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Distracted driving is accounting for increasing numbers of deaths and injuries on the highways of Georgia. Now, states are bringing in stiffer distracted driving laws to address the problem. A new law in the state of Oregon that went into effect on October 1 widened the remit of distracted driving enforcement.
Industrial accidents in Georgia are frequently very serious, causing grave injuries or death to workers. Industry uses heavy equipment and dangerous chemicals and workers can face dangers like burns or electrocution. In August in September, an explosion at a chemical plant left one worker dead. The Aiken Standard reported one worker was inside a tank when an explosion occurred.
Sleep apnea is a major issue in the trucking industry. In Georgia, in recent years numerous fatal accidents have been caused by drowsy truckers. In past years, little was known about sleep apnea and it was often undiagnosed. However, according to the American Association for Respiratory Care, this condition affects up to 18 million Americans.
Motorcycle crashes in Georgia occur with an alarming regularity. Even by the standards of I-75, the first week of September was tragic for riders. Three motorcyclists lost their lives in separate crashes on I-75 in the first week of September. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution noted all three men were in their 30s. Many motorcyclists lose their lives when other drivers fail to see them.
Backover accidents usually occur on driveways and can be tragic. Frequently, parents reverse over their own children, causing serious injuries or deaths. These accidents may be more prevalent than we think. According to the website KidsandCars.Org, as many as 50 backover accidents are reported every week in the United States.
Vision Zero is an initiative intended to make the roads and the cities of the United States safer. It emphasizes the four Es of highway safety. Recently, a three-day statewide gathering on transportation was held in Columbia in mid-Missouri. The second annual Highway Safety and Traffic Blueprint Conference offered 15 workshops for industry professionals and those seeking to im ...
Every year drivers are hurt on the roads of Newnan. In September, a serious wreck on Highway 16 in Newnan left a driver and a passenger with serious injuries. Both a driver and a passenger were flown in a helicopter to Atlanta Medical Center after the crash, reported the Newnan Times-Herald. Trooper Chris Davison with the Georgia State Patrol said the two were reported to be ...
Police and highway patrol officers face dangers on a daily basis on the highways of Georgia. They investigated a possible DUI crash involving a deputy’s car in Dundee in September. The two-vehicle crash occurred on U.S. Highway 27 and Dundee Road in Dundee, reported Fox 13. The Fox report stated one of the automobiles was a marked patrol car from the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office.
Many fatal accidents in Georgia occur when cars leave the road and hit trees or utility poles. Sadly, this was the scenario in Dawson County in September when a student basketball player was killed when his car veered off the road. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Ross Morkem, 19, was a 2016 graduate of Lambert High School in Cumming.
Single car crashes are the most prevalent kind of wreck in the United States. Often innocent passengers end up as victims when vehicles leave the road. We were saddened to read about a car crash in Clayton County that killed a man and left his two children seriously injured. A report in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution noted the man was involved in a dispute with his wife befo ...
Big trucks are equipped with safety features called underride guards to help prevent smaller vehicles sliding underneath them in rear end crashes. These are often terrible accidents in which the top part of a car is sheared off. Unfortunately, many of these underride bars are inadequate to the task of protecting car drivers during wrecks. Many trucks don’t even have side underride bars.
Some of the most difficult cases Georgia injury attorneys deal with are wrongful death cases. People who have lost a loved one want time to grieve rather than talking to a lawyer. However, death can be very costly. The parties who can sue are set out under Georgia’s wrongful death statute. Wrongful death is defined in Georgia as when a person causes the death of another throug ...
A new DUI law in Georgia means some drivers who are convicted of driving under the influence may use a device that prevents them starting their car if they are drunk. The device is called an ignition interlock. These gadgets are being used in more and more states and are supported by the pressure group Mothers Against Drunk Driving which claims they have kept 2.
When big rigs collide, the result can often be a fiery crash that leaves drivers dead and seriously injured. Tragically, this was the case in an I-75 truck wreck in Lowndes County in Georgia over the summer. A tractor-trailer driver who was injured in the wreck later succumbed to his injuries, reported Valdosta Today. On June 23, at around 6:29 p.m.
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.