Although Alabama has mandatory vehicle insurance requirements, just over 20 percent of Alabama drivers are thought to be uninsured; and when the negligence of uninsured drivers cause motor vehicle accidents that result in physical harm, victims are left coping with both their injuries and questions over how they will pay for medical expenses and other damages. A new system designed to go into effect in Alabama on January 1, 2013, aims to crack down on uninsured drivers. If you were hurt in a car accident, truck accident or motorcycle accident caused by a negligent driver—whether uninsured or not—the Mobile, Alabama, injury attorneys at Long & Long may be able to help you recover the financial compensation you need. Beginning with the New Year, Alabama law enforcement will be able to verify whether your insurance is up to date during traffic stops. Previously, police were only able to check whether a driver had his or her insurance card; drivers with lapsed insurance often carry proof-of-insurance cards with current dates. The new system allows police to verify whether a driver’s insurance is valid in seconds. Drivers caught without insurance could face penalties up to $500 for the first violation; secondary violations may be accompanied by fines of up to $1,000. According to a report on WKRG-TV, Mobile, Alabama, police issue more citations for lack of insurance than other traffic violations. If you were injured or a loved one was killed in an accident caused by a negligent driver, please contact Long & Long for your free case consultation.