Tragically, even when a person seems to have done everything correctly, they can still be the victims of another person's moment of carelessness. This seems to have been the case in a recent fatal hit-and-run accident in Alabama. The victim was following all the rules.
Alabama State Troopers are investigating a serious motor vehicle accident that occurred when one driver was apparently rushing his passenger to the hospital. That driver and passenger, as well as the driver another vehicle were all seriously injured in the crash. As of yesterday, they were all listed in critical condition at the UAB Hospital.
There are many ways that a driver or passenger can be injured in a car accident. The most obvious is simply the force of the initial collision. Even when an occupant is properly fastened in a seat belt the force of the impact can cause serious injuries or death. Flying glass and debris can also cause serious injuries though they are more likely to be superficial. For those who have been pinned, trapped, or rendered unconscious after a crash, and ensuing fire in the vehicle can cause catastrophic injuries.
There are some lessons that should only need to be learned once, if at all. Ideally no one would get behind the wheel of a car after drinking. For years, there has been a high level of public awareness around the dangers of drunk driving. This has been an effective means for many people to get the message and successfully avoid causing a drunk driving accident. But for others it takes more than just public service announcements.
When a person is seriously injured in a car accident by an impaired driver, it probably matters little to the victim and their loved ones whether the driver at fault was drinking beer or whiskey prior to the crash. All the victims and their family want is a full and speedy recovery from their injuries, and to have all the pieces in place to get back to their regular life.
It occurs all too often that after an initial car accident takes place, it sets the stage for another accident. This chain reaction is sometimes nearly unavoidable as the initial accident blocks the roadway in such a fashion that cars in close proximity have no escape from colliding with the wreckage. But accidents also occur when other driver either do not notice the wreckage until it is too late and crash into it, or are so distracted by the wreckage that they crash into another unrelated car.
There are many areas both inside the Huntsville metro area as well as in the rest of Alabama where there is a distinct possibility of being involved in a car accident involving escaped livestock. A collision with a large animal can cause serious damage to your vehicle as well as result in serious injuries to both the driver and occupants of the vehicle.