April 14th, 2015|
Spring is in the air in Alabama, and for many of our state’s young people, it’s time to hit the road to go to prom, spring break, and graduation. Unfortunately, these trips all too often end with motor vehicle collisions. The Birmingham car accident lawyers at Norris Injury Lawyers point out that one of the most common—and preventable—causes of these crashes is drinking and driving.
Data from the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility shows roughly 20 percent of Alabama teens reported consuming alcohol in the past 30 days, while approximately 12 percent admitted to binge drinking during that time. This behavior is why almost 20 percent of all Alabama car accident fatalities involving individuals under age 21 are the result of drinking and driving.
To help combat the problem, officials at one local Alabama high school are putting on the “Every 15 Minutes” program. The name of the campaign stems from a statistic that states a teen dies as the result of drunk driving every 15 minutes.
According to ABC 33/40 News, the names of certain juniors and seniors at Chelsea High School will be called out on Thursday morning. These individuals will be pulled from class only to return later as a sort of “walking dead” student. They will have their faces painted and will be unable to interact with other students throughout the coming days.
Then, participating students will witness a mock crash scene and the subsequent trial that follows for the student who caused the accident.
Drunk driving accidents are devastating and our legal staff applaud efforts to prevent the behavior. But our Birmingham personal injury lawyers also know that bringing an end to drunk driving begins with each and every one of us. So we would like to encourage you to do your part in the fight against drunk driving by promising to never get behind the wheel of a vehicle while intoxicated. Instead, call a taxi, friend, or family member to get you home safely.
January 20th, 2015|
Laws are in placebto keep everyone on our Alabama’s highways safe. However, it seems as though many motorists are failing to abide by a regulation—known as the “Move Over” law—designed to protect emergency workers and responders, which increases the probability of serious Alabama car accidents.
The “Move Over” law requires that all traffic move one lane over from all stopped emergency vehicles that have their lights activated on highways with four or more lanes. If moving over is unsafe, motorists are expected to slow down to at least 15 mph under the posted speed limit.
WAFF News explains that on smaller roadways—like those with only two lanes—drivers are expected to slow down to 15 mph below the speed limit and to also move over as far as possible in the road without crossing into oncoming lanes. If the speed limit on the road you are traveling is 20 mph or less, you should simply get over as far as possible while traveling no faster than 10 mph
Despite these rules, the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency says officers and troopers see drivers fail to adhere to the regulations “on a regular basis.”
The Birmingham personal injury attorneys with Norris Injury Lawyers encourage all motorists to keep our state’s “Move Over” laws in mind to help keep emergency responders safe.
October 22nd, 2014|
The list of causes for Alabama car accidents is long, but one of the most preventable contributing factors to crashes in our state is defective vehicle equipment. And recently, airbags installed in more than 4.7 million vehicles were recalled due to defects.
According to an article from FOX 6 News, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is urging owners of vehicles equipped with airbags manufactured by Japanese company, Takata Corp., to have the airbags checked immediately for quality assurance.
Reports indicate the inflators on the airbags are capable of rupturing when the units are deployed during accidents. This can cause metal and debris to be hurled in the direction of vehicle occupants, which could result in serious injuries or death. So far, four fatalities have been associated with the defective parts.
Vehicles affected by recalled airbags include models manufactured by Toyota, Honda, Mazda, Nissan, and BMW.
If you are in possession of a vehicle that has been affected by the recall, take it to a certified repair center immediately for evaluation. If you’ve been in a crash where faulty airbags may have contributed to your injuries, it’s important to know that legal help is available as well.
The Birmingham personal injury attorneys with Norris Injury Lawyers are here to answer any questions you may have about your legal rights to compensation. Call us at (888) 318-4245 to speak with a member of our legal team today.
November 19th, 2013|
November 19, 2013
Distracted driving is a major problem in Alabama. The Alabama Car Accident Lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers point out that each year, distracted driving is believed to contribute to a large number of injuries and deaths in the state.
Distracted driving accidents continue to occur despite legislation that prohibits all motorists from texting and driving and novice drivers from using handheld electronic devices at all while at the wheel of vehicles.
To put into perspective just how common distracted driving accidents are, a woman is currently under investigation in Adamsville, Alabama, after causing an accident that killed one man and injured a woman. According to an article from ABC 33-40 News, the incident occurred on Nov. 16 along a blocked off section of Highway 78 where the victim was working.
Reports indicate the victim was performing maintenance duties for the state along the highway when he was struck by a small pickup truck. The vehicle then careened into the path of a woman and nearly severed her arm.
Police say they are examining the driver’s phone records, due to suspicions the motorist was distracted at the time of the accident.
Crashes like these are why Norris Injury Lawyers’ team of Alabama Personal Injury Attorneys ask all motorists to stay safe by putting their phones down while driving.
October 22nd, 2013|
October 22, 2013
The Alabama Car Accident Lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers point out that each year, millions of motorists are victims of motor vehicle accidents. Researchers examining the causes of these crashes have shown that a portion of these crashes are caused by defective equipment.
According to an article published by The Columbus Dispatch, United States Safety Inspectors are examining claims of faulty breaking systems on the 2009 Hyundai Genesis. Reports indicate as many as 40,000 vehicles could be affected if officials determine the equipment is defective.
The investigation began when the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began receiving reports that drivers had to bear down on brake pedals in order to bring the vehicle to a halt. One driver stated the brake failure caused the vehicle to crash into a parked car, while another motorist claimed they had to pull the vehicle’s emergency brake to bring it to a halt. So far, the problem has been reported 23 times, but no one has been injured as a result of the malfunction.
Similar claims have resulted in lawsuits being filed against several other auto manufacturers in the past.
Norris Injury Lawyers and their team of Alabama Personal Injury Lawyers are aware of how dangerous faulty equipment on a vehicle can be for a driver and other motorists around them. That is why the firm suggests anyone who has been harmed by failing vehicle equipment discuss their case with an attorney.
September 24th, 2013|
September 24, 2013
The Alabama Car Accident Lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers explain that distracted driving is causing more motor vehicle collisions than ever before. Data from the state’s attorney general indicates that last year alone, more than 1,000 accidents were attributed to the behavior. These crashes resulted in ten motorists losing their lives and another 362 being seriously injured.
In an effort to help prevent distracted driving accidents, the Alabama Attorney General, Luther Strange, is participating in an event called “Drive 4 Pledges”.
According to FOX 6 News, Strange visits schools to discuss the dangers of distracted driving and gives students a chance to pledge to avoid texting and driving.
Strange visited Gardendale High School as part of the program and offered participants boxes that can be used to hold phones while they drive. Furthermore, AT&T was on hand to promote a new smartphone application that automatically responds to texts and calls for a driver.
So far, the program has been seen as a success. Hundreds of motorists have signed pledges to refrain from using a cellphone while driving.
Norris Injury Lawyers’ team of Alabama Personal Injury Lawyers applauds the efforts made to eradicate distracted driving and urge others to do their part to stay safe behind the wheel by putting phones down when driving.
July 30th, 2013|
July 30, 2013
Distracted driving is a concern for many in Alabama. The concern comes with good reason though, considering the Department of Transportation (DOT) estimates that thousands are killed in Alabama Car Accidents caused by distracted drivers each year.
Progress is being made towards eliminating the problem though. The DOT is researching better ways to collect data on distracted driving accidents that could shed insight into these crashes. In the meantime, legislators and law enforcement are combating the problem with laws enacted almost a year ago banning texting and driving in the state.
According to an article from CBS 42 News, the ban is being lauded as a success after more than 146 citations were issued for infractions over the past year. The Alabama Highway Patrol (AHP) issued a total of 133 of tickets.
A spokesman for the AHP, Sgt. Steve Jarrett, explains the law will not be enough to eliminate the problem though. Greater public awareness can be accomplished by parents having honest conversations with their teens about the dangers of distracted driving. Parents should enforce rules against distractions and encourage teens not to engage in the behavior by setting a good example.
The Alabama Personal Injury Lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers applaud the efforts being made against distracted driving and hope these tips will be effective in preventing accidents in the future.
June 25th, 2013|
June 25, 2013
Alabama is facing an epidemic of Alabama Car Accidents at train crossings. Estimates show that the state consistently ranks among states with the highest number of these crashes, accounting for a total of 43 train versus car accidents in 2011. Five of the collisions proved fatal and 23 others resulted in injuries.
State officials are working to find a solution to the problem. According to an article released by the Times Daily, Alabama Operation Lifesaver, a non-profit organization, is partnering with the state government to host an event aimed at educating the public on the dangers involved with railroad crossings.
A “Rail Safety Day” event was held this past Saturday at Spring Park in Tuscumbia, Alabama, and featured several presentations on how to safely operate a vehicle, walk, and bike near a railroad crossing. Those who participated in the event received a voucher for a free ride on one of the park’s attractions.
The governor also recently named June as Rail Safety Month in Alabama to help highlight the need for the public to become more aware of dangers railroad crossings can pose.
The Alabama Personal Injury Lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers understand the importance of driver vigilance at railroad crossings and are hopeful these efforts will prove effective in helping to reduce the number of motor vehicle accidents at train crossings.
May 14th, 2013|
May 14, 2013
Following an Alabama Auto Accident that left a 17-year-old girl dead and her sister seriously injured, the teens’ peers are beginning to pressure state lawmakers to make changes to the intersection where the accident occurred.
Reports indicate that on the morning of April 30, the victims pulled out of a gas station near Alabama Highways 157 and 101. As the vehicle entered the roadway, it was struck by an oncoming tractor-trailer. The impact of the collision almost instantly claimed the young driver’s life. Meanwhile, the deceased driver’s sister was left seriously injured. She was rushed to a local hospital and remains in critical condition.
In the wake of the accident, students who attend the same school as the victims have begun a campaign aimed at improving the intersection where the crash occurred. Every student at the school is writing a letter to state lawmakers explaining their position of wanting the changes made to the intersection. One student even started a petition to be signed.
According to 48 News, the students are not only calling for a traffic signal to replace a flashing caution light at the intersection, they are also asking that the speed limit be dropped on the highway.
The Alabama Personal Injury Attorneys with Norris Injury Lawyers understand how devastating a loss of a life to a car accident can be. That’s why the firm is hopeful the students are successful in their mission to make the intersection safer for everyone.
May 7th, 2013|
May 7, 2013
Most people think of cellphones when they hear about the dangers of distracted driving. But a new study has shown our pets may create a similar risk when they ride in the car, especially among the elderly.
Researchers at the University of Alabama-Birmingham have shown that drivers over the age of 70 are twice as likely to be involved in an Alabama Car Accident if a pet is in the vehicle. Data showed drivers with pets in the vehicle were likely to look away from the road and focus their attention on their animal, rather than the road. The risk was even greater for the elderly because of slowed reaction times.
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals offered several safety tips to consider when traveling with a pet in a recent article by The Inquisitr. Their experts explained the importance of an animal being placed in a carrier or crate when in transit. The carrier should be well ventilated and tied down, so as to prevent it from rolling over while the vehicle is moving.
The Birmingham Personal Injury Lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers acknowledge motorists can be distracted in many different ways and ask that drivers always keep their eyes on the road. Doing so will significantly reduce the chances of being involved in a collision.