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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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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

National Dog Bite Prevention Week

It’s National Dog Bite Prevention Week, and we’re taking this opportunity to raise awareness of how to prevent and cope with dog bite injuries.   According to the American Veterinary Association, there are approximately 70 million dogs living in US households as pets.  Dogs can be a valuable source of love and companionship, but some are also the source of millions of dog bite incidents every year.


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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Personal Injury Attorneys Raise Awareness of Heavy Truck Speeds

Speeding can have disastrous consequences in any vehicle – and that danger is compounded when it’s a heavy truck.  Normally speeding is associated with a shorter reaction time and loss of control.  But an additional concern is that large trucks are often not equipped with tires designed to travel over 75 mph.  Safety experts claim that driving faster than the rate of speed the tire was designed to endure can generate too much heat, damage the rubber and can result in collisions with other vehicles.   Yet what safety measures are in place to keep trucks at or below the rate of speed deemed safest for their equipment?  


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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 28, 2015

Top Three Reasons Car Accident Fatalities are on the Rise in Georgia

The number of deaths on Georgia roads has increased by almost a third so far this year due to distractions such as smartphones and social media.   Transportation experts are still sifting through the data to expose the root of the problem, but initial findings indicate that the top three reasons car accident fatalities are on the rise in Georgia are distracted driving, impaired driving and speeding.  Experts arrived at these preliminary conclusions based on the number of single-car accidents caused by vehicles that strayed into other lanes.   Single-car accidents often indicate that the problem can be attributed to the driver rather than other vehicles, weather or roadway conditions.   Adding to the concern is the growing number of victims who were not wearing seatbelts. 
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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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Thursday, April 9, 2015

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

As personal injury attorneys south of Atlanta, we have seen firsthand the damage caused by distracted driving, and we work hard every day to help the victims recover compensation for medical injuries and other damages.   We also work to educate the communities we serve about effective ways to prevent car accidents. 

 

We’re not alone. For the first time in Georgia history, we are excited to announce the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association has partnered with the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety to declare April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month.  As part of this effort, Georgia Trail Lawyers will be making an educational presentation to new and future drivers in schools across the state. 


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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Where Tractor Trailers Tip Over South of Atlanta

Recent studies have revealed alarming statistics about the frequency of accidents involving tractor trailer trucks in the metro Atlanta area.  In fact, the study released by Bloomburg Business claims that Atlanta is a "deadly hot spot" for tractor-trailer rollovers.   As personal injury attorneys south of Atlanta, not only do we help victims involved in car and truck accidents, but we also work hard to raise awareness of important safety issues within the communities we serve. 

If you’re driving into the metro Atlanta area, please be extra cautious in these trouble spots where most incidents involving tractor trailers have occurred...

 


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Monday, March 9, 2015

Personal Injury Attorney South of Atlanta Shares Recent Study Revealing Opinion Vs. Fact: Dangerous Driving Behavior

A recent survey provides insight into drivers opinions on dangerous driving behaviors - and compares what people say to what they actually do.  


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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, February 18, 2015

New Statistics on Cellphone Use and Texting While Driving in Georgia

There are a number of factors contributing to car accidents that can’t be controlled, such as the weather.  But in our modern society, a major safety concern on our roadways is distracted driving due to communications technology.  The AAA 2014 Traffic Safety Index focuses on drivers’ opinions, experiences and behavior, and key findings revealed the contrast between people’s attitudes and behaviors regarding cellphone use and texting.  For example, while most people surveyed disapprove of talking on handheld cellphones and texting while driving, many admit to recently engaging in the behavior themselves.  Here are some key survey findings regarding cellphone use and texting while driving in Georgia:
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