Prior to 2003, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration had conducted vehicle crash safety tests using only dummies that approximated the body type and size of an average full sized man. In that year it began using crash test dummies which replicated the size and shape of an average woman.
The most obvious injuries as result of a serious accident or other serious trauma are usually the external physical injuries. A laceration or broken limb is relatively easy to identify and treat. Thought these types of external injuries can be very damaging, sometimes the more serious injuries are those that you cannot see.
For any parent there a few things scarier than having one of our children injured in a car accident. Suffering injuries ourselves is, of course, undesirable. But that seems to pale in comparison to the hurt and helplessness that we could experience if our child was injured in a crash.
A Huntsville man and another man from Alabama were both killed when their cars crashed head-on about 30 miles south of Huntsville. The fatal accident occurred at just before eight o'clock in the evening on highway 231. Both drivers were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.
Imagine yourself in your car driver to work or running some errands. As you approach a narrow bridge you see that a semi truck is coming in the other direction. You may have a moment of concern as you consider how much space will be left for your car as the big truck passes in the other direction. But you are almost certainly not expecting a head-on collision.
When a loved one seeks medical car from a doctor there is a reasonable expectation that the doctor will use all reasonable skill and care to ensure that the person is returned to full health, or at the very least that the doctors actions do not make their medical situation worse. Doctors and hospitals in Alabama have always been potentially liable for the wrongful death of patient if that death is the result of their negligence. But recently the Alabama Supreme Court expanded the scope of potential liability to include the death of an unborn fetus that has not yet reached the point of viability outside the mother.
Most of the time it may not even enter our minds, but when we set out in our cars every morning, it is likely the most dangerous thing that we will do all day. It is so common place and routine that we rarely even think about the risks we face when in a motor vehicle. But when we, or someone we love is in a motor vehicle accident, suddenly dangers of our daily commute become all too real.
We each are entitled to a reasonable expectation that other drivers on Alabama highways will act responsibly. In the first place we have a right to expect that they will maintain safe control of their vehicle, and avoid reckless driving that is likely to cause a serious car accident. But, in the event that another driver does cause an accident resulting in substantial damage or injury, we should be able to expect the driver who caused the accident would remain on the scene to render assistance, or at least exchange contact and insurance information.
Proposed federal guidelines would require auto manufacturers to disable certain factory installed electronic devices when vehicles are in motion. The purpose of these guidelines is to reduce the risk of serious car accidents resulting from distracted drivers.
Everyone should be able to go about their daily business without having to worry that someone else's negligence could cut their lives short. Whether simply driving to go get some groceries or having a regular day at work, we expect others to refrain from activities that could result in a fatal accident.