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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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Friday, November 20, 2015

Risk of Personal Injury on Georgia Roads During Thanksgiving Break

Nearly 42 million Americans will travel to visit friends and family this Thanksgiving, and 89 percent of those travelers will be driving to their destination, according to the annual travel forecast published by AAA.  This is the highest number of Thanksgiving travelers since 2007, thanks to low gas prices, an increase in disposable income and cautious optimism about the economy.  

Heavy traffic volume combined with distractions - from both passengers and technology  - can make for hazardous road conditions.  Last year the Georgia Department of Public Safety (GDPS) reported nineteen deaths in traffic wrecks over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.  Last year GDPS troopers also investigated 676 traffic crashes that resulted in 288 injuries.   


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Monday, November 16, 2015

Bill May Increase Risk of Personal Injury Caused By Trucks Accidents

The $325 billion transportation policy bill that already passed through the U.S. House eliminates mandatory rest breaks for truckers in certain states, removes federal safety ratings information from the Internet and allows truck drivers younger than 21 to cross state lines.  The Atlanta Journal Constitution (AJC) quotes Cathy Chase from the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety as describing the bill as a “huge lost opportunity to advance safety.”  Regarding younger drivers, U.S. Rep. John Lewis (Atlanta, Dem) was quoted as saying “To have 18-year-olds and 19-year-olds driving these very large trucks, 80,000 pounds, and all these young people, they’re not as careful.”


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Monday, November 9, 2015

Risk of Personal Injury Due to Concrete Truck Roll-Overs

Two accidents involving concrete trucks happened in Atlanta within a week, prompting local news station WXIA to investigate why these vehicles weighing up to 35 tons are a hazard to the safety of other vehicles on our roads.  According to the investigation, police reports showed that both trucks were cited for driving too fast for conditions and disobeying traffic signals. In both accidents, witnesses on the scene told officers they saw the trucks running at least one red light.

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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Hosting a Halloween Party? You May be Liable for Drunk Party Guests

Halloween is on a Saturday this year, which means people will be celebrating with even more gusto than usual.  If you’re throwing a Halloween party, you’re probably busy making last-minute preparations to your home and your costume.  But this is a quick read that can help protect you and your guests this weekend.   Drunk driving can have fatal consequences and needs to be avoided at all costs.  It’s also important for party hosts to know that, under Georgia law, you may be held liable for drunk party guests that get into trouble after leaving your party. The person who initiates the law suit has to prove that the party host providing the alcohol was at fault, which is not always easy.  But here are some tips on how to reduce your exposure to liability, protect your guests, pedestrians and other people on the road:
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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Tips on Discussing Safety with your Teen Driver

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently launched a campaign designed to give parents a simple checklist to use when discussing driving safety with their teens.  

In conjunction with National Teen Driver Safety Week, the NHTSA recommends that parents discuss one safety topic with their teens for five consecutive days.  This is an actionable way parents can cover major safety topics within one week, without overwhelming their teen with information in one sitting. 

The five recommended topics, referred to as “5 to Drive,” address the top five most dangerous behaviors for teen drivers:


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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Majority of Parents Text While Driving - with Kids In the Car

 A national survey by Driving-tests.org* revealed that over 60 percent of parents text while driving – with kids in the car.  This is a scary statistic for two reasons: First, the danger of driving while distracted is an immediate threat to the passengers and other cars on the road; Second, 82 percent of teens surveyed said they learn how to drive by watching their parents.  

Although it may not seem like teens are paying attention to anything parents are saying or doing, it’s very important for parents to set a good example for their teens and tweens while driving.   Sixty percent of teens said they paid attention to how their parents drive while in the car.   Almost one fourth of teens surveyed said they learned everything from how their parents drive and a mere 1.4 percent responded that they learned a small amount from watching their parents behind the wheel.


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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Growing Risk of Personal Injury Caused by Truck Accidents in Georgia

The AJC reports two major factors contributing to the decline in safety inspections.  First, a change in state law in 2011 significantly reduced the number of safety inspectors and barred local police departments from conducting their own safety inspections.  Unfortunately, it comes as no surprise that the trucking industry applauded the change in state law.  Within the same timeframe, state officers cut back on safety inspections to spend more time looking for unsafe non-commercial drivers on our highways.
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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Personal Injury Attorneys Support Introduction of The Safe Roads Act of 2015

The "$500 Fix" is one step closer to becoming a reality, thanks to H.R. 3536 "The Safe Roads Act of 2015, which was recently introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives.   The personal injury attorneys at Smith, Welch, Webb and White LLC wholeheartedly support the Safe Roads Act of 2015, and join the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association in imploring the Secretary of Transportation to require that all commercial motor vehicles be equipped with forward collision avoidance and mitigation braking systems.  It is estimated to cost only $500 to retrofit each commercial vehicle with crash avoidance technology, that includes features such as automatic braking if the truck driver does not slow down before colliding with a vehicle or object.
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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Distracted Driving Trends in Georgia and Nationwide

In April, I blogged about the top three reasons car accident fatalities were on the rise in Georgia, with distracted driving as the number one cause of fatal car accidents on our roadways. 

Unfortunately, this alarming trend is continuing.  According to the Georgia Department of Transportation, there have been 944 traffic fatalities YTD as of September 22nd  (compared to 802 during the same time period in 2014).  This is consistent with the average of 100 fatalities per month predicted earlier this year. 

Because distracted driving has become such a dangerous issue affecting nationwide, local and f federal agencies are ramping up campaigns designed to educate the public how one simple decision – such as waiting to send a text – can quickly become a life or death situation. 


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Thursday, September 3, 2015

Heavy Traffic Predicted for Henry County, Georgia Labor Day Weekend

Experts predict people will be heading out of town in record-breaking numbers this Labor Day weekend.  This highly anticipated long weekend is the last summer holiday and traditionally known as the last chance to have outdoor fun before buckling down at work and school.   AAA projects 35.5 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more this Thursday through Monday.  More than 85 percent of travelers will take advantage of low gas prices and travel by car. 

Unfortunately, higher traffic volume plus celebrations means a much higher likelihood of car accidents.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports Labor Day weekend is a dangerous holiday for driving nationwide, and local experts say Henry County residents should use extra caution when driving the highly traveled I-75 corridor.  

 


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