Blog Archive - October, 2018


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Georgia Appeals Court Upholds Limits on Workplace Inspection After Accident

October 31, 2018

ATLANTA, GA. – October 22, 2018 (ajc.com) According to an online news report from ajc.com, the Court of Appeals in Georgia has upheld limitations placed on inspection of a Georgia poultry processing facility following a worker accident. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s request for a broader inspection was struck down in a Georgia district court.*

‘Teen Maze’ Shows GA High School Students Consequences of Poor Decisions

October 29, 2018

FLOYD COUNTY, GA. – October 24, 2018 (northwestgeorgianews.com) High school students from Darlington and Floyd counties in Georgia participated in a “Teen Maze” October 24 — an exercise organized by the school systems and communities to teach students the consequences of poor decisions, like distracted driving and criminal activity. Details from the exercise are reported online at northwestgeorgianews.com.*

Georgia Appellate Decision in Mar-Jac Case Considered Victory for Employers

October 25, 2018

ATLANTA, GA. – October 18, 2018 (jdsupra.com) The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta, Georgia, recently limited an inspection of a Georgia poultry processing facility that was requested by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration following a worker accident. The decision is considered a major victory for employers, according to an article at jdsupra.com.*

Proposal Offered for Bus Drivers in Muscogee County, Georgia

October 20, 2018

MUSCOGEE COUNTY, GA- According to the ledger-enquirer.com, there have been recent proposals to change bus driver earnings and responsibilities. Representatives John Thomas and Frank Meyers suggested a minimum pay increase for school bus drivers. The rate suggested was $17 an hour, which is a 16 percent increase over the current minimum pay rate of $14.66 an hour.*

Five Hospitalized Following Crash Between SUV and Car in Macon, Georgia

October 20, 2018

MACON, GA - According to 41nbc.com, a car accident that occurred on Monday, October 9, 2018, in Macon sent five people to the hospital with injuries. The crash took place on Williamson Road when an eastbound Ford Expedition lost control and struck a Kia Optima that was westbound. There were six occupants in the Ford Expedition, including 5 adults and one 11-year-old child. There were four occupants in the Kia, including two children and two adults.*

Candler Street in Decatur Still Presents Safety Concerns

October 20, 2018

DECATUR, GA- The ajc.com reports that about one and a half miles of Candler Road have presented problems for years. Between College Avenue and Pharr Road, Candler has a posted speed limit of 35 miles per hour. There are two hills located in that stretch of road which cause vehicles to pick up significant speed while driving through an area that is residential.*

Opioid Epidemic Raises Questions About Workplace Discrimination

October 12, 2018

ATLANTA — Business leaders are facing difficult questions as they tangle with handling employees who take prescribed opioid-based drugs. The genesis of the current opioid epidemic stems from the abuse of prescription painkillers. Employers have a right to demand that their business be a drug-free workplace. However, the opioid problem is so widespread that employers are highly likely to have employees battling addition. The difficult question is how businesses should handle the problem? Bizjournals.com reports that even if the employee is not a disabled person legally, the Americans with Disabilities Act might qualify as a disabled person based on the ADA. If that is the case, then the ADA would protect the employee against discrimination in the workplace.*

What to Do After You Have Been Injured in a Georgia Bus Accident

October 12, 2018

Riding on a coach bus is fun and convenient. Coach buses are much more comfortable than cars. They provide several amenities that make traveling relaxing, especially when covering long distances. Bus companies, like airlines, operate differently from each other. You and your loved ones should not assume that every bus company in operation is reputable and has an excellent safety record.  Buying a boarding pass does not guarantee safe passage.

Atlanta Woman Killed in Hancock County, Mississippi

October 12, 2018

HANCOCK COUNTY, Miss — A woman from Atlanta died in a single-car crash on Interstate 10 in Hancock County, Mississippi. The Sunherald.com reported that the fatal crash happened around 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 6, 2018. Four other individuals went to the hospital with various injuries. The Mississippi State Patrol has the accident under investigation.*

Multi-Vehicle Collision on I-75 in Barlow County, Georgia

October 12, 2018

BARLOW COUNTY, Ga. — Four cars, a Recreational Vehicle and a vehicle towing a boat occurred in the Pleasant Valley section of Barlow County. The accident happened on I-75 in the northbound travel lanes. Georgia state troopers responded to the scene and closed the Interstate to allow workers to clear the area of the damaged vehicles and debris. 11alive.com reported that a medical helicopter arrived at the scene to transport the sole injured person to a local trauma center.*

Limo Crash Kills 20 in Upstate New York

October 12, 2018

SCHOHARIE, N.Y. — A SUV-styled limousine blew a stop sign and slammed into an unoccupied SUV and then into a stand of trees. The crash killed 20, 18 of whom were riding in the limo, andtwo were in the parking lot near the parked SUV according to the Northwest Georgia News. Many of those in the limousine were related. The group was out celebrating the 30thbirthday for the youngest of one of the sisters killed.*

Wanted Driver Crashes and Kills Passenger in Spaulding County, Georgia

October 12, 2018

SPAULDING COUNTY, Ga. — A man wanted by police crashes his sedan head-on into a pickup truck on Highway 16 in the vicinity of Griffin, Ga. The impact killed the passenger in the pickup. The responding officers from the Georgia State Patrol placed the driver in custody shortly after the accident because police found outstanding warrants for his arrest. The fleeing offender crashed his vehicle in the morning hours of Friday, October 5, 2018, according to 11alive.com.The Georgia State Patrol officers who responded have the accident under investigation.* 

Young Georgia Woman Died in Arkansas

October 12, 2018

TONTITOWN, Ark. — A woman from Georgia in her early twenties died in a horrible crash in Tontitown, Arkansas. The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported that the fatal incident happened on Thursday, October 4, 2018, around 9:40 p.m. Four other people — two adults and two children — were hurt in the crash as well. Law enforcement officers continue to probe the cause of the crash.*

Traffic “RED ALERT” Was Issued for I-20 Accident

October 11, 2018

ATLANTA — WSB-TV 2 issued a traffic “Red Alert” in the evening hours of Sunday, October 7, 2018, to advise drivers that a crash involving injuries happened on I-20 east near exit 59. Exit 59 is the Boulevard exit in downtown Atlanta. Law enforcement officers and traffic officials asked motorists who needed to travel through that area to find an alternate route. The best route around the traffictie-upwas using Memorial Drive or Glenwood Avenue eastbound.*

Where Does Recent Deadly Limousine Crash Rank Among Deadliest Vehicle Accidents?

October 11, 2018

ATLANTA— The limousine crash that occurred on Saturday, October 6, 2018, was one of the deadliest transportation accidents in U.S. history that did not involve a plane according to wsbradio.com.The horrible wreck killed all 18 aboard the limo and another two people who were not in the vehicle but were in a parking lot and killed by debris. Sadly, as tragic as this most recent event was, there have been other incidents that took more lives.*

Event in Augusta Hopes to Draw Attention to Pedestrian and Motorcycle Safety

October 11, 2018

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Georgia roads have been deadly in 2018. According to Fox 54 News,The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety in Georgia stated that more than100 pedestrians and nearly 300 motorcyclists died in accidents in 2018. The number of dead and wounded, continue to rise each year. Some concerned citizens are making an effort to try and beat the problem. The event, called Active Alive Augusta, was held on the Augusta Common on October 7.*

Car Strikes Deer and Nearly Hits Cyclist, Warnings About Deer Season Accidents

October 11, 2018

MATTHEWS, N.C. — A recording of a bike ride turned into a viral phenomenon — and a stark reminder of how great of a threat deer pose to motorists and others occupying the road in the fall. Deer are much more active in the autumn. Consequently, they will encroach on roadways, making driving, cycling, and even walking, dangerous. Law enforcement officials said that highway patrol officers receive numerous calls about vehicles striking deer and other wildlife from October to January each year according to ajc.com.*

Georgia State Patrol Investigate Deadly Coweta County Crash

October 11, 2018

COWETA COUNTY, Ga. — Troopers from the Georgia State Patrol responded to a deadly crash in Coweta County around 10:25 a.m. on Friday, October 5, 2018,according to ajc.com. State Patrol officers said that only one vehicle was involved and the 71-year-old driver, died in the crash. A passenger in the car also suffered injuries but is expected to survive. The responding State Patrol officers continue to pursue the cause of the accident.*

Toyota Issues Recall Over Stalling Cars

October 11, 2018

TOKYO, Japan — The Toyota Motor Corporation issued a massive recall of some of its best-selling hybrid cars. According to wsbradio.com, Toyota recalled 2.43 million cars that are in circulation in Japan and around the world. The recall relates to a problem with the hybrid cars stalling. Toyota isolated the problem and announced that the cars might stall due to a power failure. The manufacturer announced that a software upgrade may repair the problem and that the company will perform that service free-of-charge to its customers.*

Hit-and-Run Victim Rehabilitating In Atlanta Facility

October 11, 2018

HARRISONBURG, VA — A sophomore from James Madison University in Virginia continues to make progress rehabilitating from injuries he suffered in a hit-and-run on August 24, 2018. The Breeze JMU reports that police are honing in on the alleged perpetrator and have asked a court to grant a search warrant for phone records that could link the runaway driver to this horrific pedestrian accident. Investigators have not filed criminal charges as of this point, and the investigation continues.*

40-Year-Old Motorist Killed in Under-Riding Accident in Lafayette, Georgia

October 11, 2018

LAFAYETTE, Ga. — Newschannel9.com reports that a 40-year-old man named James Chapman tragically died when the van he operated went under a tractor-trailertruck in LaFayette. The fatal crash happened on Friday, October 5, 2018, shortly after midnight. Georgia State Patrol officers are trying to piece together the evidence that will allow them to discover the cause of the crash.*

Macon Residents Finally See Redesign for Jefferson Road Begin

October 11, 2018

MACON, Ga. — Jeffersonville Road is about to get a facelift. Anyone who has traveled down this busy road in Macon knows who treacherous the road can be. Now, Macon residents have a reason to rejoice because their long-awaited project has finally begun, according to Macon.com. Residents, politicians, and community leaders came out in force to celebrate with a groundbreaking ceremony on Friday, October 5, 2018.*

Two-Car Accident Bogs Down Traffic in Columbus, Georgia

October 11, 2018

COLUMBUS, Ga. — WTVM.com reported that an accident involving two cars caused major traffic slowdowns on Friday, October 5, 2018. The accident took place on Interstate-185 in the southbound lanes in Columbus, Georgia. The responding officers and other first responders worked diligently to re-open the flow of traffic while conducting an investigation of how the accident happened and assessing whether any of the parties suffered any injuries.*

Do Car Door Locks Keep You Safe in a Car Accident?

October 09, 2018

The question of whether car doors should be locked while driving arises frequently. It is an interesting question. On the one hand, the primary purpose of locking a car door is to prevent theft. On the other, a locked car door can keep you safe in the event of an accident. Car safety advocates claim that keeping the doors locked, while not a substitute for wearing a seatbelt, can help keep the doors from flying open in a wreck, thereby keeping you, the driver or passenger, inside.  

Head-On Accidents Caused By Car Crossing Median or Yellow Lines in Georgia

October 07, 2018

Disaster lurks when a driver leaves his or her lane of travel and crosses over a median or yellow line into oncoming traffic. In the physical world, the vehicle going faster at the point of head-on impact will deliver the force of the blow into the other car. Most often, the person injured or killed in a head-on crash is the person who was driving correctly but took evasive action to avoid a crash by slowing down and turning. Those unfortunate people were doing nothing wrong. Instead, they were driving in their lane and ended up being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Meanwhile, the operator of the car which left the proper lane of travel may be less seriously injured. That scenario is a cruel twist of fate but one that occurs all-too-often.

Airbags Simultaneously Save and Take Lives in Georgia Car Wrecks

October 07, 2018

Approximately 200 million cars, trucks, and sports utility vehicles in the United Stateshave airbags as a safety feature. Airbags have undoubtedly saved thousands of lives or reduced the risk of suffering a substantial or catastrophic injury in a car accident. Despite the life-saving capacity of today’s airbags, faulty designs, especially in the Takata line of airbags, have killed numerous people as well—people who would have otherwise survived the crash. 

Bed Bug Injury Lawyers in Atlanta, Georgia

October 07, 2018

The children's nursery rhyme that wishes the child a restful night without interruption from biting bed bugs is more than just a cute thing to say to a child. Bed bug infestations are more frequent than ever. Bed bug outbreaks in hotels, hospitals, and other places where lodgers stay is a significant health problem. Most bed bug bites are annoying, itchy, red spots on your skin. Bites from bed bugs, fortunately, do not frequently lead to the spread of disease like fleas from rats spread the Bubonic Plague around Europe in medieval times. However, bed bug bites can create an enormous problem for you and your family.

Road Debris Creates Lethal Road Hazards on Georgia Roadways

October 05, 2018

While annoying and disgusting, roadside garbage is generally harmless to motorists. However, debris from car crashes, exploding tires, and items that have fallen off of or out of cars and trucks present a tremendous danger to all motorists. Not only do drivers following a vehicle that has lost some of its cargo have to avoid contacting the obstruction, but the other people sharing the road must take evasive action as well. 

Georgia Lithium-Ion Battery Explosion Injury Lawyer

October 05, 2018

Lithium-ion batteries are everywhere. They power our cell phones, laptops, tablets, e-cigarettes, vape pens, and other electrical devices that we use every day such as electric wheelchairs, electric cars, and watches. The omnipresence of lithium-ion batteries in our lives exposes us to the potential for explosions and fires from malfunctioning lithium-ion batteries. Several blastsand fires traced back to lithium-ion batteries occurred within the last two years that have severely injured people and threatened hundreds of peoples’ lives. One explosion killed a man in his sleep recently, andanother died when his vape pen exploded in his face.

NTSB Report Claims Electric Cars Such as Tesla May Be Prone to Catching Fire

October 05, 2018

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) initiated an investigation into a car fire involving a new Tesla sedan. The NTSB does not typically investigate car fires. Car fires happen regularly as a result of overheated brakes or crossed wires or after an accident when fuel spilled and ignited. The commonplace nature of car fires does not trigger a response from a federal agency charged with investigating plane crashes and other transportation-related disasters. 

Does Georgia's Slowpoke Law Help or Hinder?

October 05, 2018

Georgia's so-called "Slowpoke Law" is designed to alleviate traffic congestion and reduce road rage incidents. Simply put, Georgia's slowpoke law says that drivers in the passing lane can drive in that lane as long as they are passing others. If not, they must move over and allow the speedier motorists to go by. Some might say the law encourages people to speed. Others, meanwhile, believe that the law is necessary to keep the flow of vehicles going and prevent slowdowns and traffic jams. 

Severe Weather Increases Driving Risk Throughout Georgia and the Southeast

October 05, 2018

The peak of hurricane season reminds us that wind and rain are potent forces that demand our respect. However, adverse weather conditions that affect Georgia's roads do not only happen during a hurricane. Even a quick-moving summer thunderstorm, persistent rain, or even a heavy shower can create potentially hazardous travel conditions. Drivers must pay attention to the declining road conditions and adjust their speed accordingly.

Can Airbag Inflation in an Accident Cause Hearing Loss?

October 05, 2018

An article from the New England Journal of Medicine revealed that doctors in Vermont treated a man who suffered hearing loss in a car accident. The doctors concluded that the sound of airbag inflation caused the man's hearing loss. As a result of these findings, anyone who was involved in a car accident in which airbags deployed and experiences tinnitus (ringing in the ears) or hearing loss after an accident should consult a specialist to determine the severity of the hearing loss.

Tank Truck Rollover Accident Lawyers in Georgia Common Accident Causes

October 05, 2018

Truck drivers must receive a certification from state and federal authorities before they can drive a commercial vehicle. Tank truck drivers undergo the same certification process and more if they are hauling combustible liquids, hazardous waste, or liquefied gas. The substantial amount of professional training tank truck drivers receive does not prevent accidents, especially rollovers. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration approximates that 78% of all rollover accidents happened due to driver error.

Car Crashes into Horse-Drawn Buggy in Virginia

October 02, 2018

DILLWYN, VA. – September 30, 2018 (waow.com) According to an online news story from waow.com, a car crashed into a horse-drawn buggy September 30 in Buckingham County, Virginia. The crash killed the horse and caused injuries to all four people involved.*

Fiery Eight-Vehicle Crash Claims Lives of Georgia Mother and Three Children in Texas

October 02, 2018

BEAUMONT, Texas. — WSBTV - A mother, 36 years of age, and her three children aged 10, 8, and 6 tragically died in a horrible eight-vehicle crash in Beaumont, Texas started by a tractor-trailer truck that slammed into the rear of one of the cars involved. The horrendous accident occurred in the early morning hours of September 22, 2018, in the westbound lane of Interstate 10. Police have not publically stated whether they will charge the operator of the tractor-trailer with any crimes related to the crash.*

Driver and Passenger Rescued from Burning Vehicle in Atlanta, GA

October 01, 2018

ATLANTA, GA- The ajc.com reports that a police chase in Atlanta resulted in a vehicle collision. Six people were hospitalized, andtwo people were rescued from a burning vehicle. Reports indicate that a tag violation led to a Georgia State Patrol trooper engaging in a chase with a Mercury Milan. The incident took place on Interstate 285 north on Thursday, September 27, 2018.*

Driver in Custody After Crash In Decatur, Georgia, Injures Child

October 01, 2018

DECATUR, GA- Patch.com reports that a child sustained critical injuriesin a collision in Decatur on Thursday, September 27, 2018. The reports indicate that a vehicle traveling on Midway Road hit two other vehicles at a traffic light. The driver of the vehicle that hit the other two vehicles attacked a DeKalb officer. Police arrested the woman and assisted the people injured in another vehicle, including the five-year-old child, who was not responsive.* 

Bus Driver at Universityof Georgia Cited After Hitting Student

October 01, 2018

GA- According to redandblack.com, the driver of a University of Georgia bus was cited after an incident that took place on Wednesday, September 26, 2018. The police report indicates that the driver hit a female student who was crossing Tate in a crosswalk. The student was walking towards the journalism building, and the bus was turning from Hooper Street. The driver slowed down, and the student started to cross. However, the bus then continued to move.*

Authorities Release Identity of Second Pilot Killed in Crash

October 01, 2018

GREENVILLE, SC- Wyff4.com reports that investigators from the National Transportation and Safety Board have been gathering information about a fatal jet crash that took place at the Greenville Downtown Airport on Thursday, September 28, 2018. The crash took place at about 1:40 p.m. when a Falcon 50 jet came down killing both the pilot and the co-pilot and injuring two passengers.*

School Bus and Large Truck Collide in Cartersville, Georgia

September 30, 2018

CARTERSVILLE, GA- The daily-tribune.com reports that a school bus from Bartow County crashed with a truck on Wednesday afternoon at about 4:15 p.m. The collision took place on Red Top Mountain Road. Alisha Evans, a spokesperson for the school, confirmed that one of the buses was involved in a collision with a truck, but did not know how many students were on the bus when the crash took place.*

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