Archive for June, 2011

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Jun

35 Percent of College Students Use Apps While Driving, Says Study

June 28, 2011

A new study out from the University of Alabama at Birmingham indicates that one-third of college students use cell phone apps while they’re behind the wheel. The most surprising finding: Even students who’ve had cell-phone related accidents continue to use their mobile devices in the car.

The study looked at 93 college students all of whom owned a smartphone device such as a Blackberry or iPhone. Each student claimed to use apps on their phone at least four times a week, although 10 of these students had previously been involved in car crashes caused by their own distracted driving.

The study, which will be presented at the American Psychological Association Convention in D.C. this summer, found that 10 percent of students often or nearly always use mobile apps while driving, and that one-third say they use them sometimes.

“It’s astounding, scary,” said David Schwebel, the director of the UAB Youth Safety Lab that supervised the study, in an interview with Reuters. “Very little of this is urgent business. It’s socializing and entertainment.”

Lauren McCartney, a UAB student who worked on the study, told Reuters that the study has led her to conclude that smartphones need to be banned from use while driving.

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Do you use smartphone apps while driving even though you know the dangers of doing so? What’s the best way to discourage people from using their cell phones while driving?

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24
Jun

Woman Sues Lawyer for Legal Malpractice After Alabama Capital Murder Trial

June 24, 2011

A Georgia woman who stood trial in 2006 for capital murder of her ex-husband’s wife in Cherokee County, Alabama, has sued her attorney and his firm for legal malpractice after being sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.

The woman, Barbara Roberts, says her lawyer misrepresented himself by failing to disclose that he was not certified to practice law in Alabama and subsequently taking her money for personal use—misappropriating approximately $100,000 of her funds.

The legal proceedings for this case began in February 2009 when the woman filed a legal-malpractice action in the Cherokee Circuit Court taking her former attorney to task for his refusal to refund her $50,000 retainer.

The woman’s former lawyer soon filed a counterclaim seeking $457,500 in eight open-account claims. In May 2010, Roberts responded to her former attorney’s counterclaim by adding a fraud claim and malicious-prosecution claim to her complaint.

Earlier this month the Supreme Court of Alabama made a ruling affirming in part and reversing in part a circuit court’s previous ruling on the case and remanded the case to the circuit court for further proceedings.

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Do you think people are less likely to file legal malpractice suits because they’re concerned about two lawyers going head to head?

If you or someone you know has been involved in a legal malpractice incident in Alabama, the Alabama legal malpractice lawyers at Norris Injury Lawyers can help.

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14
Jun

Blountsville Woman Killed in Head-On Collision

June 14, 2011

A 55-year-old Blountsville, Alabama, woman was killed and two others were injured Sunday during a two-car collision on U.S. Route 231 near Blountsville in Blount County.

Alabama State Troopers told The Birmingham News that the fatal crash occurred around 1:30 p.m. when a 1992 Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck drove head-on into a 2001 Mercury Villager van.

Both of the vehicles’ drivers—aged 57 and 76, respectively—were injured in the crash. The 57-year-old male was transported to Huntsville East Hospital while the 76-year-old female was taken to Birmingham’s UAB Hospital. Both are Blountsville residents.

The Chevrolet’s passenger was killed.

Troopers told The Birmingham News that they will continue to investigate the accident.

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What do you think should be done to prevent head-on collisions in the Birmingham area? Do you think that the addition of median dividers would lessen the number of fatalities?

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8
Jun

Students injured in Alabama auto accident

June 9, 2011

A charter bus carrying a group of teens struck a semi truck in an Alabama auto accident.

According to crienglish.com, nearly two dozen people suffered from injuries in the Alabama auto accident.

A bus traveling from Texas hit into the semi truck just minutes after it overturned in the Alabama auto accident.

Two chaperones were onboard the bus with the teenagers, and one was left in serious condition after the Alabama auto accidents. Other injuries reported in the Alabama auto accidents included minor cuts and bruises.

The teens were headed to Disney World.

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Do you think recent news stories about fatigued bus drivers should prompt lawmakers to better regulate driving records of bus drivers? Do you trust your child taking public transportation for school trips?

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2
Jun

One dead in Memorial Day Alabama auto accident

June 2, 2011

State Troopers worked eight Alabama auto accidents over Memorial Day weekend, according to blog.al.com.

In the most recent Alabama auto accident, one man was killed and another injured in a single-vehicle accident. A 20-year-old was driving a Ford F-100 when he lost control in a curve, swerved off the road and flipped in the Alabama auto accident.

A 20-year-old passenger in the truck at the time of the Alabama auto accident was thrown from the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene of the Alabama auto accident.

The driver was taken to UAB Hospital by helicopter and was last listed in serious condition as a result of his injuries in the Alabama auto accident.

It was not mentioned whether drugs or alcohol were to blame for the Alabama auto accident, but of the other fatal accidents, alcohol was involved in at least five, and seatbelts were not worn in five.

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Do you think law enforcement officials did a good job keeping roads safe over the Memorial Day weekend? Why do you think some people use holidays as a reason to drink in excess?

If you or someone you know has been involved in an Alabama auto accident, the Alabama auto accident lawyers at Norris Injury Lawyers can help.

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