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Recent texting traffic death latest in series of road fatalities

A recent, fatal Cullman County crash is calling attention to the escalating number of traffic fatalities occurring on Alabama roadways. According to AL.com, authorities believe texting and driving was a likely factor in the accident that killed a 28-year-old woman and sent another motorist to the hospital with serious injuries.

Beware of distracted drivers!

When you obtained your first valid driver's license, you were likely especially cautious behind the wheel. New and inexperienced drivers are typically very alert and attentive to their surroundings as they traverse Alabama roadways. As time goes on, however, most motorists tend to relax their standards, which can lead to serious driving problems and an increased risk of injury. Distracted driving is highly problematic in Alabama and nationwide, and all drivers (novice or experienced) should be aware of such dangers in order to keep themselves and all who share the roads safe.

When are AAA’s 100 “deadliest days” of summer?

Memorial Day is on the horizon, and that means more teen drivers across Alabama and the United States will soon join you on the roadways. It also means more fatalities will likely follow, if recent statistics are any indication, and the potential dangers are so severe that AAA deemed the 100 days immediately following Memorial Day the “deadliest days of summer.”

Spring driving hazards and how to avoid them

Spring driving in Alabama may not mean massive amounts of snow and ice, but it still presents unique hazards of its own. Learning how to identify and avoid these seasonal hazards can prove to be the difference between life and death, so AARP has outlined some springtime safety tips for motorists to be aware of before they take to the roadway.

Help! I've been injured in a car crash. What should I do?

The moments after a motor vehicle accident in Alabama can understandably be stressful and confusing. The emotions that follow a car crash can easily prevent you from making the proper moves to protect yourself legally, particularly if you have suffered an injury in the collision. A few steps can help you be prepared to file a personal injury claim following an accident caused by another driver's negligence.

Effectiveness of Alabama’s texting and driving ban questioned

Texting behind the wheel has been illegal in Alabama since 2012, but recent statistics suggest the ban has not been as effective at reducing accidents and preventing deaths as many would have liked. According to Fox 6, the number of accidents involving drivers who were distracted by technology jumped every year since the ban was enacted except for the year immediately following it, where numbers took a slight dip.

Could self-driving cars reduce crashes in Alabama?

Exactly when self-driving cars will hit Alabama’s roadways is unclear, but state legislators are working to make sure that they are prepared, and that you are safe, when the time comes. Proponents for allowing cars with self-driving technologies on American roadways believe their introduction could considerably enhance your safety by reducing the number of accidents that occur each year. Opponents, meanwhile, fear such automobiles could cause confusion and problems because of a lack of clarity about who or what is responsible for damages, among related issues, in the event that they crash.

Traffic deaths rise across Alabama, the nation

Alabama roadway collisions claimed the lives of more than 650 people in 2016, and authorities believe many of those deaths were largely preventable. According to NBC 12, the state saw 139 more traffic fatalities by sometime in December than it had throughout the entire year prior, and authorities expected those numbers to rise, despite an increased police presence, given the holiday season.

Who can be held responsible for drunk driving accidents?

Sadly, there are numerous individuals and families in Alabama who became victims to impaired drivers. Drunk driving accidents occur rather frequently, especially around the holidays. If you have been injured or lost a loved one in such an accident, you may have legal recourse. This column will address who may be responsible for any losses you have suffered.

Drowsy driving dangers have Alabamans calling for change

Drowsy driving is becoming increasingly problematic on roadways throughout Alabama and across the United States, and a new report is shining light on just how dangerous this preventable behavior can be. According to Forbes, one out of every five deadly motor vehicle accidents in American involves a drowsy driver, and the chances of causing this type of accident increase as a motorist’s hours spent asleep decrease.

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