Blog Archive - July, 2015


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Atlanta Car Accident Attorneys Discuss Nighttime Driving Dangers

July 31, 2015

The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that the fatality rate for passenger motor vehicle occupants is three times higher at nighttime than in the daytime. Nationwide, about half of all car accident fatalities occur during nighttime hours, but nighttime travel accounts for only 25 percent of the overall miles traveled by vehicles. In an effort to uncover the cause for the higher nighttime accident and fatality rates, researchers have analyzed data to uncover the following relevant facts:

Gainesville Man in Critical Condition After Hit and Run

July 30, 2015

Recently, a Gainesville man was struck by an SUV while pushing a shopping cart down the road, according to WSB TV. The victim, a 65 year old, was found in critical condition after the accident. The victim has sustained multiple broken bones, head and neck injuries, as well as bruises on the lungs. A Georgia State Patrol officer reportedly returned to the site of the accident to look for evidence as to the identity of the hit and run vehicle. Investigators uncovered broken pieces from the vehicle involved that can be traced to a Ford Explorer made between the years of 2006 and 2010.

Man Drowns in South Georgia State Park

July 30, 2015

Authorities are currently investigating a tragic drowning death in a state park located in South Georgia, according to the Associate Press. The fatal accident occurred at Georgia Veterans State Park on Saturday, June 27, in the afternoon hours. Investigators report that the victim was a 28 year old man of Sylvester. The victim's body was found using a boat just beyond the roped off beach area and it is not yet clear that caused the man to drown or whether negligence played a role in the accident.

Atlanta Workers' Compensation Attorneys Discuss Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

July 29, 2015

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a disorder affecting the wrist. This disorder will commonly develop in office workers or other employees who perform repetitive hand motions. The carpal tunnel is actually a part of the wrist, consisting of a narrow passageway within the wrist that is lined by several small bones. Within the carpal tunnel area runs a ligament that protects the median nerve, which extends down the thumb to the index, middle fingers and half of the ring finger.

NHTSA Reports: Motor Vehicle Fatalities and Injuries Decline in 2013

July 29, 2015

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released its report as to 2013 motor vehicle crashes, the most recent year for which complete data is available. Analyzing crash data from that year, the NHTSA found that motor vehicle fatalities, which spiked in 2012, are once again, fortunately, on the decline that had started seven years prior. A total of 32,719 people died in roadway crashes during 2013, a figure that is down from 33,782 in 2012. The number of people injured in motor vehicle accidents decreased as well, falling from 2.4 million to 2.3 million injured people.

Atlanta Medical Malpractice Attorneys Discuss Misdiagnosis and Delayed Diagnosis

July 28, 2015

Medical malpractice is a significant problem across the United States, resulting in the deaths of thousands of patients each year. The Civil Justice Resource Group, a project of the Center for Justice & Democracy, estimates that there are between 25,000 and 120,000 deaths due to medical malpractice each year. Up to one percent of all hospital patients will be the victims of malpractice, but just 2.9 percent file claims. For this reason, it is believed that the true rate of medical malpractice is likely far higher.

A Closer Look at Slip and Fall Accidents in Georgia

July 27, 2015

Slip and fall accidents have become a common occurrence across the United States. A recent study conducted by the National Floor Safety Institute found that falls account for more than eight million emergency room visits, representing the number one cause of all visits. Slip and falls account for over one million visits and 12 percent of falls. Slip and fall incidents are also a leading cause of workers' compensation claims and the primary cause of workplace injuries for those over the age of 55.

Police Report: Young Georgia Drivers Still Texting Behind the Wheel

July 27, 2015

The number of drivers who text behind the wheel is alarming and should frighten all road users. According to the Georgia Department of Transportation, over 37 percent of all drivers have sent or received text messages. A recent national study conducted by AT&T suggests these figures to be even higher, finding that over 60 percent of drivers text while driving. Many drivers feel that they can competently text and drive and engage in the dangerous practice, even though it is illegal.

As Marijuana Use Becomes More Accepted, Drunk Driving Accident Rates Could Increase

July 26, 2015

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost 30 people each day are killed across the United States in automobile and truck accidents involving drunk drivers. This equates to one death every 51 minutes. In fact, nearly one-third of all traffic related deaths across the nation are attributed to drunk driving. Driving while intoxicated is undoubtedly a national problem and alarming new evidence suggests the problem could become more severe with the increasing legalization and general acceptance of marijuana.

Could the Apple Watch Increase Distracted Driving Rates?

July 26, 2015

On April 24, the much anticipated Apple Watch officially launched. This latest technological advent from the innovative company that brought the world the iPod, iPad and iPhone was met with enthusiasm and a great deal of sales. The watch performs a number of impressive functions, including answering calls as well as sending texts and emails from the wrist. It also has additional features such as monitoring blood sugar and encouraging exercise. Anticipated to be a growing trend in the future, the watch will likely become a part of life for many people, but some researchers are questioning its potential implications regarding distracted driving.

Analyzing the Cost of a Broken Leg

July 25, 2015

A broken leg can result from a slip and fall, car, motorcycle, or truck accident, along with many other types of accidents that commonly involve negligence. Broken limbs are some of the most frequent injuries sustained in any type of personal injury accident. In order to provide you with some perspective as to the cost of a broken leg and to assist you in obtaining full compensation for this injury, we have outlined below the true expenses associated with such a common injury. 

McDuffie County Teen Killed in Intersection Accident

July 25, 2015

Recently, a 17 year old girl was tragically killed in an accident at the intersection of Old Milledgeville Road and GA 17, according to WRDW TV. The Georgia State Patrol reports that a Kia Sorento was travelling east on Old Milledgeville Road, heading towards the intersection, while a Ford pickup was traveling south on GA 17 towards the same intersection. The 17 year old driver of the Sorento failed to stop at the stop sign, entering into the southbound lane and was struck by the front end of the pickup truck, sustaining injuries that ultimately claimed her life.

Takata Acknowledges Airbag Inflator Defect, NHTSA to Coordinate Remedy Program

July 24, 2015

Recently, United States Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced that manufacturer Takata has admitted to the existence of a defect within its airbag inflators. Takata has agreed to expand its recall of the defective airbags to a national level. The inflators within affected airbags were manufactured with propellant wafers that have been found to degrade over time, leading to ruptures that are responsible for at least six deaths worldwide. After this recent action, the total number of vehicles recalled due to defective Takata inflators has climbed to around 34 million.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued a Consent Order to Takata, which requires that the company cooperate fully with any other regulatory action that the agency takes in its investigatory capacity over the recall. The NHTSA further intends to begin the formal legal process in an effort to organize the replacement of defective Takata airbags under NHTSA's authority.

Department of Transportation Takes Steps to Address Unsafe Motorcycle Helmets

July 23, 2015

There are thousands of great looking motorcycle helmets for sale both in stores and online, but how do you know which is safer and which ones meet the United States Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard? The Department of Transportation (DOT) requires that all motorcycle helmets legally sold in the United States comply with minimum performance standards in order to properly protect the wearer's head and brain in the event of an accident.

Wrong Way Accident in Atlanta Sends Two to the Hospital

July 22, 2015

Recently, a wrong way crash happened on Buford Highway Connector just before midnight on Saturday, May 9, according to 11 Alive News. Police report that a northbound driver entered the southbound lanes and collided with another driver head-on. It is not clear at this time whether alcohol was a factor in this horrible accident. Two people were transported to the hospital and their conditions are not known.

Georgia Personal Injury Attorneys Discuss Catastrophic Accidents

July 22, 2015

In just a matter of minutes, a catastrophic injury can alter your life permanently. Unexpected accidents can lead to injuries so severe that they will have long term consequences and can greatly impact your future. Catastrophic injuries can tragically include, among others: traumatic brain injury, spinal cord damage, loss of vision, amputation of limbs, severe burns, and other injuries that leave a victim incapacitated or disabled. Such injuries can also require years of expensive medical care and hold the potential to permanently diminish your earning capacity.

Head Injuries, Whiplash, and Back Pain: Georgia Automobile Accident Attorneys Explore the Most Common Car Accident Injuries

July 21, 2015

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for people between the ages of five and 34. Car accidents claim the lives of over 18,266 Americans every year. The Georgia Governor's Office of Highway Safety reports that over 1,000 traffic fatalities occur in the state each year. Nearly 300 fatalities are related to alcohol impairment and over 200 are caused by speeding. These figures are fortunately down from previous years, but are still significantly high.

A Look at the Damages Sustained in a Georgia 18 Wheeler Accident

July 21, 2015

Commercial truck accidents will often result in serious injuries and physical damage to your vehicle. Following any truck accident, victims may sustain a wide variety of damages, many linked to physical injuries and others related to property damage. It is essential that truck accident victims obtain the assistance of an experienced truck accident attorney who will uncover the extent of your damages and seek full compensation for all damages incurred.

Atlanta Personal Injury Attorneys Offer Water Safety Tips

July 20, 2015

As the weather continues to heat up in Georgia, many families are flocking to the pool, lake, or beach to cool down. Nothing is quite as refreshing as the cool water on a hot summer day. While swimming can be great fun for the whole family, it is critical that Georgia residents follow some important water safety tips.

Older Drivers Can Pose a Hazard on Roadways

July 19, 2015

New statistics released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reveal the potential hazards presented by elderly drivers on the roadway. Today, there are over 33 million licensed drivers ages 65 and older. While driving can offer an excellent means for older Americans to maintain their independence, the risk of being injured or killed in a motor vehicle accident increases with age. Unfortunately, an average of 500 elderly Americans are injured daily in crashes.

An Overview of Georgia Premises Liability Law

July 19, 2015

Under Georgia premises liability law, all property owners or occupiers of land must exercise ordinary care to keep the premises and approaches safe for invitees and guests. Unfortunately, despite this legal requirement, countless individuals are injured each year while on the property of another due to dangerous conditions, such as defective stairwells, insufficient security, slippery surfaces, inadequate lighting, or poor maintenance. The injuries that arise due to defective conditions can be severe or even life threatening.

Georgia Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Report: Suwanee Man Dies in Motorcycle-Truck Crash in Gwinnett

July 18, 2015

Recently, a 25 year old man from Suwanee was killed in a two vehicle accident in Gwinnett County, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. The motorcyclist was reportedly traveling north on McGinnis Ferry Road when a driver heading southbound in a Chevrolet Silverado began to make a u-turn at a green light near the road's intersection with Old Peachtree.The driver of the Silverado pulled in front of the approaching motorcyclist, who found himself unable to stop in time and was consequently ejected from the motorcycle. Emergency personnel transported him to the hospital where he tragically succumbed to his injuries. Police report that speed and alcohol do not appear to be factors in the crash, which is currently still under investigation.

Self-Driving Trucks Currently Being Tested in Nevada

July 18, 2015

By now, you have likely heard about the self-driving cars currently being tested on roadways across America. Google has been testing a fleet of modified SUVs that can drive themselves and announced plans to produce its own self-driving vehicles sometime in the next few years. Though still some time away from mass production and commercial sales, self-driving cars have the potential to be the cars of the future.

Georgia Automobile Accident Attorney Discusses T-Bone Accidents

July 17, 2015

T-bone or side impact crashes are some of the most common and dangerous forms of car accidents occurring in Georgia. T-bone collisions often occur at intersections. Generally, the vehicles involved in these accidents traveling through some sort of converging roadways. T-bone accidents happen when two vehicles are traveling at a right angle to one another, or one driver is headed straight through an intersection when another is turning, thus forming a "T" shaped accident.

Georgia Automobile Accident Attorneys Discuss Head-on Collisions

July 17, 2015

Recently, a head-on accident in Troup County tragically resulted in two fatalities, according to Troup County News. An SUV allegedly began traveling the wrong way on Interstate 185 on Thursday, May 21, during the nighttime hours. The SUV reportedly slammed into an oncoming vehicle, resulting in two fatalities. Investigations are on-going and it is not clear what caused the driver of the SUV to travel the wrong way on the interstate.

Medical Malpractice as a Cause of Birth Injuries

July 16, 2015

When an expectant mother waits in a hospital bed with the anxious dad at her side, the anticipation of the birth of a new member of the family can be a time of pure joy. However, this joy can be abruptly interrupted by the discovery that the parents' infant has suffered a delivery or birth related injury. Parents might expect that birth injuries are highly unlikely in a hospital setting when a pregnant mom is surrounded by a team of medical professionals who can include an obstetrician, nurse, anesthesiologist, and other medical team members. Birth injuries occur at a rate of six to eight out of every thousand live births annually in the U.S., according to MedScape.com. The website also reports that medical errors and omissions account for 2 percent of neonatal and stillbirth deaths in the United States.

Georgia Automobile Accident Attorneys Discuss Rollover Accidents

July 16, 2015

Recently, a Cartersville rollover crash sent four people to the hospital, according to Cartersville Patch. The accident happened on southbound Interstate 75 when the driver of a Ford Ranger looked down at his phone. He drifted into the emergency lane and hit the median. The driver then attempted to maneuver back to the road but lost control on the loose gravel. Suddenly, the vehicle started to flip, rolling over several times before coming to a rest on the shoulder of the interstate. The driver and three passengers, two women and another man, were all transported to the hospital for treatment of injuries. Currently, the accident remains under investigation.

Georgia Accident Attorneys Discuss Drug Usage and Trucking Accidents

July 15, 2015

Commercial truck drivers perform a vital function in our society. These industrious workers are responsible for transporting necessary fuel, food, lumber, and other critical goods across the United States. While the vast majority of truck drivers are responsible, hard working individuals, a select few act in a negligent manner and turn to the use of drugs while driving. Part of the job of a trucker is spending long hours on the road, often at night and into the early hours of the morning. For these reasons and several others, drug use has become a problem in the trucking industry.

Georgia Personal Injury Attorneys Offer Tips to Help Prevent Dog Bites

July 15, 2015

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 4.7 million dog attacks occur across the United States annually and nearly 800,000 of these victims will require medical care. Of the over 300,000 patients that make a trip to the emergency room for treatment of their dog bite wounds, about 6,000 are hospitalized. Even more alarming, hundreds of serious dog attacks will result in death. Moreover, the majority of dog bite victims are children.

NHTSA Urges Drivers to Help Prevent Pedal Error Accidents

July 14, 2015

Recently, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a warning to drivers as to the possibility of pedal error accidents. Drivers use their brakes millions of times each year, with generally no issue. However, about 16,000 preventable accidents will occur annually due to pedal errors which occur when drivers mistake the accelerator for the brake. Pedal errors can result in serious property damage as well as injuries or death to vehicle occupants, surrounding motorists and pedestrians.

The Most Common Workplace Injuries in Georgia

July 14, 2015

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, over 4,585 workers were killed on the job in the year 2013. This equates to approximately 88 worker deaths a week and 12 a day. While this figure is actually far lower than in the 1990's, it is still a frightening number that requires more attention to safety in the workplace. In addition to the thousands of worker deaths, OSHA (link downloads OSHA PDF) reports that over 3 million nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses were experienced in 2013. Over half of all these injuries required time off work, job transfers, or workplace restrictions.

Was Fatal Georgia Trucking Accident Caused by Drowsy Trucking Driver?

July 13, 2015

Most truck drivers are safe, law-abiding drivers, but when the drivers of tractor-trailers get behind the wheel while drowsy, the consequences can be devastating. Although operating any motor vehicle while struggling to stay awake is extremely dangerous, the risks associated therewith increase exponentially when driving a forty ton tractor-trailer due to the longer period of time needed to perform an evasive maneuver to prevent a crash as well as the potential consequences from the enormous energy generated in a collision involving a large truck.

Three Elementary School Children Killed After Two Vehicles Run a Red Light

July 13, 2015

On Monday, June 1, a fatal accident in Augusta tragically claimed the lives of three young children, according to WRDW TV. The children were riding in a Toyota Corolla, all wearing seatbelts, when a truck hit their vehicle from the side. Investigators report that moments before the Riverwatch Parkway accident, both drivers ran a red light, hitting one another. The accident report does not assign blame to either party, but the investigation is ongoing and charges may still be issued.

Woman Attempting Suicide Causes Wrong Way Accident on Ga. 400

July 12, 2015

Last month a woman entered the southbound lanes of Georgia 400 traveling in the wrong direction, according to 11 Alive News. Witnesses report that the female driver struck a wall and spun out onto traffic traveling southbound, causing a major accident. At least four individuals, including the wrong way driver, were transported to area hospitals for treatment of their injuries. It was at the hospital that the wrong way driver admitted to causing the accident on purpose in an effort to commit suicide. The driver has been cited with reckless driving and driving on the wrong side of the road.

The Challenge of Pursuing Impaired Driving Injury Claims Involving Legal Drugs

July 12, 2015

Rapper Rick Ross, founder of the Mayback Music Group, was recently arrested by Fayette County deputies on marijuana charges.  Possession of marijuana is illegal in Georgia. The deputies found five joints in the car when he was pulled over near his Fayetteville mansion, according to the Atlanta Constitution-Journal (ACJ). The ACJ story also indicates that the rap mogul was initially stopped for illegal window tinting. A Fayette County Sheriff's Office spokesman reportedly told the ACJ that he smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle during the stop. While the article did not indicate whether formal charges have been filed, it did indicate that this was the rapper's fourth marijuana-related arrest.

Five Year Old Boy Survives Being Hit by Car

July 11, 2015

Recently, a five year old boy was hit by a car in Brooklyn, New York and miraculously survived, according to ABC 7. The terrifying incident was caught on surveillance video. The young boy was walking down the street in Sunset Park carrying his stuffed animal when a car suddenly jumped the curb. It knocked over a small tree then ran directly over the child. His grandmother was just a few feet away at the time but could do nothing to stop the vehicle. Fortunately, the child ended up between the tires and only suffered minor injuries. He was transported to the hospital and later released. It was an amazing outcome after an accident that in all likelihood could have resulted in tragedy. The driver of the run-away vehicle has not yet been charged.

Atlanta Injury Lawyers Discuss Zofran and Birth Defects

July 11, 2015

Zofran (Ondansetron) is a prescription drug prescribed often prescribed to pregnant women for nausea and vomiting, generally during the first trimester. Although Zofran has proven effective in reducing levels of nausea and vomiting, this effectiveness may come with serious side effects for infants, which pregnant women are rarely warned about.

Swimming Pool Accidents in Georgia

July 10, 2015

During the hot summer months in Georgia, swimming pools offer families a great way to escape from the heat. Georgia is home to a number of swimming pools, from public and private pools to hotel pools, apartment complex pools, water parks, and more. When pools are safely constructed and maintained, they can offer hours of fun and enjoyment, but if not maintained or enclosed correctly, pools can quickly become a hazard. Although most pools are safe and well-maintained, many pools across Georgia have tragically been the site of drowning or other dangerous pool accidents, most often occurring in the summer months.

Rights of Passengers Injured in Georgia Car Accidents

July 10, 2015

If you are a passenger of a motor vehicle involved in a serious collision, the emotional, physical, and financial impact can be significant. While you might be rattled and worried about your rights and potential financial hardships if you are a driver, passengers can experience additional stress because they generally exercise no control over the accident. Because our Georgia Personal Injury Law Firm constantly works toward the goal of providing the best legal representation in Georgia, we are committed to helping our clients understand their legal options and obtain a desirable outcome.

Automobile Accident Attorneys Discuss Comparative Fault Laws

July 09, 2015

Our Georgia car accident attorneys find that some automobile accidents do not always involve clear cut issues of fault. At times, more than one driver will play a role in the accident. Under Georgia's modified comparative negligence law, the victims of car accidents can still recover so long as they were less than 50 percent at fault for the accident. Those who are 50 percent or more at fault will be barred from recovering anything from the other party involved. Many car accident victims remain unaware of this law and believe they cannot bring an action if they were even partially at-fault for the accident. The following is a look at comparative negligence and its application in Georgia.  This blog article will provide a general summary of law applicable to claims involving personal injuries.  NOTE: every case needs to be evaluated based on its unique facts and circumstances, in light of the applicable law. You should not act upon this article without seeking the advice of a knowledgeable personal injury attorney.

Georgia Auto Accidents – What if I Have a Preexisting Injury?

July 09, 2015

If you have ever suffered an injury as a result of an automobile accident, you already know how stressful and painful your situation can be. If you had preexisting injuries or health conditions at the time of the accident, you might believe that these prior health issues have an impact on your current injuries. While it is true that prior injuries and/or health conditions do play at least some role in the evaluation of your current injuries, it is not always the case that these prior health issues prevent you from recovering after being involved in an automobile accident.

Deadly Head-On Collision in Jefferson County May Have Been the Result of Drunk Driving

July 08, 2015

Accidents in Georgia, which occur on a regular basis, are bad enough when they involve driver error, such as running a red light, failing to signal when changing lanes, or texting while driving. However, when an accident involves a drunk driver, the matter becomes much more tragic for those who lost a loved one. A recent such accident resulted in the loss of one innocent victim's life and injuries suffered by two family members, according to WRDW TV.

Three People Die in Treutlen County After Yet Another Trucking Accident

July 08, 2015

Trucking accidents continue to make headlines in the news as Georgia tries to find a way to limit the number of such collisions that occur on our highways. Three people traveling in one vehicle lost their lives when a tractor trailer slammed into them, according to WMAZ. Because the cause of the collision is not yet known, there is no way to tell for sure at this time whether or not the truck driver was at fault for causing the accident.

Amtrak Train Slices Car in Half at Jacksonville Intersection, Leaving Only Minor Injuries

July 07, 2015

Although most Amtrak trains are safe and do not often result in accidents, Amtrak trains have been closely monitored in the news lately, as such crashes have been occurring. One such collision occurred recently, when an Amtrak train traveling through Jacksonville struck a car at an intersection, essentially slicing the vehicle in half, according to the Orlando Sentinel. The result of this accident may be seen as a miracle, because thankfully nobody suffered serious injuries or was killed. One passenger was thrown from the vehicle, while another suffered minor injuries. Half of the car was on one side of the Amtrak train, and the other half on the opposite side. The odds of any passenger surviving this accident may have seemed very low, but somehow these individuals were luckily able to make it out alive.

Prescription Drug Xarelto May Cause Dangerous and irreversible Internal Bleeding

July 07, 2015

Prescription drug Xarelto (rivaroxaban) is a blood thinner developed by Bayer HealthCare, the makers of aspirin, and Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. Xarelto is one of the most popular recent drugs on the market and is prescribed to individuals with medical conditions such as blood clots, pulmonary embolism, risk of stroke, and deep vein thrombosis. While any blood thinner presents the risk of bleeding, Xarelto is linked to serious and extensive internal bleeding in some patients.
Hundreds of lawsuits have been filed against the maker and manufacturer of the drug Xarelto, claiming that the drug is dangerous and its creators failed to provide adequate warning as to its bleeding risks to doctors and the community as a whole. The first Xarelto lawsuit was recently filed in a federal court in Georgia and it is likely more will follow.

Update on Georgia 400 Accident – Driver Admits to Suicide Attempt

July 06, 2015

The Georgia 400 wrong-way accident that occurred earlier this month left many questions unanswered, with the most important question being "why." It was unclear at the time the accident occurred why a woman was driving the wrong way on the Georgia 400, but this is becoming a little bit clearer each day. According to the Atlanta Police Department, the woman traveling the wrong direction down Georgia 400 did so intentionally, in an effort to attempt suicide. This woman was in critical condition following the accident, but luckily nobody else involved in the accident suffered serious injuries.

Drivers Charged for Deaths of Children Following Riverwatch Parkway Crash

July 06, 2015

Many Georgia residents are finally getting answers to questions surrounding the Riverwatch Parkway Crash that killed three young boys on June 1, 2015, according to WRDW TV. It was initially apparent that the two drivers responsible for this accident were likely street racing. In addition to racing down a public street, it was recently determined that these two drivers ran a red light, explaining the cause of the accident. Both drivers were consequently charged with vehicular homicide and running a red light.

Single-Car Accident Involving Tree Leaves One Dead and Two Injured

July 05, 2015

A vast number of Georgia automobile accidents involve more than one vehicle. Whether an accident involves a fender bender, a collision at an intersection, or otherwise, it can usually be determined that one driver or another is responsible for causing the accident. However, there are situations where an automobile accident involves only one vehicle, and sometimes the resulting injuries are much more severe than they are when more than one vehicle is involved.

Woman Dies in Paulding County Accident – Was Drowsy Driving to Blame?

July 05, 2015

The string of tragic accidents continues to rise in Georgia, as a young preschool teacher tragically lost her life following an accident that occurred on Georgia highway 61, according the the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Investigators believe that the young woman ran off the road and struck an oncoming vehicle after overcorrecting. The reason why the woman ran off the road to begin with is not known, but given that the accident occurred in the morning, the woman may have been on her way to work but not fully awake yet.

Trucking Company Fails to Maintain Truck’s Brakes, Leading to Driver’s Death

July 04, 2015

Many trucking accidents occur as a result of driver error or negligence, such as, among others, driving while intoxicated, sleep-deprived, or inattentive. Further, these trucking accidents typically involve one or more vehicles. Most truck drivers safely abide by traffic laws, but failure to maintain a truck's brakes and other components is another cause of trucking accidents that can have tragic consequences.

Georgia Highway Crash Kills Musician Making Wheelchair Trek for Charity

July 04, 2015

A tragic accident occurred last month along Highway 21 in Screven County, according to WRDW TV. Specifically, a 59 year old jazz musician was traveling 300 miles by wheelchair in an effort to raise awareness for people with disabilities. Sadly, a tractor trailer slammed into the back of a van that was escorting the musician. The impact flung the van into the wheelchair, killing the disability spokesman. It then caught fire and the van's driver, a resident of Atlanta, was also killed. A passenger was pulled from the vehicle before it became completely engulfed in flames and was airlifted to Doctor's Hospital in Augusta. The driver of the tractor trailer was not injured in the accident.

Eating in the Car More Dangerous than Talking on Your Phone

July 03, 2015

In January, the issue of eating in the car was thrust into the national spotlight after a man in Georgia was issued a citation for eating a hamburger while driving, according to the New York Daily News. The 36 year old visitor to the state was driving through suburban Atlanta when he was stopped police officer, who issued him a citation for distracted driving, stating that the offender could not eat a hamburger while driving.

Paulding County Deputy Involved in Fatal Pedestrian Accident

July 03, 2015

Recently, a Paulding County deputy struck and killed a pedestrian while en route to a call, according to the Dallas-Hiram Patch. The victim was a 24 year old female who tragically passed away at Wellstar Paulding Hospital. She was crossing the highway near a bridge when the accident happened. Officials report that the deputy was en route to a low priority call and was traveling at normal speeds without his emergency equipment activated. The accident is currently being investigated by the Georgia State Patrol Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team.

Distracted Drivers Text and Use Social Media While Driving

July 02, 2015

A new study conducted by AT&T reveals some alarming behavior among distracted drivers. The study polled more than 2,000 people who use smartphones and drive at least once a day. It found that not only do some drivers text, they also use social media and even snap selfies while driving. Four in ten smartphone users will log in to social media and three out of ten surf the net while driving. An alarming one in ten even go so far as to video chat while behind the wheel.

Georgia Personal Injury Attorneys Discuss Summer Accidents

July 01, 2015

Summertime in Georgia will often revolve around swimming, grilling, fireworks, skating or biking, and other outdoor activities. While enjoying the water and the great outdoors can be fun for the whole family, summertime is also associated with a number of serious accidents. Summer accidents can include bike accidents, grilling burns, drowning, boating accidents, and much more. This season is considered "trauma season" for hospitals, as the number of accidental injuries rises during the warm weather months, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. While some accidents are the result of pure bad luck, many other accidents are caused by the negligence of another person or party. The following is an overview of some common summer accidents and how you can avoid them, as well as what you should do in the event you or a child is injured this summer.

Georgia Workers’ Compensation Attorneys Answer Your Frequently Asked Questions

July 01, 2015

The Georgia workers' compensation system is intended to protect employees across the state who have been injured during the course and scope of their employment. The original goal of workers' compensation was to make compensation readily available to injured employees. Notwithstanding, many employees find the system difficult to navigate on their own and even experience denial or only partial acceptance of their valid claims. 

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