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Texting while driving and related dangers

Alabama motorists who text while driving may endanger both themselves and others. Although mobile devices can be convenient tools for communication, they can create distractions that have the potential to cause injury or death. Statistics indicate that distracted driving was responsible for 18 percent of fatal car accidents in the U.S. in 2010. As many as two out of every five American teenagers admit to having been in a vehicle in which a driver endangered others by using a cellphone. Additional statistics indicate that texting while driving may make the potential for an accident 23 times worse than driving while not texting. Of drivers between the ages of 18 and 20 who were involved in a car crash and survived, 11 percent admitted to texting at the time of the accident.

Because the problem of texting while driving is so significant, various agencies including the Federal Communications Commission have been working to create greater public awareness of the dangers related to this practice. Additionally, there is an effort to promote the development of technology to limit cases of texting while driving and other distraction issues. Collaboration is important as technology and information are shared through the FCC Distracted Driving Information Clearinghouse.

Man charged with DUI, manslaughter in fatal Alabama crash

On Sept. 6, authorities reported that an indictment was filed against a 29-year-old man accused of being under the influence of a controlled substance during a 2013 car accident that killed another man in Chilton County. According to the indictment, the 29-year-old man was also driving in a distracted manner at the time of the incident.

The 2013 accident occurred on the morning of Aug. 22, reportedly. Officials claim the 29-year-old man was driving a Toyota Camry when he collided with a Jeep Cherokee carrying two sexagenarians, a 65-year-old man and a 67-year-old woman. The 65-year-old man, who was a passenger in the Jeep, did not survive the accident, having suffered fatal injuries on account of the collision. Emergency personnel transported the 67-year-old woman to a hospital for treatment of injuries that officials described as serious. She ultimately survived her injuries, authorities reported.

Crash leaves 1 cyclist dead, severely injures another

Authorities reported that an accident involving a car and two cyclists on Alabama 207 in Lauderdale County claimed the life of one cyclist and left the other with serious injuries on September 1. The fatal accident occurred just outside Anderson at about 8:30 a.m.

Troopers from the Alabama Department of Public Safety said a person driving a 2008 Suzuki Reno on the highway struck the two bicyclists. One of the victims, a 40-year-old Rogersville man, was transported to Athens-Limestone Hospital but succumbed to his injuries shortly after his arrival. A medical helicopter transported the other cyclist, 39, to Huntsville Hospital. That individual was in critical condition as of the day after the accident according to a hospital representative.

Settlement reached prior to wrongful death suit's trial

In March 2013, a minor was killed at an Alabama airport when a flight information display fell on him and his family. They were returning home from a vacation during spring break at the time. The victim's mother and two siblings suffered serious injuries from the incident and required hospitalization for several days. The airport's C concourse was being renovated at the time of the accident, and the family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against several entities involved with the project in June 2013. A settlement was reached on September 3. A trial was set to begin in November 2014.

According to the news source, the contractors mentioned concerns to airport officials about the stability of the display units prior to the incident. An investigation by Alabama Media Group found that the units' bases were too small to support their weight and they were front-heavy. The accident prompted a change in their design.

Seeking compensation for catastrophic injuries

If you are an Alabama resident who has suffered a catastrophic injury, you may want to know more about the process for seeking compensation. Catastrophic injuries include such things as traumatic brain injuries and disabling back injuries. Catastrophic injuries are often caused by automobile accidents, but they can also result from other types of accidents, such as medical malpractice.

If you are suffering from a catastrophic injury, it has most likely changed your life, perhaps forever. In addition to the pain and suffering you are experiencing, you may have large medical bills that you cannot pay. Your injuries may prevent you from returning to work at your previous place of employment. In short, a catastrophic injury can cause you to suffer a loss in your quality of life.

Man prevails in lawsuit following auto accident

On Aug. 28, a civil jury in Alabama awarded a man $1 million in damages in connection with a 2012 accident involving the man's vehicle and a UPS truck. The lawsuit, which says that the auto accident happened when the UPS truck driver failed to yield the right of way to the claimant's vehicle, was filed in Mobile County Circuit Court.

The plaintiff had been driving on Rangeline Road in Mobile County when the UPS driver allegedly cut in front of him at the Todd Acres Road intersection. Because of the resulting collision, the man suffered serious injuries, including bone fractures that required multiple surgeries and left him with permanent injuries, the suit claims.

5 prep football players injured in Alabama accident

Five high school football players suffered injuries in a rollover automobile accident in Birmingham. According to authorities, the August 15 incident took place on Montclair Road at approximately 5 p.m. It appeared that the five players were heading to football practice in an SUV at the time of the accident.

Reportedly, the players' vehicle was traveling through an intersection when it swerved in an attempt to dodge a vehicle that was making a left turn in the same intersection. Consequently, the players' SUV flipped multiple times, according to one media outlet covering the incident. Four of the five players managed to exit the wrecked SUV on their own accord, reportedly. Emergency personnel transported all five individuals to a Birmingham hospital. Authorities reported that the injuries suffered by the players were minor.

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.