Alabama law enforcement joined other groups across the United States in an intensive crackdown on drunk drivers over Labor Day weekend. Alabama officials launched two campaigns to further this effort-the first called "Drunk Driving, Over the Limit ... Under Arrest" and the second known as "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over."Campaigns such as these are designed to stop people from driving under the influence of alcohol, and may serve to highlight some of the potential dangers of drunk driving.
Construction accidents in Alabama are common, particularly on large construction projects involving many different crafts and subcontractors. The general contractor has the responsibility, usually by contract, to oversee workplace safety and function as the "captain of the ship". With proper oversight, most workplace accidents can be prevented. Too often, general contractors ignore this responsibility and rely solely on the efforts of the subcontractors to coordinate overall safety.
Hydroplaning motor vehicle accidents are very common in Alabama, particularly on highways maintained by either the counties or State. Typically, hydroplaning accidents occur when tires hit a patch of standing water during or after a heavy rain. Due to poor design, the rain puddles up in one area instead of draining off.
Drunk driving or impaired driver accidents occur frequently in Alabama, particularly during holiday weekends. Alcohol is a factor in over half of all serious collisions during holdiay weekends. Five people died in Alabama motor vehicle accidents during the Labor Day weekend, with at least one confirmed to be alcohol related. Fatal accidents are an all too common sight during holidays in Alabama. Enforcement measures such as check-points and random stops have helped to some degree but have not curtailed drunk driving significantly.
In the early morning hours of August 1st, a collision between an 18-wheeler and a passenger vehicle on Interstate 65 in Alabama left one person dead. Traffic was rerouted for the road to be cleared of wreckage debris as Alabama state troopers investigated to determine the cause of the crash. The fact that the wreck between the truck and the car resulted in a fatality is not surprising. Severe injuries or death often results when a big rig is involved in a crash with a passenger vehicle. Injuries can range from minor scrapes and bruises to more severe types of injuries such as broken bones, back and neck injuries, paralysis, amputation, concussions and brain injury. Death can also occur as a result of these types of crashes.