Michael West

  • Three Things You Should Do After a Car Crash with Injuries

    If you have never been in a car crash, you won’t know how stressful and difficult it can be. If you are in a car crash with injuries, the experience can be very traumatic. Often people who have been hurt in crashes don’t know what to do. They may make mistakes like admitting blame or failing to get medical attention when they are hurt.

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  • How Defensive Driving Can Protect You on the Roads of Georgia

    Defensive driving is a technique that helps drivers protect themselves from accidents. Rather than being reactive, if you are more proactive and look out for hazards in advance you are less likely to be involved in an accident. Defensive driving utilizes safe driving strategies to allow motorists to address foreseeable hazards in a predictable manner.

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  • How Overweight Trucks Cause Accidents

    Overweight trucks are a recipe for danger, injury, and deaths on the highways of Georgia. However, if a truck is improperly loaded, we may not always be able to tell. Even a truck driver may not be aware of the hazard until the vehicle tips over on a curve or during a lane change. Every year, about 4,000 people are killed in accidents involving big trucks.

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  • Intersection Accidents Occur Frequently in Georgia

    Every year as many as 2.5 million intersection accidents are reported by The Federal Highway Administration. In most of these crashes, at least one vehicle is making a turn, usually a left turn. Nationally, about 40 percent of all crashes occur at intersections. It’s the second largest category of accidents after rear-end collisions.

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  • Police Chases Kill Thousands of Bystanders

    We often read about police chases that escalate and end up in accidents that cause serious injuries and even deaths. What is less well known is the grim toll bystanders or people who were in the wrong place at the wrong time pay for these police pursuits. An article in USA Today in 2015 revealed more than 5,000 bystanders and passengers lost their lives in police car chases from 1979 to 2013.

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  • Georgia’s Comparative Negligence Laws in Personal Injury

    As Georgia personal injury lawyers we often come across the situation where an accident victim wants to file a lawsuit but believes he or she may be partly to blame for a wreck. Not all car wrecks are clear cut. If another driver cuts in front of you on the highway, you may not be able to brake quickly enough to avoid hitting the car in front.

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  • How Tired Truckers Are a Menace in Georgia

    Tired truckers are a menace on the roads of Georgia. While crashes caused by fatigued truck drivers are all too common, the situation is unlikely to improve anytime soon. Recently, a move to tighten up the rules relating to trucker driving hours was defeated in Congress following pressure from the trucking industry.

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  • Summer Vacation Safety Tips if You Are Heading to the Beach

    Every year, millions of people head to the beach. Although the sun, sand, and sea seems like a great combination, the beach can be a death trap if you fail to take proper precautions. Some of the most significant dangers are experienced when people are swimming in the sea. According to the International Life Saving Federation, 1.2 million people die from drowning every year.

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  • Hockey Bus from Georgia Wrecks on Exit Ramp

    Bus crashes are often serious. They can involve multiple injuries and even deaths. Recently, a hockey team from Georgia feared the worst when their bus wrecked on an exit ramp. The bus carrying the Columbus Cottonmouths flipped on an exit ramp in Illinois on the way to a game in Peoria earlier in the year. The rollover accident occurred in Morton, Illinois.

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  • Your Rights as a Passenger Injured in a Georgia Auto Wreck

    Passengers are often victims of car or truck accidents in Georgia. Usually, passengers have no control over a wreck that left them injured so may have rights to file a claim against a number of parties. The fact a passenger is unlikely to be to blame for an accident he or she is hurt in means a lawsuit can be brought against more potential parties.

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  • Head-On Crashes are the Most Deadly Kind of Wreck

    Head-on crashes are the most dangerous type of collision due to the increased force sustained by drivers and passengers in each car. In these wrecks, two cars are traveling toward each other before the collision takes place. Statistics estimate that only 2 percent of all crashes are head-on collisions. However, they account for well over 10 percent of driving deaths.

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  • The Rights of Pedestrians in Georgia

    The rights of pedestrians have been bolstered in Georgia in recent years but arguably they still have a considerable way to go. Many drivers are still unsure of the law when they encounter a pedestrian, states the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. More than 15 years ago in 1995 the Georgia legislature amended the crosswalk law so as drivers must “stop and stay stopp ...

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  • Georgia’s Passing Law and Other Rules to Protect Cyclists

    Cyclists do not benefit from any national traffic laws. Instead, each state sets up its own bicycle-specific regulations. In Georgia, cyclists are protected by a number of laws including a passing law. In Georgia, as in most other U.S. states, a bicycle is defined as a vehicle. The rider enjoys the same rights as other road users and also is obliged to follow the rules.

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