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Category: Car Accident

78 Year-Old Pedestrian Hit by Car

When walking along a busy street, pedestrians need to be alert and cautious.  Even when a pedestrian has the right of way, it is always better to be safe than sorry, and look all ways before crossing the street.  Unfortunately for one Huntsville pedestrian, he had the right of way, but was hit by a car this morning. Wayne Smith, 78,  was walking this morning on the sidewalk crossing Ledges Drive with the green pedestrian light when a motorist hit him with his car.  Accord...

Birmingham-Hoover Area Second in U.S. for Traffic Deaths in 2009

When an American city is rated second place in the nation, residents of that city usually react with feelings of pride and satisfaction.  However, when that rating is for placing second in overall traffic deaths for the year 2009, this is a rating the residents would want to change. In a study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, the Birmingham-Hoover metro area had the nation’s second highest death rate from motor vehicle a...

Alabama Law to Outlaw Texting Takes Place on Wednesday

Alabama joins 37 other states in banning texting while driving.  Starting Wednesday, August 1, 2012, those car driving texters, emailers, Facebookers and Twitters will become lawbreakers when the new law goes into effect. Alabamans are split, according to an article on al.com, about the new law.  At least those who responded online are split on not only the law’s value, but its enforceability as well.  One pertinent question was brought up by an online commentator.  Whe...

Baby in Critical Condition After Wreck

Whenever a car is disabled,  motorists are advised to pull over to the side of the road if possible to prevent a car from accidentally crashing into the disabled vehicle.  Had one Tuscaloosa motorist followed this advise, an accident with serious injuries might have been prevented. Early last Thursday morning, a motorist ran out of gas in Tuscaloosa near the B.F. Goodrich plant.  Instead of pulling the car over to the side of the road, the female motorist left her car parked i...

Calera Highway Ramp Slated for Widening

One of the most dangerous highway ramps in Alabama, according to Calera officials, is the ramp that takes traffic from Alabama 25 onto Interstate 65 North.  Just this past Thursday, a fatal accident occurred at that very spot when two tractor trailer rigs and a passenger van collided killing one and injuring four others.   What makes this ramp so dangerous is that the ramp ends suddenly at a bridge and merging traffic has the choice of either hitting the bridge or going into ...

July 4th Deadliest Day for Teens on the Road

With the end of the school year, teens look forward to celebrating the summers by taking vacations with families, spending time at the pool or beach or just hanging out with friends.  Unfortunately for these teens, new analysis from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), shows that summer driving can be dangerous for teens, and July 4th is the deadliest day for teens on the road. Automobile crashes are, in the United States, the number one cause of death for those people ages 1-3...

Seniors at the Wheel

With baby boomers becoming senior citizens, the number of elderly drivers is predicted to triple in the United States.  As older drivers age, they usually become more conservative on the road and modify their driving habits to match their declining capabilities.  Unfortunately for these older drivers, even though they do become more conservative and practice modifications, research has shown that they are more likely than younger drivers to be involved in multi-vehicle crashes. ...

Pelham Police Release Information on Crash That Injured Five

On Friday night at approximately 10:00 p.m., a driver lost control of his car and the resulting crash injured five people.  According to a press release from Pelham Police Lt. David Rushton, both police and fire departments responded to the crash on Pelham Parkway.  In the accident, the driver of a Nissan Maxima, who was traveling northbound on Pelham Parkway, lost control of his vehicle and crossed the median and drove into the southbound lane.  The press release stated that...

Work Zone Crashes

Alabama celebrated “Work Zone Awareness” back in April to heighten awareness about the dangers of driving in work zones and also to encourage motorists to drive with caution in these areas. Road construction and maintenance are a necessity to preserve and build the nation’s system of state, U.S. and interstate highways and local roadways as well.  We all know what a hassle driving through highway work zones can be as not only do they slow our commute down, but provide hazards to the mo...

Woman Crashes Vehicle Into Lake While Fighting Off Bee

Entomophobia is the common fear or aversion to insects and bugs and can cause a slight or severe emotional reaction, usually in the form of anxiety or a panic attack.  Notable among these aversions is that of apiphobia, which is the fear of bees.  One woman who unfortunately had apiphobia, had an extreme reaction to a bee while driving along an Alabama highway which could have led to dire consequences. A woman was driving in the Crossgate subdivision of Vestavia Hills, Alabama, whe...

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