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Motorcycle fatality statistics

Alabama residents who ride motorcycles may be at a higher risk of dying while on the road than those who ride in passenger vehicles. Motorcycles, including scooters, mopeds, mini bikes, off-road vehicles and pocket bikes, account for only three percent of all vehicles registered in the United States. Yet 15 percent of all traffic fatalities in 2012 were motorcyclists.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, for every 100 million vehicle miles traveled, 23.27 motorcyclists die in an accident. For passenger cars, that number is only 0.89. This means that motorcyclist are 26 times more likely to die in a motor vehicle accident than people in passenger vehicles.

Alabama man charged after allegedly driving truck through house

Law enforcement officials have reported that a 20-year-old man was arrested after he drove his pickup truck through a residence in Mobile on Oct. 17. The accident occurred at 1 p.m. on West Barker Road. The man faces criminal charges of vehicular assault and leaving the scene of an accident.

According to witnesses, the man was driving at a high rate of speed when he drove through the home. Five people inside at the time, including three children, had to be rushed to the hospital after sustaining serious injuries in the crash. While those injured are expected to recover, all five remained in the hospital at the time reports were made available.

Driver pleads guilty to causing death of 1, injuries to another

An Alabama man pleaded guilty to charges of murder and first-degree assault in connection with a 2013 accident that killed a woman and injured a man. The driver admitted that he had about dozen beers prior to driving his SUV the night that he hit the two people.

The accident happened on Oct. 18, 2013, at approximately 11:27 p.m. The 25-year-old woman from Millbrook was with her boyfriend outside of his home in Montgomery. The two were standing near his parked car when an SUV crashed into them. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene. The man suffered serious injuries that were considered life-threatening at the time of the accident.

What is a spinal cord injury?

Alabama residents may be surprised to learn that approximately 200,000 individuals are living with spinal cord injuries throughout the country, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nearly half of spinal cord injuries occur in motor vehicle accidents; the others are the result of work accidents, violence, sports, falls or a combination thereof.

Your spinal column consists of seven neck bones, twelve upper and middle back bones, five lower back bones, five sacrum bones and two fused coccyx bones, making up a total of 31 bones. Additionally, the spinal column is made up of a series of vertebral bodies and arches that are stacked on top of each other so that they align. The spinal cord resides inside your spinal column, transmitting signals between your brain and the rest of your body. Since the spinal cord has such an important function, the consequences of a spinal cord injury can be devastating. If you suffer from spinal cord injuries and paralysis, you may also suffer from a neurological impairment. In addition, you could suffer adverse gastrointestinal, respiratory, urinary or psychological effects.

Filing a claim after a workplace injury occurs

An employee may be eligible for workers' compensation after a work-related accident but must first file a claim. Under the Alabama workers' compensation law, a worker can file a claim by notifying an employer of an injury or illness and by applying for benefits. Employees should immediately alert a supervisor or boss about an accident and injury, and an employer or a company's insurance provider is responsible for filling out forms like a Supplementary Report and a Claim Summary Form.

In addition to being part of the claims process, informing an employer about an injury is also important because employers typically select a treating physician when workplace accidents occur. Another doctor can be selected if an injured party is not satisfied with a physician, but a worker loses the right to compensation when refusing to submit to an examination, physical rehabilitation or other medical services.

Auto crashes costly for Alabama residents

A fatal car accident, in addition to causing grief and emotional pain, also causes economic hardship for affected Alabama families. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, reports that damages related to car crashes in 2010 totaled almost $1 trillion in loss of life and productivity. Although fatalities have declined since 2012, medical costs have increased, consistent with inflation.

When the costs related to car accidents are calculated, they include bodily damage, property damage and loss of income related to missed work time. The average bodily injury claim in 2012 was $14,653, with liability claims averaging $3,073. The costs of a single accident may be borne by more than one party. On average, insurers pay 50 percent of the costs and 26 percent is paid by crash victims. Crash costs account for higher insurance premiums.

Georgia crash results in injuries

Several people were injured in a three-vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 411 on Sept. 30. One of the injured was airlifted from the scene after being extricated from his vehicle.

Authorities with the Cartersville Police Department say that a vehicle driven by a Cartersville man was stopped in the southbound lane waiting to make a left turn when it was struck from behind by another vehicle driven by a 48-year-old man from Rome. After that initial impact, the vehicle that had been stopped was pushed into the northbound lane and was struck by a third car, forcing the first vehicle to roll over twice. The third vehicle then left the roadway and crashed into a fence.

Head-on crash in Alabama leaves woman dead

A two-car accident in Alabama left a 66-year-old woman dead and four people injured on Sept. 28. The crash occurred at about 9:30 a.m. on Cecil Ashburn Drive near the intersection of Carl T. Jones Drive.

A Buick LeSabre driven by a 35-year-old man was traveling east on Cecil Ashburn Drive when it crossed the centerline and headed into westbound traffic. The LeSabre collided head-on with a Honda minivan, pushing it into a roadside guardrail and causing it to flip onto its side. The LeSabre caught fire as a result of the collision. Bystanders stopped to pull the driver of the LeSabre out of the burning car.

Corvette slams into sign in front of historic Alabama building

Police were summoned to the GM&O building in Mobile early Sept. 13 in response to reports that a red Corvette had run into the sign identifying the landmark. According to witnesses, the car pulled out of a gas station at the intersection of Beauregard and North Water streets shortly before the driver lost control of the vehicle.

The sports car drove over the curb and crashed into the brick sign. The driver was unhurt, but a man was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of injuries that were not described in the news source. No information about the identities of the individuals involved in the accident was included in the report.

How does a brain injury happen during a car accident?

Alabama residents may be aware that a traumatic brain injury could occur during a car accident, and they come in two basic forms. Open-head injuries involve a skull fracture or penetration while closed-head injuries do not. Bruising and tearing of the brain tissue are the biggest risks associated with brain injuries. This can affect the person's cognitive function as well as cause physical disabilities. If a person involved in an accident experiences headaches, motor problems, nausea or sleeping trouble, then that person may have a brain injury.

During a crash, the force of a sudden impact can seriously injure an individual. Moreover, the extreme forward and backward movement could cause a person to hit their head on the steering wheel or windshield. The deployment of the airbag could also seriously injure someone such as a child or infant.