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.
Alabama residents may be interested in an article discussing the insurance implications of car sharing services that have been becoming more popular. In this new business model, liability for accidents is not always clear.
A hayride driving down a county road in Alabama was hit by a man driving a truck on Oct. 11. The accident resulted in six teens being sent to the hospital, including a 13-year-old girl who was airlifted to UAB Hospital. The haunted hayride was hit around 7:15pm and was carrying 20 teens.
Four Coast Guard officers were killed during a helicopter training flight in Alabama. While operating the MH-65 Dolphin helicopter over Mobile Bay, all four of the crew members aboard lost their lives. Following the helicopter crash, an investigation of the accident concluded that misconduct was not a factor. It is unclear whether any of the family members of the deceased men plan to file a wrongful death claim.
A 26-year-old pregnant Alabama woman and a 66-year-old man were killed in a multiple vehicle accident. According to the report, the man died at the scene of the accident and the woman was transported to a nearby hospital where she later died as a result of her injuries. The woman's unborn child also did not survive.
Alabama drivers should be aware of the risks of operating a vehicle while fatigued. One driver, who was on the way to surprise her friend in the middle of the night, learned this lesson the hard way when she crashed her vehicle after falling asleep at the wheel for just a couple seconds.
Two Alabama sheriff's deputies were injured in a multi-vehicle accident that happened five miles west of Gadsden. The head-on collision took place in the afternoon and also involved two trucks. Following the car accident, both sheriff's deputies suffered injuries that were reported to be non-life-threatening. There have been no reports about the condition of the other drivers involved in the collision.
A news story that includes a stolen police car in Alabama or any other state is probably not going to have a good ending. An accident involving a stolen police cruiser resulted in one death and five injuries in Fayetteville, Tennessee. A 49-year-old woman was arguing with her boyfriend in the parking lot of the Dollar General Market. While they were arguing, the boyfriend flagged down a police officer.
A two-vehicle crash occurred near Birmingham on Thursday, Aug. 19. One man died as a result of the accident, and a woman was seriously injured. The accident occurred around 7 a.m. on Interstate 65.
A high school science teacher in Russell County died after being involved in a wreck that occurred on Aug. 21. The wreck happened at approximately 7 a.m. when the 2008 Suzuki Forenza that the science teacher was driving hit a 2005 International Tractor Trailer. The Suzuki got pinned beneath the 18-wheeler on U.S. 431 and Highway 169.