In recent posts, we've discussed the dangers associated with texting while driving and the recently implemented Alabama texting ban. To date the ban, which aims to stop the texting and reduce the number of related car accidents, has resulted in 14 citations being issued.
A 32-year-old Alabama mother of two young children was recently killed in a car accident. The accident occurred as the young mother was involved in an accident where another vehicle was waiting for a break in oncoming traffic to make a turn into a residential apartment complex. While stopped on the two-lane highway, the motor vehicle was struck from behind by a pickup truck.
While many individuals know certain activities may be harmful or even dangerous, it's sometimes hard to break old habits. One habit that drivers in Alabama would be wise to break, however, is texting while driving. In an effort to decrease car accidents, Alabama recently became the 38th state to enact a law banning drivers from texting.
Each year, thousands of children across the United States are injured and killed in car accidents. Sadly, many of these injuries and deaths could have been prevented had the children been properly restrained.
From a young age children are taught to look both ways before crossing the street. It's a basic safety rule that most pedestrians follow. Likewise, most drivers know to slow down as they approach intersections or crosswalks where pedestrians may be crossing. When it comes to car accidents involving pedestrians, however, there seems to be a big difference between knowing safe pedestrian and driving rules and actually putting them into practice.
Summer holidays such as Memorial Day, Labor Day and Independence Day are particularly deadly for motorists in Alabama and all across the country. On average, 12 more people die in car accidents on July 4 than on a typical day of the year. And teenagers are particularly vulnerable.
Bill was just finishing his dinner one evening when he received the phone call every parent dreads. When he answered the phone, a voice at the other end asked if he was Andrea's dad. When he confirmed that he was, the voice on the phone said that Andrea had been in a car accident and was in the hospital.
How many times have you driven through Birmingham and seen a large sign that flashed your current speed in lights? For years, traffic safety experts thought that if drivers were made aware of their speeding, that it would encourage them to slow down and follow the speed limit. They were wrong.
What is the most efficient way to avoid car accidents? Some people would say that the only way to end car accidents would be to end human error, and even then, some car accidents may still be unavoidable. Human error, however, certainly accounts for the largest percentage of car accidents. Car accidents caused by drunk drivers, fatigued drivers and distracted drivers would all be eliminated if human error could be stopped.
What does it take for people to learn a lesson? For some people, lectures or campaign messages are enough. For others, a close call is enough to deter them from doing the same dangerous or illegal activity again.