July 15, 2011

Single-Vehicle Motorcycle Accident in Alabama Kills Rider

A Mobile man lost his life in an Alabama motorcycle accident recently. The accident happened on Rebel Road, three miles south of Daphne.

The motorcyclist's Honda left the roadway and struck a pole. He was taken by Life Flight to USA Medical Center in Mobile. He was later pronounced dead, according to WKRG News. Alabama State Troopers are still investigating the accident.

Our Birmingham injury attorneys understand the risks that motorcyclists face in the event of a motor-vehicle accident. With the little protection that these motorists are equipped with, injury and even death is likely to occur. For this reason, the National Transportation Safety Board is pushing for stricter helmet laws across the nation. Helmets have been proven to save the lives of motorcyclists.

From 1997 to 2009, the yearly number of motorcyclist deaths doubled from 2,116 to 4,462. Currently, it is estimated that more than 10 motorcyclists are killed on our roadways every day. Although motorcyclists account for such a small percent of motorists on our roadways, their fatality rate make up nearly 15 percent of all highway deaths. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a head injury is a number one cause of death to a motorcyclist that has been involved in a traffic accident.

In an attempt to reduce the number of these fatal accidents, the NTSB recommends that each state enlist and enforce a motorcycle helmet law that complies with U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 218. This regulation is quite possibly the most effective measure that a rider or passenger can take to reduce the risk of injury or death in the event of an accident.

Motorcycle helmets meeting the current federal standard are designed with a hard outer shell, an impact-attenuating liner and a retention system to protect the head. This design has been proven to protect a motorcyclist's brain. The NHTSA estimates that these motorcycle helmets are 37 percent effective in preventing death for riders and more than 40 percent effective for motorcycle passengers.

The NHTSA and the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF), a nonprofit foundation that is supported by motorcycle manufacturers, has co-sponsored the NAMS, and a technical working group of experts representing many different motorcycle-related constituencies contributed to its development. Its mission states that it is to “point the way to the most promising avenues for future motorcycling safety efforts in the United States.”

The MSF offers these additional tips to help motorcyclists stay safe on our roadways:

-Make sure your headlight works and is on both day and night.

-Use reflective decals on your clothing and on your motorcycle so that motorists are more likely to see you.

-Stay out of the blind spots of cars and trucks.

-Flash your brake light when you're slowing down and before stopping.

-Be sure to always wear a quality helmet and proper eye protection.

-Always wear bright clothing and a light-colored helmet.

-Wear leather or other thick, protective clothing.

-Remember that the only thing between you and the road is your protective gear.

-Allow motorists with plenty of time and space to respond to you.

-Ride in the part of a lane where you are most visible.

-Always signal your intended maneuvers.

-Never ride when you're tired or under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.

-Update your driving skills and get formal training and take refresher courses.

With safe driving habits are practiced by all motorists, we can all make a conscious effort to help keep these vulnerable motorists safe on our roadways.

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February 10, 2010

Birmingham Personal Injury Attorney News: Alabama Drivers can be Hurt by Inattentive Cell Phone Users

It’s a shame that here in Alabama with all our modern conveniences, those same labor-saving devices can cause nearly as much harm as good. I’m talking about cell phones and inattentive drivers. As a Birmingham personal injury lawyer and motorist myself, I how often a fatal or near fatal accidents happen due to distracted drivers. Texting, of course, is one of the worst activities a person can do while operating a motor vehicle. Police say it’s almost worse than drunk driving.

This may be the reason why President Obama called for a nationwide ban on cell phone texting just last month. Representing folks who have lost a loved one through the negligence of another person is something I do for a living. Many victims and their families are put in terrible circumstances as a result of a traffic accident or other disaster that could have been avoided if it wasn’t for the carelessness and sometimes callousness of someone else.

According to a recent news article, new data out shows that cell phone use while driving is a direct cause of nearly one-third of all traffic accidents. This is a shocking statistic, yet the National Safety Council (NSC) announced that 1.6 million crashes each year are caused by drivers using cell phones -- a staggering 28 percent of all crashes. And, based on accident data collected from across the United States, the NSC estimates that of those 1.6 million crashes, 200,000 are caused by drivers who are texting.

Of course, people have been saying for years that cell phone use while driving is a very risky distraction. Apparently texting is an even higher risk, according to Janet Froetscher, president and CEO of the National Safety Council.

Fortunately, legislation has been introduced in the Alabama Legislature that would make texting while driving illegal in the state. In fact, a study by AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety shows more than half of all drivers reported having used a cell phone for either talking or texting while operating a motor vehicle. That same study indicated that 60 percent of the drivers said they use a hand-held phone, compared to 34 percent who use a hands-free phone.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 11 percent of drivers at any one time are using cell phones. That’s one car out of every ten that you see in traffic has a person using a cell phone -- either talking or texting on it. Think about that the next time you’re at a traffic light.

Cell phones can be hazards, TimesDaily.com, January 25, 2010

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December 16, 2009

Birmingham Injury Accident Update: Alabama Car, Truck and Motorcycle Accidents Pose Serious Consequences

No matter where you drive in Alabama, you probably know that single-car and multi-vehicle traffic accidents kill and maim hundreds of people every year. As a personal injury lawyer working in the Birmingham area, I understand the seriousness of urban, country road or interstate collisions. Families have been devistatedand and local communities severely impacted by car, truck and SUV accidents over the years. There are numerous types of accidents that occur weekly in this state, some are caused by other drivers, some are the result of defective equipment, such as faulty brakes or poorly designed safety components.

Car and Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) Accidents
If you have ever been injured or have had your property destroyed or damaged by a negligent automobile driver, you know the cost of such collisions. Pedestrians and occupants of other vehicles can be fatally injured in crashes involving passenger cars, pickup trucks and SUVs. Hospital stays and medical costs related to such accidents can run in the tens of thousands of dollars, especially for serious injuries requiring long-term recovery times.

Personal injuries caused by traffic accidents can result in life-altering circumstances for both the victim and his or her family. Whiplash, burns to the body, hands or head, not ot mention spinal cord paralysis and nerve damage are just a few of the many serious injuries that can occur in a vehicle-related crash.

Tractor-trailer Trucking Accidents
Add the extra weight and size of a tractor-trailer rig and victims can easily die at the scene of an accident. Those persons lucky enough to survive a collision with a semi can sometimes be laid up for weeks or months recovering from broken bones or severe trauma to the head, neck or spinal column.

Of course, as members of the driving public we expects truck drivers to be safety-conscious professionals who follow all of the necessary federal and state traffic and safety laws. Most do, but there is a percentage of big rig drivers who may not. Sometimes it’s not a deliberate act that can cause a trucking accident, but a seemingly minor thing like driver fatigue.

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September 24, 2007

Motorcycle Accidents

George Clooney was injured in a Motorcycle accident on Saturday. Clooney suffered broken ribs and bruises while trying to pass a vehicle in the right lane. In New Jersey, it is illegal to pass a vehicle in the right lane, but it is unclear whether or not the car involved used his turn signal. New Jersey is likely a comparitive negligence state, which means Clooney and the driver of the car will be judged on their comparitive fault. So, if Clooney is 49% negligent for passing in the right lane, but the driver of the car is 51% negligent for not using his turn signal, the driver will have to compensate Clooney for the percentage difference.

Tags: Automobile Accident, Motorcycle Crash

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