Consumer-friendly decisions from the Alabama Supreme Court have not been that common in recent years. So, we notice when Alabama's highest court comes down solidly on the side of an injured party. As they did last week when the Court affirmed substantial verdicts favoring a teen-age girl who was severely burned in a car wreck and the family of another teen-age girl who died from the injuries she sustained in the same wreck.
In years past, individuals involved in car accidents were very likely to sustain serious injuries of even fatal injuries. Today, states like Alabama have worked hard to make safety improvements to both rural and urban roads and highways. Additionally, car manufacturers have greatly improved the safety and handling of cars and trucks through technology including stability control, front and side-impact airbags and reinforced impact protection.
In recent years many states, including Alabama, have made great strides in attempting to promote safe driving practices. Despite the passage of several laws specifically geared towards reducing the number of car accidents in which both teens and distracted drivers are involved, a recent report contends Alabama has room for improvement.
Drivers who choose to drink and drive often display erratic driving behaviors. Swerving and crossing over the center line, driving too slow or fast and veering off the road are all signs that a driver may be intoxicated. Alabama state police suspect alcohol was a factor in a recent fatal car accident in which a 33-year-old woman was killed.
Snowy and icy conditions recently impacted roads and highways throughout portions of Alabama resulting in numerous car accidents. While inclement winter weather isn't an everyday occurrence in Alabama, drivers would be wise to exercise caution when such hazardous road conditions do exist.
It's a proven fact; seatbelts save lives. Despite numerous public safety campaigns and laws mandating their use however, many Alabama drivers still fail to buckle up. A recent wrongful death serves as a solemn reminder to all Alabamans of the importance of wearing a seat belt while in a moving vehicle.
Accidents involving pedestrians and cars often result in those pedestrians involved sustaining serious or even fatal injuries. Injuries common in car accidents involving pedestrians include broken bones, internal injury and bleeding and severe tissue damage. One Birmingham recently man suffered injuries after he was the victim of a hit-and-run car accident.
According to reports, a charter bus carrying the University of Alabama cheerleading squad was involved in a multi-vehicle car accident on its way home from the BCS championship game Tuesday night. The accident occurred in Montgomery and left a UA student in another vehicle seriously injured.
As Alabama residents prepare for the approaching Christmas and New Years Eve holidays, Alabama Department of Transportation officials are urging drivers to be safe. Every year during the winter holiday season thousands of Alabamans travel to spend time with family and friends. Drivers who fail to abide by traffic laws and employ safe driving practices increase the likelihood of being involved in a serious or fatal car accident.
When two or more motor vehicles are involved in an accident, it's important that the drivers involved call the police and exchange car insurance information. Car insurance protects drivers in the event they are involved in a car accident in which they or another involved driver or passenger sustain injuries.