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Blog Archive - August, 2018

274 Articles

Georgia Police Want to Use Drones to Keep Officers Safe

August 30, 2018

SAVANNAH, GA- According to, police officers in Georgia are looking at incorporating drone technology into their crime fighting and community protection efforts. The Savannah officers looking to convince the city that officers could make use of drones pointed to car accidents, missing children and active shooters as scenarios where a drone could aid law enforcement efforts.

Willful Misconduct as a Defense to Georgia Workers’ Compensation Claims

August 28, 2018

The Claims Journal reports that Georgia is one of the few states in the country to allow the defense of willful misconduct in a workers’ compensation action. Furthermore, the defense of intoxication while on the job, like willful misconduct, can prevent the worker from collecting workers’ compensation benefits after a workplace injury. Your employer must do more than claim you committed willful misconduct or were intoxicated on the job to avoid liability for your workers’ compensation claim in Georgia. Instead, your employer needs hard evidence and must prove that you committed the acts alleged. Employers looking to avoid liability for their employees’ injuries will investigate injuries thoroughly to avoid paying claims.*

Head-On Vehicle Collision Claims One Life in Cumberland County, Tennessee

August 27, 2018

CUMBERLAND COUNTY, TN— A 35-year-old man died in a horrific head-on collision on Highway 70 westbound on Tuesday, August 21, 2018, according to fatal crash happened west of Crossville sometime in the morning hours. The preliminary investigation revealed that the man lost control over his small vehicle and slammed head-on into a Freightliner heading in the opposite direction. Law enforcement officers and work crews need to shut down the highway for a few hours while they investigated the crash and removed debris from the crash scene.*

Motorcycle Operator Killed by Alleged Drunk Driver

August 26, 2018

WHITEMARSH ISLAND, GA—A 72-year-old motorist ran a stop sign and killed a 39-year-old Savannah man who was riding a motorcycle. The crash happened at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 19, 2018, on Island Expressway, in the area of Bryan Woods Road, according to WSAV. Officers from the Georgia State Patrol are investigating the crash.*

Serious Accident Near Six Flags Over Georgia Injures Three

August 25, 2018

COBB COUNTY, GA— The Marietta Daily Journal has reported that three people were rushed to local medical centers with severe injuries. The accident occurred Sunday evening, not too far from Six Flags Over Georgia. Cobb County police are continuing their investigation and may issue criminal charges soon. The preliminary reports from the scene suggest that speed playing a substantial role in causing this horrendous crash.*

Three People Seriously Injured in Cobb County, Georgia Collision

August 25, 2018

COBB COUNTY, GA— According to the Cobb County Currier, Cobb County Police Officers began an investigation into a head-on collision that sent three people to the hospital. Each person is fighting for their lives. The head-on crash happened on August 19, 2018, at approximately 8:15 p.m. on White Road in South Cobb, just south of Factory Shoals Road. Cobb County officers have requested the public’s help in gathering additional information.*

I-85 South Car Wreck Causes Nightmare Morning Commute in Atlanta, Georgia

August 25, 2018

ATLANTA, GA— As if Monday morning could not get any worse, a motor vehicle crash on I-85 south created a nightmare commute for people heading to work and school. Traffic observers opined that anyone who usually takes I-85 into Atlanta should find another route into the city. Even though police cleared the accident by 7:20 a.m., Atlanta’s reported that the morning rush would not improve due to the delays caused by the crash.*

Havoc On The Roads During Tuesday Morning Commute in Columbus, Georgia

August 25, 2018

COLUMBUS, GA—Driving during the Tuesday morning commute was typically brutal after a car crash in Columbus forced police to reroute traffic. reported that a car accident on Wynnton Road caused traffic tie-ups on Tuesday, August 20, 2018. Local police advised drivers to avoid the area if at all possible to allow for a thorough investigation and for crews to have an opportunity to safely evaluate the injured parties as well as clear the scene of the incident.*

Tragedy Avoided as Daughter Saved Her Mother From Subway Train

August 25, 2018

ATLANTA, GA—A brave, selfless, and quick-thinking daughter shoved her mother to safety after being pushed on the subway tracks in a downtown Atlanta subway station on Sunday, August 19, 2018, according to Shocked onlookers watched in horror as a male pushed the woman on to the tracks. The woman’s daughter swooped in a shoved her mother to relative safety as a train arrived at the station. Both women survived, and police apprehended the male.*

Pedestrian Dies After Being Struck By Vehicle in Wheaton, Maryland

August 24, 2018

WHEATON, MD—A man died after being struck by a vehicle in the area of Wheaton, Maryland. Montgomery County police say the deceased male tried to cross the street around 8:26 p.m. Sunday, August 19, 2018, and a motorist hit him. Emergency personnel rushed the pedestrian to the hospital,butunfortunately,he succumbed to the injuries he suffered in the crash according to Police have not released the man’s name, age, or his hometown.*

Chain Reaction Car Crash Pins Woman Between Car and Gas Pumps

August 24, 2018

ATLANTA, GA— A 61-year-old woman barely survived a chain reaction auto collision that pinned her body between her car and a gas pump. Several children were in the vehicle into which the woman was pumping gas at the time of the crash according to accident transpired Monday, August 20, 2018, in Lithonia, located in DeKalb County. The unidentified victim remains in critical condition after suffering severe, life-threatening injuries.*

Fatal Car Accident in Forsyth County, Georgia

August 19, 2018

FORSYTH COUNTY, GA— A woman from Forsyth County, Georgia died in a horrible vehicle crash on Saturday, August 18, 2018, according to the Forsyth News.The woman who passed away from her injuries was the operator of a sports utility vehicle that struck a tree. Police believe she lost control over the vehicle. However, they are unsure why she lost control at this point in their investigation.*

Georgia's New Hands-Free Law Making a Difference

August 09, 2018

Snellville, GA-The Snellville Patch is reporting that Georgia's Hands-free law which recently took effect is making a difference. Officers from the Snellville Police department say that accident numbers are down sharply from this time last year. The officers attribute that success to the state prohibiting cell phone and other electronic device use while driving.*

Tragic Two- Car Accident in Valdosta, Georgia Claims One Life

August 09, 2018

Valdosta-The Valdosta Daily Times is reporting that a man tragically died in a car crash. Witnesses reported the accident around 10:30 p.m. Troopers from the Georgia State Patrol are investigating the violent two-car collision severelyinjured at least one other person in addition to killing the young man. Criminal charges could issue against one of the drivers in the incident when Troopers complete the accident reconstruction report.*

The Georgia State Patrol is Pleased with Progress Made with Hands-Free Law

August 09, 2018

Gwinnett County- The Gwinnett Daily Post reports that the Georgia State Patrol is pleased that Georgia motorists are taking the state's new hands-free law as seriously as intended by the legislature and Gov. Deal when the bill became effective on July 1, 2018. The law makes holding a phone while driving unlawful. The law is so specific that a driver violates the rule if any body part touches the phone or another electronic device while the driver is operating his or her vehicle.*

Hit-and-Run Crash Kills Pedestrian in Southwest Atlanta

August 09, 2018

Atlanta-Fox 5 reported that a man died in a hit-and-run crash in southwest Atlanta. Police say the driver fled the scene of the fatal collision. The driver eventually returned to the site of the collision and began cooperating with police officers. The investigation conducted by Atlanta police is still ongoing.*

Driver Claims Accident was Caused by a Sneezing Fit

August 08, 2018

ATHENS, GA- reports that a woman who suffered a sneezing fit while behind the wheel drove her SUV into the back of a minivan. The driver, a 43-year-old woman from Mississippi, told officers who responded to the collision that the sneezing was the reason she failed to slow down when the minivan slowed at a yellow traffic light.*

Georgia Home to Some of the Most Dangerous Highways in US

August 07, 2018

USA- reports that a study looking into data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) located some of the country’s most dangerous highways. The study looked at information on fatal traffic accidents between the years 2010 and 2016. ValuePenguin, a research and analysis organization, released the results of the study in June 2018.*

For Facing Sanctions for Mistrial in Wrongful Death Lawsuit

August 07, 2018

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA- writes that Judge Shawn Bratton issued sanctions against Ford in relation to a lawsuit that stemmed from a tragic rollover accident in 2014. The Judge found that Ford had “forced” the court to declare a mistrial by eliciting certain testimonies. Ford’s actions were described as intentional, and the Judge said the company had already been warned about their wrongful actions, but had continued their in appropriate behavior, and acted in “bad faith.” Ford is now precluded from “challenging its underlying fault” in the deaths of Melvin and Voncile Hill.*

Sioux City Man Settles Claim with City for $7.5 Million

August 07, 2018

Sioux City, Iowa- The Macon Telegraph reports that a man from Sioux City, Iowa will receive a $7.5 million settlement as compensation for the life-threatening injuries he suffered in an auto accident with a public transportation bus. The accident happened in November of 2016. The Sioux City council members must vote to approve the deal before the plaintiffs receive any money.*

Early Morning Collision with Train Leaves One Dead in Charleston County, S.C

August 07, 2018

Charleston County, S.C. - Charleston County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating why a man driving a pickup truck ignored warnings and signals at a train crossing and slammed into a CSX train, according to collision occurred at approximately 2:00 a.m., Friday, August 3, 2018, on Highway 162. Law enforcement officers had to shut down the highway for at least three hours while crews cleaned the wreckage and officers could perform their investigation.*

Effingham County School Bus Carrying Students Involved in Rincon, Georgia Crash

August 06, 2018

Rincon, GA - An Effingham County school bus was involved in a minor accident on Friday, August 3, 2018, according to The accident happened at or about 8:00 a.m. The exact number of students on-board at the time of the crash was not statedin the initial news report. However, the report did indicate that none of the students reported any significant injuries.*

Cartersville Police Officer Credited with Saving Two Lives in Fiery Crash

August 06, 2018

Cartersville, GA - A local police officer,saved two people from a burning pickup truck on July 18, 2018, in Floyd County. That officer, Corporal Justin Lusian, received an award from the Floyd County Police Department for his outstanding bravery and commitment to public service, according to the Cartersville Patch. Not only did Corporal Lusianrisk his own life to save two trapped motorists, but he also organized their medical treatment roadside with the assistance of other Good Samaritans.*

Man Pleads Innocent to Two Counts of Vehicular Assault

August 06, 2018

Flathead County, Montana- The Daily Inter Lake reports that a man from Whitefish offered a plea of not guilty to two counts of negligent vehicular assault. James Bowling French, Jr., 56, faced the allegations in Flathead County District Court on Thursday, August 2, 2018. The criminal charges stem from an indecent that happened in July where French, Jr. allegedly ran two people from Marietta, Georgia over with his car.*

Two Buses Collide In Effingham County, Injuring Children

August 06, 2018

Effingham County, GA- reports that two school buses slammed into each other around 8:00 a.m. on Friday, August 3, 2018. The initial reports indicated that no children suffered any injuries. However, as the day progressed, law enforcement officials said that two children were in fact injured in the Friday morning crash. The injuries are not considered life-threatening.*

Pedestrian Fatalities Up 15% in 2018 in Georgia

August 06, 2018

Savannah, GA- The Georgia Governor's Office of Highway Safety reports that 138 pedestrians have died in 2018, according to as of August 2, 2018. That is a 15% increase from this time in 2017. The latest statistics indicate that 260 pedestrians died in crashes in 2017. While the statewide trend is disturbing, pedestrian fatalities in Savannah have remained constant at this juncture for the last few years.*

Georgia State Patrol Report for July

August 06, 2018

Valdosta, GA - Georgia State Patrol troopers police Valdosta interstates and highways from Post #31. On August 3, 2018, the Georgia State Patrol released statistics relating to traffic enforcement, and other law enforcement encounters experienced by troopers from Post #31, according to*

Focus on Pedestrian Safety Increases Nationally

August 06, 2018

Las Vegas, NV - Law enforcement officers in Clark County, in which sits the city of Las Vegas, along with neighboring Washoe County are cracking down on drivers and pedestrians who violate the rules of the road. The Nevada Department of Public Safety declared that initiatives like this would commence starting Monday, August 6, 2018, according to Since Las Vegas is a popular vacation and business destination for people from Georgia, folks who plan on traveling to Las Vegas and throughout Nevada should be aware of this latest law enforcement endeavor.*

Ethanol Spill On Busy Highway Attributed to Careless Driver

August 05, 2018

AUGUSTA, GA- reported that a fuel tanker flipped over on I-520 Monday in Augusta. The fuel tanker truck spilled 8,500 gallons of ethanol onto the roadway and sent the driver of the fuel truck to the hospital with injuries. Law enforcement authorities initiated a reward incentive for information leading to the cause of the near environmental calamity. Law enforcement officials believe the driver of another vehicle is responsible for the fuel tanker crash.*

Officer Suspended After Striking Bicyclist in Cass County, Missouri

August 05, 2018

CASS COUNTY, MO- A Peculiar (MO) police officer received a suspension, with pay, while the Missouri Highway Patrol investigates the circumstances surrounding an accident in which the officer admitted to the cyclist he just struck that he was not paying attention. According to, the police officer was looking at his cell phone while driving his police car and hit a man riding a bicycle. The victim's camera, which was mounted on his head, captured the collision. Thankfully, the cyclist was not seriously injured.*

Three Women Die In South Fulton Train Collision

August 05, 2018

SOUTH FULTON, GA ( -Three women died in a collision with a CSX train around 4:00 p.m., Monday, July 30, 2018, in South Fulton. A fourth woman, the person reportedly driving the vehicle involved in the collision with the train remains hospitalized, according to the USA Today. The accident occurred on Buffington Road, within a short distance from Roosevelt Highway.*

Tractor-Trailer Crash in Trenton, Missouri Within Grundy County

August 05, 2018

One Georgia Man Seriously Hurt While Another Involved in Scary Tractor-Trailer Crash Escaped without Injury

TRENTON, MO- A Georgia tractor-trailer driver was fortunate to walk away from a frightening three-vehicle accident in Trenton, MO. The accident occurred Monday, July 30, 2018, in the afternoon according to, a short distance west of Trenton, MO in Grundy County. Two other men suffered varying degrees of injuries and required medical treatment.*

Georgia Duck Boat Rides Reopens After Thorough Inspections

August 03, 2018

STONE MOUNTAIN, GA- Duck boats, nearly identical to the one that capsized ten days ago during a hellacious storm in Branson Missouri, are ready to ride again at Stone Mountain Park according to the USA TODAY. Park operators closed the attraction known as "Ride the Ducks" since that tragedy in Branson which killed 17 people, including nine family members from Indianapolis, IN. Stone Mountain officials say that their ride is safe.*

19-Year-Old Man Dies In Paulding County Hit-and-Run Crash

August 02, 2018

PAULDING COUNTY, GA- WSB-TV 2 in Atlanta is reporting that a 19-year-old man previously diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome was run down in Rockmart, located within Paulding County. The fatal accident occurred on Sunday, July 30, 2018, in the evening. No one has come forward at this time to identify the driver or the passenger who fled the scene.*

Study Shows that Dehydration Can Lead to Cognitive Mistakes

August 02, 2018

Results Recently Released From Study Show that Dehydration Can Lead to Cognitive Mistakes

BIRMINGHAM, AL- A new study conducted by Georgia Institute of Technology shows that working in hot conditions can make someone accident-prone. The researchers concluded that simply working in your backyard for two hours on a hot day can lead to numerous physical problems as well as cognitive difficulties including an impaired judgment, reported.*

"In My Feelings" Challenge Craze Can Lead to Tragic Results

August 01, 2018

Boynton Beach, FL -  ( One young man tried to take the "In My Feelings" so-called challenge a bit too far and nearly paid for his mistake with his life. A Boynton Beach man took a video of himself jumping out of the car his was driving and started dancing to the pop-artist Drake's apparent hit song "In My Feelings" when the man slipped and fell into the road. The video, as shown by CBS Atlanta, shows just how close this man came to losing his life when a car traveling in the opposite direction hit him. Apparently, his idea was to jump on top of a stranger's car and keep dancing, hence the "challenge."*

Settlements for Herniated Disks Suffered in Georgia Car Wrecks

August 01, 2018

Herniated disks can be incredibly painful injuries. In some cases, people may not know they have one. In others,they can cause radiating pain, tingling, numbness, and in severe cases, paralysis or loss of bodily function. What makes a herniated disk even worse is when someone else is responsible for causing you to have one. 

Georgia Wrongful Death Attorneys Representing Families of Children Killed in Motor Vehicle Crashes

July 31, 2018

Children die all too often in car accidents. In fact, car accidents are the leading cause of death for children. Despite informational campaigns that warn parents that make sure that their children are secured properly in the vehicles and state laws mandating children be secured in car seats and in safety belts, children continue to die in car accidents. The fragility of a child plays a significant role in the survivability of accidents. 

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