Alabama Distracted Driving Injury

Alabama Car Accident Caused by Distracted Driver Injures Nine People

by Staff Blogger | October 15th, 2013

October 15, 2013

Each year, thousands of people in Alabama are injured as the result of motor vehicle accidents. The Birmingham Car Accident Lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers point out that a growing number of these collisions are being attributed to distracted driving.

An article from The Gadsden Times explains that one such crash occurred last week leaving nine people seriously injured, including eight children. Reports indicate the accident happened at approximately 7:20 p.m., on DeKalb County Road 568.

The victims were participants in the Deadwood Farms Haunted Hayride attraction and were riding on a trailer pulled by a tractor. The trailer was not using its taillights at the time, but was illuminated by a lamp shining down onto the passengers. When the driver of the trailer attempted to turn left onto another road though, a vehicle approaching from the trailers rear failed to stop and the two collided. The driver of the vehicle involved in the crash later told investigators a dog riding in the car distracted them.

Norris Injury Lawyers’ team of Alabama Personal Injury Lawyers is aware of the risks posed by driving while distracted. That is why the firm asks motorists to eliminate all distractions in a vehicle before driving by turning phones on silent, not eating or drinking, securing all animals in a crate or kennel, and turning car stereos down enough to hear horns and sirens equipped on other vehicles.

Safety Campaign Aims to Reduce Alabama Distracted Driving

by Staff Blogger | 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.

Study Finds Driving with Pets Increases the Chance of a Car Accident

by Staff Blogger | 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.

Distracted Driving Potentially Responsible for Fatal Truck Accident

by Staff Blogger | November 6th, 2012

Nov. 6, 2012

Despite a law that recently took effect in Alabama banning drivers from texting and driving, distracted driving continues to claim lives across the state. An article from WAFF 48 News said a recent fatal Alabama car accident might be attributed to the behavior.

Reports state that the accident occurred at around 5 a.m. on Wednesday morning at the intersection of Highways 72 and 247 in Colbert County. It was there that the vehicle of a 32-year-old woman collided with a tractor-trailer hauling logs driven by a 39-year-old man. The impact of the Alabama Car Accident killed the woman injured her toddler who was in the backseat of her vehicle at the time of the crash. The child was rushed to a Tuscumbia hospital where she was treated and released.

Troopers say that while their investigation into the accident is ongoing, they believe that distraction from an electronic device may have been a contributing factor.

Statistics from the federal government show that roughly 23 percent of all motor vehicle accidents in the United States last year involved cellphones. More specifically, 1.2 million accidents were caused by texting and driving in 2011.

The Birmingham Personal Injury Lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers understand the dangers associated with distracted driving. That is why the firm is here to assist you if you have been hurt in an accident caused by another person’s use of a cellphone while driving.