Alabama Ranked Third Most Dangerous State for Drivers
More than 300 car accidents occur in Alabama daily. The average death and injury rate for car accidents in Alabama is well above the national average, putting all Alabamians at risk on the roadways.
According to the US Department of Transportation, in 2011 car accidents in Alabama lead to the death of 848 people: a rise of 1.7% from the previous year. In 2010 there were a total of 123,690 reported car wrecks, causing tens of millions of dollars in property damages and medical expenses. According to the Alabama Transportation Department, every driver in the state is at a 48% higher risk of being involved in a fatal crash or injury over his/her lifetime.
Jefferson County accounts for almost 10% of all Alabama car accident fatalities and about 17% of all total crashes. Mobile County has the second highest incidence of crashes, accounting for 8% of fatalities. Tuscaloosa and Madison Counties also see high rates of car crash injuries every year. Birmingham, with approximately 9,500 auto accidents annually, ranks as the most unsafe city for drivers in Alabama.
Alabama’s high rate of auto accidents may be partly attributed to the lack of many safety laws that exist in other states. Currently Alabama does not mandate ignition locks for convicted drunk drivers or require booster car seats for children younger than eight years old. When this is coupled with the increasing rate of distracted drivers on the road, it unfortunately leads to disaster for many Alabamian families every year.
Practice Defensive Driving
It is important for Alabama drivers to be prepared in the event of a car crash. Safe and defensive driving techniques are always your best bet to help prevent car accidents. If you follow the simple guidelines below, you will help reduce your chances of being in an auto accident.
- Always wear your seatbelt
- Watch out for impaired or distracted drivers on the road
- Don’t speed and stay clear of other drivers that are driving over the speed limit
- Remember to use your lights at dusk and in the early morning hours
- Make sure you stay at least 10 feet away from the vehicle in front of you in case of sudden stops
If you or a loved have been the victim of a car accident that was not your fault, call Wettermark Keith for help. The insurance companies are a profit business, and will try to pay out as little compensation as possible on your accident claim. Always call an experienced personal injury lawyer after an accident, not the insurance company. An experienced personal injury lawyer will investigate the facts surrounding your accident and fight to secure the maximum settlement on your behalf.