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Is New Technology Causing More Distracted Drivers and Car Accidents?

by Norris Injury Lawyers | October 7th, 2014

Car manufacturers are working to prevent distracted driving car accidents from happening by developing technology that allows us to operate phone and vehicle systems with voice commands. But several new studies are showing these new systems may be compounding the problem rather than combating it.

An article from FOX 6 News explains the studies examined the use of numerous infotainment systems in vehicles and then rated them on a scale of 1 to 5, 1 being the worst and 5 being the best. A total of 162 testers used the systems in a number of different environments, including a laboratory, a driving simulator, and a real-world closed course.

Researchers found that flaws in the systems caused drivers to pay more attention to trying to complete tasks than focusing on the road. The systems struggled to interpret the information they were given through voice commands, which caused several accidents to occur. This was highlighted when Apple Inc.’s Siri was unable to pull a phone number on command and instead dialed 911.

The findings have prompted the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to consider implementing regulations on the use of hands-free technology and to improve their policies governing infotainment systems in vehicles.

The Birmingham personal injury attorneys with Norris Injury Lawyers applaud these efforts and are hopeful more will be done to improve highway safety in our state and across the nation.

Defective Car Parts Result in More General Motors Recalls

by Norris Injury Lawyers | May 6th, 2014

There are countless factors that can contribute to Birmingham car accidents, but one of the most preventable causes is defective vehicle equipment. Each year, hundreds of thousands of vehicles are recalled to correct these problems, but for many, the recall is too little, too late.

Take the cases of more than two dozen motorists who crashed their vehicles as a result of a faulty gear shifter. According to an article from FOX 6 News, General Motors recently announced that the gear shifter in an estimated 60,000 Saturn Aura vehicles may not show what gear the vehicle is in correctly. The problem has been attributed to a total of 28 crashes that resulted in four motorists suffering injuries.

GM knew about the problem for more than two years, but only made minimal efforts to correct the problem. In Nov. 2011, the company announced the affected vehicles would be subject to an extended warranty, but made no efforts to recall or correct the problem in the vehicles.

Motorists with an affected vehicle should take the car to a certified dealer to have the problem corrected. If you’ve been injured by an automotive defect, the Birmingham personal injury attorneys with Norris Injury Lawyers suggest speaking with a legal professional about your rights to compensation.

Young Drivers Most Affected by GM Ignition Switch Problems

by Norris Injury Lawyers | April 1st, 2014

Inexperienced teenage drivers are already at an increased risk of being involved in Car Accidents, but there may be another preventable hazard these drivers face on the roadway—defective car parts. Research is showing that young drivers are the most common victims of the recent GM ignition switch recall.

According to MY FOX AL 6 News, as many as 29 lives have been lost as a result of a faulty ignition switch in the Chevrolet Cobalt and Saturn Ion, which prompted a recall of millions of vehicles. Reports went on to explain that the manufacturer of the affected vehicles, GM, had knowledge of the defective part as long as 10 years before action was taken to correct the problem.

Of those killed as the result of driving defective vehicles, as many as 15 were under the age of 25. The affordable price of the cars combined with its high safety ranking attributed to parents purchasing the vehicle for young drivers. Parents were also key in shedding light on the vehicles’ problems by sending numerous letters to manufacturers and federal officials.

The Birmingham Personal Injury Lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers are aware of how dangerous driving a vehicle with defective parts can be, and they urge anyone harmed as the result of defective car parts to discuss their legal rights with an attorney.

Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed in Connection With Fatal Alabama Car Accident

by Norris Injury Lawyers | November 12th, 2013

November 12, 2013

When someone is killed in a motor vehicle accident, the family of the victim may be able to hold the responsible party liable for damages. The Birmingham Wrongful Death Lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers point out that one man has taken legal action in response to the loss of his stepdaughter in a car accident last year.

An article from The Tuscaloosa News explains that at around 1 a.m. on Sept. 30, 2012, the 19-year-old victim was a passenger in a 2004 Nissan Altima being driven by a 25-year-old man. Reports indicate the vehicle was traveling at around 70 mph along Jackson Trace Road, which has a 45 mph speed limit, when the driver lost control of the vehicle. The Altima overturned and struck a parked vehicle, killing the young passenger.

An investigation into the crash determined the driver had been drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana prior to the accident.

The victim’s stepfather later filed suit against the driver, claiming his negligence behind the wheel was responsible for the loss of his loved one. The lawsuit is seeking an unspecified amount in damages.

Norris Injury Lawyers and their team of Birmingham Personal Injury Lawyers are aware of how devastating the loss of a loved one can be, and they are hopeful a decision in the case brings closure to the family of the victim.

Alabama Car Accident Caused by Distracted Driver Injures Nine People

by Norris Injury Lawyers | 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.

Hoover Man Charged in Connection with Fatal Birmingham Car Accident

by Norris Injury Lawyers | January 29th, 2013

Jan. 29, 2013

A 27-year-old man from Hoover, Alabama, is facing charges in connection with a car accident this past May that left a woman dead and her sister seriously injured. A story from says the crash occurred on May 27 at around 5 a.m. along Jefferson Avenue SW in Birmingham, Alabama.

Reports indicate the man was driving a black Chevrolet Impala at a high rate of speed when he suddenly lost control of the vehicle He veered off the road and crashed into the side of a nearby residence. The impact of the Birmingham Car Accident sent the vehicle through an exterior wall and into the living room of the home, where a chimney then collapsed on the roof of the car.

A 27-year-old woman from Birmingham, who was in the vehicle at the time of the wreck, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver and the deceased victim’s sister, who was in the backseat of the car, were rushed to a local trauma center for treatment to serious injuries.

An investigation into the accident later determined the driver was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash, and he was placed under arrest on charges of murder and assault on Wednesday.

Norris Injury Lawyers has a team of Alabama Personal Injury Lawyers who hope this case will make others think twice about getting behind the wheel of a vehicle after consuming alcohol.

Free Car Seat Inspections Coming Soon To Mobile, Alabama

by Norris Injury Lawyers | 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.

The Alabama Car Accident Attorneys with Norris Injury Lawyers would like to encourage all parents to participate in this event. Doing so may be able to help you better protect your child from danger.

New Alabama Law Stiffens Penalties and Fines for Drunk Drivers

by Norris Injury Lawyers | July 12th, 2011

July 12, 2011

A new Alabama law enforces harsher penalties and fines for drivers with especially high Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) levels. The law, originally Senate Bill 67, was signed into effect last month by Governor Robert Bentley. It states that those convicted of aggravated DUI—defined as driving with a BAC of .15 or higher—will face double the fines and prison terms.

The bill was sponsored in the House by Representative Paul DeMarco and in the Senate by Rusty Glover.

“I am sure this law will reduce the number of DUIs in Alabama,” said DeMarco. “It directly affects the most highly intoxicated drivers, who are the ones who cause the most accidents. Hopefully, this will make our highways safer by strengthening the penalties against DUIs.”

The Birmingham News reports that 33 percent of all Alabama traffic deaths in 2009 were attributed to drunken-driving. Of the crashes that involved a fatality, 56 percent of drivers had a BAC of .15 or higher.

Read more.

Do you think this new law will help deter drunk driving in Alabama? Do you think it’s fair that your BAC would help determine your punishment for drunk driving?

If you or someone you know has been involved in an Alabama auto accident, the Alabama auto accident attorneys at Norris Injury Lawyers can help.

35 Percent of College Students Use Apps While Driving, Says Study

by Norris Injury Lawyers | June 28th, 2011

June 28, 2011

A new study out from the University of Alabama at Birmingham indicates that one-third of college students use cell phone apps while they’re behind the wheel. The most surprising finding: Even students who’ve had cell-phone related accidents continue to use their mobile devices in the car.

The study looked at 93 college students all of whom owned a smartphone device such as a Blackberry or iPhone. Each student claimed to use apps on their phone at least four times a week, although 10 of these students had previously been involved in car crashes caused by their own distracted driving.

The study, which will be presented at the American Psychological Association Convention in D.C. this summer, found that 10 percent of students often or nearly always use mobile apps while driving, and that one-third say they use them sometimes.

“It’s astounding, scary,” said David Schwebel, the director of the UAB Youth Safety Lab that supervised the study, in an interview with Reuters. “Very little of this is urgent business. It’s socializing and entertainment.”

Lauren McCartney, a UAB student who worked on the study, told Reuters that the study has led her to conclude that smartphones need to be banned from use while driving.

Read more.

Do you use smartphone apps while driving even though you know the dangers of doing so? What’s the best way to discourage people from using their cell phones while driving?

If you or someone you know has been involved in an Alabama auto accident, the Alabama auto accident attorneys at Norris Injury Lawyers can help.