As drivers in the baby boomer generation age, Alabama and other states across the nation face many questions and concerns related to a variety of societal matters. Costs and quality issues associated with nursing home care, medical care and social security are all hot button issues when looking at the baby boomer population. The growing number of elderly drivers and the problems they pose to public safety and increases in accidents are also an important consideration.
In 2000, the Alabama state Legislature passed a law requiring all Alabama motorists to have liability insurance. Despite the law, however, state officials estimate that roughly 22 percent of Alabamans don't have car insurance. When these drivers are involved in car accidents, the financial implications impact insured drivers and the state as a whole.
Alabama parents of teen drivers often joke about their child's poor driving practices. Lack of experience behind the wheel and an overall laissez faire attitude often makes riding in a car with a teen driver more than a little nerve wracking. While parents may joke about their teen's driving behaviors, in reality the large number of teens involved and killed in car accidents is no joking matter.
For years, Alabama parents with teenage drivers have been cautioning their sons and daughters to slow down, not drink and drive and put away their cell phones while driving. Unfortunately, much of the advice parents and educators try to bestow upon teen drivers falls on deaf ears, with many teens continuing to be involved in car accidents.
There's no question that drunk driving is dangerous. Each year thousands of lives are lost in car accidents caused by drivers under the influence of alcohol. In an effort to curb Alabama drivers from driving drunk, the state recently passed a law requiring some sort of ignition interlock device for drivers convicted of drunk driving.
It takes the average teenager five seconds to send a text message. During that time, a car can travel the distance of a football field. During that time, the driver of a car can also cause or be involved in a serious or fatal car accident.
Car or truck accidents that result in fatalities are always tragic. Fatal car accidents involving teenagers are especially heartbreaking. Students at one Alabama high school recently mourned the loss of their 17-year-old peer who succumbed to the injuries he sustained in a recent car accident.
In recent posts, we've discussed the dangers associated with texting while driving and the recently implemented Alabama texting ban. To date the ban, which aims to stop the texting and reduce the number of related car accidents, has resulted in 14 citations being issued.
A 32-year-old Alabama mother of two young children was recently killed in a car accident. The accident occurred as the young mother was involved in an accident where another vehicle was waiting for a break in oncoming traffic to make a turn into a residential apartment complex. While stopped on the two-lane highway, the motor vehicle was struck from behind by a pickup truck.
As high school students head back to school this year, many will be responsible for transporting themselves to and from school and part-time jobs for the first time. While young drivers are often filled with excitement at the freedom driving presents, they should also be aware of the dangers associated with driving.