May 8th, 2012|
May 8, 2012
Two people were injured as a result of a three-vehicle collision last week in Auburn, Alabama. According to OA Now News, the crash happened around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at the intersection of Farmville Road and North College Street.
Sgt. Joe Morris, a spokesman for the Auburn Police Department, stated that the accident occurred when a female driver in a 2000 Chevrolet Malibu sedan was traveling east along Farmville Road. She did not stop at the intersection and plowed into the side of a southbound box truck. The impact of that collision caused the large truck to tip and roll over on its side. The truck landed on top of a 2005 Acura SUV traveling in the opposite lane.
The driver of the SUV that was crushed had to be cut from the wreckage before rescue crews could airlift her to a local hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries. The driver responsible for the crash also suffered minor injuries and was taken in for treatment as well.
Auburn police say they are still investigating what factors may have contributed to the crash.
The Birmingham Personal Injury Lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers say that distracted or careless driving often leads to accidents that involve a red light or stop sign being ran by another driver. That’s why the firm asks that motorists eliminate distractions and focus on the road in order to prevent an Alabama Car Accident.
March 13th, 2012|
March 13, 2012
In an effort to keep Alabama children safer in cars, the Saraland Police Department will be offering free car seat inspection events in the Mobile area over the next few weekends. According to an article released by the Press-Register, the next event will take place on March 24 in the Kidz Kloset consignment shop parking lot located at 3679 Airport Boulevard, near Interstate 65. The inspections are planned to take place from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Certified inspectors will be on site to examine your child’s safety seat to ensure that it’s properly installed. While many parents believe they may not need to have this inspection done, national statistics have found that 95% of all child safety seats are not properly installed. Common problems include seat belts not being adjusted to the automatic locking position and harnesses on the device being too loose.
Inspectors will also be educating parents on new guidelines established last year for transitioning their children from a safety seat to a regular seat. Standards now call for all children up to age 8 to be placed in safety seats when riding in a car. Additionally, all children under 12 months should ride in a rear facing car seat.
February 14th, 2012|
February 14, 2012
Two single-vehicle crashes just days apart have claimed the lives of two north Alabama men. According to a Times-Daily article, the most recent accident occurred around 8:00 AM Sunday along Alabama 64.
Reports by Alabama state troopers say that the 48-year-old man was heading west in his 1996 Saturn sedan, when he veered off the right side of the road and struck a power pole about five miles east of Lexington in Lauderdale County. The man was declared dead at the scene from blunt force trauma by the county’s assistant coroner.
This was not the first fatal accident in the area this week though.
On Thursday, another male driver was killed in Lauderdale County, just north of St. Florian, after being involved in a single-vehicle crash. The driver was on Butler Creek Road when officials say he lost control of his Toyota 4Runner, crossed the roadway, ran over a mailbox and through a ditch before going airborne and slamming into a tree on the east side of the road.
The number of fatal crashes in the state has been on a sharp incline compared to numbers from this time last year. Troopers say that 51 fatalities have been reported across the state this year, compared to the 42 reported this time last year.
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.
January 3rd, 2012|
January 3, 2012
Drunk driving has claimed the lives of three young men after they were involved in a collision with a service truck last Wednesday night. According to ABC 33/40 News, the crash happened at the Sam Sutton intersection with Highway 82 in Coker, Alabama.
Police say they believe an intoxicated man in his 20’s was behind the wheel of a pickup truck when they ran a stop sign and cut in front of the service truck passing through the intersection. The service truck T-boned the pickup and sent it flipping over a guardrail and into the median of the highway. All three men in the pickup died at the scene of the crash. The driver of the service truck was uninjured.
Reports say that the driver of the truck had just gotten out of jail for a DUI offense two weeks prior to the accident. This was the second accident at the intersection in the last five months. A crash occurred late this summer that also took two people’s lives.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says that motor vehicle accidents are the number one killer of people ages 18-25–their research also shows that 60 percent of those crashes were alcohol related.
The Alabama rollover accident attorneys with Norris Injury Lawyers encourage parents to discuss the dangers of drinking and driving, and riding with those who have been drinking, with their teens and young adults. Always assure them that there are other options of getting home other than driving while intoxicated.
December 27th, 2011|
December 27, 2011
Traffic fatalities were down this holiday season in Alabama compared to last year. According to Al.com, only three people died as a result of automobile crashes in Alabama this holiday, versus the five that died last year.
Alabama state troopers say they investigated three fatal accidents over the 78-hour holiday period. A spokesman for the department stated that a pedestrian was killed after being struck in Russell county. Also, two separate crashes occurred in Jefferson county, which resulted in the death of a driver and another pedestrian.
Troopers attribute the lower numbers of fatalities and accidents on an increased efforts by law enforcement across the state to crack down on intoxicated drivers during the holiday season. Law enforcement efforts included:
- Public Safety’s holiday safety initiative includes extra patrols
- Sobriety checkpoints
- Line patrols and LIDAR speed detection
Troopers also targeted other violations that often contribute to crashes, including: speeding, following too closely, driver distraction, and improper passing.
The Alabama auto accident attorneys with the Norris Injury Lawyers applaud state and local law enforcement agencies efforts to make Alabama highways safer for everyone this holiday season. They would also like to remind motorists to refrain from consuming alcohol before driving.
December 13th, 2011|
December 13, 2011
A Dothan, Alabama, daycare bus driver was injured today after being run over by his own vehicle. According to WSFA 12 News, the accident happened at approximately 2:45 PM at the daycare facility located on the 2300 block of Denton Road.
Authorities with the Dothan Police Department (DPD) stated the preliminary investigation determined that the driver brought the bus carrying eight children to a complete stop before exiting the vehicle. Once the driver was off the bus, either a human error or mechanical malfunction caused the emergency break of the vehicle not to fully engage, and the bus began to roll backwards. As the driver attempted to jump back into the bus to stop it, his legs got caught in the wheel well, and he was dragged under the bus.
The man was taken to a local hospital to be treated for moderate injuries he sustained in the accident. No children were injured in the accident, and police stayed at the accident scene until the children’s parents could come pick them up.
The Alabama Auto Accident Attorneys with Norris Injury Lawyers would like to remind drivers to use your vehicle’s emergency parking break, even when it’s on a flat surface. If you have been injured in a car accident at no fault of your own, contact an experienced attorney today for a free initial consultation.
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.
October 18th, 2011|
October 18, 2011
Prosecutors want a 38-year-old Mobile, Alabama, man to be charged with murder and assault in connection with the 2009 high-speed crash that killed a 2-year-old girl.
During opening arguments on Monday, the man’s defense attorney told a jury, “He does not live a single day without extreme regret and remorse for what he did. This case is a lot of things. It’s an absolute tragedy. It’s the culmination of a lot of bad decisions by a lot of people. This is not a murder case.”
The crash occurred August 26, 2009, after police stopped a driver for playing his stereo too loud — a likely violation of the city’s noise ordinance. The man then fled from police. The Birmingham News reports that within 55 seconds of hitting his gas pedal and speeding down Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard the man crashed his Buick LaSabre into a Ford Taurus carrying three people, including a pregnant woman and the two-year-old victim.
After the crash, police discovered a small amount of drugs in the Buick.
The man was charged with murder, two counts of first-degree assault, second-degree possession of marijunana, possession of cocaine, and causing a death while attempting to allude police. He faces up to 20 years in prison on the murder charge.
If you or someone you know has been involved in an Alabama accident or suffered an Alabama injury, the Alabama accident attorneys at Norris Injury Lawyers can help.