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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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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Sobering Facts about Drinking, Driving and the Increased Risk of Personal Injury on our Roads During the Holiday Season

The holidays are a festive time to celebrate with friends, family and co-workers.  Unfortunately, celebrations that involve alcohol can also greatly increase the risk of a car accident over the holiday season.  Here are some sobering statistic about drinking, driving and your personal safety on our roads over the holidays: 

According to a recent survey*, 60% of respondents said that alcohol makes a party more fun and 57% have seen people drive under the influence.  Approximate 1 in 8 licensed drivers who consume alcohol say they’ve driven when they thought they were close to – or over – 0.08 Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) sometime over the past year. 


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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Record-Breaking Number Travelers Predicted Over Upcoming Holiday

AAA predicts a record-breaking number of travelers this holiday season with over 100 million Americans planning to travel between December 23rd and January 3rd.   Thanksgiving is known as one of the most popular travel times of the year, but the number of people who plan on taking a road trip during Dec 23rd –Jan 3rd is more than double the number who recently traveled by car over the recent Thanksgiving break.   Nearly 1 in 3 Americans plan on traveling 50 miles or more from home over the holidays, marking the seventh consecutive year there has been an increase in the number of travelers during this period. 


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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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