Car Accidents Archives

Your sleep medication could put you at risk of causing a car accident

Many of our readers know somebody who routinely takes sleeping pills or themselves take sleeping pills, at least on occasion. As an aid for getting better rest at night, such medication may work well, but there are certain risks, as with every drug. According to a recent study conducted at the University of Washington, increased risk of getting in a car accident may be one of these risks.  

What is contributory negligence?

Motor vehicle accidents can happen for a variety of reasons, from inclement weather to aggressive driving. Whenever an accident occurs, it is important for those harmed by the accident to understand their legal rights when it comes to compensation. This, of course, is the purpose of personal injury and wrongful death litigation.

Were you injured by a driver addicted to technology?

Of all the highway safety issues we face nowadays, the one that is spoken of perhaps the most is distracted driving. As readers know, distracted driving can come in many forms. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, driving distractions can be classified into several groups: visual, cognitive and manual.  Distractions stemming from cell phone use are probably the most common and can involve all three categories of distraction.

Would standard collision avoidance systems reduce car crashes?

It may be hard for some to imagine but technology is playing a greater role in vehicle safety each and every year. Several decades ago the notion of collision avoidance systems likely seemed like an idea that could never actually come to fruition. Despite this, because of the belief that such systems could prevent injuries suffered in motor vehicle accidents, the technology now does exist.

App aims to keep Alabama roads free from drunk drivers

Most readers would likely agree that anything that can be done to reduce the number of people who drive while under the influence of alcohol is a good thing. As a result, there are multiple approaches taken to try to keep people from getting behind the wheel of a car while drunk. While law enforcement obviously plays a big role in this, other entities are taking a more technical approach.

Make Your Summer Road Trip Safe

The increase in people on the roads and the potential for impaired driving, especially on holidays, can make summer travel dangerous, whether you are staying close to home or heading out of town. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) encourages you to prepare for save travels this summer. Consider these tips before you go:

Study finds texting only one of many distracted driving behaviors

There is no question that texting is a big problem when it comes to causing car accidents throughout the nation. It is not the only activity that could lead to a car accident however. A recent survey focused on other types of distracted driving behaviors that people engage in besides texting while driving.

Midsize SUVs don't fare well in small overlap crash test

In an effort to keep people on the roads throughout the nation as safe as possible the vehicles being manufactured are constantly being designed with safety improvements. To determine just how effective those safety measures are, crash tests are conducted on the vehicles. Recently the results of crash tests conducted upon midsize SUVs were made public. More than half of the seven vehicles that were tested received the rating of either marginal or poor.

Ride smart to observe National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

A car accident could involve any other vehicle that happens to be on the road at the same time including motorcycles. Since May is National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, this is good time to revisit some of the things that all drivers can do to try to keep motorcyclists safe on the road.

Distracted driving is more than just texting behind the wheel

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. While outlets throughout the nation—including the state of Alabama—are highlighting the dangers of this activity this month all would likely agree that avoiding this practice is important every day of the year. Some legislators in the state appear to think so. They recently tried to strengthen the state’s laws concerning the activity.

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