Families of two University of Alabama in Huntsville professors who were killed in the 2010 campus shootings are awaiting a judge's decision regarding their case. A Madison County judge has a motion to dismiss in front of her in the wrongful death case. The defendant is the individual who was the provost at the time of the shootings.
A recall of 80,000 2006 to 2012 Kia Sedonas has prompted the need for a December recall of vehicles by automaker Hyundai. Alabama car owners may be dismayed at being left out of this geographic recall, which concerns the potential failure of the steering system. According to Hyundai's report to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Kia was the manufacturer of the 2007 to 2008 Entourage. The recall concerns around 15,500 Entourages with the suspected problem.
Nissan owners in Alabama may soon hear about the recall of 2,529 NV200 vehicles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced that models NV200 built between Feb. 6, 2013 and Aug. 2, 2013 may suffer from defects in their battery terminals that could cause the engine to stall unexpectedly. In an effort to avoid any potential car accidents, Nissan has requested that dealerships reposition wiring around the terminals and apply a protective covering prior to the upcoming recall expected sometime before Christmas.
Alabama owners of 2013 Ford Escapes may be included in a recall over the crossover vehicles' engines. The concern over the potential for car accidents caused by fires in the Escape's 1.6-liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine led the automaker to announce the recall of 140,000 of the vehicles in the United States. Another 21,000 Escapes were being recalled in other export markets including Canada, according to a source at Ford.
The potential that computer-driven cars have to save the lives of many in Alabama and across the county may be exciting news for those who have recently been injured in a car accident. According to government research, driver error is a factor in up to 90 percent of all accidents. In addition, over 40 percent of fatal car accidents result from the consumption of alcohol, drugs, distraction or fatigue. Self-driven cars may one day bring an end to fatigue and alcohol-related crashes.
Alabama residents may be interested in an article discussing the insurance implications of car sharing services that have been becoming more popular. In this new business model, liability for accidents is not always clear.
Alabama drivers should be aware of the risks of operating a vehicle while fatigued. One driver, who was on the way to surprise her friend in the middle of the night, learned this lesson the hard way when she crashed her vehicle after falling asleep at the wheel for just a couple seconds.
A 45-year-old Alabama man was charged with manslaughter and homicide after he allegedly caused an accident that resulted in the death of a woman. According to the report, the wrongful death occurred when the man crashed his motorcycle. The woman had been riding as a passenger. According to the indictment, the man allegedly recklessly caused the death of the woman. In addition the man violated state law regarding the operation of the motorcycle. The woman was transported to a nearby hospital but died shortly after as a result of her injuries. She has a surviving husband and daughter. No other information was given.
Many Alabama drivers cannot resist bringing their furry friends along for the ride. However, a study from the University of Alabama found that pets in the car are actually a potential hazard that could likely result in car accidents, particularly for older drivers. According to the study, individuals who are older than 70 years of age and drive with their pets are more likely to have accidents than those that do not drive with pets in the vehicle.
A report by the AFL-CIO, released on May 7, 2013, shows that in the United States, approximately 150 people a day die of work-related fatalities and illnesses. The statistics include all of the 50 states, including Alabama. Work-related deaths can occur as a result of a wrongful death, illness or disease. The report shows that in a year, over 137 people a day or 50,000 a year die as a result of illnesses that occur as a result of their work environments.