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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Stay Safe this Black Friday!


Black Friday is the busiest shopping day of the year and many consumers are out and about at odd hours of the night and into the next day looking for the best deals of the year. Here are some safety tips to keep in mind while you are shopping this weekend!

1. Always make sure you are paying attention to your surroundings

Whether you are texting your friends or family members trying to decide where to go next or just fooling with your phone in the checkout line, please stay aware of the people around you at all times. Thieves often look for people that are distracted in large crowds.

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Halloween Safety


Now that fall is in full swing and Halloween is upon us, it is important to remember with all the festivities to stay safe! Everyone wants to have fun this time of year but accidents do happen and some can cause serious injury. Here are some quick statistics to keep in mind when entering the streets after dark and some safety tips to have on hand.

 

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, last year on Halloween night, three times the amount of fatalities occurred than on a normal day, and intoxicated drivers caused nearly a third of those deaths.


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Monday, May 8, 2017

Dooring Accidents


Dooring is not a widely used term. But it is just what it sounds like: a traffic accident in which a cyclist is struck by a car door being opened by the occupant of a parked car. It is a common danger, and has great potential to cause a serious injury.

Bike lanes are becoming more visible throughout Stockbridge, McDonough, and Eagles Landing areas. As Henry County quickly grows and more and more bike lanes are being added, it is imperative that motorists continue to watch out for cyclists in an effort to prevent a dooring accident.
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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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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Reversible Lanes


Interstate I-75 on the south side of Atlanta has some of the worst traffic in Georgia. In addition to the number of interchanges and the merger of I-675 one reason for the bad traffic is the fewer number of lanes. South of Hudson Bridge Road, I-75 decreases to three lanes in each direction. If there is an accident, motorist have to squeeze by causing traffic to slow even more. To help alleviate some of metro Atlanta’s traffic, the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) commissioned and has finally completed a $176 million project of adding new express lanes in Clayton and Henry County.


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Monday, December 12, 2016

New Traffic Law Designed to Save Lives in Georgia

The “Move Over Law,” also known as the “Spencer Pass Law,” has been updated to include a new group of vehicles.  The Move Over Law requires drivers to literally move over a lane - or slow down below the speed limit and be prepared to stop - when you see an emergency vehicle on the shoulder. Emergency vehicles with yellow, amber or red lights were originally included in the law, and later the law was expanded to include vehicles with white lights.  The addition of emergency vehicles with white lights helps keep utility workers safe.  Drivers caught breaking this law may be fined $500.


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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Thanksgiving Crowded, Dangerous Time to Drive

One million more Americans are expected to travel this Thanksgiving than last year – making one of the busiest times on our roads even more congested.  In fact, two destinations in Florida (Orlando and Fort Lauderdale) are ranked amongst the top 10 destinations in the country, which means many families will be traveling south on interstate 75 south of Atlanta over the holiday.  A personal injury attorneys located south of Atlanta, we urge motorists to plan and drive carefully this Thanksgiving week, as it’s traditionally the most crowded and dangerous time on our roads.  According to the NHTSA, there were 764 crashes involving a fatality and nearly 50,000 non-fatal car accidents over the Thanksgiving holiday in recent history. 


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Friday, October 28, 2016

Survey Says Parents Aren’t Preparing Teen Drivers

Parents don’t prepare teens to drive as well as they did a decade ago, according to a new report published by AAA. After surveying driving instructors across the country, AAA reports two major challenges to be (1) a decline in quality parental involvement and (2) parents setting a bad example through their own behaviors.


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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Automatic Braking Systems Help, But Might Not Stop the Car

Many safety and self-driving technology systems are applauded for helping Americans arrive safely at their destinations.  But a new study released by AAA reveals that not all safe driving technology is created equal.  In fact, the automatic braking systems designed to prevent cars from crashing into other vehicles, objects, or pedestrians, vary from car to car and may give motorists a false sense of security. 

Contrary to popular belief, some emergency braking systems are not designed to completely stop the vehicle.  Instead, the automatic systems only slow the vehicle in an effort to prevent a collision or lessen the impact of a crash, while the driver is still required to control the car to completely avoid a crash.   


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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Car Accidents Caused by Unsecured Loads

It’s especially important for drivers in the Henry County area to know that more than one in three crashes involving debris occur between 10:00 a.m. and 3:59 p.m.,  and are most likely to happen on interstate highways such as the heavily traveled I-75 corridor.   According to AAA, this is the time when many people are hauling heavy items like furniture or construction equipment –bulky cargo that can fall onto the roadway and cause accidents if unsecured.  Conveniently located between the second largest port on the eastern seaboard (Savannah) and Atlanta, drivers in Henry County already experience heavy traffic volume throughout the day.  


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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Why are there so many tractor trailers on I-75 in Henry County?

An increase in tractor trailer traffic on I-75 through Henry County means an increased risk of personal injury resulting from an accident with a big rig.  According to a study in the Atlanta Journal & Constitution, “A recent review identified metro Atlanta’s major traffic obstacles, not surprisingly as the entire top end of 285; I-20 on both sides of town; and I-75 south, especially in Henry County.”  Conveniently located between Savannah (the second largest port on the eastern seaboard), and Atlanta (the logistics hub for the southeastern U.S.), the AJC reports Henry County as an ideal warehouse location, as it is close enough to Savannah for trucks to make two round trips in one day. 


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