The Fourth of July holiday is usually a fun time with fireworks, parties and activities taking place all around Alabama. You might have headed out to see fireworks with your family, or maybe you spent time on the road while vacationing. These busy holidays sometimes lead to the wrongful deaths of drivers due to the high amounts of traffic on the road as well as dangerous drivers.
The news has reported that during the 78-hour travel period for the Fourth of July, which started on 6:00 p.m. on July 3 and ran until midnight on July 6, there were 237 crashes in Alabama. The Alabama State Troopers responded to and investigated those crashes. Unfortunately, the nature of these accidents led to several deaths; fatalities occurred in eight counties around the state. St. Clair, Lowndes, Perry, Mobile, Walker, Monroe, Tuscaloosa and Coffee Counties all suffered a tragic accident in their areas. In Lowndes, three deaths occurred. In total, the authorities reported 10 deaths and 123 injuries. Several of these crashes were single-vehicle accidents, but others involved pedestrians or two vehicles. In one case, a pedestrian was killed in Mobile at around 8:45 p.m. on July 6 when he was struck by a 2011 GMC pickup. The 33-year-old man was pronounced dead, and the accident is under investigation. These crashes might have been prevented if drivers had been more careful while behind the wheel. Between distractions, drinking and speeding, there could be several reasons for accidents that took place. Police will likely investigate each of these crashes and press charges when necessary, but if you’re one of the people who lost a loved one, you may want to consider a civil case against the person at fault.
Source: WTVY, “10 Fatal Crashes in Alabama Over July 4th Weekend,” July 7, 2014.