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.
October 6th, 2015|
We’ve all been taught about the dangers of drunk driving, and it seems to have been effective. The rate of drunk driving accidents reported in the U.S. is declining. However, there seems to be a new and ever-increasing danger on our roads and it’s drugged driving.
The Alabama car accident attorneys at Norris Injury Lawyers explain that roughly 38 percent of drivers killed in car accidents test positive for some form of drugs in their system at the time of a crash. Roughly one-third of those victims test positive for marijuana, while another ten percent have amphetamines in their system.
A report issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration offers several suggestions for how to reduce drugged driving in the U.S. According to an article from WSFA News, these include:
- Raising public awareness about drugged driving
- Collecting and analyzing drugged driving data
- Updating drugged driving laws
- Providing drugged drivers with treatment options
- Providing training on drugged driving for law enforcement and judicial staff
- Continuing to research how drugs can impair one’s ability to drive
At Norris Injury Lawyers, we recognize the risks drugged driving can pose. That’s why our Birmingham personal injury attorneys encourage drivers to never get behind the wheel of a vehicle if drugs or alcohol are impairing your judgment. Instead, call a sober ride to get you home safely.
August 11th, 2015|
Most motorists are aware of the risks of driving under the influence, but the Alabama car accident attorneys at Norris Injury Lawyers point out that drunk driving is still a big problem in our country.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently conducted a survey that found an estimated 2 percent of motorists in the United States—or roughly 4.2 million citizens—admitted to having driven while under the influence of drugs or alcohol in the past month.
According to WSFA 12 News, the data provided insight into how we may be able to battle the problem by addressing binge drinking. Researchers found those who binge drink, which is defined as consuming more than 4-5 drinks during a single session, are responsible for two-thirds of all drunk driving accidents in the United States. Men were also more likely to drive under the influence, considering males accounted for 80 percent of drunk drivers on the road.
These numbers may leave you asking yourself what you can do to prevent a drunk driving accident. The answer is simple—don’t drink and drive! The Birmingham personal injury lawyers at Norris Injury Lawyers explain that one way to achieve this goal is to establish a designated driver before going out or using a cab service to get home safely after drinking. Parents should also have an open dialogue with teen motorists about the risks that drunk driving can pose.
We hope these tips help to keep you and your loved ones safe!
June 2nd, 2015|
Data from the Alabama Department of Transportation shows that Alabama saw a total of 870 fatalities resulting from motor vehicle collisions in 2012. The Alabama car accident attorneys at Norris Injury Lawyers explain that despite seat belts being the best way to reduce the chances of death in the event of an accident, many motorists are still refraining from buckling up.
In an article from ABC 33/40 News, Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Trooper, Jonathan Appling, stated that more than half of all those killed in motor vehicle collisions are not wearing seat belts at the time of their accident.
Why are people not buckling up? It may be because our state’s seat belt laws are too relaxed. Alabama law doesn’t require anyone over age 18 to wear a seat belt in the back seat of a vehicle.
Appling stated that others tend to not buckle up due to overconfidence in their abilities on the road. He went on to explain that over time, drivers begin to get comfortable in a feeling that they won’t be involved in a wreck.
At Norris Injury Lawyers, we know the risks of not buckling up. That’s why our Birmingham personal injury lawyers ask that you wear your seat belt each and every time you go for a ride in a car, truck, or SUV.