Alabama Car Accidents

A Large Number of Alabama Car Accidents Reported Over The 4th of July Weekend

by Norris Injury Lawyers | July 8th, 2014

It was another dangerous holiday in Alabama over the 4th of July weekend, with the state recording as many as 237 car accidents over the three-day period. These Alabama car accidents claimed 10 lives and left 123 other motorists with serious injuries.

The fatal crashes occurred in eight counties, with two separate accidents in Lowndes County accounting for three of the deaths.

A story from WTVY 4 News states law enforcement across the state was working to keep the highways safe by focusing on educating and raising awareness about safety amongst motorists; however, this isn’t always enough to prevent a serious motor vehicle collision from occurring.

So what should you do in the event you are involved in an Alabama car accident? The Birmingham personal injury attorneys with Norris Injury Lawyers suggest following these steps:

  • Seek Medical Attention- If you’ve been in a crash and are hurt, getting your injuries treated should be your top priority.
  • Document The Accident- Gather as much evidence as you can about your accident. This should include medical records, pictures from the crash scene, and witness statements as well as receipts from any expenses you have incurred as a result of the crash.
  • Report the Accident- Call your insurer and let them know the accident occurred, but refrain from speaking to adjustors from the insurers of others who were involved in the accident.
  • Speak With An Attorney- Hiring a lawyer will help ensure your legal rights to compensation that are protected under the law.

Gov. Bentley Allocates $1.7 Million to Improve Highway Safety

by Norris Injury Lawyers | April 22nd, 2014

Traffic safety is a major concern in Alabama, considering the Department of Public Safety reports that the state saw 848 fatalities and 35,153 injuries associated with motor vehicle collisions in 2009—an increase from the previous year’s total.

In an effort to reduce the number of individuals injured by Alabama Car Accidents, the state has allocated grants to law enforcement to help fund their battles against behaviors like speeding, drunk driving, failing to wear a seat belt, or texting and driving.

According to an article from ABC 33/40 News, Gov. Robert Bentley has marked $1.7 million to improve safety on the state’s roads and highways. The funds will be used to not only purchase new breathalyzer machines to test motorists who are potentially under the influence of alcohol, but also to pay overtime wages for law enforcement officers working overtime during safety campaigns. The latter accounts for roughly $250,000 of the budgeted funds, which was made available by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The Birmingham personal injury lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers applaud the efforts being made to improve highway safety in the state and are hopeful the programs are a success!

Lack of Seat Belt Use Contributes to Alabama Car Accident Fatalities

by Norris Injury Lawyers | April 30th, 2013

April 30, 2013

Despite data showing that the use of seat belts can significantly reduce the chances of injuries and fatalities in the event of a collision, a large portion of Alabama citizens are still failing to buckle up. Alabama Department of Transportation data shows that almost 60 percent of those who died last year as a result of Alabama Car Accidents were not properly restrained at the time of the accident.

According to an article published in a recent issue of the Insurance Journal, a total 424 fatal accidents were reported in Alabama during 2012, resulting in the loss of 513 lives. Reports show that a lack of proper restraint was a contributing factor in 251 of those collisions.

State laws state that anyone riding in the front seat or any child in the vehicle between the ages of 6 and 15 must wear a seat belt at all times while a vehicle is in motion. Any child under the age of 6 must be secured in an approved child safety seat. Anyone who violates these regulations is subject to receiving a citation from law enforcement.

The Birmingham Personal Injury Attorneys with Norris Injury Lawyers recognize the risks that failing to buckle up in a motor vehicle can present in an accident. That’s why the firm urges everyone to make putting on a seat belt the first thing they do every time they get in a vehicle.