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Fatal car accidents often involve lack of proper seat restraint

Whether on an Alabama highway or any other road across the nation, those traveling by motor vehicle are required to use appropriate seat restraints. There are specific laws to govern such matters and some drivers have received citations for being behind the wheel without using seat belts. Generally speaking, when car accidents occur involving drivers and/or passengers not using seat belts at the time, injuries are often severe, if not fatal.

Even a cautious driver can not presume what another motorist is going to do at any given time. If a distracted or reckless driver is in the midst, what began as an uneventful trip to work or the store could suddenly become the greatest tragedy of one's life. Seat belt laws are meant to help keep drivers and all who ride in motor vehicles as safe as can be.

In some states, seat belt violations are secondary offenses, meaning, if a police officer has pulled a driver over for something else, then notices he or she was not properly belted while driving, a citation can be issued. A fatal collision that occurred on a recent Sunday involved a man who was allegedly not wearing seat restraint when he wrecked. Although cause was not immediately apparent, the man's car smashed head-on into another vehicle on Alabama Highway 168. The 36-year-old man and the 25-year-old driver in the other car were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.

Alabama car accidents where key factors are not known often lead to extensive investigations. Sometimes, investigators attempt to recreate a particular accident in order to gain insight as to who or what may have caused it. If it's determined that a particular person was responsible, anyone who was injured (or killed) in the collision may file a personal injury claim in a civil court. Doing so may provide compensation for damages that can help meet expenses associated with the incident. If the person deemed at fault did not survive the collision, a claim may still be filed against his or her estate.

Source: timesfreepress.com, "Alabama crash kills two", Jan. 30, 2017

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