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Distracted Driving – A Serious Public Safety Issue in Alabama

Distracted driving on U.S. roads and highways has become an issue of significant concern. Deadly motor vehicle crashes have increased because the driver is using a cell phone. In an effort to address this growing problem, new laws have been passed across the country to regulate the use of cell phones during the operation of a motor vehicle. Following this trend, Alabama has enacted new laws aimed to reduce distracted driving. Alabama’s first effort to curb cell phone use behind the wheel came in 2010, when Code of Ala. § 32-6-7.2(c)(3)went into effect. This law states that a handheld communication device may not be used during the operation of a motor vehicle by new drivers. Specifically, this law applies to the following groups of drivers: Alabama drivers who are 16 years of age Alabama drivers who are 17 years of age and have been licensed for less than six months Two years later, in 2012, Alabama implemented a new law, Code of Ala. § 32-5A-350, which solely addresses the issue of texting while driving. This law states: “A person may not operate a motor vehicle on a public road, street, or highway in Alabama while using a wireless telecommunication device to write, send, or read a text-based communication.” Under this law, a text-based communication includes a text message, instant message, or electronic mail. First-time offenders may face a fine of $25. While all Alabama drivers are prohibited from texting and driving, and restrictions have been placed on the use of cell phones while driving for novice drivers, many believe that these laws do not prevent distracted driving. According to a government study, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving at any given daylight moment. At Cory Watson Attorneys, we believe that texting while driving is as dangerous as drunk driving, and we urge all drivers to stop this reckless activity. If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of an automobile collision that involved a distracted driver, it is important that you act immediately to protect your rights. Call (877) 562-0000 now or complete the free online consultation form on this page. The attorneys at Cory Watson are experienced in representing victims of negligence and are ready to assist you today.

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How Old Are the Safest Drivers on the Road? You Might be Surprised.

While older drivers often get a bad rap for their driving skills, a new study finds drivers 65 years and older are the safest drivers on the road. While younger drivers often come from a “rules are meant to be broken” mindset, older drivers support more restrictions. They are less likely to speed, drink and drive and more likely to wear their seatbelts than any other age group, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. More than 70 percent surveyed also support mandatory medical screenings for drivers over 75 years of age to renew their driver licenses. However, not all of the findings are positive for elderly drivers. Risk factors like medical conditions, medication usage and reduced physical function do increase the risk of car accidents and injuries among older drivers. As people age their driving abilities change, but incorporating safe driving practices can be critical to helping older drivers maintain the freedom to come and go as they please. Car Modifications Make Driving Easier Challenged by the very act of getting into and out of the car, or getting around when you reach your destination? Simple car modifications can make life easier. Are you barely able to see over the steering wheel? Cushions can help improve the overall view of the road and rear-view reflections. Having trouble reaching the pedals? Pedal extenders provide several adjustable options. Self-Regulation is Key Safety should be your top priority. For this reason, it is important that you are honest with yourself and your family about your driving skills and adjust accordingly. Does your reaction time feel slower? Do people or cars “come out from nowhere” more often? Do other drivers honk at you or make other indications that you’ve affected their driving? You may also want to consider taking a driving class. Another bonus: you may get an insurance break for taking the classes, which are all about promoting safety and defensive driving.

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Cory Watson Attorneys to Help Birmingham Hit-and-Run Victim

Attorneys at Cory Watson Attorneys are preparing a wrongful death case against Sylvester Corderyl Taylor for striking and killing Angela Marie McCall with his vehicle, and then fleeing the scene. The incident occurred around midnight in the 9500 block of Parkway East. A witness recalled honking the horn before passing Taylor. Taylor then sped around the witness, jumping the curb at approximately 60 mph and struck McCall on the sidewalk. McCall was pronounced dead on the scene. Taylor has been charged with manslaughter and leaving the scene of an accident and is currently being held without bail. Attorneys at Cory Watson are representing a family member of Ms. McCall to recover compensation for her death. Court records show that Taylor was convicted of first-degree robbery in 2008 and subsequently served two years in prison. He was charged with attempted murder in 2012; Taylor was also arrested earlier this year on a charge of attempting to elude police. We are all saddened by this tragic and senseless loss of life. Cory Watson Attorneys are hard at work to ensure justice and closure for Ms. McCall’s family.

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What Happens When You’re Hit by an Uninsured Driver in Alabama?

Alabama requires all motor vehicle drivers to carry a minimum of $25,000 in liability insurance. Despite this requirement, an estimated 22% of all Alabama drivers are currently uninsured. This means that if someone causes you to be in an automobile accident in Alabama, there is a greater than 1 in 5 chance that the person does not have insurance to cover your car repairs or medical bills. However, there is a way to protect yourself from this situation. All companies offering insurance in Alabama are required to provide Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage as part of your policy. In fact, you may have it and not even realize it because it is so cheap. You must actively refuse it in order to not be covered. This coverage can protect you when you are in an automobile accident caused by a driver without insurance, or without enough insurance to cover your vehicle or injuries. It can also help when you are involved in a hit-and-run accident. Let Our Experienced Car Accident Attorneys Help The Alabama car accident lawyers at Cory Watson Attorneys highly recommend a periodic insurance policy review to make sure you possess the correct amount and type of insurance needed to protect you and your family. If you or a loved one were injured in a car wreck, contact us today at (877) 562-0000 or simply fill out the free case evaluation form on this page. The initial consultation is 100% free, and we only get paid if we win your case.

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