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Alabama multi-vehicle crash injures 6 altogether

Authorities reported that six individuals were injured in an August 27 accident in Mobile that involved multiple vehicles, including a transit bus. The incident reportedly transpired at approximately 9:50 a.m. near the intersection of Airport and University boulevards.

According to the Mobile Police Department, a minivan rear-ended the bus, which had been waiting in traffic along northbound University Boulevard. The force of the collision propelled the bus into the back of a car. As a result of the wreck, three passengers in the bus and all three drivers involved suffered injuries, reportedly.

Not all Alabama job-related injuries are immediately noticeable

Many times, people who have experienced job-related injuries are not even aware that they may have received them while working for an Alabama business. That's because some injuries happen due to a series of constant physical stressors, rather than a sudden accident. However, it's important to realize that these types of "cumulative effect" job-related injuries are no less worthy of workers' compensation benefits than others might be.

Some of the more common types of repetitive stress injuries that may be covered by workers' comp include:

Fatal accident leads to another claim against GM

Alabama residents may be interested to learn that GM is facing yet another wrongful death lawsuit that was recently filed in another state, following the 2012 death of a man driving a 2011 Chevrolet Express 2500 van. The suit was filed by the man’s parents who named General Motors and the Chevrolet dealer who sold the van to their son’s employer as defendants. They claim that the defendants failed to inform the purchaser of known defects that allegedly caused the fatal accident in which their son lost his life.

The lawsuit states that the young man was on his way home from work when he failed to stop at an intersection where he would normally turn. However, he went straight through and the vehicle apparently left the road, went through some barriers and over a concrete culvert before crossing over the interstate and coming to a halt after rolling over. The driver reportedly died at the accident scene. An accident investigation determined that the man was not impaired, nor were there any other factors that may have contributed to the accident.

Texting while driving can lead to serious accidents

Many motor vehicle accidents in Alabama are caused by a driver who was distracted at the time of the collision. One common cause of these types of accidents is texting while driving. If you are seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident because someone else decided to focus more on a cell phone than on the road, grounds for a lawsuit likely exist.

Distracted driving is a major cause of crashes, not only in Alabama but all over the United States. Driving while distracted may involve texting or simply communicating on a mobile phone. Using a mobile phone while operating a vehicle can actually be just as risky as navigating a car with a blood alcohol level higher than the law permits.

Head-on crash kills Alabama A&M University worker

Fatal accidents happen on roadways throughout Alabama, but not all victims receive the press that one A&M University employee has. In the days since she was killed as a result of a head-on collision, the A&M worker for three decades has been memorialized in numerous ways. As her tragic and sudden death shows, the consequences of any traffic fatality extend beyond families to communities at large.

The accident that took her life happened during a weekday when the victim was traveling on Interstate 565. Reports indicate that a car heading in the opposite direction swerved, crossing the roadway median. At that point, a tractor-trailer that was in front of the victim's car was able to veer out of the way of the oncoming vehicle. Unfortunately, the victim's car then received the full force of the head-on collision.

What should employees expect regarding worker safety?

It is easy to understand how employees may not be fully aware of what they should expect regarding worker safety. With job duties, continued training and other concerns, many employees may not even think about safety measures, or a lack thereof, until there is an injury or other tragic incident. Worker safety should always be a priority of employers, and employees have the right to expect a safe and productive work environment.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is a federal agency dedicated to protecting the safety of workers, including those in Alabama. OSHA has the authority to issue citations and levy fines against employers who violate safety standards, as illustrated in previous blog posts on our website. OSHA monitors areas such as chemical hazards, construction standards, emergency procedures and other potential health risks.

Leaving a fatal accident in Alabama is wrong on many levels

When a fatal accident occurs, the motorists involved who survive are expected to remain on the scene. In fact, it is illegal for them to leave without first speaking to the appropriate Alabama authorities. Additionally, most would say that it's also simply unethical and may leave a negative impression upon a judge should the person who left the scene subsequently be deemed responsible for the fatal accident.

In recent days, an Alabama truck driver was killed during a crash that caused his tractor-trailer to overturn on Highway 157. When the semi crashed, it landed on its side, spilling its flammable contents. The result was a messy situation that stopped traffic.

What mistakes should you avoid after an auto accident?

When a person finds himself or herself in an auto accident in Alabama, it can be a jarring reality. If injuries have occurred as a result of the auto accident, the victim may require intensive medical attention, sometimes leading to lengthy hospital stays. It's not an understatement to say that it can be difficult to keep one's head during such a confusing, scary situation.

However, there are some ways to avoid making mistakes that are fairly regularly made by those who have been in highway crashes. First, don't assume that you are the one who caused the accident. Even if you believe it to be true, the authorities may feel otherwise. Don't compromise your legal rights by making off-the-cuff declarations that could hurt you later.

Alabama poorly marked train crossings can lead to grim car wrecks

When stopping at train tracks, most Alabama drivers expect to receive some kind of indication that a train might be on its way. Whether this is in the form of sounds, lights or barriers, it prevents car wrecks from occurring. However, not all train crossings are clearly marked, which can lead to car wrecks as well as possible serious injuries.

In eastern Alabama, a teacher reportedly suffered several injuries when her vehicle was hit by a train at the end of July. According to officials, she was stopped at a railroad crossing near the high school where she taught. Authorities theorize that she was unaware that a train was coming toward her location and proceeded to drive across the tracks. It was then that her SUV was hit. Although the vehicle was a complete loss, the driver is expected to recover from the injuries that sent her to a hospital.

Expenses related to highway fatalities add to families' stressors

In Alabama, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that there have been just under 900 traffic fatalities in each of the last several years. That is approximately 1.3 fatalities for every 100 million miles that have been driven. What those numbers do not reveal is that for every fatality, family members of the victims experience extreme stressors in the form of emotional suffering and, sometimes, to their shock, very high bills.

For instance, the medical costs directly associated with a vehicular death vary depending upon how long the victim is treated after the crash. Someone who dies upon impact may receive medical treatment at the scene in an attempt to resuscitate him or her, but will not be given further life-saving measures if he or she is pronounced dead. On the other hand, some victims linger for days, weeks or longer; for them and their loved ones, the experience can be heart-wrenching. It can also be very expensive.