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Monday, February 20, 2017

National Safety Council's New Study


The National Safety Council’s new study released this week showed a significant increase in the number of traffic fatalities in Georgia over the past few years. According to the study, fatalities in Georgia rose a staggering 34 percent between 2014 to 2016. This two-year increase in fatalities is the highest jump in more than 50 years.

According to the National Safety Council, 40,200 people died in motor vehicle accidents across the United States last year alone. This was the first time fatalities have surpassed 40,000 since 2007.


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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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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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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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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Enhanced Penalties Apply When Driving Through Construction Zones

By now, most of us who live south of Atlanta have noticed the extensive construction underway on Interstate 75.  As we noted in an earlier blog post, narrowing lanes, merging traffic and other sudden changes all contribute to a high risk of car accidents in construction zones.  Nearly all states increase the penalties for speeding or committing other traffic violations while driving through a construction work zone.  And state laws usually require that construction zones are clearly marked to alert drivers of abrupt changes to traffic patterns.  Here's how Georgia stacks up amongst the states when it comes to driving safely through construction zones...

 


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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Personal Injury Attorney: Car Accidents in Construction Zones

Construction zones can be confusing and dangerous.  And as home to a highly-trafficked section of the interstate, Henry County, Georgia residents are seeing a lot more highway construction zones on I-75 lately. The risks associated with unpredictable traffic patterns and lane changes during the day are only compounded at night, when visibility is limited. 

Our firm offers free consultations for drivers and passengers who are involved in car accidents that take place within construction zones.  Whether it is another driver, a private construction company or a governmental entity, our experienced attorneys will apply our knowledge of Georgia’s local highway construction laws, determine whether reasonable precautions were taken to prevent car accidents and help determine who is liable for the accident.  And as the largest law firm south of Atlanta employing more than 65 attorneys and support staff, we are well-equipped to ensure car accident victims receive just compensation. 


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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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