Car Accidents Archives

Alabama pedestrian struck by car at festival entrance

A pedestrian was the near an entrance to the Whistle Stop festival on Church Street when he was struck by a car. A security guard of the festival states that he heard the wreck and saw the car drive past and that the car did not appear to be speeding. The driver of the car was arrested for driving under the influence.

Monitoring tools increase safety for teen drivers

Thanks to new advances in technology, parents in Alabama are now able to monitor their children's driving. One of the leading causes of death for teenagers is car accidents, so it is no wonder that parents worry about their children's safety when they are on the road. However, dashboard cameras and geographic monitoring are allowing parents to keep track of their teen's behaviors behind the wheel.One product, the Drivecam, will turn on and start recording video footage when a driver does something unsafe. This monitoring makes teens more cautious about their driving habits since they will be caught on film if they are being reckless. The video is also viewed by the manufacturer's data center and provides parents with suggestions for their children to improve their driving.

Seat belts not used in 59 percent of fatal car crashes in Alabama

According to a recent report released by the Alabama Department of Transportation, 59 percent of the people who were killed during car accidents were not wearing seat belts at the time the accidents occurred. The report is based on preliminary data collected by Alabama State Troopers during 2012.In 2012 alone, 424 people died in car accidents in which seat belts were available. Of those 424 fatalities, 251 were not wearing their seat belts. Alabama law requires front-seat passengers and children between ages 6 and 15 to wear seat belts at all times. Any child under the age of 6 must sit in a federally approved child seat as well.

3-vehicle crash in Huntsville seriously injures two

A recent collision involving three vehicles in Huntsville seriously injured two individuals and trapped one driver inside his Chevy S10 truck. It took nearly 30 minutes for respondents to extricate the man from his vehicle, which was hanging off the Memorial Parkway overpass following the car accident. According to authorities, the wreck occurred when the man drove the wrong way on the stretch of the Parkway near Sparkman Drive and hit a Volkswagen Passat, sending it into a barrier. The truck then collided with a Mazda RX-7, coming to rest on the car's hood while the back end of the truck dangled over the Parkway. The driver of the Passat reportedly sustained minor injuries, and the truck driver as well as the individual driving the Mazda are both reported to be in serious condition at Huntsville Hospital. 

Alabama's traffic fatalities higher than national average

According to the latest data released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, speed is the number one contributing factor of fatal car accidents in Alabama, which typically leads the nation in traffic fatalities, and the current statistics do not buck that trend. Alabama's 2010 1.34 per 100 million vehicle miles traveled fatality rate is higher than the nation's 1.11 average. Speed was a factor regardless of the type of roads traveled, though more fatal crashes did occur in rural areas, where speed is often combined with alcohol use and emergency response times can be slower. But even in accidents that occur on highways, the fatality rate is increased. In Shelby and Jefferson counties, 43 crashes caused 47 traffic fatalities on the most used highways. These accidents include single-vehicle accidents, multi vehicle accidents and accidents that involved vehicles and pedestrians. 

Alabama man charged with hit-and-run

A 23-year-old man was arrested and charged with leaving an accident with injuries in connection with a crash that injured a pedestrian. The car accident occurred on Fortner Street in Dothan, Alabama, when the driver struck a man who was standing on the right-of-way. The pick-up truck fled the scene as the victim lay on the ground. According to authorities, the pedestrian suffered multiple injuries; no information has yet been released on the extent of the physical trauma. The suspect is being held on a $2,500 bond. There is also no word from authorities on how they tracked down the suspect, but they did state that they had a description of the vehicle before they made the arrest.

Car crashes associated with staggering costs

Recent statistics indicate that Alabama has one of the highest numbers of car crash deaths per year when compared to the other states. One of the most common causes of car accidents is distracted driving, which includes texting while driving, an activity that has been shown to increase the chances of being in a car accident by 2,300 percent. The costs of car wrecks are high: From an emotional perspective, collisions can cost people their friends and family. Teens are especially at risk for collisions, with car accidents being the leading cause of death among teenagers. 16-year-old drivers have been shown to have higher crash rates than drivers of any other age. Two of three teens who are involved in a car accident are male. 

Two persons injured in rear-end collision

Three cars collided on Alabama 21. All three vehicles were traveling south at the time of the car accidents. Police do not believe that cell phone use, alcohol or drugs were contributing factors. Investigators believe that a Dodge Ram collided with the rear-end of a Pontiac Vibe. A Nissan Frontier was stopped in front of the Pontiac. The force of the collision drove the Pontiac into the Nissan. All three vehicles were removed from the scene by a tow truck. The 46-year-old Dodge driver did not report any injuries. The 29-year-old Pontiac driver and the 59-year-old Nissan driver were both treated for non-life-threatening injuries at Regional Medical Center and then released. There were no passengers in any of the vehicles.

I-65 Chilton crash kills 1, injures 4

A fatal crash on Interstate 65 in Chilton County, Alabama killed one man, when the vehicle he was in was rear-ended, and injured four others. A total of four vehicles were involved in the various car accidents stemming from the initial rear-end collision. The victims' injuries ranged from life-threatening to minor. Four vehicles collided at mile marker 222 near the Jemison/Thorsby exit. An 84-year-old man who was a passenger in a Ford Explorer that was rear-ended was killed instantly. The driver of the Ford Explorer suffered life-threatening injuries. The victim who died was from Livonia, Michigan. 

Highway 21 crash claims two lives, injures five

A deadly collision on AL-21 north of Sylacauga during the late evening hours of March 1 is still being investigated by state police. As is often the case immediately after many car accidents, the chain of events leading up to the collision is not apparent, but it has been revealed that a 35-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman were killed in the wreck. Five other individuals were injured, four of which were children.The accident reportedly happened at about 11:15 as the two adults and the four children were traveling on the highway 11 miles north of Sylacauga in a Ford Focus. The other car involved was a Ford Fusion, and the driver, a 64-year-old man, was also injured in the collision. It is not yet known which driver caused the wreck.

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