A young man was killed in a one-vehicle accident near Athens, Alabama early Sunday morning, the Athens News-Courier reports. The fatal wreck occurred on Alabama Highway 99 just north of Athens. The victim was in the process of moving from Birmingham, Alabama to Minor Hill, Tennessee. Sheriff’s deputies report the man was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.
According to reports, the man’s mother was travelling the same route through Athens, Alabama, but at some distance behind him. When she reached Minor Hill but he did not, she immediately notified authorities. The victim’s vehicle flipped several times about ten miles north of Athens near the Elk River Bridge.
The fatality associated with this single car accident is the eighth for Limestone County, Alabama of the year. Between 2007 and 2011, Limestone County averaged 20.4 car or motorcycle accidents a year. Of those wrecks, about a third involved only one vehicle. For more statistics for Athens, Alabama and surrounding areas, check out the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website here.
While some accidents remain completely unavoidable, the importance of staying vigilant and alert at all times behind the wheel cannot be overstated. This is especially true when travelling alone. If you have been wrongly injured in a auto accident, contact our Athens Alabama car accident attorneys today.