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Monday, July 25, 2016

Helpful Tips for Pedestrian Safety

Whether it’s for health or environmental reasons, pleasure or necessity, many people are outside walking these days.  In fact, according to the US Census Bureau, about 4 million Americans report walking to work within the past week.  On the other hand, many Americans are driving because the economy is improving and gas prices are low.  These are among the factors contributing to a dramatic increase in pedestrian fatalities resulting from car accidents. 

The Governor’s Highway Safety Administration (GHSA) announced in a press release that the “alarming” increase is one of the largest year-to-year increases since national records of this type have been kept, and identifies pedestrian safety as a growing national problem. 


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Thursday, July 21, 2016

New Data Shows 94 Percent of Car Accidents Caused by Human Error

The economy is improving, gas prices are down and people are driving more.  While this may mean more family road trips for Georgia families this summer, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently released data that indicates motor vehicle deaths rose significantly in 2015.  Here are some key findings from their preliminary findings, and tips on how to keep yourself and your loved ones safe...
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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Medical Mistakes Now #3 Leading Cause of Death in U.S.

A new study reveals that medical mistakes should now be classified as the third leading cause of death in America, right behind heart disease and cancer.  The recent study estimates more than 250,000 deaths every year in the United States are due to medical errors, with the disclaimer that the number may actually be much higher because nursing home deaths are not included in that total.  Medical mistakes leading to death can include a wide variety of actions, ranging from simple things such as a medication mix-up or a communications breakdown to more complex mistakes made during surgery.   Some doctors and nurses have bad habits that lead to recurring problems with patient care, and some incidents are isolated mistakes. 


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Friday, June 10, 2016

Recall Alerts for Off-Road Vehicles

The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission has recently announced recalls of the following off-road vehicles...


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Friday, June 10, 2016

Summer Means Added Risk of Tire Malfunctions and other Car Trouble

Unexpected car trouble of any kind can be dangerous for drivers, passengers and fellow motorists.   In particular, tire malfunctions such as blowouts are a major safety hazard.  Blowouts can cause someone to lose control over their vehicle – especially when traveling at high speeds.  According to an article published in Popular Mechanics, tire blowout season begins in May and lasts through October.  An increased rate of tire failure during this time is due in part to higher temperatures and motorists driving farther and faster in vehicles loaded with passengers and other items.  


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Friday, May 20, 2016

National Dog Bite Prevention Week Stats Hit Home in McDonough, Ga

With an estimated 70 million dogs living in U.S. households, millions of people are bitten by dogs every year.  Not only do the majority of dog bites happen to children, the state of Georgia consistently ranks among the top 10 in the nation for dog bite attacks and the American Humane Association reports that 66% of bites among children occur to the head, face and  neck area.  In fact, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports that over 2,200 reconstructive procedures had to be performed every month in 2013 to repair injuries caused by dog bites  - totaling over 26,935 procedures for the year.  Unfortunately, these bite statistics hit home this week as a local McDonough girl was the victim of a dog bite while  petting a dog on the square  with the dog-owner’s permission and under her mother’s supervision. 


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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Snapchat Speed Filter Blamed for Distracted Driving, Personal Injury

Adding to the number distractions available via smartphone devices, Snapchat now offers a controversial feature that lets users share how fast they are traveling when they take a picture.  This feature can be particularly dangerous when it’s a driver taking a selfie.  According to CNN, this is exactly what happened when a driver taking a selfie while traveling at 113 miles per hour hit another vehicle outside of Atlanta.    The victim reportedly suffered major injuries, now needs a walker or wheelchair and cannot resume his job as an Uber driver. 


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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

10 Fast Facts on Large Truck and Bus Accidents

We’ve all been there – traveling down the road next to a large truck or bus and worried about our safety.  As personal injury attorneys located in Henry County, Georgia, south of Atlanta, we know there is good reason to be cautious around these large vehicles.  Due to their size alone, large trucks and buses pose a big safety threat to other vehicles on the road when involved in an accident.   Here are some facts about large trucks and buses, pulled from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) annual edition of Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts:


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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Safety Tips for Your Summer Road Trip

More than 1 in 3 families are planning to take a trip this summer, according to a recent travel survey by AAA.  Thirty-five percent of families plan to take a trip more than 50 miles away from home, in part because lower gas prices are making it easier for many families to afford a road trip.  In fact, over half of Americans surveyed by AAA said they are more likely to take a road trip this summer thanks to lower gas prices.  More motorists means more traffic and increased risk of car accidents and personal injury.  Here’s a list of what residents south of Atlanta should be aware of on our roads this summer...


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Friday, April 15, 2016

3 Simple Habits to Help Avoid Distracted Driving

April is Distracted Driving Awareness month, and a great opportunity to think about how simple changes in driver behavior can help avoid personal injuries and accidents on our roads. 

 

South of Atlanta is home to a busy stretch of I-75 and bustling surface streets, and distracted drivers that take their eyes off the road for just five seconds are driving 100+ yards blindly if traveling 40 miles per hour or faster, endangering themselves, their passengers, pedestrians and other motorists.  By making these simple habits part of your routine, you are helping eliminate distracted driving...


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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Experts say Keyless Ignitions Increase Risk of Personal Injury and Accidents

Like many new car technology features, keyless ignitions were once limited to luxury cars but now are becoming more commonplace in new cars.  But are keyless ignition systems safe?  This feature designed for convenience sake has been blamed for unwanted consequences, including personal injury and even death.

 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is concerned about drivers who turn off cars with keyless ignition systems without putting the vehicle in park.  When this occurs, the vehicle can roll after the driver has walked away, posing a safety hazard for anyone nearby.   According to SaferCar.gov, another safety concern is drivers who accidently leave the car running in a closed environment which increases the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.  Drivers who are not familiar with how to turn off the car in the event of an emergency could also pose safety hazards.  


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Personal Injury Law: Almost 25 Percent of Car Crashes are Weather-Related
Tips from a Personal Injury Attorney in Stockbridge, Georgia: It’s Time to Review School Bus Safety
Personal Injury Law: What Georgia Residents Should Do if the Victim of Food Tampering or Poisoning
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Personal Injury 101: Empower Yourself with the Right Vocabulary
Personal Injury Attorney Advises Georgia Residents on How to Prevent Dog Bites During the Holidays
Personal Injury Attorney in Stockbrdige, GA Gives Holiday Travel Safety Tips
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