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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.
If you suffer a traumatic brain injury in a car wreck, a slip and fall or perhaps on the sports field, you may suffer a host of interrelated issues including cognitive problems. Cognition relates to the act of knowing or thinking. It allows people to make judgments and to choose, remember, understand, and use information selectively.
In 21st Century society, we interact on social media without even thinking a lot of the time. It’s a great way to post pictures and to stay in touch with family and friends across the globe. However, you should never post accident details on social media if you have been hurt. If you have been in a car accident, social media can make your personal injury claim more difficult.
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.
Spinal cord injuries that involve the severing of the spinal cord are among the most serious injuries that can be sustained in a car, truck or a motorcycle accident. These injuries typically involve paralysis and long term medical care for the rest of your life. However, many people outside the medical profession are unaware of the difference between quadriplegia, tetraplegia, and paraplegia.
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.