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Auburn Student Charged After Running Over Child at Bus Stop

by Norris Injury Lawyers | October 14th, 2011

October 14, 2011

An Auburn University student who struck a seven-year-old girl at a bus stop in Auburn, Alabama, on Tuesday has been charged with reckless driving and passing a stopped school bus.

According to Opelika-Auburn News, the 21-year-old woman was driving a black 2003 Toyota 4Runner when she hit the Cary Woods Elementary School first-grader. The child is recovering from her injuries at home.

On Wednesday, Auburn City School Superintendent Dr. Terry Jenkins, who arrived at the accident scene shortly after it occurred, told that he thought the little girl would return to school this week.

Jenkins has viewed the school bus video and says, “You can see when the bus stops and all the devices engage and the children get off the bus. Two children walk in front of the bus and cross the street. This child was the third child to cross the road.

“As the third child crosses the road, the bus driver sat down on the horn of the bus as the black SUV approaches, swerves and strikes the child, which spins her, and she rolls down the side of car onto the pavement.”

Jenkins also said that the driver was late for class and talking on her cell phone just prior to the incident.

The driver will appear in court on December 8. Alcohol and drugs are not believed to be a factor in this accident.

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.

Alabama Second in Nation for Rate of Women Killed by Men

by Norris Injury Lawyers | September 27th, 2011

September 27, 2011

In a new analysis, the state of Alabama was ranked second in the nation in the rate of women killed by men. Nevada is ranked first.

The study—called “When Men Murder Women: An Analysis of 2009 Homicide Data”—comes from the Violence Policy Center and lists Alabama as having a rate of 2.64 per 100,000.

Nancy Tra­v, president of the Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence, told The Birmingham News, “Sadly, the [coalition] is not surprised that Alabama is in the top 10 be­cause we have been for sev­eral years. We have no posi­tion on gun control as an or­ganization, but of course we would like the violence to stop.”

The study revealed that 64 women were killed by males in Alabama in 2009 and breaks down these cases by demographics like age, race, weapons used, familiarity with killer, etc.

Birmingham Police Seargant James Jackson told The Birmingham News that domestic violence is the state’s “silent crisis.”

“Domestic violence is deemed as a personal mat­ter, and it’s not,” Jackson said. “But nobody wants to get involved. They’ll call the police if their neighbor’s noise is too loud, but when it comes to suspected do­mestic violence, they stay quiet.”

Also among the Top 10 states are Louisiana, Arizona, Ten­nessee, Georgia, South Car­olina, South Dakota, Hawaii and Missouri.

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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.

What Is Wrongful Death?

by Norris Injury Lawyers | September 5th, 2011

September 5, 2011

The definition of “wrongful death” can be confusing; the consequences of a wrongful death, however, are pretty clear–not only emotional distress for the victim’s loved ones but also the strain of lost wages, unpaid medical bills, and funeral expenses.

So, what exactly is “wrongful death”?

An Alabama wrongful death lawsuit is a claim filed against the negligent party responsible for the death of your loved one. A claim can be filed if your relative died as a result of one of the following three circumstances:

  • deliberate measures — someone intentionally harmed your loved one
  • negligence — your relative’s death was caused by another’s careless behavior
  • strict liability — a product deemed unsafe or defective caused your loved one’s death

If you’ve lost a family member as a result of another person’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.The Alabama wrongful death attorneys at Norris Injury Lawyers will work to ensure that the party responsible for your loved one’s death is held liable.

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If you’ve lost a loved one to an Alabama wrongful death, the Alabama wrongful death lawyers at Norris Injury Lawyers can help.

Lawsuit Settled Over Fatal Apartment Complex Deck Collapse in Alabama

by Norris Injury Lawyers | August 30th, 2011

August 30, 2011

A lawsuit filed over the collapse of an apartment complex deck in Hoover, Alabama, has been settled out of court, reports The Birmingham News.

Two decks at Waterford Landing apartments collapsed on July 4, 2010, killing a resident who fell three floors to the ground. The man’s roommate and five friends who were visiting the apartment were all injured when they, too, fell three stories. Three of them were seriously injured. Two decks below, which no one was standing on, were crushed by the falling deck.

Three weeks later, another deck on a different Waterford Landing apartment building collapsed, injuring a woman.

“The settlements were fair,” said the plaintiffs’ attorney.

Though the monetary compensation was kept private, the attorney said, “I can tell you that all the plaintiffs were fairly and fully compensated … [Representatives for both the real estate firm and the apartment complex were] sensitive to the needs of the individuals in the case.”

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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.

Birmingham Man Charged with Manslaughter After Motorcycle Crash

by Norris Injury Lawyers | August 26th, 2011

August 26, 2011

A Birmingham, Alabama, man has been charged with manslaughter and was booked into the Jefferson County Jail last week after causing a fatal car and motorcycle collision in March 2011, reports The Birmingham News.

The man is now being held on $15,000 bond.

The fatal car accident occurred at 10:41 p.m. on Friday, March 25, in the 600 block of Bankhead Highway. Jefferson County Deputy Coroner Bill Yates has said that the 32-year-old victim—a man from Birmingham—was traveling down Bankhead on his motorcycle when a car turned in front of him. The motorcycle then slammed into the passenger door of the car.

The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene.

Later, police found that the driver of the car was under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

The victim, who worked as a security officer, was survived by his wife, two sons, and his parents and a brother. A memorial fund has been set up for his children at Regions bank.

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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.

Alabama Man Injured When Hit by Train in Mississippi

by Norris Injury Lawyers | July 19th, 2011

July 19, 2011

A 46-year-old man from Prichard, Alabama, was injured on Saturday, July 16, when his car was hit by a train in Biloxi, Mississippi.

According to The Sun Herald, the crash occurred at Rodenberg Avenue around 10:15 a.m. when the man attempted to drive his car south over the railroad tracks. An eastbound CSX train collided with the man’s car, which threw him from his vehicle. The man was reportedly alert after the crash. There were no passengers inside the car.

Police Seargant Bennie Hickman told The Sun Herald that the crossing had operational lights and bells but that there was no arm.

“He had serious lacerations to his head, but he was alert and talking when we got there,” Hickman told The Mississippi Press. “He was unable to answer intelligent questions … so we reported the accident as him failing to yield to the train.”

The day of the accident the man was listed in serious but stable condition at Biloxi Regional Medical Center.

A CSX spokesman said that the train was headed from New Orleans to Atlanta.

“When it comes to train tracks, the train always has the right of way,” said Hickman.

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Do you think lights and bells are enough to alert drivers to a passing train? Should every crossing also be outfitted with an automated arm?

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.