As automotive safety features have increased over the past several decades, vehicles have become much safer than they used to be. And while the total number of fatal Alabama car accidents per year has dropped over the last 20 years, recently the data indicates that these numbers have begun to level off and even slightly increase.According to a recent news report, Alabama has the fifth-most fatal car accidents. Interestingly, the study looked not only at which states had the highest rate of fatal traffic accidents, but also at which times and on which days of the week the accidents occurred.
The crash data for Alabama indicate that Mondays and Fridays are the safest days to drive. Not surprisingly, the weekend days were among the most dangerous to be on the road. According to the study, the fewest accidents occurred during the hours of 4-10 a.m., with the greatest number of accidents occurring during the hours of 4-10 p.m. Interestingly, these times encompass the traditional hours of the morning and evening commutes.
The Causes of Alabama Fatal Traffic Accidents
There are many causes of Alabama car accidents, ranging from speeding and other types of aggressive driving to distracted driving. However, most experts agree that the three leading causes of fatal car accidents are speeding, drunk driving, and failing to yield the right of way. Of course, while not specifically listed as a category itself, distracted driving can play a major role in each of these accident types.
Alabama Lawmakers’ Attempt to Solve the Problem
In an attempt to reduce the number of fatal Alabama car accidents, lawmakers have passed new legislation criminalizing certain conduct. For example, it has long been illegal to drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Similarly, speeding can result in significant fines. The most recent legislation has been Alabama’s cell-phone law.
Alabama law prohibits all drivers from texting while driving, and it also prohibits young drivers from using a cell phone at all. This law is a primary offense, meaning that a law enforcement officer can stop and ticket a motorist even if this is the only perceived violation.
Evidence of a driver’s cell phone use while driving can also be used against that driver in an Alabama personal injury lawsuit. However, given the complexities involved in these cases, anyone injured in an Alabama car accident should seek the counsel of a dedicated personal injury attorney prior to filing their case.
Have You Been Involved in an Alabama Car Accident?
If you or a loved one has recently been injured in a car accident, you are not alone. Thousands of motorists are injured each year, and many of them are able to obtain compensation for the injuries they have sustained. Attorney Greg Reeves works with Alabama accident victims to ensure that they receive the compensation to which they are entitled. Attorney Reeves works tirelessly in negotiating with insurance companies on behalf of his clients, and he will not hesitate to take a case to trial if an insurance company is being unreasonable. To learn more, and to schedule your free consultation, call 256-355-3311 today.