Car Accidents Archives

Alabama safety initiative sets up new traffic checkpoints

Readers may be familiar with drunk driving checkpoints, but Huntsville, Alabama police officials recently added a new spin to this approach by setting up traffic safety checkpoints. Officials analyzed data to identify heavy crash locations, and then set up police in those designated areas. If an individual is stopped at one of these checkpoints, he or she should be prepared to present a driver’s license, vehicle tag registrations and proof of insurance.

Can a settlement be a good outcome in a car accident lawsuit?

In last week’s post, we discussed how some lawmakers are considering punishments for distracted driving that are comparable to drunk driving laws.  A recent settlement illustrates that the court system may look just as unkindly on distracted drivers and the injuries they may inflict.

Is texting behind the wheel the new drunk driving?

Would you get into a car with a drunk driver? Societal attitudes about drinking and driving generally discourage such behavior. The attitude may be a reflection of both the tough enforcement of drunk driving offenses by authorities, as well as public awareness of the serious or even fatal injuries that can result from a drunk driving crash. 

Can technology prove distracted driving allegations?

In a personal injury trial, demonstrating how another driver's actions violated applicable traffic rules or conditions might raise a presumption of negligence. Additional evidence of impairment, such as driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, might serve to strengthen that presumption. According to a recent article, distracted driving victims might soon have another investigative tool in their arsenal: the "Textalyser ."

Can technology shield a negligent driver from liability?

Technology features are helping drivers to behave more responsibly on the road. Automatic braking features can fill in the gaps left by a driver’s faulty braking decisions, and even artificial intelligence systems may help achieve better driving records. 

Are police officers beyond the reach of a wrongful death claim?

No one should be beyond the reach of the law if his or her negligent actions resulted in the injury or death of another. Our personal injury and wrongful death law firm takes this mission to heart, as a recent case victory against a former Alabama police officer illustrates. 

Can cellular data help to settle a wrongful death lawsuit?

The recent television dramatization of the O.J. Simpson trial is an important reminder that an individual may face both criminal and civil liability for alleged wrongdoing. An Alabama man accused of drunk driving is learning this hard lesson firsthand. 

St. Patrick's Day means an increase in drunk driving

During the St. Patrick's Day holiday period, the risk of drunk driving accidents increases. The holiday falls on March 17th, but the weekends before and after St. Patrick's Day are also dangerous. While bars will be full of celebrators on the 17th, many people hold St. Patrick's Day parties on the weekends.

Can technology overcome driver negligence in rear-end crashes?

Technology appears to be both a blessing and a curse to Alabama drivers. Handheld devices have proven to be a tempting distraction behind the wheel, prompting lawmakers to pass laws banning such technology-related behaviors as laws texting and driving. On the other hand, a new study indicates that technology may also be helping to lower the amount of rear-end crashes across the country.

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