Alabama State Troopers are investigating a two-car accident north of Opelika that resulted in the death of a 68-year-old woman. Following the fatal crash, both the East Alabama Medical Center EMS and the Beulah Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene. So far, it does not appear that anyone received charges as a result of the car accident.
A man has been charged with four counts of manslaughter in connection with a July 14 accident that killed four people. The driver was also charged with obstructing governmental operations and making a false report. He was charged with lying about the incident because his account of the car accident did not correspond with the evidence uncovered in the police investigation.
Fans the NFL in Alabama may have heard about football legend Tony Dorsett and 4,500 other former players reaching a settlement in their class-action lawsuit against the league. The 59-year-old Dallas Cowboys star said he was viewing with guarded optimism the agreement on health care for the brain injuries known as a concussion. He told a newspaper that he was glad to see the plaintiffs and league get something done but was concerned that the settlement arrangement might not be enough for former players.
A new article in the business magazine Forbes debunks the notion that tort reform has led to fewer lawsuits against doctors, done anything to lower doctors' malpractice insurance premiums and most importantly, has contributed at all to patient safety.
Alabama residents who rely on tour or intercity buses may be interested to hear that, on Nov. 7, federal accident investigators called for a probe into the government agency responsible for ensuring the safety of commercial vehicles. Investigators alleged that Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration inspectors are failing to do their job.
A third victim of a Nov. 2 accident on Highway 27, a 7-year-old boy, has died, according to reports. According to police at the scene, the driver at fault may have been under the influence of alcohol. The driver, who was among the deceased, had not been wearing a seat belt when the crash occurred. Police have launched an investigation to determine all of the factors that led to the collision.
Two men were killed in a car wreck in Huntsville after a man in a white BMW hit their vehicle head-on early in the morning on Oct. 18. According to the report, the vehicles were traveling on Martin Road near Zierdt at the time of the accident. At Jamar Circle, the BMW driver swerved into the oncoming lane in an effort to avoid hitting an animal that had run into the road when he hit a black Ford.
The potential that computer-driven cars have to save the lives of many in Alabama and across the county may be exciting news for those who have recently been injured in a car accident. According to government research, driver error is a factor in up to 90 percent of all accidents. In addition, over 40 percent of fatal car accidents result from the consumption of alcohol, drugs, distraction or fatigue. Self-driven cars may one day bring an end to fatigue and alcohol-related crashes.