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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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Friday, March 25, 2016

Are We Getting Comfortable with New Car Technology?

Three-quarters of Americans are afraid to ride in self-driving vehicles, according to a recent survey by AAA.  While it’s understandable why many people are hesitant to completely surrender control of their car to a computer due to fear of a car accident or personal injury, some claim they don’t even need help parallel parking.  Eighty percent of Americans are “confident” in their parallel parking skills and only one-in-four would surrender control to self-parking technology. 

 


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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Most Traffic Deaths in Georgia Involved Drivers Failing to Maintain Their Lane

Local and federal agencies recently released data on driving trends, showing that roadway fatalities rose significantly nationwide and here in Georgia.  More than 1,400 people died as a result of vehicle crashes on Georgia’s roads in 2015. That’s 244 more than in 2014 – an increase of more than 20%.  Not only is this an alarming increase, it is a reversal of a what was a national and local trend of decreasing fatalities over the past decade.

What’s causing these fatal crashes?  In Georgia, over 65 percent of roadway fatalities involved drivers failing to maintain their lane according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.  The majority of single-vehicle crashes can be prevented by changing driver behavior.  These startling statistics are causing local and federal agencies to launch campaigns designed to reduce distracted driving and other unsafe behaviors.  Distracted driving is among the top three reasons traffic fatalities were on the rise in Georgia last year, along with speeding and impaired driving.   


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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Can Technology Help Parents End Distracted Driving?

Worried about your teen’s distracted driving?  There’s an app for that. 

Distracted driving is one of the top three reasons car accident fatalities were on the rise in Georgia last year.  As personal injury attorneys south of Atlanta, we know a proactive approach to accident prevention is the best way to keep loved ones safe on our roads.  We’re among the developers, parents and safety advocates interested in how technology can be amongst the solutions to this alarming problem.   


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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Georgia Man Killed by Takata Airbag in Ford Truck Fuels Additional Recalls

The airbag manufactured by Takata inside a 2006 Ford Ranger pick-up truck ruptured following an accident that took place in South Carolina, causing manufacturers to expand the already massive recall.  This is of major concern for Georgia residents for two reasons:  First, it's the first fatality that has connected the faulty airbags to a Ford vehicle.  Second, the truck owner who suffered the fatality lived in Georgia, an area known for the warm temperatures and high humidity that may increase the risk of an airbag malfunction.     


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Friday, January 29, 2016

New Campaign Urges Consumers to Check for Vehicle Recalls at Least Twice a Year

The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently announced that it is launching a new campaign urging consumers to check for open recalls a habit – at least twice a year.   This is on the heels of a record number of recalls in 2016.  Last year the number of recalls almost reached 900, affecting 51 million vehicles nationwide.  Car owners can go online to see if they are affected by any recalls by searching by their vehicle’s VIN.  

Manufacturers contact vehicle owners by postal mail about recalls, however these communications may never reach the current vehicle driver/owner for a variety of reasons.  The envelope may be sorted into the junk mail pile, or the car may have been sold, leased or given to another driver.  The NHTSA estimates that approximately 25% of vehicles affected by recalls do not get the recommended repairs needed. 


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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

How You Can Reduce Your Risk of Personal Injury and Accidents

Do the roads south of Atlanta seem more crowded than ever?  That’s because metro Atlantans are taking advantage of the lowest gas prices in years and hitting the roads in droves.   Low gas prices are helping many commuters stick to their New Year’s Resolutions to spend less and save more.  In fact, the average price for a gallon of gas in Atlanta is only $1.88 a gallon, even lower than the national average of about $2 per gallon.  Experts predict that our wallet will continue to enjoy a break, as gas will remain low for awhile. 

The downside of low gas prices is the increase in traffic volume.  When gas prices are higher, many of us ride share, telecommute or reduce our time in the car by combining errands and careful planning.  But today’s lower gas prices give everyone more freedom and flexibility to jump into the car and drive without such precautions. 


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Monday, December 28, 2015

Limitations of Rear Cross Traffic Alert Technology

While the addition of new technology is making cars safer than ever, a recent AAA study reports alarming data about the limitations of rear cross traffic alert (RCTA) systems.

RCTA systems are designed to alert drivers of vehicles or pedestrians passing behind a vehicle while in reverse.  Reverse cameras plus audio alerts help increase drivers’ visibility and awareness of their surroundings, preventing many accidents. However, AAA warns that drivers should not solely rely on RCTA technology to prevent accidents.  Because the new technology is not 100% foolproof, it’s best to maintain old driving habits of checking mirrors and physically looking behind the vehicle in addition to leveraging the new technology.

AAA tested rear cross traffic alert systems and found significant system limitations when vehicles were parked between two larger vehicles, such as SUVs or minivans.  In this common parking lot scenario, the tested systems failed to detect pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcycles and other vehicles at alarming rates.


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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Sobering Facts about Drinking, Driving and the Increased Risk of Personal Injury on our Roads During the Holiday Season

The holidays are a festive time to celebrate with friends, family and co-workers.  Unfortunately, celebrations that involve alcohol can also greatly increase the risk of a car accident over the holiday season.  Here are some sobering statistic about drinking, driving and your personal safety on our roads over the holidays: 

According to a recent survey*, 60% of respondents said that alcohol makes a party more fun and 57% have seen people drive under the influence.  Approximate 1 in 8 licensed drivers who consume alcohol say they’ve driven when they thought they were close to – or over – 0.08 Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) sometime over the past year. 


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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Record-Breaking Number Travelers Predicted Over Upcoming Holiday

AAA predicts a record-breaking number of travelers this holiday season with over 100 million Americans planning to travel between December 23rd and January 3rd.   Thanksgiving is known as one of the most popular travel times of the year, but the number of people who plan on taking a road trip during Dec 23rd –Jan 3rd is more than double the number who recently traveled by car over the recent Thanksgiving break.   Nearly 1 in 3 Americans plan on traveling 50 miles or more from home over the holidays, marking the seventh consecutive year there has been an increase in the number of travelers during this period. 


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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

People Who Text and Drive Share THIS Personality Trait

A recent study shows that impulsive people are more likely to text and drive.  In general, impulsive people are not motivated by what’s often referred to as “delayed gratification.”  For example, study participants who were deemed impulsive would rather receive a smaller amount of money immediately rather than a larger amount of money in the future.  Ultimately, the same impulsive people prefer the quick payoff of texting while driving which, in their mind, outweighs the safety benefits of waiting.  


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