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Alabama Personal Injury Attorneys Wish You and Your Family a Safe and Healthy Fourth of July

Jun 27, 2011 - Car Accidents by

Our Alabama Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Attorneys wish each of you a safe and enjoyable Fourth of July. Please celebrate responsibly, don’t drink and drive, and stay safe around water, whether it’s in the pool or on the boat. Summer is officially upon us, and many people will be out on the roads driving during the weekend, while others may enjoy boating on the state’s many lakes or on the Gulf of Mexico. Some may choose to stay close to home and enjoy barbecues, swimming and personal fireworks. Vehicle accidents: AAA estimates that about 39 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from their home over the long weekend, USA Today reports. That’s actually down from 40 million last year, and the national auto group attributes that to the nearly $1 increase in gas from this time last year.

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NSC Aims to Reduce Risks or Fall Accidents in Alabama and Elsewhere

Jun 24, 2011 - Personal Injury by

The National Safety Council is using the entire month of June to raise awareness of preventable injuries. They will be using June 19th through the 25th to raise awareness about the danger and the common occurrence of slips, trips and falls. These accidents are among some of the top causes of unintentional personal injuries in Alabama and elsewhere. It has been reported that nearly 9 million people visit an emergency department each year because of these accidents. Our Tuscaloosa personal injury lawyers would like to speak directly to those that are 55 and older as this is the age group that is most likely to be the victim of one of these falls. When a resident of this age experiences a fall, they are likely to suffer from a number of injuries that can hinder their ability to lead an independent and active life. Many times it is the fault of property owners for not properly caring for their facilities. These owners can be held responsible for damages in these instances. It is important to contact an attorney immediately if you experience a fall in a public area.

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Teens at Increased Risk for a Fatal Car Accident in Alabama during Summer Months

Jun 22, 2011 - Car Accidents by

The summer season is finally here. That means school has let and out teens have their mind on everything but school work as they’ll be setting out to hang out with friends and soak in the beautiful weather. Unfortunately, these upcoming months are some of the deadliest for our teen drivers as these young drivers typically experience an increased risk for a fatal car accidents in Alabama between now and Labor Day. According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, May, June, July and August hold 9 of the 10 deadliest days of the year for teens on our road. This season also kicks off the start of the 100 deadliest days for our teenage drivers. More teens are expected to die during these months than the average of any other time period throughout the year.

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Pedestrian Accidents in Alabama Examined by New Safety Report

Jun 16, 2011 - Car Accidents by

Huntsville police recently announced the kickoff of a new pedestrian awareness campaign, according to the Huntsville Times. And with good reason – pedestrian accidents continue to be a leading cause of serious and fatal injuries statewide and across the nation. A new report by Transportation For America takes a look at all of the pedestrian accidents that have occurred nationwide in the last decade. During this time there were approximately 47,000 pedestrian deaths and roughly 688,000 pedestrian injuries that occurred on roadways across the U.S. Now, Dangerous by Design 2011 will look at the pedestrian accidents in Alabama and elsewhere in the United States in an attempt to construct solutions to fix this deadly problem that is too often overlooked. Our Alabama personal injury attorneys understand that one of the most beneficial ways to avoid these serious accidents is to examine and fix poor driving habits. Most of these accidents occur because of driver inattention.

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SUVs Now Safer in Car Accidents in Alabama and Elsewhere

Jun 12, 2011 - Car Accidents by

A recent report from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says that today’s sport utility vehicles are among the vehicles least likely to roll over and most likely to keep occupants safe during an SUV accident in Alabama and elsewhere throughout the country. This report analyzed the most recent data of accident death rates throughout the country, according to a post entitled “S.U.V.’s, Longtime Targets of Auto Safety Analysts, Get High Marks From I.I.H.S.” by Cheryl Jensen at The New York Times. Another new finding released in the study is that the Institute no longer urges parents to keep their young drivers from behind the wheel of an SUV. By contrast, in 2/?p=1007 the Institute reported that the vehicles’ high centers of gravity made them more prone to rollovers. The type of car you choose can greatly affects your chances, and your teen driver’s chances, of survival in a serious accident.

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Bus Carrying 48 Students Hits 18-Wheeler in Alabama Bus Accident

Jun 9, 2011 - Bus Accidents by

A charter bus traveling from Texas crashed into an overturned tractor-trailer rig in a bus accident in Alabama last week. The bus was traveling on Interstate 10 near the Mississippi line during the dark morning hours Monday, according to The Washington Post. The bus was filled with teenage students. According to authorities, one passenger was listed in serious condition while the rest sustained minor injuries. Since 2000, there have been nearly 1,500 fatal motor-vehicle accidents that were classified as school transportation-related, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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National Safety Month Aims to Reduce Preventable Injuries and Deaths in Alabama, Elsewhere

Jun 4, 2011 - Personal Injury by

Businesses, communities and residents are urged to join the month-long celebration of National Safety Month. The National Safety Council aims to use this month to raise awareness about the top causes of preventable deaths and injuries in Alabama and elsewhere throughout the country. The Council looks to educate residents about safe behaviors that can be practiced to help keep you and your loved ones safe this summer. Our Alabama personal injury attorneys ask that all residents enjoy their summer vacation time safely. There are a number of ways to get injured during these hot summer months.

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