Birmingham Injury Law Blog

Category: Car Accident

Fatal/Near-Fatal Accidents on I-65 Demonstrate the Importance of Wearing Seatbelts

The local news reported the tragic death of a 33-year-old Athensman on I-65 in LimestoneCountyon December 4th.  According to Alabama State Troopers, the passenger of the vehicle was killed in the single car accident. Troopers reported the man was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident. The driver of the vehicle, who was wearing a belt, survived. He was subsequently transported to  Huntsville Hospital and then released. A separate but equally tragic incident occurred on December ...

The NTSB Recommends Full Cell Phone Ban While Driving

On Tuesday, December 13, 2011, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) voted unanimously to recommend a nationwide ban on the use of nonemergency cell phones, hands-free devices and text messaging devices while driving any type of vehicle, including commercial and passenger vehicles. The far-reaching recommendation followed an investigation by the NTSB of an August 5, 2010 chain reaction collision in Gray Summit, Missouri, involving two school buses, a GMC pickup truck, and a Volvo...

Avoid Accidents by Preparing for Winter Driving

There are over six million car crashes a year in the United States. Approximately 24% of them are due to inclement weather and related road conditions.  We all know that ice storms and other winter conditions can cause dangerous hazards for Alabama drivers. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has several tips for driving in winter weather and to avoid accidents: Prepare ahead by maintaining your car.  Check your antifreeze levels, tire tread and car battery before a winter road t...

Most Common Causes of Car Wrecks in Alabama

Most everyone perceives our law practice as "those lawyers who go to court in serious automobile or tractor-trailer wrecks, where someone is seriously injured or killed." The truth, though, is that because of the better design of modern automobiles, luckily there are many fewer deaths and catastrophic injuries on our roadways now than in the past.  Often the causes of wrecks are conditions and situations that we may be able to avoid entirely, if we just think about what we are doing and al...

Something every Alabama driver should know!

Although Alabama law requires every driver to have at least the minimum liability insurance ($20,000) to protect victims of injuries caused by a negligent driver, statistics show that nearly 1/3 of Alabama drivers are uninsured. We tell clients that it is basically a "coin-flip" whether the car that hits you is properly insured. We advise our clients to immediately contact their own insurance agent and increase their levels of UM and UIM (uninsured motorist and underinsured motorist...

Saving Lives: Texting While Driving Ban in Birmingham

Kudos to the Birmingham City Council for their unanimous passage of a citywide ban on texting while driving. Sending and receiving text messages takes the driver's attention away from the very most important part of driving, keeping eyes on the road. This step is similar to the law which requires seat belt usage, which is now enforced state-wide. Hopefully soon we will disallow texting while driving in our entire state. Now I hope the city, and in time the state, will begin examining the i...

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