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Monthly Archives: September 2011

ALDOT and AAA Focus on Causes and Solutions for Pedestrian Accidents in Alabama

Sep 27, 2011 - Car Accidents by

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety recently released a report that analyzed pedestrian accidents in Alabama and elsewhere. The aim was to come up with a number of ways that officials can help reduce the risks of pedestrian accidents in communities nationwide. Fortunately, the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) may be one step ahead of the game as it has already constructed a Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan to help reduce the risks of pedestrian accidents. Our Alabama pedestrian accident attorneys recognize that this plan is backed by excellent intentions. But there’s no decreasing the risks for these types of accidents until this plan is put into motion and motorists start to react accordingly. The plan aims to promote pedestrian safe roadways in the state and to minimize the impacts of future projects on non-motorized travelers. ALDOT also is establishing a list of recommendations for pedestrian and bicycle facilities.

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Tragic Birmingham Distracted Driving Accident Highlights Risks

Sep 20, 2011 - Birmingham by

Police say text messaging is at least partly to blame for a Birmingham car accident that claimed the life of a young mother and her 10-month-old son. FOX News reported that the 18-year-old mother was texting in the minutes before her car crossed the median and slammed into a dump truck. Police responding to the crash reportedly found an unsent text message on her phone. Recently, our Alabama personal injury attorneys noted a push by the federal government to prohibit all bus and truck drivers from using a cell phone while behind the wheel — either hand-held or hands-free. Distracted driving continues to claim more than 5,000 lives a year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Alabama Department of Public Safety reports at least six people this year have died in Alabama car accidents that involved cell phone use or text messaging.

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The NTSB Proposes Cell Phone Ban for Commercial Truck Drivers

Sep 14, 2011 - Truck Accidents by

The National Transportation Safety Board (“NTSB”) has proposed that truckers and other commercial drivers be banned from talking on the phone and texting when they are driving. The NTSB said the ban should include use of hands-free devices. The NTSB endorsed the ban during a hearing in Washington after ruling that a truck driver using his cellphone caused a crash that killed 11 people on a Kentucky interstate in 2010. A Jasper, Alabama truck driver had just made a call that lasted one second at the time of the March 26, 2010, accident on Interstate 65 near Munfordville, Kentucky, investigators said. The NTSB’s proposal builds on previous recommendations and a push by federal authorities to stop commercial drivers from using hand-held cellphones and texting while operating large truck and buses. The NTSB sent its proposal to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and all 50 states for action.

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Football Season Increases Risk of Drunk Driving Accidents

Sep 13, 2011 - Car Accidents by

Football season is here. Unfortunately, the beginning of fall football season also launches the three deadliest months of the year for Alabama drunk driving accidents and fatal accidents involving alcohol elsewhere in the United States. The football season will lead us right into Thanksgiving and the year-end holiday season. Our Alabama injury lawyers understand the risks; drinking and driving too often leads to devastating accidents that destroy the lives of both the victims and the defendants. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports someone dies in an alcohol-related traffic accident every 48 minutes in the United States. Nationwide, one-third of all fatal traffic accidents involve a drunk driver, resulting in the deaths of more than 11,000 motorists a year. Alabama drunk driving accidents claimed 325 lives in 2009. We all know tailgating can be a good time. But the pre-game tailgate parties often increase the risk of post-game drunk driving accidents. A recent study by the University of Minnesota found that nearly half of those leaving a professional baseball or football game had alcohol in their system and nearly 1 in 10 were legally drunk. Those under 35 were most likely to be intoxicated and those who tailgated were 14 times more likely to be drunk, according to Businessweek.

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Alabama School Bus Accident a Tragic Reminder of the Dangers

Sep 8, 2011 - Bus Accidents by

Our Alabama personal injury lawyers note with sadness a school bus accident that claimed the life of a Southern Choctaw High School football player and injured 30 others. As we reported recently on our Alabama Injury Attorneys Blog, the back-to-school season is a particularly dangerous time for bus accidents. When we think of school bus accidents, we often think of buses transporting children to and from school. But the truth of the matter is that many of these accidents occur when buses are traveling to or from sporting events or field trips. In fact, these are among the most dangerous trips — often occurring at night and on routes not normally traveled. Alabama troopers report the 15-year-old Silias resident died when the bus collided with a car and overturned. The accident happened about midnight near Coffeeville — some 20 miles from Southern Choctaw High. The Alabama Highway Patrol reports the driver of a 1999 Nissan Maxima ran a stop sign at Highway 84 and Alabama Highway 69. Troopers and sheriff’s deputies were escorting the bus at the time of the accident. The crash remains under investigation.

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