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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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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Personal Injury Law, Pedal Errors Cause 16,000 Preventable Car Crashes Annually

On average, drivers press the brake pedal in their car almost a million times every year – that’s 44 times a day on average. Most of the time drivers brake without incident. But every year approximately 16,000 car crashes are caused by pedal error. “Pedal error” happens when a driver accidently presses the gas pedal instead of the brake, causing the car to accelerate rather than slow down. Pedal error can result in serious personal injuries for vehicle occupants, other motorists and nearby pedestrians.

According to the NHTSA’s safety advisory on this topic, these incidents happen most often when vehicles are traveling at very low speeds and braking is commonly required, such as parking lots, intersections and highway exit ramps. Even if drivers immediately recognize that a pedal error has occurred, they are often unable to correct the error in time to prevent a crash, in part because pedal error usually occurs in confined spaces where vehicles are close together.

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Georgia Roads Pose Higher Risk of Personal Injury, Fatalities

You’ve probably seen the signs with the latest traffic fatality numbers here in Georgia. The Georgia Department of Transportation is working hard to raise awareness of the increased driving risks on our roads this year. As personal injury attorneys located south of Atlanta, we’re also working to help to raise awareness of this issue. In an alarming trend reversal, traffic fatalities are up after nine years of decline. Gas prices are down, which means more people are using their cars and traffic volume is up. But even though there are more cars on Georgia roads, 60 percent of traffic fatalities this year involved single-vehicle crashes.
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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Tips Personal Injury Attorney on How to Avoid Road Construction

Before your next road trip, click here to see a map of the current construction projects across the state of Georgia. If you “know before you go,” you can be mentally and physically prepared for any construction located between you and your destination – or plan a route that allows you to avoid construction zones altogether.

Allow plenty of time to reach your destination, and plan for delays even during non-peak traffic times. To minimize traffic delays, the GDOT has committed to limiting lane closures between 9pm and 5am when possible (when there is lighter traffic volume), but lane closures during these times also increase the risk of accident due to drowsy drivers and decreased visibility.
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Sunday, June 21, 2015

Georgia Trucking Company Shut Down Due to Safety Violations

Add canola oil to the list of things to avoid when driving on I-75 in Georgia. It’s also part of the reason a trucking company headquartered south of Atlanta was recently shut down by a federal agency.  According to the AJC, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently shut down a trucking company based in Hampton, Georgia due to a number of safety violations, including a truck that leaked canola oil for miles in I-75 that ultimately caused four vehicles to crash, and the police vehicles responding to the accidents to slide on the pavement.

The FMCSA described the trucking company as “reckless” because it violated multiple safety regulations in addition to the canola oil incident. The trucking company did not systematically inspect, repair and maintain vehicles, failed to ensure drivers complied with federal regulations designed to prevent fatigued driving, let unqualified drivers operate commercial motor vehicles and failed to comply with mandated random alcohol and controlled substances testing of its drivers.
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Monday, June 15, 2015

Risk of Personal Injury Due to Red Light Running Increases in Summer

More than 3.7 million drivers ran a red light in the U.S. in 2014. Surprisingly, a remarkable number of these violations happened during the busy travel weekends of Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day. The most dangerous time for red light running during these weekends was Friday afternoons between 1 and 5pm.  Here are the numbers for Georgia and our neighboring states...


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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Takata Airbag Recall Update

The Takata airbag recall is still making headlines, as the recall has expanded to include more than 34 million cars in the U.S., affecting roughly 1 out of every 7 cars. Experts are still investigating the root cause, but this issue is especially important to those of us living south of Atlanta because initial data shows that the faulty airbags are more likely to deteriorate and deploy without warning in hot, humid climates. Because Georgia's climate is known for our heat and high humidity during the summer, Georgia residents are at higher risk. According to Consumer Reports, many affected by the recall have learned that it may take weeks - or even months - for replacement air bags to arrive. Automakers should be prioritizing replacements for areas with high temperatures and humidity – especially with summer fast approaching.
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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Heavy Traffic Predicted this Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day weekend means it’s time for a well-deserved break, school’s almost out and… really heavy traffic. AAA predicts that more people will drive this weekend than the past 10 Memorial Day holidays. A total of 33 million Americans will take a road trip, up 5.3 percent from last year. Henry County is home to a busy stretch of the I-75 corridor, which will see an even heavier volume of traffic this holiday weekend as people flock to their vacation destinations. The heavier volume means a higher likelihood of car accidents.
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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

National Dog Bite Prevention Week

It’s National Dog Bite Prevention Week, and we’re taking this opportunity to raise awareness of how to prevent and cope with dog bite injuries.   According to the American Veterinary Association, there are approximately 70 million dogs living in US households as pets.  Dogs can be a valuable source of love and companionship, but some are also the source of millions of dog bite incidents every year.


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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Personal Injury Attorneys Raise Awareness of Heavy Truck Speeds

Speeding can have disastrous consequences in any vehicle – and that danger is compounded when it’s a heavy truck.  Normally speeding is associated with a shorter reaction time and loss of control.  But an additional concern is that large trucks are often not equipped with tires designed to travel over 75 mph.  Safety experts claim that driving faster than the rate of speed the tire was designed to endure can generate too much heat, damage the rubber and can result in collisions with other vehicles.   Yet what safety measures are in place to keep trucks at or below the rate of speed deemed safest for their equipment?  


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Monday, May 4, 2015

This “$500 Fix” Can Prevent Car and Truck Accidents, Save Lives

As personal injury attorneys south of Atlanta, we help victims of trucking accidents prevail in their case.  We also strive to prevent further accidents by advocating for, and educating people about, certain safety measures that prevent injuries and save lives. We’re not alone.  According to Georgia Trial Lawyers Association (GTLA), the recent tragedy involving the five nursing students from Georgia Southern University could have been prevented with a simple safety feature for tractor-trailers.

Specifically, “forward collision avoidance and mitigation technology” can alert drivers when a collision is about to happen, and automatically brake if the driver does not respond.  This crash avoidance technology may have prevented the deadly truck collision with the students even if the truck driver was distracted, according to a statement released by GTLA. 


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