Birmingham Injury Law Blog

Category: Vehicle Accidents

“Phantom” Vehicle Law

Vehicles which do not make contact with another car, but which nonetheless cause an accident are referred to as unknown or phantom vehicles. Despite popular belief, individuals who collide with another vehicle or who are forced off of the road as a result of an unknown driver’s actions may still have a claim. Phantom vehicles are classified as uninsured and per Alabama’s uninsured motorist statute an insured motorist is legally entitled to recover damages from an uninsured motorist. In Walker...

McCalla Man Killed in ATV Crash

A 23-year-old man driving his new ATV was killed when he lost control and flipped the vehicle, ejecting both himself and his younger brother. Jefferson County Deputy Coroner Phillip Russell has identified the man who died last Thursday afternoon as Harold Ray Rose, Jr.  According to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Rose died at the scene of the crash.  Fortunately his younger brother was not injured in the accident. According to investigators, the two brothers were riding th...

Bus Company Shut Down by Federal Government

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has ordered a passenger carrier operating in the United States to stop operations after a deadly bus crash in southern California. In a statement released on Friday, February 8, FMCSA ordered Scapadas Magicas LLC to shut down immediately. On February 3,  a bus operated by the company was transporting 38 people to Tijuana, Mexico when it crashed on a mountain road, colliding with two other vehicl...

Texting Pedestrians Asking For Trouble

Multi-tasking pedestrians, according to a Seattle study, are  accidents waiting to happen.  Researchers in Seattle found that thirty percent of pedestrians were crossing the street while either peering at their cell phones screens, listening to music, or not paying attention for other reasons. A pediatrician at Seattle Children’s Hospital and the director of the Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center in Seattle, Beth Ebel, has seen the consequences of these distracted pedestrians...

Troopers Warn Less Daylight, More Danger for Motorists and Pedestrians

Alabamians will turn their clocks back Sunday as Daylight Savings time ends.  Because of doing so, there will be less daylight, which, according to Alabama State Troopers, could mean more danger for pedestrians on the state’s roadways.  Troopers are urging both motorists and pedestrians to take more precautions than usual as they drive and walk the roadways of Alabama.  “We need you, the motoring public, to help us to prevent traffic injuries and fatalities involving pedestri...

Auto Insurance: Make sure you are protected.

Although Alabama law mandates that every driver carry liability insurance coverage, the truth remains that in Alabama, nearly one in four drivers are on the road without insurance. The law only requires a minimum of $25,000 damage coverage for personal injury or death. This minimum coverage amount has been in place for years. Unfortunately, the amount is often completely inadequate to compensate for injuries caused by a wreck. We suggest that all our clients and friends purchase higher cov...

Child Passenger Safety Practices in the U.S.

The American Academy of Pediatrics stated that child passenger safety has dramatically improved over the years, but motor vehicle crashes still continue to be the leading cause of death of children four years and older.  Although car safety seats have reduced the car accident fatality rates for children, a new study conducted by the University of Michigan found that many parents place their children at risk of injuries or even death in a motor vehicle accident by incorrectly using car se...

Fuel Leak Suspected in Decatur Boat Explosion

Boating is an enjoyable recreational activity for many Americans.  Whether those boating are fishermen, water skiers, swimmers or those who just like to jet or sail around a lake or river for the pleasure of the outdoors, boating it an increasingly popular way to spend one’s free time.  Unfortunately, there are dangers associated with this enjoyable activity that are sometimes misunderstood or, in other cases, ignored. One of those dangers associated with boats and other marine cra...

Rear Seat Belt Warning System

On July 2, Congress passed a highway bill that calls for providing a “safety belt use warning system for designated seating positions in the rear seat.”  The law won’t take effect for another three years, which will give regulators time to determine the best way of implementing the plan.  A spokesman for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said that the specifics remain unclear and that the “agency is in the early stages of establishing performance requirements for rea...

Truck and Railroad Vehicle Collide

When a road crosses  railroad tracks, motorists count on the warning lights at the crossing to signal when a train is coming, and thus prevent a collision between the motor vehicle and the train.  Unfortunately for one Alabama motorist, the warning lights were not working at a crossing and he collided with a railroad vehicle which resulted in serious injury to one driver in the incident. At a railroad crossing near Moores Mill and Jordan roads this morning, one person was injured when a pick...

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