Around 2:30 Monday afternoon, a gold Infiniti ran a stop sign at the intersection of Fowl River Road and Dauphin Island Parkway. The driver’s negligence caused a massive automobile collision with a school bus which injured ten children and a few adults. The car ended up wrapped around a telephone pole. The school bus driver and driver of the gold Infiniti were both life-flighted to local hospitals and are listed in critical condition. Mobile Police are investigating all the factors involved.
Car wrecks are the # 1 cause of death for people under 25, claiming 11,000 young lives every year. Virtually all of these deaths result not from accidents, but from 7 CHOICES the Citrin Safety Foundation calls D.A.N.G.E.R.S.:
- Distractions (texting, eating, applying make-up, pets, etc.)
- Alcohol/drugs (driving impaired)
- No seat belts (failing to buckle up)
- Groups (too many young passengers)
- Exhaustion (fatigue)
- Riding bumpers (tailgating)
- Speed (exceeding the speed limit or failing to slow down for weather, traffic, or other conditions)
Fortunately, the National Safety Council created a program called Alive at 25 which is proven to be 90% effective in reducing these fatalities. Because Alabama ranks 3rd worst in the U.S. in traffic deaths, Alabama trial lawyer Andy Citrin became certified in 2009 to teach the Alive at 25 program. A top-rated injury attorney with a 26 year track record of winning large verdicts and settlements for people innocently injured or killed in car, truck, and motorcycle wrecks, Mr. Citrin has personally taught the 4 hour “Alive at 25” program to thousands of area high school students free of charge over the past three years. To make a tax-deductible donation to the Citrin Safety Foundation, or to schedule Mr. Citrin to teach the program at your school, call Executive Director Pam Winstead at
251-626-7766 or visit www.CitrinSafetyFoundation.org.