Blog Archive - August, 2015


62 Articles

Truck Driver Suffers Tragic Fate as Log Truck Crushes Him

August 31, 2015

Trucking accidents do not typically involve a situation where a truck driver is not in the driver's seat. Such accidents are few and far between, but when they happen, that aftermath has the potential to be deadly. A Mississippi man experienced something that many truck drivers do not think about. As he he was securing the load of logs on the back of his truck, the driver got trapped under the back tires of the truck and was tragically run over, according to a local news report.

Understanding Georgia’s Motorcycle Helmet Laws – What You Should Know

August 31, 2015

All states have the power to create their own laws when it comes to many things, such as whether or not a motorcycle helmet is required, among other safety laws. Some states do not require motorcyclists to wear helmets and/or protective eye gear. Other states require the use of helmets and/or protective eye gear, but only for young riders, such as those that are under the age of eighteen. Some states have become stricter when it comes to helmet requirements, and Georgia is one of those states.

Google’s Self-Driving Car Involved in First Accident to Result in Injuries

August 30, 2015

Google has been testing self-driving cars for quite some time now and has done so with minimal accidents. Recently, a Google self-driving car experienced its first accident where passengers were injured. According to NBC News, in Mountain View, California, a Google self-driving car was rear-ended when a driver failed to brake before striking the back of the Google car. All people involved in the accident suffered whiplash, but no other serious injuries. While the injuries suffered were rather minor, the potential still exists for serious injury or death to result from an accident, even if it does involve a self-driving car that is supposed to be safer than a car driven by a human.

Massive Accident Results in the Deaths of Six People and Many More Suffered Injuries

August 30, 2015

It's not every day that you see a traffic accident that involves more than a just a few people. Traffic accidents are already difficult to investigate when they involve only one or two vehicles, so investigating an accident that involves numerous vehicles and individuals can take months or even longer to evaluate. Further, when such a large accident involves deaths and significant injuries, the aftermath is undoubtedly painful, both physically and mentally.

Woman Killed in Single-Car Accident After Losing Control of Her Car

August 29, 2015

Many car accidents that occur on a daily basis involve two or more vehicles, and typically involve conduct, such as, among others, inattentive driving, traffic violations and driving under the influence. Whatever the reason may be for why an accident occurred, it can be challenging to overcome the aftermath in the form of lifelong injuries, or even death. When an automobile accident involves just one vehicle, it may seem as though the accident would be easier to investigate, which is not always the case. Sometimes, single-car accidents can be more difficult than others to evaluate as well as to determine what truly caused the accident to occur.

Young Child Loses Her Life After Head-On Collision with Ambulance on Highway

August 29, 2015

Most of us know when an ambulance is flying by us on a street or highway, signalling that there is an emergency and everyone essentially needs to get out of the way. When an automobile accident occurs, and those involved have suffered injuries, an ambulance usually rushes to the scene to provide immediate medical attention and transport the injured individuals to the nearest hospital.  However, it is not every day that an automobile accident actually involves an ambulance. Such an accident has the potential to be devastating, especially if an ambulance is racing to a hospital and driving well above the speed limit.

When a Fender Bender Can Result in Severe Injuries or Even Death

August 28, 2015

Fender bender accidents happen every day, and many of us have been involved in them at some point in their lives. Fender benders are typically minor in nature, and while the individuals involved sometimes suffer injuries, they may not be life-threatening. There are situations, however, when a simple fender bender accident can result in significant injuries or death. Once in a while, there are what seem to be simple car accidents that turn deadly very quickly, and for a completely unexpected reason.

Motorcyclists Lose Their Lives and Others Injured in Automobile Accident

August 28, 2015

Motorcycles are often seen as more dangerous vehicles than your ordinary passenger car simply given the fact that motorcyclists are vulnerable to the elements, and do not have protective gear beyond helmets, eye protection, and padding. Any motorcyclist who survives an accident likely feels lucky to be alive, as the situation can always be worse, as was the case with a recent motorcycle accident. Three motorcycles and one pickup truck were all traveling south on a small highway when an accident unexpectedly occurred as the motorcyclists turned to stop at a restaurant, according to a local news report. The facts are unclear as to who caused the accident, and it will likely take months to determine what went wrong.

Canton Cyclist Loses His Life After Milton Accident – Driver Charged with Vehicular Homicide

August 27, 2015

Many Georgia motorists and bicyclists have learned to share the road with one another, providing sufficient room for both types of vehicles to travel on the same roadways. However, there are still situations where some motorists fail to provide bicyclists with sufficient room to travel, or fail to even see bicyclists at all while not paying full attention to those sharing the roadway. A recent Milton accident tragically left one bicyclist dead and another injured after a pickup truck collided with them and three other bicyclists traveling in the opposite direction, according to a news report. As the pickup truck attempted to pass a car directly in front of it, it struck the five bicyclists head-on due to the fact that there was insufficient room for the truck to pass the vehicle in front without hitting the cyclists.

Texarkana Podiatrist Faces Lawsuit for Alleged Negligence that Resulted in Permanent Injuries

August 27, 2015

The United States medical industry has multiple specialties that allow patients to receive treatment and care that is specific to the particular medical condition a patient is suffering from. However, even specialists, who are supposed to be the best in their field, make mistakes. And while such mistakes are more often than not unintended, they can have consequences that result in permanent injury or death, potentially changing an injured patient's life forever.

Drunk Driver Runs Red Light in Georgia Accident, Resulting in the Death of Three People

August 26, 2015

As Georgia citizens, we always hope that drunk driving will not end in tragedy. It is an unfortunate reality that innocent individuals will suffer the consequences of one person's decision to drive under the influence. Shortly after the Fourth of July holiday, a Wake County couple and another woman lost their lives when a drunk driver ran a red light, striking the victims' car while they were on their way to church in Lithonia, according to WTVD TV. Such a devastating fate is unimaginable for many people, and losing loved ones in this way can leave them with irreparable emotional pain.

Unsecure Load of Hay Bales Fall from Truck, Resulting in Fatal Accident

August 26, 2015

Trucking accidents have the potential to become deadly mainly because trucks are so large that any impact can seriously harm or kill any person involved. What we sometimes forget is that the load that cargo trucks are carrying can also be a factor in the severity of an accident. For example, trucks that carry gasoline or some other kind of flammable substance can play a significant role in how dangerous a trucking accident can be, causing damage, injuries and possibly death. It is commonly known that flammable cargo can make a trucking accident more dangerous, but many people may not consider cargo like hay bales to be particularly dangerous. This assumption was recently proven wrong in a tragic Minnesota accident.

Seatbelt May Have Saved Young Man’s Life Following Serious Car Accident

August 25, 2015

An automobile accident can occur at any given moment. No matter how minor or serious an accident is, whether or not occupants of any vehicle involved in the accident were wearing seatbelts is always a key factor. Seatbelts have been proven to save lives, and while seat belts can actually work against people in rare circumstances, more often than not, a seatbelt can prevent a victim from losing his or her life, or suffering severe injuries.

Accident Involving Alcohol Left One Teenager Dead and Others Injured

August 25, 2015

Anytime an accident involves alcohol, a variety of questions are raised, and one of the questions normally asked is whether or not the accident could have been prevented. The situation can seem much worse when the victims of a car accident are teenagers. Earlier this month, a 16-year-old girl who was a passenger in a vehicle tragically lost her life, and six other young individuals were injured in a North Carolina accident just south of Charlotte, according to a local news report.

Driver Fails to Adhere to Stop Sign, Resulting in Fatal Trucking Accident

August 24, 2015

Stop signs continue to play a vital role in traffic safety, even if they seem unnecessary at times, especially in rural areas where there is not much traffic. Many drivers are able to ignore stop signs or run red lights without any consequences, and are lucky to avoid what could be a deadly accident. However, stop signs exist for a reason, and are placed at particular locations with specific purposes in mind.  A recent South Carolina accident tragically left two young adults dead after they were struck by a passing tractor trailer, according to a local news report. Apparently, authorities believe that the vehicle failed to adhere to a stop sign rather than allowing the tractor trailer to pass.

Will New Technology Introduced by Carmakers Really Limit Inattentive Driving?

August 24, 2015

With the way we communicate today, it is difficult to ignore that "ding" of your phone when a text message arrives, or your favorite song playing when a friend or family member calls. In a way, it is great that people want to be connected. However, like most things in life, being connected all the time can be dangerous under certain circumstances. It is well-known today that distracted driving can be deadly, and has in fact cost many lives in Georgia and other states. You only need to read or watch the news to see that people are still texting and talking while driving.

Georgia Woman Killed in Michigan Accident – Was Drowsy Driving to Blame?

August 23, 2015

Today's society does not sleep as much as past generations for a number of reasons, including, but not limited to, employment schedules and obligations, family obligations, school assignments, and general lifestyle choices. Whatever the reason may be, a lack of sleep has the potential to negatively affect a person's ability to drive. When a driver operates any vehicle while fatigued, this driver puts his or her own life at risk, as well as the lives of others on the roadway. Falling asleep at the wheel is certainly a problem that plagues not only truck drivers, but everyday drivers as well.

Third Party Liability for Workplace Accidents in Georgia

August 23, 2015

When an accident occurs at work, most employees know that they may be able to file a workers' compensation claim. However, many injured workers are not aware that they could be eligible to seek compensation against parties other than their employer who caused their workplace injuries. This sort of action is called a third party claim and such claims can help to ensure injured workers obtain full compensation for their damages sustained due to a workplace accident.

Tire Blowout May Have Caused Deadly Accident on Turnpike

August 22, 2015

Safe tires are a critical component to all vehicles, no matter what the size. When a tire is unsafe, for any reason at all, both the driver, any passengers and other people sharing the road are at risk of being injured or killed. Regular tire maintenance is crucial to ensure tires are operating on your vehicle as they should. A recent Florida accident was yet another example of how a potential tire blowout or lost tire, proved to be deadly. According to a local news report, a son and father were tragically killed when driving on the Florida Turnpike when a tire on their car either blew out, or simply fell off the car, causing the vehicle to cross the median and flip over. Three other individuals suffered injuries, but fortunately, they survived the accident.

Georgia Woman in Serious Condition Following Rollover Accident

August 22, 2015

It is widely known that SUVs tend to have a higher rollover risk than other standard passenger cars. Anyone driving an SUV likely knows this fact, and may take measures to drive more safely with the understanding that any accident has the potential to result in a rollover that could then lead to serious injuries or death. A Georgia woman was recently involved in a rollover accident when she veered off the road and flipped her Jeep Wrangler, according to WRDW. The woman was ejected from the vehicle and was not wearing a seatbelt.

Hit and Run Accident in South Carolina Leaves One Dead

August 21, 2015

Hit and run accidents are some of the most devastating accidents a person can be involved in. Receiving immediate medical attention is crucial when anyone is harmed as a result of an automobile accident. When someone is left at the scene of an accident untreated, that person's condition can quickly deteriorate, as prompt medical intervention can be essential to saving that person's life. According to a local news report, a young South Carolina woman recently lost her life as a result of a horrific head-on collision. The other driver left the scene of the accident on foot, and has not yet been found.

Driver Survives Alabama Car Accident After Car Plummets Four Stories from Parking Garage

August 21, 2015

It's not every day that you hear about a car that has fallen from a parking garage – especially one that is four stories tall. According to the local news, one woman is lucky to be alive after her car passed through a barrier and drove off a parking deck in a hospital parking garage. The woman's car landed on pickup trucks that were parked below her, which apparently cushioned her fall. This driver was wearing her seatbelt, and thankfully did not suffer serious injuries.

Unleashed Dog Attacks 11-Year Old Boy in Atlanta Park

August 20, 2015

Dogs have proven to be loving family members to many of us, providing companionship and protection. Many dog-owners do not experience a situation where they are either attacked by another dog, or their dog has attacked another person. While dogs are, for the most part, domesticated, they still have instincts that can result in an attack at any given time. In fact, it can sometimes happen when you least expect it. The smallest dog can become instantly violent.

The Hidden Dangers of Escalators

August 20, 2015

In April of 2015, CCTV footage captured the last minutes of a young girl's life as she tragically fell to her death from an escalator. The six year old was at a shopping mall with her mother when she plunged several floors down from an escalator. She died on impact due to her injuries. This tragic accident is sadly just the most recent in a long line of serious escalator injuries that can occur at malls and shopping centers.

Two People Lose Their Lives in Tragic DUI Accident

August 19, 2015

Automobile accidents involving drunk driving are likely to continue despite efforts to stop and prevent such conduct. Many drunk drivers are stopped before they can cause an accident, but when such drivers do so, the aftermath can be horrific, resulting in serious injuries or death. A recent drunk driving accident demonstrates that all drivers and passengers on our roadways are vulnerable.

Teenager Loses Control of Car Resulting in Death of 15-Year-Old Gainesville Boy

August 19, 2015

No matter what the circumstances may be surrounding a particular auto accident, it is always painful and tragic to see a child become injured or worse, killed. Recently, a 15-year-old Gainesville boy suffered a fate that no child or family should bear. According to a local report, the boy lost his life after the 19-year-old driver of the vehicle he was riding in lost control of the car and slammed into a tree. It is unclear how or why the driver lost control of the car, but the fact remains that the boy's family will never be the same again.

Frequently Asked Questions About Motorcycle Accidents in Georgia

August 18, 2015

Georgia's warm weather and miles of highway make it an ideal location for motorcycle enthusiasts. However, along with the rise in popularity of motorcycles comes a risk of harm to riders. Motorcycle accidents can lead to serious injuries and even death due to the lack of structural protection afforded riders, as compared to motor vehicle drivers and passengers. Each year, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Highway Loss Data Institute, over 4,000 motorcyclists are killed in accidents across the country. Further, the number of motorcycle deaths is 26 times the number of automobile accident fatalities.

Government Accountability Office Finds that Youth Programs Could Do More to Protect Children

August 17, 2015

Recently, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that youth sports camps and leagues could be taking more action to protect children from sexual abuse. The report examined federal data that came from activities where children spend many summer hours. The GAO will now look into how youth sports camps screen for sexual abuse and protect campers.

Grandmother Found Dead in Gym Steam Room

August 17, 2015

A 77 year old woman from Colorado was tragically found dead in the steam room at a gym several months ago. Her body was not found until approximately 12 to 17 hours after her death, and it was a fellow gym member that found her, not an employee. Her family is now considering a lawsuit given the results of the autopsy.

Man Falls 20 Feet in Canton Workplace Accident, Resulting in His Tragic Death

August 16, 2015

Workplace accidents can be just as devastating, and even more devastating than any other accident that occurs outside the workplace. Workplace accidents are sometimes dealt with differently than car accidents, medical malpractice and other personal injuries. Some workplace accidents can result in an employee or a person's loved ones receiving workers' compensation benefits. However, in some instances, workplace injuries can also be addressed in a personal injury action, depending on the nature and severity of the injuries as well as the reason why such injuries occurred.

The Sobering Realities of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

August 16, 2015

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports over 15,700 nursing homes exist across the country and over 1.4 million Americans reside in these facilities. With our population aging by the year, this number is expected to increase significantly. Nursing homes and assisted care facilities are generally quite expensive and the relatives of elderly or infirm loved ones who place them in these facilities trust them to provide a safe and caring environment. Sadly, this is not always the case. Although most nursing homes provide quality care, others allow residents to be treated poorly or even experience abuse. In fact thousands of nursing home residents suffer injuries and die in nursing homes due to abuse.

IUDs and Failure to Warn

August 15, 2015

Over the past few years, a number of lawsuits have been filed against Bayer, the maker of Mirena. Mirena is one of three different IUD devices currently available on the market and is used by millions of women across the country. Unfortunately, some women have experienced severe side effects due to IUDs, including abdominal pain, perforation of the uterus or cervix, migration of the IUD to other organs or parts of the body, ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage, and much more. Recently, a new IUD called Skyla was released on the market and is expected to cause many of the same injuries. These complaints have caused many to question the safety of IUD devices.

The Legal Issues Surrounding Uber and Other Ride Sharing Programs

August 15, 2015

Uber is a fast growing rideshare program that offers services across Atlanta and much of the country. This rideshare program allows users to download an app and request a driver as needed. Passengers can select the type and size of vehicle desired and review a driver's rating before accepting the ride. Drivers will then travel to pick up their passenger while driving in their own vehicle. While the program offers a competitive alternative to taxis and other public transportation, it does present some legal issues, including insurance gaps, workers' compensation challenges, and low insurance coverage limits. Some individuals have been involved in accidents while traveling in an Uber vehicle, only to find themselves at risk of not receiving sufficient compensation for their injuries.

Atlanta Hit and Run Driver Kills Pedestrian on Sidewalk

August 14, 2015

Police are searching for the individual responsible for a fatal hit and run accident that occurred in Atlanta on July 19, according to WSB TV. The victim was walking down Cleveland Avenue on the sidewalk, when suddenly a car went across all four lanes and pummeled into him on the sidewalk. The car jumped the curb and ended up in the parking lot of a store. Police report that a call came in at about 1:15 a.m. Sunday. A witness reports seeing the car hit the pedestrian, jump out of the vehicle, and run away into the woods.

Atlanta Pedestrian Hit on Downtown Connector

August 14, 2015

On July 17, a man was hit by a car while walking on the Downtown Connector, according to myfoxatlanta.com. Atlanta police are currently investigating the accident that occurred during the afternoon hours in the northbound lanes. Video of the accident depicts fire trucks, EMS, and police blocking lanes as they attempted to reach the victim and secure the scene. The victim was transported to the hospital with scrapes and bruises. He is thankfully expected to make a full recovery. The accident remains under investigation and it is unclear what caused this pedestrian crash.

Georgia Automobile Accident Attorneys Discuss Defective Automobile Accident Cases

August 13, 2015

Automobiles provide essential means of transportation for millions across the country and billions worldwide. We depend on our automobiles to perform as expected to safely transport us to our destination. When our car or a vehicle around us malfunctions, the results can be catastrophic. Car manufacturers are required to ensure their vehicles meet stringent safety standards on a federal and state level, but all too often, vehicles are released to the public that fall short of these standards and accidents result.

The Hazards of Riding in the Bed of a Pickup Truck

August 13, 2015

Under Georgia law, as set out in O.C.G.A. § 40-8-79, it is unlawful for anyone under the age of 18 to ride as a passenger in the bed of a pickup truck on any interstate highway in the state. Even though it is not illegal for those over the age of 18 to ride in the bed of a truck or for minors to do so on small roadways, this dangerous behavior can result in serious injury or death.

Atlanta DUI Accident Attorneys Discuss the Costs of Drinking and Driving

August 12, 2015

Drinking and driving inflicts in an immense societal cost, killing thousands of individuals each year and injuring many more. The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration reports that in the year 2000, for every 140 miles driven, a person with a blood alcohol concentration of over .08 was behind the wheel. It is estimated that over two million accidents across the United States involved the use of alcohol and these crashes tragically kill over 16,000 annually and injure another 500,000.

New Crash Avoidance Technologies Aim to Save Lives

August 12, 2015

While self-driving vehicles appear to be the way of the future, there are several cutting edge crash avoidance technologies now commercially available that aim to protect human drivers. These technologies alert us to dangers, provide additional information and at times even take control of the wheel all in an effort to prevent accidents and save lives. The following, among others, is a look at some of the latest crash avoidance technology:

Exploding Airbag Investigation Goes Beyond Takata

August 11, 2015

Recently, two new reports of injuries caused by exploding airbags have emerged, prompting federal safety regulators to increase investigations. The most disturbing fact of these two new reports—they involve airbags that were not manufactured by Takata, which has already recalled over 34 million cars in the United States due to the potential for airbags to explode and send dangerous shrapnel into drivers and passengers in the front seat. The recent probe reveals that there could be other defective airbags on the roadways in addition to the millions of Takata airbags that have already been recalled. Regulators are aggressively attempting to address these new concerns.

Motorcycle Accident Kills One in Atlanta

August 11, 2015

Police are currently investigating a fatal motorcycle accident that happened in southwest Atlanta, according to 11 Alive News. The Fulton County Medical Examiner's office has reported that the victim was a 46 year old from Atlanta. He was riding along with four others overnight on Benjamin E. Mays Drive. Police report that three of the bikers turned around after they no longer saw the accident victim traveling with them. It appears that the 46 year old rider was rounding a corner when he lost control of the motorcycle and slammed into a pole. He was thrown from the bike and tragically died as a result of his injuries.

Auto Accident Attorneys in Georgia Discuss Rural Crashes

August 10, 2015

The number of highway deaths across the United States has reached epidemic levels. According to data published by the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (downloads PDF file), the majority of all fatal accidents occur on rural roads and involve rural residents. While only one-fifth of our population lives in rural areas, three-fifths of all accidents occur there. In fact, over half of all fatal accidents, amounting to some 42,000 accidents a year, occur on rural roads. This figure includes drivers and passengers as well as pedestrians, and motorcyclists. If you consider only rural passenger vehicle fatalities, 65 percent of all deaths occur on rural roads. Of these, 54 percent were not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident.

High School Sweethearts Killed in Paulding County Accident

August 10, 2015

Recently, an eighteen year old and her 17 year old boyfriend were tragically killed in a horrific automobile accident in Paulding County, according to WSB TV. Family members report that the two teens had been together for two years and the parents of these teenagers are devastated. The teens were on the way to visit one of their mothers in the hospital at the time of the accident. A 16 year old sibling was also in the car at the time of the accident and was transported to the hospital for treatment of his injuries.

Nine Year Old Boy Drowns in Local Georgia Swimming Pool

August 09, 2015

Recently, a nine year old boy tragically perished in a drowning accident at an East Point swimming pool, according to WSB TV. The boy drowned while several children were at the pool, all seeking to cool off on the hot summer day. Witnesses report that the child was swimming "just fine" on his stomach prior to the incident. When he flipped over, it appeared he was just floating, but had in fact drowned. The boy's mother was frantic at the scene of the accident and the boy was transported to the hospital where he was sadlypronounced dead.

Tractor Trailer Fire Forces Closure of I-85 in Coweta County

August 09, 2015

Recently, two tractor trailers collided on a portion of I-85 located southwest of Atlanta, according to WSB TV. The Coweta County accident forced the closure of the interstate for some time while investigations ensued and debris was removed. The tractor trailers were apparently traveling approximately 39 miles southwest of Atlanta when an accident ensued. One tractor trailer overturned and both caught fire. All northbound lanes were closed for two hours while traffic was diverted onto Highway 27 and three people were reportedly treated at the scene for injuries.

Survivor of Fiery Georgia Accident Thanks Her Heroes

August 08, 2015

In May of this year, a U-haul slammed into an SUV traveling on Tara Boulevard, according to WSB TV. Investigations revealed that the U-haul ran a red light, crashing into a car carrying a local victim's advocate for the Clayton County District Attorney's office. The car rolled over several times before landing on its wheels. Flames engulfed the vehicle, trapping the victim inside. 

Police Search for Witnesses in Gwinnett County Hit and Run

August 08, 2015

Currently, police are searching for witnesses to a fatal crash that left one dead while the other driver fled the scene of the crash, according to WSB TV. Interstate 85 in Gwinnett County was the site of a tragic hit and run earlier this month. Officers arrived on the scene of the accident to find a white truck on its side. The driver, a 47 year old man, was not wearing his seat belt and was ejected from the truck. This local sergeant at Phillips State Prison in Buford had been driving in the southbound lanes near Sugarloaf Parkway when an SUV, driven by a 20 year old, suddenly collided with his truck. The SUV driver stopped briefly after the collision but she drove away soon after the accident. Subsequently, she reportedly turned herself in. Police are hoping to uncover witnesses to the crash in order to assist in their case against the hit and run driver.

Wayne County Baseball Star Killed in Tragic Automobile Accident

August 07, 2015

Recently, a Wayne County baseball star who signed with the Georgia Southern Eagles earlier in the year tragically perished in a Long County accident, according to WJCL. Reportedly, a Mustang driven by the 18 year old rising star was struck by a log truck after the driver lost control of the vehicle shortly after 2 p.m. on U.S. Highway 301. Witnesses report that traffic on the highway had slowed unexpectedly and the Mustang swerved over the lane, then back, colliding with a log truck in the southbound lane. The driver of the log truck reported that he attempted to avoid hitting the Mustang but was unable to do so.

Is Texting While Driving an Addiction?

August 07, 2015

A new survey reveals that drivers across the country are still ignoring the risks of distracted driving and pulling out their cell phones while behind the wheel. AT&T polled over 2,000 people across the United States as to their driving habits and cell phone usage. The results were appalling enough to concern any driver. AT&T found that 61 percent of all those polled texted while driving. A third checked their emails and 17 percent even admitted to taking a selfie, all while driving. Thirty percent of drivers checked Twitter and one in ten drivers turned on video chat. Drivers conducted these dangerous activities despite the fact that texting while driving is banned in at least 46 states and several other states ban the use of cell phones altogether.

Traumatic Brain Injury Linked to Aggressive Driving

August 06, 2015

Canadian researchers have recently uncovered a link between those who have suffered a traumatic brain injury and engaged in the behavior aggressive driving. The study was published in the journal Accident Analysis and Prevention and examined drivers in Ontario who had suffered at least one traumatic brain injury. The drivers were found to report instances of aggressive driving at high levels, which included threatening other drivers, passengers or vehicles.

Georgia Animal Shelter Employee Attacked by Dog

August 06, 2015

A Dekalb County Animal Shelter employee is currently recovering following a dog attack in the office, according to WSB TV. Shelter employees report that the pit bull mix dog jumped out of its collar and over a gate. An employee happened to be walking by and fell down. For some reason, when the employee fell, the dog snapped and began attacking her. The situation required other employees and a bucket of water being splashed at the dog to cause the dog to halt its attack of the frightened employee.

Dangerous Driving Mistakes Made by Moms

August 05, 2015

Moms do not have an easy job. They often find themselves rushed and sleep deprived as they attempt to get kids to daycare, school, play dates, sports, the doctor, or even when running errands like grocery shopping. Most mothers are safe and responsible drivers.  However, all of this distraction, sleep deprivation and stress lead to a number of dangerous driving mistakes, including:

Atlanta Car Accident Attorneys Review Effectiveness of Red Light Cameras

August 05, 2015

While vehicle occupants always face the risk of suffering debilitating injuries if they are involved in a collision caused by an unsafe driver, intersections pose a particularly dangerous problem for motorists. Traffic lights, stop signs and right of way rules are designed to safely coordinate vehicles that are crossing paths at intersections. However, this coordination of traffic breaks down when a driver blows through a red light. Specifically, red light runners pose a serious risk of causing intersection collisions that result in life-altering injuries.

What to Do in the Event Your Georgia Workers’ Compensation Claim Has Been Denied

August 04, 2015

If you have been injured while on the job, whether due to a workplace accident or cumulative stress injury, you may have the right to workers' compensation benefits which could cover your medical expenses and partially cover your time off work. Employees across a wide range of industries will be eligible for workers' compensation coverage, which is mandated by various state and federal laws.

Mother Killed, Baby Injured by Tree Limb at Polk County Playground

August 03, 2015

Recently, in Polk County, a 16 year old mother was killed and her young son injured when a tree limb fell on them, according to WSB TV. The mother and son were reportedly at Peek Park when a limb fell while she and her one year old baby were sitting on a park bench. The young mother, according to a family member, had just moved her son from the baby swings to the park bench when they heard a sudden cracking sound. She attempted to run with the baby in her arms but was tragically not fast enough. The young woman was knocked unconscious and later died while her baby was flown to a children's hospital in Atlanta with a skull fracture.

The Types Damages Available in Your Georgia Wrongful Death Claim

August 03, 2015

If your loved one has been killed in any type of accident caused by another at fault person or party, you should be eligible to seek compensation from that party responsible for your relative's death. Surviving spouses, children, the personal representative or parents of deceased family members can bring a wrongful death action seeking compensation for the many damages sustained by the family due to the loss of their loved one. Wrongful death lawsuits can be filed against any defendant who was responsible for the death, including individuals, companies and even government entities. Our attorneys will discuss the types of damages available in a wrongful death suit.

Georgia Wrongful Death Attorneys Explore Settlements

August 02, 2015

A study conducted by the United States Justice Department found that 97 percent of all civil cases, including wrongful death actions, are settled or dismissed without ever going to trial. The number of trials held in the courtrooms surveyed fell from over 22,000 in 1992 to nearly 12,000 in 2001. The general movement in our justice system in recent years has been towards settlement and mediation. However, it can be extremely difficult to place a monetary value on wrongful death cases, as no figure can actually replace the human life stolen. This makes settlement often difficult and adversarial.

A Dangerous Form of Distraction: Applying Makeup Behind the Wheel

August 02, 2015

Data has emerged as to the immense dangers of an often unrecognized form of distraction: applying makeup while driving. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than nine people are killed and 1,153 are injured in crashes that involve distracted drivers. Distracted driving is defined as driving while engaging in any other activity that takes your attention away from the road. Distracted driving can greatly increase your risk of being in an accident. Generally, distractions can be broken down into three categories: visual, manual and cognitive. Visual distractions take your eyes off the road, while manual takes your eyes off the wheel. Cognitive distracters pull your mind from the task of driving.

Eight Injured in Wrong Way Crash on I-75 in Georgia

August 01, 2015

A wrong way accident in Henry County resulted in several injuries and shut down northbound I-75 for some time on Tuesday, June 23, according to WSB TV. The accident occurred just after 2 a.m. near Hudson Bridge Road. The driver of a 2002 Red Chevrolet Avalanche entered I-75 at either I-675 or Highway 138 and traveled for likely two miles in the wrong direction before causing a massive accident.

Drunk Driver Kills Man and Two Children in I-75 Crash

August 01, 2015

Tragedy struck Clayton County recently when an intoxicated driver headed the wrong way down the interstate and collided with a car carrying several children, according to WSB TV. Atlanta police report that a 20 year old was under the influence of drugs and alcohol when he started traveling the wrong way on I-75 South in Clayton County. The intoxicated driver's pickup truck slammed head-on into a car carrying two adults and three children. Two children, an eight year old and a seven year old, were tragically killed in the crash, along with a friend of the family. The driver and a three year old boy remain in critical condition in an area hospital. 

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