December 2016 Archives

Truck turns in front of motorcycle, killing biker

While most people in Alabama are able to celebrate the Christmas and New Year's holidays with friends and family, some are sadly left to grieve for those they have lost. This grief can be made even worse when the deaths occur in accidents that should have been able to be avoided through better decisions and behaviors on the part of others. Such is the case for the family of one man killed the day after Christmas in Lee County.

The sleep-brain injury healing connection

If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident, one of the many things you might have to face is a brain injury. Recovering from a traumatic brain injury can be a complex process. Some people are able to enjoy a full recovery but others are not so lucky and are only able to regain some of the functionality that they once had. Whether an accident is caused by a defective product, a negligent driver or something else, the outcome for the person and family member of someone with a traumatic brain injury can be devastating.

Hackers pose serious risks to safety of self-driving cars

While many of the tests involving driverless cars may not be happening in Alabama, residents throughout the state nonetheless are watching with great interest. The ability to leverage self-driving technology to reduce the number of accidents could be a great benefit to people in Alabama. Yet, as this technology evolves with a reducing in accident risk being one goal, people in the state should know that other risks may be emerging.

Sleepy drivers another danger on Alabama roads

Most people in Alabama are aware of the serious risk that drunk drivers pose to innocent people on the roads. After consuming alcohol, a person's ability to properly focus on driving, making prudent decisions and react in a timely manner are all compromised. In addition to drunk driving, drowsy driving is also a serious danger. According to the National Motor Vehicle Crash Causation Study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, as many as one out of every five deaths in motor vehicle accidents can be attributed to a fatigued or drowsy driver. 

How can I spot elder abuse or neglect?

Do you have a parent, grandparent or other relative who lives in a care facility or has in-home caregivers? If so, you will understandably be concerned about the quality of care that he or she is receiving. With reports of elder abuse and neglect all too common, it is important that you know some of the signs that may indicate the presence of a problem.

Survey casts poor light on Alabama's protection of seniors

Alabama residents with elderly family members have good reason to be concerned about their care and safety. Elder abuse and neglect is a serious problem that can happen in people's homes as well as in care facilities. People deserve to be safe from these problems and should be able to rely on the help of the state along the way in making that happen. But, a new survey indicates that Alabama is not doing such a great job in protecting its senior citizens from abuse and neglect.

What happens in a spinal cord injury?

Among the many injuries that people in Alabama may commonly associate with a motor vehicle accident are whiplash and headaches. Some people also experience back or hip problems. But have you heard of a spinal cord injury? Do you think that is the same thing as a back injury? According to WebMD, it is not the same thing despite the fact that the spinal cord runs down the spine or back. Just what is the spinal cord and what happens when it is injured in a car accident?

Drowsy driving is as dangerous as drunk driving

According to a study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, getting only five hours of sleep in 24 hours puts drivers at an increased risk for car accidents. People who sleep for only five hours are two times as likely to get in an accident as people who sleep at least seven hours.

Distracted driving a serious danger in Alabama

Alabama residents face numerous dangers every time they take to the road. Whether as motorists, pedestrians or bicyclists, the negligent actions and poor decisions made by drivers of other vehicles can put innocent people at risk unnecessarily. In addition to drunk driving, speeding and other acts, distracted driving is becoming a primary concern around Alabama and the nation.

Sales of toys recalled for safety continuing

Alabama parents around the state are preparing for the upcoming Christmas holiday and buying cherished toys for their little ones may well be part of these preparations. When buying these items, moms and dads should be able to trust in the safety of the gifts that they are giving. Sadly, that trust may not always be warranted. Even potentially worse is the fact that parents may not know soon enough when a toy should not be trusted.

Fatigue acknowledged as factor in two accidents

Most Alabama residents know that an accident involving a semi truck or other large commercial vehicle can be extremely dangerous. The sheer weight and size of these massive vehicles alone can make the risk of being involved in a crash with them even more grave than with other vehicles.

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