Bill was just finishing his dinner one evening when he received the phone call every parent dreads. When he answered the phone, a voice at the other end asked if he was Andrea's dad. When he confirmed that he was, the voice on the phone said that Andrea had been in a car accident and was in the hospital.
How many times have you driven through Birmingham and seen a large sign that flashed your current speed in lights? For years, traffic safety experts thought that if drivers were made aware of their speeding, that it would encourage them to slow down and follow the speed limit. They were wrong.
MRB's own Jeff Rickard has been chosen to serve as the 2012-2013 President of the Alabama Civil Justice Foundation's Board of Directors. ACJF is a statewide grant-making foundation that awards grants through the Interest on Lawyers Trust Account (IOLTA) program and with the support of charitable contributions from Alabama's legal community. The Foundation, established in 1993 through the efforts of the Alabama Association for Justice, has awarded close to $9 million to nonprofits in every county of the state. Jeff shares his thoughts on this video:
What is the most efficient way to avoid car accidents? Some people would say that the only way to end car accidents would be to end human error, and even then, some car accidents may still be unavoidable. Human error, however, certainly accounts for the largest percentage of car accidents. Car accidents caused by drunk drivers, fatigued drivers and distracted drivers would all be eliminated if human error could be stopped.
Motorcycle helmet laws are controversial among bikers. Some bikers in Birmingham think that helmets should be mandatory for all bikers because they help reduce the chances of fatal accidents. Other bikers think helmets should be optional.
What does it take for people to learn a lesson? For some people, lectures or campaign messages are enough. For others, a close call is enough to deter them from doing the same dangerous or illegal activity again.
What is the biggest cause of car accidents in Birmingham? Is it cars that drive too fast and cause fatal accidents, or is it cars that drive at speeds other than the posted speed limit? There is no concrete data available, but one state is taking a gamble and arguing that it's the latter. To solve that problem and hopefully help reduce the number of car accidents, the state is suggesting a new, higher speed limit on one stretch of highway.