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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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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Personal Injury Attorneys Support Introduction of The Safe Roads Act of 2015

The "$500 Fix" is one step closer to becoming a reality, thanks to H.R. 3536 "The Safe Roads Act of 2015, which was recently introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives.   The personal injury attorneys at Smith, Welch, Webb and White LLC wholeheartedly support the Safe Roads Act of 2015, and join the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association in imploring the Secretary of Transportation to require that all commercial motor vehicles be equipped with forward collision avoidance and mitigation braking systems.  It is estimated to cost only $500 to retrofit each commercial vehicle with crash avoidance technology, that includes features such as automatic braking if the truck driver does not slow down before colliding with a vehicle or object.
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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Distracted Driving Trends in Georgia and Nationwide

In April, I blogged about the top three reasons car accident fatalities were on the rise in Georgia, with distracted driving as the number one cause of fatal car accidents on our roadways. 

Unfortunately, this alarming trend is continuing.  According to the Georgia Department of Transportation, there have been 944 traffic fatalities YTD as of September 22nd  (compared to 802 during the same time period in 2014).  This is consistent with the average of 100 fatalities per month predicted earlier this year. 

Because distracted driving has become such a dangerous issue affecting nationwide, local and f federal agencies are ramping up campaigns designed to educate the public how one simple decision – such as waiting to send a text – can quickly become a life or death situation. 


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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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