Many teenagers remain out, driving around on Alabama roadways long after the stroke of midnight. These wee morning hours are prime times for motor vehicle accidents. Often, though not always, such collisions are alcohol-related.
One incident (that remains under investigation) occurred on a recent Monday at approximately 3:30 a.m. on Hale County 51. An 18-year-old was said to be behind the wheel of a car that crashed. He and several passengers were apparently traveling along the road when the vehicle suddenly veered out of its lane and off the road.
The car reportedly smashed into several trees in the vicinity. The passengers suffered injuries and were transported to a local hospital for treatment. The teenager driving the car at the time did not survive.
Authorities say the driver was not wearing a proper seat restraint at the time of the accident. Alabama motor vehicle accidents that result in passenger injuries often lead to lawsuits against those deemed responsible. In situations like this one, where the person believed to have cause the accident has suffered fatal injuries, personal injury claims can be filed against a decedent’s estate. When those injured are minors, parents are able to act on their behalves in court to seek compensation for damages, such as medical expenses or emotional trauma. To begin the process of filing a claim, it is often customary to request consultation with an experienced injury attorney to discuss the details of a particular incident and determine how best to proceed to obtain the maximum amount of recovery that might be possible.
Source: al.com, “Teen killed, 2 others injured in predawn Hale County crash“, Carol Robinson, March 20, 2017