According to the latest data released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, speed is the number one contributing factor of fatal car accidents in Alabama, which typically leads the nation in traffic fatalities, and the current statistics do not buck that trend. Alabama's 2010 1.34 per 100 million vehicle miles traveled fatality rate is higher than the nation's 1.11 average. Speed was a factor regardless of the type of roads traveled, though more fatal crashes did occur in rural areas, where speed is often combined with alcohol use and emergency response times can be slower. But even in accidents that occur on highways, the fatality rate is increased. In Shelby and Jefferson counties, 43 crashes caused 47 traffic fatalities on the most used highways. These accidents include single-vehicle accidents, multi vehicle accidents and accidents that involved vehicles and pedestrians.
At times while driving, it can be difficult to gauge the speed at which other vehicles are traveling. This is especially true when those vehicles are up ahead and traveling in the same direction. This is a major reason why it's so important for drivers of stalled motor vehicles to make sure to pull a stalled vehicle over to the far right shoulder of the road.
Accidents involving multiple vehicles often result in drivers and vehicle occupants sustaining serious or even fatal injuries. A recent accident that happened in the Alabama city of Mobile illustrates the dangers associated with multiple-vehicle crashes.
For more than three years, the family of a 26-year-old woman has mourned over the loss of their loved one. With hopes of one day helping special needs children, the young woman was pursuing a master's degree at an Alabama college. Tragically, her dreams will never be realized as she was killed in a fatal car accident when the driver of a pickup truck ran a red light.
Accidents involving large commercial trucks and motor vehicles are often among the most serious. Due to their impressive size and weight, injuries sustained by those involved in truck accidents are typically severe or fatal.
Motorcyclists have many safety concerns with which to contend. Not only must they ensure their own motorcycle is in proper working condition, but they must also attempt to anticipate the actions of other cars and trucks who often fail to see motorcycles. Sadly, one Alabama man recently died from injuries he sustained in a motorcycle and car accident last July.
School zones often present many challenges for drivers. This is especially true in the evening hours as students, parents and members of the public attend sporting events. Sadly, an Alabama father and his two-year-old son were recently killed in a wrongful death when they were struck by a car while leaving a football game.
Alabama motorcyclists must contend with many dangers while traveling along Alabama's highways and roads. Oftentimes cars and trucks fail to see motorcycles and injuries sustained in motorcycle accidents are often serious or even fatal. A recent wrongful death that occurred on I-459, however, proves that motorcyclists and their fellow riders can also be a danger to one another.
Individuals who own motorcycles often recall instances where they narrowly escaped being involved in a crash or collision. Due to their size, speed and ability to easily maneuver through traffic, motorcycles can be difficult for other motorists to see. When a driver fails to see a motorcyclist, the resulting motorcycle accident can result in serious injuries and even death.
Drivers who travel along Alabama's Interstates during the early morning hours often face conditions that may increase the likelihood that they'll be involved in a car accident. Alabama State Troopers recently released information related to a multiple car accident that occurred around 5:45 a.m. in which two individuals lost their lives.