Drivers in Alabama know that distracted driving is a problem. Despite education programs laws prohibiting this dangerous behavior, it continues to be a serious threat to the health and safety of all motorists. One of the main sources of distracted driving is cellphone use, but there are a number of distractions that come from cars.
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.
Among all types of driver negligence, speeding, drunk driving and texting while driving cause the most damage. But while law enforcement has long been able to prove that someone was speeding or driving while intoxicated, driver distraction has been more difficult to prove.
Each year June is recognized by the National Safety Council as National Safety Month -- a time to highlight safety concerns regarding the leading causes of injury in the United States.
Drivers in the Jasper area are no strangers to road construction and maintenance. Whether you're traveling on I-22, I-65 or a state highway, you're likely to encounter a work zone at some point.
Compared to this time last year, Alabama highways have seen an alarming increase in fatal accidents. From New Year's Day to Feb. 10, state troopers investigated 54 fatalities, nine more than were investigated during that same time in 2015.
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.
Every year, far too many people suffer from serious injuries and lose their lives in a motorcycle accident. In Jasper, Walker and throughout the state of Alabama, the details of these wrecks are different and each case is unique. However, regardless of whether a motorcyclist was hit by a distracted driver, a speeding driver or someone who was intoxicated, their life may never be the same. At the Sapp law firm, we understand how devastating these accidents are and the different types of hardships that a motorcyclist may have to endure after an accident.
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.
When motorcyclists in Jasper, and other localities, are involved in auto accidents, it is common for them to come off of the their vehicles. Not only can the ejection itself cause serious injuries, motorcycle operators are also at risk of being run over by other vehicles, or crushed by their own. Due to the serious injuries, including a head injury or broken bones, which can result from motorcycle accidents, victims may require extensive medical treatment and rehabilitation for even a partial recovery.