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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Personal Injury Law: Will Increased Speed Limits Also Increase Car Accidents?

The speed limit on a few highways leading in and out of metro Atlanta are increasing, causing some worry amongst metro Atlanta residents.  Speed limits will increase to 70 miles per hour on portions of I-85 and I-20, and parts of I-75 will increase to 65 miles per hour.  A spokesperson from the Insurance Institute for Highways Safety also expressed a concern to the AJC that tentative drivers – such as new drivers, older driver and others who are not confident with highway driving skills – will feel pressured to keep up with faster traffic.    And issues such as distracted driving are even more dangerous at higher rates speeds.
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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Personal Injury Law: The Most Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries

While we celebrate the freedom that motorcycles represent, we also know these vehicles come with inherent risks.  For every mile driven, a motorcyclist is 16 times more likely to die in an accident than someone in an automobile. And more than 80 percent of all motorcycle crashes result in injury or death to the motorcyclist.  But according to the NHTSA, wearing a helmet can reduce that risk by almost one-third (29 percent).
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Friday, January 16, 2015

Personal Injury Law: What’s Driving Motorcycle Accidents

Some of the factors influencing motorcycle accident statistics are surprising.  For example, rain may prevent motorcycle accidents, and urban areas in the afternoon are most dangerous time and place for motorcyclists.
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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Travel Predictions for Henry County, Georgia Residents this Holiday Week

Whether it’s the low gas prices or the improving economy, a record number of people are predicted to drive more than 50 miles from home over the holidays.  This is particularly important to Henry County area residents as it’s anticipated that heavier than normal traffic will be traveling the busy I-75 corridor.  As personal injury attorneys located in Stockbridge and serving clients in the greater Henry County and south Atlanta areas, we’re reminding friends and family that the increased traffic volume also increases the likelihood of car accidents.  


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Monday, December 15, 2014

Products Made for Children, Product Liability and Personal Injury Law

This time of year millions people are rushing to buy gifts for loved ones.  There is a lot to consider when buying a gift – especially for a child.  Is it age appropriate?  Does it require parental supervision?  Will the child be able to enjoy using it safely by him or herself? 

Manufacturers should be accountable for products made and marketed specifically for children, and consumers located in the greater Henry County or south Atlanta area that have been injured by a defective or mislabeled product should contact our highly skilled personal injury attorneys for a free consultation.


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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Henry County Personal Injury Attorney’s Guidelines on Driving in the Dark

Between Daylight Savings and the shorter days of Fall, more commuters are now driving home in the dark.  This is important for drivers in the greater Henry County area because the risks associated with traffic accidents increase after dusk.  Not only is it harder see in the dark, but drivers are also more prone to drowsiness.  And according to the NHTSA, sleepy drivers are not as watchful, have a slower reaction time and a deficit in information processing, putting everyone at higher risk.

Here are some quick tips to help keep the roads safer for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists after dark...


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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Personal Injury Law: What to do if you Suspect a Concussion Personal Injury

Concussions are medically classified as a “mild form of traumatic brain injury.” And while concussions are not often life threatening, the media is raising awareness of how the injury can negatively affect the victim’s quality of life in a drastic way.

Football and other contact sports are often cited in headlines as common causes for concussions. Other frequent causes of concussions include falls, car wrecks, assaults and unintentionally being hit by a heavy object. A single heavy blow can cause a concussion, as well as the head moving rapidly back and forth. As a personal injury attorney located in Stockbridge, Georgia and serving the greater Henry County and Atlanta areas, I am working to raise awareness of the symptoms commonly related to concussions and encourage anyone who suspects a concussion to immediately seek medical attention.
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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Important Information for Georgia Residents About Takata Airbag Recall

Airbags manufactured by Takata, a Japanese auto supplier, have been recalled due to a possibility of serious malfunction that can result in severe personal injury or even death. It's especially urgent that Georgia residents are informed about this issue because the airbag is more likely to become defective in warm, humid climates.  To complicate the problem: There is no question that these airbags are dangerous and should be replaced as soon as possible, however Takata does not have enough airbags on hand to replace the millions of cars that are affected.
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Monday, November 17, 2014

Personal Injury Law and Car Wrecks Involving Three or More Vehicles: Who is at fault?

Car accidents that involve three or more vehicles are not as common as wrecks involving just one or two cars.  Commonly referred to as “pile-ups,” this type of accident is usually a result of two cars colliding, then sliding into other vehicles nearby.  Bad weather, poor visibility and road conditions can all contribute to the increased risk of a multi-car pile-up.  Busy highway systems are often the scene of such pile-ups, such as the I-75 corridor near our law offices located in Stockbridge, McDonough, Jackson and Barnesville in Henry, Lamar and Butts Counties.


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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Personal Injury Law: Fatal Car Wrecks in Urban Versus Rural Areas in Georgia

Everyone has a preference -some people feel safer driving city streets, where the pace of traffic is frequently slowed down by traffic lights and stop signs.  Others prefer driving on long stretches of open road.  But which is safer?

According to a NHTSA report, driving in rural areas is more dangerous. In fact, the fatality rate was 2.4 times higher in rural areas than in urban areas.  Read this blog post for details...


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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Georgia Drivers Known for Speeding, Especially Teens

Georgia has more than our fair share of drivers who break the speed limit.  In fact, Georgia ranks 6th in the nation for the number of speeding tickets issued.  Why is speeding a problem for Georgia motorists?  According to the NHTSA, over 30 percent of all fatal crashes are estimated to be related to speeding.  The NHTSA defined speeding as “racing, exceeding the speed limit, or driving too fast for conditions.”  Teens are especially prone to speeding... 


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Personal Injury Law: Almost 25 Percent of Car Crashes are Weather-Related
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Personal Injury Law: What Georgia Residents Should Do if the Victim of Food Tampering or Poisoning
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