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Troopers in Alabama Report Successful Reduction in Traffic Deaths

September 29, 2020

BIRMINGHAM, AL- Wtvm.com writes that police in Alabama report a significant decline in fatal traffic accidents in the state for the Labor Day weekend. In 2019, ten people died in the state, but this year the holiday led to three traffic deaths. Of course, no deaths are acceptable, but a decline of 70 percent is, at least, an encouraging sign that safety efforts are yielding results. No boating deaths took place, but one person drowned, based on reports from state Marine Patrol. Police stated that their goal is to celebrate without any tragedies, but that they view the decline as an accomplishment. Officers point out that citizens of the state also deserve credit as most engaged in safe celebrations.*

Car Collides with House in Huntsville, Alabama (AL)

September 15, 2020

HUNTSVILLE, AL- Waff.com writes that a car collided with a house in Huntsville this week, severely injuring two people. The incident occurred on Plummer Road in the late evening when two vehicles crashed, and one ended up partially in a house. The people in the other car were injured, and the two people in the car that struck the house both sustained life-threatening injuries. One of the individuals was trapped in the vehicle.* 

Tragic Car Crash Kills Three Teens on Baldwin County 39 in Baldwin County, Alabama, (AL)

June 22, 2020

BALDWIN COUNTY, AL- Al.com writes that three teenagers lost their lives in a horrible crash this week in Baldwin County. The evening wreck occurred on Baldwin County 39 when the victims were traveling in a 2014 Infinity Q50. The victims included the driver and two passengers. All three of the teens were male, according to reports. The names of the victims have not been released.*

Car Strikes Bike Injuring Teen in Orange Beach, Alabama (AL)

May 26, 2020

ORANGE BEACH, AL- Obawebsite.com writes that a teenage girl riding her bike was struck by a car this week in Orange Beach. The victim was riding on Canal Road at the time of the incident. The Orange Beach Police Department arrived on the scene and found the severely injured fourteen-year-old girl. Responders rushed the victim to the hospital via airlift. The driver of the vehicle remained at the scene.*

Common Causes of Car Accidents in Alabama

May 11, 2020

Vehicle accidents occur in Alabama close to every three minutes, according to Drive Safe Alabama. These accidents can have devastating effects on the people involved, resulting in severe injuries, significant medical bills, and emotional trauma. While every accident plays out differently, many car accidents in Alabama can be traced to common causes.  

Jet Ski Accident With Injuries in Mobile, Alabama (AL)

May 07, 2020

MOBILE, Ala. — A father and his daughter sustained injuries after an inattentive jet ski rider ran them over on Dog River in Mobile, Alabama. The father and daughter escaped life-threatening injuries. Still, they were badly hurt in the incident, according to a report appearing on News 4 San Antonio. There was no information provided about whether the police charged the jet ski operator with any crimes or issued a ticket. The witnesses to the event described the jet ski riders as teenagers who acted carelessly and were not paying attention. The wife and mother of the two accident victims pleaded with people who rider jet skis and operate other watercraft in the area to pay close attention to people swimming. 

Fatal Accidents in Alabama Decline Due to Stay-at-Home Orders

May 04, 2020

MOBILE, AL - According to an online news article published on Macon.com, there is some optimistic news to report regarding the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The news report states that fewer people are dying in motor vehicle accidents in the state of Alabama. The state-mandated "stay-at-home orders" have kept drivers at home, resulting in fewer vehicles on the road. 

Tragic Crash Kills Two on Interstate 85 in Opelika, Alabama (AL)

April 28, 2020

OPELIKA, AL- Wtvm.com writes that three vehicles were involved in a late morning collision that left two people dead this week in Opelika. Reports indicate that a 49-year-old man had pulled off the side of the road to check on his sixteen-year-old daughter’s vehicle. The teen’s car had suffered a flat tire, and she had pulled to the roadside.*

Child Dies in Hit-and-Run Accident in Birmingham, Alabama (AL)

April 09, 2020

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — A five-year-old died, and three of her family members sustained injuries in a vehicle crash on Parkway East. Police say a man they were chasing sped away, crashed into another vehicle and continued to flee. The fleeing felon abandoned his truck at an apartment complex and continued on foot, according to a report on AL.com. Police tracked the fleeing driver down, along with an accomplice, several hours after the crash. There were four victims in the car that the fleeing driver hit. The driver of the victimized car was critically injured, one child died, another adult and child were also hurt.

Accidents on Highway 43 Take Two Lives in Washington County, Alabama

April 08, 2020

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Ala. — State Troopers from Alabama reported that two crashes took the lives of two motorists on Highway 43 in Washington County last Saturday. According to Fox10TV.com, the first of the two fatal crashes happened around 5:00 a.m. Saturday and the second deadly collision took place about four hours later. Coincidentally, in both incidents, the drivers of the vehicles involved drove off of the road and into trees lining Highway 43. Neither motorist, both males, incidentally, could not be saved and were pronounced dead at the scenes of each crash.  Alabama State Troopers and local police are investigating the crashes. There was no information about any possible criminal charges at this time. *

Tragic Franklin County Crash Kills Russellville Man

April 08, 2020

FRANKLIN COUNTY, AL- Waff.com writes that a collision between two vehicles left one person dead this week in Franklin County during the evening. The authorities identified the victim as an 82-year-old from Russellville. Reports indicate that the victim was operating a 2013 Dodge Ram pickup truck when he collided with a 2012 Ford Taurus. The incident occurred at the intersection of County Road 79 and AL 243.*

Data Shows Men are More Likely than Women to Die in Alabama Car Accidents

April 07, 2020

MONTGOMERY, AL — On average, each year, just over 70 percent of all fatal crash victims are men, according to statistics generated by the Alabama Department of Public Health, working in conjunction with the Alabama Department of Transportation, as reported by AL.com. The figures are not unique to Alabama. According to data maintained by federal agencies, 71 percent of all motor vehicle accident fatalities involve men.  While speeding in the number one cause of U.S. car crashes, men do not buckle up as often as they should, which also contributes to the death toll. *

Tragic Huntsville Collision Kills Pedestrian

March 29, 2020

HUNTSVILLE, AL- Al.com writes that a man died in a tragic collision in Huntsville this week. The victim was identified as a 58-year-old man who was walking on Memorial Parkway in the late evening. The victim was attempting to cross the roadway when a southbound Cadillac Deville struck him.*

Fatal Boating Accidents on the Rise in Alabama

March 26, 2020

BIRMINGHAM, AL- Whnt.com writes that boating accidents are killing more people in recent years in Alabama. In the first half of 2019, 25 people died in boating incidents in the state, making the year the worst on record since 1998. In 1998, 32 people died over the course of the entire year.*

Alabama Sees Spike in Pedestrian Fatalities

March 26, 2020

MONTGOMERY, AL- Wsfa.com writes that pedestrian deaths in Alabama are on the rise. The numbers have increased rapidly in the last decade. According to a spokesperson with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), part of the problem is that drivers are not focused on the road.*

Two-Vehicle Collision on Alabama 24 in Huntsville, Alabama

March 21, 2020

HUNTSVILLE, AL- Moultonadvertiser.com writes that a teenager was injured in a two-vehicle collision in Huntsville. The incident occurred on Alabama 24 at its intersection with County Road 108 in the early morning. Reports indicate that the teen had to be extricated from a white sedan that he was operating at the time of the collision.*

Test for Marijuana Intoxication Becomes Important as the Drug is Legalized in States Across the Country

March 11, 2020

USA- Vtdigger.com writes that drunk drivers are not the only impaired drivers causing risks on the road. Drivers under the influence of marijuana are also creating dangers throughout the United States. Many understand that the legalization of marijuana will lead to more people driving after using this drug. States that have approved the legal use of marijuana for recreational purposes are witnessing an increase in car accidents.*

Mardi Gras Plans Include Keeping Pedestrians Safe from Floats

March 04, 2020

FAIRHOPE, AL- Gulfcoasttoday.com writes that as the city of Fairhope plans its Mardi Gras parade for 2020; the city is trying to find ways to keep the festivities safe for pedestrians. The city is considering options such as barriers that are designed to prevent even a pickup truck-sized vehicle from traveling onto the sidewalk or into buildings. Officials say that keeping people safe can be a major challenge during the festivities.*

Tragic Crash in Blount County Kills Two People

March 04, 2020

BLOUNT CO, AL- Wbrc.com writes that two people died in a crash in Blount County, leading to a total of three traffic-related deaths in just two days. Two of the victims died in a crash that occurred on Highway 278 and Highway 231 in Rainbow Crossing. The tragic incident occurred when a Toyota Tacoma collided with a 2010 Honda Pilot that then crossed into oncoming traffic where it struck a Peterbilt truck.*

Bill Proposed to Ban Use of Hand-Held Electronics While Driving in Alabama

February 24, 2020

MONTGOMERY, AL- Distracted driving is a leading cause of car crashes. Smartphones have become one of the main culprits of driver distraction. The timesdaily.com writes that a bill is being considered to outlaw the use of hand-held electronic devices, such as smartphones while driving. While texting and driving is already against the law, the bill would take that ban a step further by making other uses for cellphones also illegal while a person is operating a motor vehicle. Talking on a handheld device will also be prohibited in the state.*

Tragic Evergreen Crash Killed One on Interstate 65

February 06, 2020

EVERGREEN, AL- Wkrg.com writes that a two-vehicle wreck in Birmingham, Alabama cost the life of a 37-year-old man from Birmingham. The man was in a 2020 Jeep that collided with a 2014 Freightliner. The victim died at the scene of the wreck while the other motorist, a 36-year-old man from Mexico, did not sustain injuries.*

One Killed in Crash Between School Bus and Car in Shelbyville, Alabama

January 25, 2020

SHELBYVILLE, AL- Wbrc.com writes that a person died in a collision in Shelby County involving a school bus. The incident occurred on County Road at Highway 280. The victim was in the smaller vehicle. Reports indicate that no students were on the bus at the time of the collision. The driver and an aid who were on board at the time of the crash did not sustain injuries in the wreck.*

Alabama Pedestrian Fatalities on the Rise

January 20, 2020

MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA — Pedestrian fatalities are on the rise in Alabama and in the United States generally. Distracted driving is believed to be a primary factor for the increase in pedestrian deaths.  Distracted walking is also a significant factor in fatal pedestrian crashes. 

Tragic Crash in Geneva Kills Three Teens; Authorities Remind Parents of Graduated Driver’s License Laws

January 06, 2020

GENEVA, AL- Dothaneagle.com writes that a tragic accident took place in Geneva, Alabama, last week. The crash killed three teenage girls when the vehicle they were driving in struck a tree. The victims were all sixteen years old at the time of the incident. The three girls who died in the accident were in the vehicle’s front row. Two more teens were in the rear of the car, and both sustained injuries. One of the injured girls underwent surgery and is reportedly in critical condition.*

Tragic Collision Kills Three Teens in Alabama

January 03, 2020

DOTHAN, AL- Wtvy.com writes that three high school students died in a tragic crash in Dothan, Alabama, over the holidays. The three teenage girls were students at the Geneva High School. Only one vehicle was involved in the accident, and the three victims were sitting in the front row of the car at the time.*

Tragic Crash Kills Three Teens in Geneva, Alabama

January 03, 2020

GENEVA, AL- Newser.com writes that a single-vehicle collision killed three teenage girls and injured two others last week in the evening. The girls, all sixteen or seventeen years old, were close friends and traveling together on the night of the accident. The three teens who were in the front seat of the car died at the scene of the crash. Two girls in the back of the vehicle survived but sustained injuries. One of the victims from the back of the car required complicated surgical procedures and was in critical condition.*

Explosion Injures One in Anniston, Alabama

December 08, 2019

ANNISTON, AL- Wbrc.com writes that one person sustained injuries in an explosion that occurred at Old Fort McClellan. Reports indicate that the victim burned some gunpowder in an attempt to dispose of it, and caused the explosion. The incident occurred near the dog kennels.*

Alabama Makes Second Attempt to Become a Hands-Free Driving State

December 05, 2019

HUNTSVILLE, AL - Twenty states currently have a hands-free law in effect to prevent drivers from using electronic devices while driving.  Alabama is not currently one of of the twenty, according to WHNT.com. A hands-free bill that started in the House died in the Senate this past May.  However, there's a push to get a second hands-free bill through in the next session, which does not meet until February.*

Deadly Car Crash on U.S. 31 Tragically Kills Baby in Alabama

November 18, 2019

AL- Al.com writes that an 11-month-old baby died in a car accident earlier this week on U.S. 31. The crash also injured three others. Athens Police responded to the scene. Responders rushed the small child to the hospital, but she was declared dead on arrival. According to the police chief, the baby was traveling in a properly installed car seat at the time of the accident.*

Teen Pushes For Safety Precautions At Bay Minette Intersection

November 18, 2019

BAY MINETTE, AL- Wkrg.com writes that a teenager is working to make an intersection in Bay Minette safer after viewing shocking footage of a semi-truck striking a sedan. The teen says that the intersection of Highway 59 and West 3rd Street already made him concerned, but that after viewing footage of the collision, which was filmed by a police dash cam, the boy began to push for alterations to the intersection.*

Tragic Crash Kills Five-Year-Old, Leaves another Child Critical in Barfield, Alabama

November 14, 2019

BARFIELD, AL- Abc3340.com writes that three vehicles crashed on Highway 9 in Clay County, causing the tragic death of a five-year-old child. The incident occurred in the afternoon earlier this week. The Clay County Sheriff's Department and the Lineville Police Department first responded to the scene of the crash. The State Troopers are now taking over the investigation.*

Pedestrian Dies in Halloween Hit-and-Run Crash in Jasper, Alabama

November 07, 2019

JASPER, AL- Trussvilletribune.com writes that a pedestrian died in Walker County after being struck by a vehicle on Highway 78. The victim was walking eastbound on the road when he was hit in the early evening. The 43-year-old victim died at the scene. The driver fled the crash site. Police are still working to identify the driver and the vehicle.*

Deadly Accident on Alabama Roadway in Mobile Coutny, Alabama

October 01, 2019

MOBILE COUNTY, AL- Fox10tv.com writes that a deadly car crash took place in Semmes. The incident occurred on Schillinger Road at about 8:30 in the evening near Highway 98. One of the drivers was traveling northbound in a Jeep Cherokee collided headfirst into a Chevy Equinox heading southbound. Both drivers were carrying passengers. Everyone involved in the collision sustained injuries. Several of the victims were taken to University Hospital for treatment, but one of the passengers in the Equinox was killed in the collision and pronounced dead at the scene.* 

Georgia Man Tragically Killed in Wreck Between UPS, DOT Trucks on I-20 in Cleburne, Alabama

September 25, 2019

CLEBURNE, AL. – According to an online news report posted at wbrc.com, a Georgia man was tragically killed in a vehicle wreck that occurred on Interstate 20 in Cleburne, Alabama. The collision reportedly involved a UPS truck and an Alabama Department of Transportation truck, though little information about the accident has currently been reported.*

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