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We all know distracted driving claims lives and leaves people injured. It has not stopped distracted drivers continuing to check their phones at the wheel, endangering others. Now new research from the University of Houston and the Texas A&M Transportation Institute has looked more carefully at how drivers react to different types of distractions.
Drug trafficking is taken very seriously by the federal authorities. However, in a recent case in Georgia, it’s federal workers who are facing charges of accepting bribes to deliver packages of cocaine. In August, the U.S. Department of Justice reported 16 U.S. Metro Atlanta postal service workers were charged with allegedly accepting bribes to deliver large amounts of cocaine ...
Cars and trucks may burst into flames if they are involved in terrible accidents. However, in some cases, a design fault may cause a blaze as with defective gas tanks on Chryslers, a problem that led to a series of lawsuits. In 2015, the Detroit-based automaker was accused of acting with “reckless or wanton disregard for human life” over the design and sale of its Jeep Grand Cherokee.
Many accidents in Georgia are caused by drunk or distracted driving. However, a careless move like an improper lane change can cause a very serious wreck. Recently an Olympic high jumper was awarded one of the highest jury verdicts in Troup Superior Court in central Georgia against a driver who injured him when he made a careless lane change, reported the La Grange News.
Car wrecks are very stressful for all parties involved. You may be angry or injured. However, in some instances, a harrowing scenario becomes a tragedy when parties lose their cool. In one of the most recent episodes of road rage in Georgia, a driver lost his life. A deadly shooting occurred in DeKalb County in June, reported Fox News.
The fall has brought a series of hurricanes to the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico and heavy downpours to Georgia. Extreme weather calls for extremely careful driving on the interstates and back roads of Georgia. It takes longer to stop and visibility is reduced when roads are slick. Some simple wet weather driving tips can help to protect you during downpours.
Every year, first responders like police and paramedics are injured or killed on the highways of Georgia. Tow truck drivers are also extremely vulnerable. It’s a reason for the creation of Georgia’s move over law. Georgia enacted the “move over law” which is intended to protect first responders in 2003. The state extended it recently to include vehicles with white lights.
Hot car deaths of infants in Georgia are emotive after a recent headline-grabbing case in which a suburban dad was convicted of murder. Justin Ross Harris was sentenced to life in prison without parole for the murder of his 22-month-old son, Cooper. The infant died in 2014 after his father left him in a hot car for seven hours while he went to work.
Armed robbery that crosses state lines is prosecuted at a federal level and habitually carries a very severe sentence. In August, a man from Alabama who was convicted of 10 armed robberies, including one in Newnan was sentenced to life in a federal prison. Tariq Khalil Jones was sentenced to life plus 282 years in prison, reported the Newnan Times-Herald.
Jet skis are some of the most dangerous vessels that operate on the waterways of Georgia. Over the summer months, these accidents typically spike. Recently, in McCormick County in South Carolina, a jet ski accident resulted in the death of a woman, reported the TV station WFXG. Capt. Robert McCullough with South Carolina Department of Natural Resources said alcohol may have b ...
Movie sets have become dangerous places recently with a spate of high profile deaths of stunts people. Recently, a stuntwoman died in a motorcycle scene that went wrong in Vancouver, Canada on the set of Deadpool 2. Joi ‘SJ’ Harris, reported The Daily Record, was believed to be the stunt double for Zazie Beetz, an actress who plays Domino in the film.
Americans have seen high hikes in car insurance rates in recent years and Georgia saw the highest increases in the country as the industry blamed more wrecks. Recently, the Atlanta Journal Constitution noted Georgia experienced the highest increases in personal auto insurance rates in the country in 2016.
In today’s high tech era when every facet of our daily lives is captured on cameras, the evidence from police body cameras has become increasingly important. Body camera footage can be vital evidence in personal injury cases. Often this kind of evidence is more powerful and immediate than statements when put before juries.
Cars and trucks stuck on grade crossings are one of the most significant causes of wrecks between trains and vehicles. We see these crossing accidents on a regular basis in Georgia. Recently, a train hit a tractor-trailer that was stuck on a railroad crossing in Henry County in Georgia. Although the train driver was unable to stop in time the trucker escaped and no injuries w ...
Incidents in which cars and trucks crash into buildings occur more often than we may think. Recently, diners were injured when a van crashed into an Atlanta restaurant. Several people were reported injured in August after a nine-car crash in Dahlonega ended with a van crashing into a Moe’s restaurant close to the University of North Georgia.
Atlanta has a reputation as being dangerous for pedestrians and cyclists. The city has numerous fast flowing highways and is built around the needs of the motorist. In a recent article, Creative Loafing noted plans to make the Midtown area more friendly to cyclists and pedestrians. The article noted proposals for cyclists and walkers in the Midtown Core Transportation Plan, t ...
In recent months, the trucking industry has been backtracking on a raft of measures intended to bring more safety to big rigs. The Safety Measurement System is another system under threat. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) launched the new trucking safety initiative called the Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program about five years ago Central ...
All-Terrain Vehicles are very popular in rural parts of Georgia. Sadly, few of the people who ride them are aware of the hidden dangers of ATVs in Georgia. In May, the small community of Cairo in Georgia mourned the death of 19-year-old Erica Atkinson as a loss for the entire community. A report on WCTV noted the teen lost control of the ATV she was driving.
Tennis player Venus Williams is the subject of a wrongful death lawsuit after she was involved in a crash in Florida that killed an elderly passenger. Police said Williams was at fault in a wreck that caused injuries to a 78-year-old man who later died. Palm Beach Gardens Police said in a report the accident occurred on June 9 in Palm Beach Gardens.
Texting at the wheel is illegal in Georgia. It’s bad enough to take your eyes off the road to text if you are driving a car. The consequences can be even more serious if you are driving a heavy truck. This is exactly what a dump truck driver is accused of doing near Rome in Georgia in June. The driver was charged with first-degree vehicular homicide and texting while driving over the crash.