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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

You May Have a Personal Injury Case, Even If You Don't Immediately Realize You Are Hurt

No one plans to get into a car wreck.  Without a doubt, car accidents can throw a wrench into an already hectic day.  That’s why many people try to resume their action plan for the day as quickly as possible – going to meetings, picking up kids, running errands and addressing other things that need attention.  However, it’s important to slow down, document and assess the damage caused by the wreck.  Especially damage to yourself – you may not even realize you’re hurt.  Types of injuries that are not immediately obvious are concussions, whiplash and soft tissue injuries.  These injuries may not show any external symptoms, and will only become apparent over time.


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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Back to School Safety!


August has arrived and Henry County Schools and many other schools on the Southside of Atlanta are back in full swing! Summer was fun but now it is time to start packing those book bags and lunchboxes and getting your kids back to reading books, taking tests, and getting to class before the tardy bell rings.

The first month of school is always a hectic time as we all adjust to a new schedule. You are not alone, if you feel rushed and pressed for time in the mornings and find yourself a little on the impatient side. Traffic congestion is inevitable and red lights suddenly seem to take 10x longer, and no one wants to be stuck behind the school bus, but it happens and you need to keep these tips in mind, even when you are running late. The safety of our children from incurring preventable injuries depends on it.
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Friday, March 16, 2018

Stats to Keep in Mind this St. Patrick's Day!

The results are in, AAA reports that there is still a difference between what drivers say and what drivers do. Do not be one of these statistics this St. Patrick's Day! Do NOT drive while under the influence during a night of partying! 


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Friday, March 2, 2018

Are New Vehicle Safety Features Working?

If vehicles are being manufactured to be safer, then the number of deadly car crashes should be decreasing, right? Wrong.

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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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