Month: April 2009

Alabama Car Accident and Alabama Truck Accident Statistics for 2007

2007 Alabama Traffic Crash Facts:

  • There were 1,110 people killed in 1,010 fatal wrecks.
  • One traffic crash was reported every 233 seconds.
  • One person was injured in an Alabama traffic accident every 13 minutes and 15 seconds.
  • One person was killed in an Alabama traffic accident every 7 hours and 53 minutes.
  • Most Alabama wrecks (72.0%) occurred in urban areas, but most fatalities (67.6%) occurred in rural areas.
  • For each person killed in an Alabama accident, there were 37.5 injured.
  • Of all drivers involved in fatal crashes, 9.1% were age 19 or under, and 24.2% were under 25 years of age.
  • Of all fatal crashes, 44.1% occurred at night.

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Checklist For Hiring an Alabama Personal Injury Attorney

The process of selecting an Alabama Personal Injury Lawyer or Alabama Wrongful Death Attorney following an accident is an extremely important decision. For most people, selecting an Alabama Injury Attorney can seem very intimidating with so many attorneys to choose from. This article is intended to aid the accident victim and their family in their search for an attorney. Questions to consider and pose to potential personal injury attorneys:

  • What is your experience in this field?
  • Have you handled matters like mine?
  • Do you have the resources to pay for depositions, hire experts and to go to trial?
  • Will you handle my case or will you refer it to another attorney?
  • Do you have any experience with the court system and judge where my case will be filed?

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Alabama Car Wreck Claims Unrestrained Child’s Life

Car seat not used in Alabama accidentA single car accident has claimed the life of a 5 year old Alabama child. According to a report, the motor vehicle accidenthappened on Chilton County Alabama Road 146 when the driver lost control of her vehicle and struck an embankment. The child, who was not restrained, was ejected from the driver side passenger window. Tragically, the report notes that a child restraint was in the car but not used. According to a CDC report, restraint use among young children depends the driver's seat belt use. "Almost 40% of children riding with unbelted drivers were themselves unrestrained." Further, research indicates that 72% of children are improperly restrained in their car and booster seats in ways that can be expected to increase a child's risk of injury during a car wreck. When properly restrained, child safety seats can reduce the risk of death in automobiles by 71% for infants, and 54% for toddlers' ages 1 to 4 years.

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Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed in Alabama Federal Court Over Police Shooting

A west Alabama family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit in Alabama Federal court this week concerning the September 2008 shooting death of Joe Louis Bell. According to an article about the lawsuit, Mr. Bell was shot and killed in September 2008 by then York Chief of Police David Rowry. Currently,…

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46 Wrongful Deaths Leads to Yamaha Offering Free Repairs on Rhino ATV

Yamaha ATV leads to wrongful deathsThe Yamaha Motor Corp. announced this week that it is offering free repairs on about 145,000 Rhino two-seat utility vehicles. This announcement follows an investigation by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) into the high propensity of these ATV's to rollover at relatively low speeds and on level terrain. According to the CPSC, there have been at least 46 wrongful deaths in U.S. as a result of Yamaha Rhino accidents. Yamaha is also facing hundreds of products liability lawsuits from the personal injuries and wrongful deaths that have occurred as a result of the defects in these ATVs. According to reports, the repair installs a spacer on the rear wheels and removes the rear anti-sway bar to help reduce the chance of rollover. It also installs half-doors and more passenger handholds to help users' arms and legs stay inside the vehicle in a rollover. The CPSC said consumers should stop driving these vehicles until the repair is done.

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Fatal Alabama Car Accidents Raise Concern About Hydroplaning Issues on US Hwy 43

Wet Roads and Hydroplaning Cause Car AccidentsA recent rash of fatal Alabama car wrecks on U.S. Highway 43 in the Florence Muscle Shoals area has again raised concerns over the safety of the highway. According to a recent report, there have been three wrongful deaths in two separate car accidentswithin a week on this stretch of U.S. Highway 43. The report cited local a mayor who noted that he knew of 15 people who have been killed on that 2-mile strech of Alabama highway. According to the mayor, there is a water drainage problem on this highway and every time it rains cars and trucks begin to hydroplane. In response to these accidents, the Alabama Department of Transportation is currently surveying the road and proposing to implement the installation of guardrails, a median divider and the resurfacing of the highway.

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