July 2013 Archives

Suit filed in vehicular manslaughter case against bicyclist

Birmingham bicyclists may be interested in learning more about an unprecedented case against a bicyclist in San Francisco who has just pleaded guilty to vehicular manslaughter. While allegedly riding recklessly through several city intersections, the bicyclist struck a pedestrian who later died from his injuries. According to media sources, the resulting vehicular manslaughter charge, which is believed to be the first of its kind filed against a bicyclist, is intended to send a safety message to all cyclists that the rules of the road apply to bicycle riders as well as to those driving motor vehicles.

Alabama study reveals pets may be a driving distraction

Many Alabama drivers cannot resist bringing their furry friends along for the ride. However, a study from the University of Alabama found that pets in the car are actually a potential hazard that could likely result in car accidents, particularly for older drivers. According to the study, individuals who are older than 70 years of age and drive with their pets are more likely to have accidents than those that do not drive with pets in the vehicle.

Family awarded $375,000 in nursing home wrongful-death case

The family of a former patient at a nursing home in Alabama was awarded $375,000 after the care facility was found guilty of causing his death. The arbitration to reach the decision took a week in the wrongful death case.

Insurance costs can soar when a teenage driver is added

The cost for car insurance increases sharply when a teenage driver is added to the policy. Though the amounts vary from company to company and state to state, on average parents should expect to pay yearly premiums that are about 84 percent higher when they add a teenager. This translates to about $2,000 more a year.

Dump Truck and Fertilizer Spreader collide causing serious injury

Two Alabama drivers were injured in a multi-vehicle accident when their two large trucks collided around 12:45 p.m. on July 1st. The driver of the dump truck ran into the back of the fertilizer spreader vehicle near the intersection of County Road 164. The collision from the truck accidents was so violent that it detached the wheels from the spreader causing the tank to spill a load of lime on the road. There were serious injuries on both sides; the dump truck driver was flown to the hospital and the fertilizer truck driver was taken by ambulance.

Speeding vehicle causes three-car accident that injures three

Three people were injured after a chain-reaction of accidents involving three cars took place in Alabama. According to the report, the car accidents occurred after a speeding vehicle rear-ended a car. The collision sent the speeding vehicle into the oncoming lane where it struck a pickup truck head-on.

New rules seek to reduce truck driver fatigue and save lives

The enforcement of new rules designed to ease truck driver fatigue has recently begun, and it is hoped that these rules will help decrease the occurrence of truck accidents and subsequent fatalities. By reducing the instances of truck accidents, it is estimated that commercial vehicle accidents in Alabama, as well as across the United States, will be less frequent and that nearly 20 lives may be spared per year.

Man charged in fatal hit and run in Priceville

A motorist has been charged for his possible connection to a hit and run accident that resulted in the death of a motorcyclist in Priceville, Ala. Local police reported that a motorcycle was struck by an 18-wheel semi-trailer near the Pilot Travel Center on Alabama 67 just west of Interstate 65 at about 4:45 a.m. on June 26

Head injuries may cause an increase in the risk of stroke

Alabama residents who have suffered a stroke may be interested to learn that individuals who have suffered from traumatic brain injuries are more likely to suffer from a stroke. Researchers in Taiwan discovered an association between the two brain injuries after searching through hospital records in 2011.

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