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Traumatic brain injuries are among the most serious potential consequences of a car, motorcycle or truck crash. While most fractures heal, brain injuries can be permanent and may impair the sufferer for life. Traumatic brain injuries, known as TBIs can cause irreversible damage in the long-term because the inflammation associated with the injury can prevent healthy brain tissu ...
Pedestrian accidents are common in and around Atlanta. On fast-moving highways, walkers often take their lives in their hands. Recently, a pedestrian was hit and killed in the early hours of the morning in DeKalb County. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported the fatal accident occurred on Bouldercrest Road south of I-285, in September.
Georgia law prohibits convicted felons and mentally ill people from owning firearms. However, there are ways felons can own guns. The restrictions are set out under Georgia law. You may not own a gun if you are a convicted felon or are convicted of an offense arising out of possession, manufacture, or use of a controlled substance.
If you are not wearing a seat-belt, your injuries will likely be more serious if you are involved in a car wreck. Many people believe they will be barred from filing a personal injury claim against the other driver if they are not wearing a seat-belt. Although this is not the case, failure to wear a seat-belt may have an impact. This is not necessarily the case.
School bus accidents are often in the news in Georgia and elsewhere. Fortunately, fatal school bus accidents in Georgia and the rest of the country are very rare. When children tragically lose their lives, the crashes make headlines. Two years ago, a school bus crash in Houston in Texas caused widespread horror when the bus careened off an elevated roadway and crashed to the ground below.
Drowsy truckers cause carnage on Georgia’s roads. One of the most serious crashes took place two years ago when a trucker crashed into cars in a work zone, killing five motorists. Recently, a State Court judge in Savannah sentenced 61-year-old David Jerald Gibbons of Pooler to prison in a highway crash that killed five people after he fell asleep at the wheel.
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.