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  • Georgia’s Lakes Are the Scene of Fatal Boating Accidents

    We all know about the dangers of drunken driving but fewer people pay attention to the rules when they are out on the water. Other lake users or boaters often pay a high price. In June, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported on how an Atlanta man was allegedly under the influence at the time of a deadly boating accident on Lake Blue Ridge.

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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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  • Eight Vehicle Crash in Lawrenceville Kills One, Injures 17

    Crashes involving tractor-trailers are often the most serious kinds of wrecks on the highways of Georgia. Earlier this year, a big rig was at the heart of an eight-vehicle crash in Lawrenceville that killed one person and injured 17 others. Fire Capt. Tommy Rutledge of Gwinnett County said in a news release a vehicle trapped under a tractor-trailer was on fire when emergency c ...

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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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  • Teen Accidents Spike Over the Summer Months in Georgia

    In June, a state trooper tried to stop a car with five teenagers inside in Cobb County in Georgia. Instead of complying, the teen driver tried to flee. The results were devastating even by the standards of the summer months in Georgia when teen accidents spike. The high-speed chase that ensued led to no less than nine separate crashes.

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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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  • Why Traffic Deaths Are Rising Across the United States

    Cars are safer than they used to be and have additional features like electronic stability features and airbags while millions of dollars have been spent on driver education. However, traffic deaths are rising notwithstanding these improvements. Earlier this year, the New York Times reported on a sharp increase in traffic deaths.

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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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  • A Safety Checklist for Your Summer Road Trip

    Drivers in the United States often take long summer road trips. It’s not unusual for families from the north east to travel all the way to Florida. By the time they pass through Georgia, drivers are often tired and kids are fractious. It can be a recipe for car wrecks. You can’t ever eliminate the danger of becoming a statistic but you can take some precautions to safeguard yo ...

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  • Why I-285 in Georgia is One of the Nation’s Most Deadly Roads

    Georgia has some dangerous roads, none more so than I-285 which has the dubious distinction of being the deadliest interstate in the nation according to some surveys. The Atlanta Journal Constitution noted there were 2,867 fatal accidents on major American interstates in 2013, according figures from the National Highway Traffic Association. I-285 circles Atlanta.

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