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Are we seeing an increase in drowsy driving due to the COVID-19 pandemic?

Just when we thought we were transitioning to somewhat "normal," COVID-19 cases swiftly began rising across Alabama in recent weeks. The social distancing guidelines and lockdowns have had a major impact on the daily lives of Alabama residents, including the way they drive and sleep. Two recent studies published in the journal Current Biology concludes...

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Four car accident claim myths to watch out for

Being involved in a crash, even a seemingly minor one, can become complicated. If you have never filed a car accident claim before, you may not be fully aware of the legal options available to you. There are some myths surrounding car accident claims that insurance companies may take advantage of. Playing into these myths...

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Alabama's distracted driving laws among the most lenient in the nation

Distracted driving involves any activity that could distract a driver from the primary task of driving a car. In theory, it can also include daydreaming or any cognitive activity that removes your mental focus from the road. Cellphones contribute to most cases of distracted driving. Many drivers feel the need to check their notifications any...

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What causes jackknife truck accidents?

“Jackknife accident” is a term used to describe an incident in which the trailer of a semi-truck swings out and forms a V-shape. The trailer maneuvers the same way as a folding jackknife (hence the term). A single jackknife accident can cause a massive amount of damage to other cars on the road. As a...

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Drowsy driving crashes could increase after spring daylight savings

On March 8, 2020, we will be setting the clocks ahead by one hour. This one-hour change may cause a temporary uptick in drowsy driving. That's because daylight savings often disrupts our circadian rhythm, which is the body's natural clock. It programs when we sleep and when we're alert. For those who don't receive adequate sleep,...

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Alabama 15th Most Dangerous State for Motorcyclists and Bicyclists

Motorcyclists and bicyclists in Alabama have one thing in common: they are often not seen by motorists. Sometimes, they're treated as a nuisance. An average of four motorcyclists and/or bicyclist fatalities are investigated in Mobile and Baldwin counties in a span of 90 days, according to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency. In 2017, approximately 79 motorcyclist...

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