man was traveling westbound on Governors Drive when he attempted to make a sharp left onto Monte Sano. The driver lost control of the SUV during the maneuver. The vehicle then left the roadway and rolled several times before coming to rest.
The driver was trapped inside the wreckage for roughly 20 minutes while rescue crews worked to extricate him. The victim was then taken to a Huntsville hospital for an examination and treatment.
While single-vehicle accidents are often blamed on driver error, what many fail to realize is that a vehicle’s design may be at fault for causing an accident. Research has shown the narrow wheelbase and large tires on many vehicles can play a significant role in an Alabama SUV Rollover accident. When this is the case, an injured victim of a car accident may be able to seek compensation for damages from the manufacturer of the vehicle.
The Birmingham Personal Injury Lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers have experience filing a claim for such an accident and would encourage anyone who has been injured in an SUV rollover to explore their legal options for compensation following such a crash.
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.
November 29th, 2011|
November 29, 2011
Alabama roads were a little safer this year over the Thanksgiving holiday than this time last year. ABC 33/40 News reported yesterday that the Alabama Highway Patrol (AHP) only investigated five fatal crashes over the holiday weekend versus the twelve from the year before.
The AHP looked at reports taken from 6:00 PM Wednesday, November 23, to midnight Monday, November 28. During that stretch, investigators were called to five separate accidents that resulted in six deaths. Troopers believe that alcohol may have played a factor in three of the crashes. They also confirmed that five of the six individuals who died were not wearing seat belts at the time of the crashes. The accidents that occurred happened in Mobile, Russell, Etowah, Washington, and Madison Counties.
Troopers say the safer roads are the result of heavier patrols during the holiday season on state highways. The agency said that more troopers monitoring speeding and dangerous driving were out this year versus this time last year.
The state has seen a steady decrease in the number of fatalities in traffic related accidents in recent years. In 2009, only 848 people were killed in traffic accidents, down from 967 the year before, and 1110 in 2007.
The Alabama Auto Accident Attorneys with Norris Injury Lawyers are encouraged by the data from the holiday season. They would also like to thank Alabama motorists for keeping the roads safe this year and urge drivers to keep up the safe practices.
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.
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.