It's estimated that each year 100,000 police-reported car and truck accidents result directly from driver fatigue. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, those fatigue-related wrecks cause an estimated 71,000 injuries, 1,550 deaths and $12.5 billion in losses.
By now all drivers should be aware that distracted driving puts lives at risk, and texting while driving is generally understood to be the most dangerous form of driving distractedly.
When people in Jasper, and throughout Alabama, make the decision to get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol, they are putting themselves, and others, in danger. The effects of alcohol, as well as illegal drugs, can impact their ability to safely control and operate their vehicles. As a result, car accidents may occur, which can cause injuries to them, other drivers, passengers and bystanders.
Being in a vehicular accident of any sort can be a traumatic experience. It can permanently alter your life and can end up causing excessive physical, emotional and monetary damage. Here at The Sapp Law Firm, we want to help you get maximum compensation for your suffering.
Even if drivers obey all of the signals, signs and traffic laws, it does not guarantee they will not be involved in a motor vehicle accident. Often, people in Jasper, and other localities, are involved in auto accidents that are the result of another motorist’s actions or negligence. These types of collisions, like others, can result in the deaths of drivers who were safely operating their vehicles.
Despite posted speed limits on the roads of Jasper, and other localities, excessive speed is often a contributing factor to car accidents. Greater rates of speed increase the force of impact in these types of collisions. As a result, it is very common for drivers, and their passengers, to suffer serious injuries and, in some cases, even death.
Trucking accidents are all too common on the roads and highways throughout Jasper, and other U.S. cities and towns. The impact caused by a collision between two large semi trucks not only can cause significant damage to the trucks involved, debris and the aftermath of the impact can also affect other vehicles. As a result, people who are involved in such accidents often suffer serious injuries.
Many people carry cellular phones, which they use to communicate while at home and on the go. Despite many states, including Alabama, implementing laws to prohibit motorists from texting while driving, the National Safety Council reported that drivers who are text messaging cause 1.6 million accidents annually. Many people argue it only takes a second to read a text, but that is also all it takes for a life changing, or ending, car accident to occur.
Each day, numerous commercial vehicles travel the streets and highways of Alabama, hauling their loads. With so many large commercial vehicles spending so much time on the roads, it is not uncommon for trucking accidents to occur. These types of collisions can be caused by any number of factors, including truck driver fatigue, poor road conditions, weather and vehicle disrepair. Regardless of the cause, accidents involving tractor-trailers can have a range of consequences, including serious injuries and, in some cases, death.
Even the safest of drivers, and their passengers, can be greatly affected by the actions of other motorists on the roadways. Distracted and negligent drivers can easily cause motor vehicle accidents with unsuspecting, safe drivers by not paying attention to the motorists around them and disregarding street signs and traffic laws. When another driver's actions result in a car accident, the consequences can range in severity from little or no damage to the vehicles to serious injuries or death.