The city of Huntsville is located in Madison County, Alabama. Huntsville is best known as the home of the US Space and Rocket Center. The center is the largest space museum in the world, and receives thousands of visitors every year. But how does Huntsville stack up when it comes to traveling in cars right here on earth?
In 2018, there were 8,957 car crashes in Huntsville. Twenty-four people were killed, and 2,485 people were injured. That’s an increase over 2017, which saw 8,832 car crashes with 19 fatalities and 2,409 injuries. In the state of Alabama, there were a total of 930 people killed as a result of car crashes.
Distracted driving and speeding were to blame for the majority of these accidents. But alcohol and drug use, as well as failing to wear a seat belt, played a role as well. As for driver age, 18 percent of Alabama crashes were caused by drivers younger than 25-years old.
It’s alarming that so many accidents are caused because of bad driving habits. It’s very easy to avoid speeding, driving under the influence, texting while driving, and not wearing a seat belt. Most accidents are preventable when drivers engage in safe driving practices.
Have you received a traffic ticket for speeding or some other infraction? If so, this is your chance to become a better driver. A defensive driving course can possibly get your ticket dismissed. And if you take the course seriously, you’ll become a better driver by the time you complete the course.