As anyone who regularly reads this blog certainly knows, driving on Alabama highways can be dangerous. In addition to unsafe road conditions, distracted or intoxicated drivers can pose a serious risk to everyone on the highways. Even under the best of circumstances a momentary lapse in judgment can lead to a very serious motor vehicle accident.
You don't have to drive around Huntsville very long before you spot another driver who is talking on their phone, or maybe even sending a text message, while behind the wheel. Like drunk driving, almost everyone now realizes that using your phone while driving is dangerous and greatly increases the chance of causing a serious car accident. But many people who would never consider getting behind the wheel when they are intoxicated, think nothing of using their phone while driving.
A young man from Huntsville was the only one of three bicyclists, struck by a car, that survived his injuries. The Huntsville man, as well as the two others that lost their lives, were riding their bikes on the shoulder of a highway on their way to a bible study when they were struck head-on by a car. All three young men were workings as missionaries for the Mormon Church.
The Alabama State Highway Patrol is continuing to investigate a fatal motorcycle accident that occurred last week. The crash took the life of a 46-year-old man who was riding a Harley Davidson. A statement from law enforcement authorities indicates that an initial investigation suggests the bus driver failed to yield the right of way, resulting in the accident.
There may be no 'good' time and place to be involved in a car accident, but a crash on Monroe Street, just across from the Huntsville Depot, this morning illustrates that some times and places may be better than others. With paramedics already on sight in preparation for the parade, and many military veterans in the immediate vicinity, there was many capable people on hand to help those that were injured in the crash.
Sometimes we hear the phrase "accidents happen," while this is technically true, it implies that an accident is an unavoidable twist of fate. Some accidents are not foreseeable and are simply the result of unfortunate circumstances or bad luck. In other circumstances the accident is not only foreseeable, but also the logic result of one person's irresponsible actions.
An editor for the Press Register died last week from injuries he sustained in a motor vehicle accident. He passed away at the South Alabama Medical Center. He had been undergoing treatment for internal injuries and broken bones suffered in the car crash.
A 57-year-old man passed away at Huntsville Hospital over the weekend after a being involved in a motorcycle accident. The intersection in Decatur where the crash took place has been identified as a particularly dangerous intersection. It has been the location of numerous crashes resulting in fatalities. On a single day in March there were three accidents at the intersection of McEntire Lane and Gordon Terry Parkway.