Birmingham, AL (PRWEB) December 03, 2011
A new study confirms that too many Alabama motorists are careless behind the wheel, Birmingham auto accident attorney Keith Belt said today.
A high rate of deadly crashes contributed to Alabama being ranked as having the ninth worst drivers in the U.S. in the study by CarInsuranceComparison.com, which based the rankings on highway fatalities, traffic infractions and drunk driving.
“This ranking should serve as a reminder to everyone who uses Alabama’s roads that negligent and reckless drivers pose a real threat to everyone’s safety,” said Belt of Belt Law Firm, P.C., a Birmingham personal injury law firm that represents victims of Alabama auto accidents and other types of motor vehicle crashes.
“What I find most disturbing about this study is that it reveals how avoidable most accidents are, and it shows that poor decisions play a large role in Alabama car crashes, especially when it involves drinking and driving,” Belt said.
The study used data from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, the American Motorists Association and Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) to calculate each state’s ranking in the categories of fatalities per million miles, ticketing, drunk driving, failure to obey and careless driving.
Only eight states had highway death rates higher than Alabama’s, and only four scored worse on the number of tickets issued. Alabama was also worse than 21 other states in terms of drunk driving.
The study ranked Louisiana as the state with the worst drivers, followed by Missouri, Texas, Florida, Oklahoma, Arizona, Kentucky and Montana. After Alabama, South Carolina rounded out the study’s list of 10 states with the worst drivers.
Belt said that he sees the tragic results of careless driving every day in his Alabama auto accident law practice.
“Other drivers’ decisions to engage in dangerous behaviors such as speeding, drunk driving and distracted driving have serious repercussions for too many Alabama motorists,” Belt said. “Unfortunately, as this study shows, such driving often results in serious injuries or death.”
Belt emphasized that victims of Alabama auto accidents should discuss their case with a personal injury attorney to ensure that they recover all of the compensation they deserve for their injuries.
“At Belt Law Firm, we advocate for the rights of injured Alabama motorists, work with insurance companies to achieve fair settlements or take cases to trial if necessary,” he said.
About Belt Law Firm, P.C.
Belt Law Firm, P.C., is an Alabama personal injury law firm that represents the victims of insurance fraud (insurance policy disputes and bad faith insurance practices) and dangerous and defective products throughout the communities of Birmingham, Bessemer, Cullman, Tuscaloosa, Jasper, Homewood, Jefferson County, Shelby County, Walker County, Blount County and St Clair County. Although the firm’s focus is on local litigation in Alabama, the firm’s attorneys practice throughout the country. Belt Law Firm has lawyers licensed in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, New Mexico, and Colorado. To learn more, call the firm toll-free at (888) 933-1514 or use its online form.