It’s a fact that single- and multiple-vehicle traffic wrecks injure and kill hundreds of people every month in this county. Anyone who has ever been hurt as a result of another driver’s negligence understands the physical and financial costs involved. A hospital stay alone can run into the tens of thousands of dollars following a bad car crash.
As a personal injury lawyer located in the Birmingham area, I serve residents of Jefferson, Shelby, Cullman and other surrounding counties. When it comes to recovering damages due to a car, truck or semi tractor-trailer traffic accident, I understand how serious a high-speed vehicle collision can be to any family, much less to those folks already struggling with their finances.
In fact, personal injuries resulting from car crashes and SUV rollovers can bring about life-altering conditions for victims and their families. While some accidents are fatal, other traffic wrecks can result in serious burns, spinal cord and brain injuries, not to mention permanent paralysis.
I know that there are no guarantees in this life, and as drivers we each assume risks every time we venture beyond out of our driveways. A recent study conducted by the Reader’s Digest magazine indicates how dangerous Alabama’s roadways can be for some drivers and passengers.
According to the report, Alabama ranks number one in speeding-related fatalities on our roads. That’s a sobering statistic. Furthermore, we are listed as one of the top ten states for a motorist to be killed in an alcohol-related traffic accident.
How does this relate to actual numbers? According to the report, Alabama has around 0.75 speeding-related fatalities per million vehicle miles traveled, ranking it first over the other 49 states – that’s nearly twice the national average of 0.39 deaths per million vehicle miles.
In the area of alcohol-related traffic deaths, our state was ranked 9th out of 50, with 0.53 DUI-related deaths per million vehicle miles traveled. While not as bad as the speed-related fatalities, Alabama still ranks higher than the national average of 0.40 drinking-related deaths per million vehicle miles traveled.
Reader’s Digest ranked all 50 states to determine the safest, most scenic and sensible roads. They also included a list of 15 bad roads dreaded by drivers nationwide, and while Alabama was not named in that list, they did mention the Monteagle Mountain section of I-24 just north of the Georgia-Alabama border. A piece of road so bad, according to Reader’s Digest, that Johnny Cash recorded a song about it. Said one trucker, “It’s the only place I’ve ever seen runaway truck ramps used.”
Reader's Digest Ranks Safest, Deadliest Roads in U.S., TruckingInfo.com, March 16, 2010
15 More Bad Roads, RD.com, March 2010