Most people will be involved in an auto accident. Some are fender benders, but many result in personal injury and death. Learn more about auto accidents below.
Auto accidents injured over 2 million people and killed another 31,000 in 2009. Birmingham, Alabama is the 14th most dangerous city for driving in the United States. Birmingham’s Jefferson County has more driving deaths than any other county in Alabama. Auto accidents cause personal injury and lead to lost wages, medical bills, and car repair bills. An Alabama personal injury lawyer at the Frank Buck Law Firm can expertly handle personal injury cases.
According to the Statute of Limitations on Personal Injury Actions in Alabama, you have two years from the date of a motor vehicle collision or personal injury to file a lawsuit or your claim will be forever time barred.
With the new ban on texting and driving in the state of Alabama, awareness for distracted driving is on the rise. Did you know taking your eyes off the road to look at your phone for 4-6 seconds is like driving the length of an entire football field blind? Don't become a victim.
Read Alabama Law Weekly's article here to learn more about the impact of texting and driving.
QUICK FACTS ON TEXTING WHILE DRIVING:
- Currently, 39 states have completely banned the act of texting while driving.
- On August 1, 2012, Alabama banned texting while driving
- Individuals caught texting while driving in Alabama will be given a $25.00 fine, which increases by $25 with each subsequent offense. After the third offense, a driver’s license may be suspended.
- A driver gets two points put on his or her driving record for each offense, which could increase the driver’s insurance rate.
- Text messaging accounts for the majority of distracted driving incidents and is now being blamed for over 6,000 fatalities per year.
- Texting causes 25% of all motor vehicle crashes according to studies.
- Texting is the number one driving distraction for American teenagers.
- Individuals who text while driving are 23 times more likely to have an accident than those who do not text.
A recent study at Virginia Tech revealed the dangers of texting while driving outweighs the dangers of driving while intoxicated. On average, drivers who text messaged were around six times more likely to be involved in an accident than drivers who were legally intoxicated. Another study conducted by Car and Driver Magazine showed the reaction times of texting drivers were shown to be significantly slower than drivers who were legally drunk.
When a person dies in an auto accident because someone else was negligent, family members can file a wrongful death lawsuit. Reckless driving, running traffic lights or stop signs, or driving aggressively are examples of negligence.
If a family member died due to the negligence of another driver, an experienced wrongful death lawyer can help you deal with medical bills, lost wages, benefits for the spouse or children, and funeral expenses. The statute of limitations in Alabama for wrongful death lawsuits is 2 years, so contact a skilled Birmingham personal injury lawyer at Frank Buck Law Firm today.
Read examples of verdicts in previous auto accident cases here.