The Alabama Department of Public Safety reported last month that more people died in highway crashes in Alabama in October than in the month before. Fifty-three people died in highway crashes in October in the state. That’s an increase from 42 deaths investigated by state troopers in September. Of the 53 who were killed in October, troopers say 28 people weren’t wearing seat belts. That compares to 15 in September who reportedly weren’t using restraints when they died. It should be noted that quite often a victim in a highway crash is reported as being “unrestrained,” when in fact a seat belt buckle failed, resulting in the belt being released. We have seen that to be the case on numerous occasions in litigation through the years. Traffic wrecks have killed 421 people so far this year on Alabama highways compared to 427 during the same period last year.
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