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Blog Archive - October, 2020

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Traumatic and Fatal Injuries in Workplace Accidents

October 26, 2020

According to the most recent data published on the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of October 26, 2020, there was a 2% increase in the total number of on-the-job fatalities. The "Fatal Work Injury Rate remained unchanged at approximately three deaths per 100,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers. Over the past several years, the number of fatal workplace accidents in the United States is about 5,000 deaths.   It's important to note that depending on the state where the injury occurred and the specific facts of an incident, the analysis of what is and what is not a workplace incident may change.  

Tragic Crash Reported in Taliaferro County, Georgia

October 24, 2020

TALIAFERRO COUNTY, GA- writes that a crash killed two people this week in Taliaferro County. The victims were identified as a 35-year-old man and a 40-year-old man, both from Hall County. The men were in a van that struck the rear of a large truck on Interstate 20.*

Tragic Crash Reported on Highway 85 in Clayton County, Georgia (GA)

October 21, 2020

CLAYTON COUNTY, GA- writes that a crash occurred this week in Clayton County that led to at least one fatalities. The incident happened in the late evening leading to road closures. Few details are currently available regarding the cause of the crash, but images from the wreck show a truck towing away a motorcycle.*

Tragic Crash Kills Child on North Springs Road in Columbia, Georgia (GA)

October 21, 2020

COLUMBIA, GA- writes that an eleven-year-old boy died this week in a crash at the intersection of North Springs Road and North Trace Road overnight. The victim, who reports state had a seatbelt on at the time, died from injuries to his neck. Two other people involved in the collision sustained serious injuries as well. No details regarding the cause of the crash are available.

Distracted Driving and Work Zones on Interstate 20: Dangers to Georgia Roads

October 20, 2020

GEORGIA - AJC.COM reports that National Distracted Driving Awareness Month is occurring now in October. The event is typically observed in April, but like so many things, it was moved because of the coronavirus. Officials chose to switch the month because, in the midst of the chaos of the early days of the pandemic, the important road safety message would have likely been widely ignored. However, according to some in the state, the distracted driving and associated hazards have long been largely ignored. 

The Common Causes of Roundabout Auto Accidents

October 20, 2020

According to a recent report, roundabouts, also called traffic circles, are installed with greater regularity in the United States. The design of a roundabout creates a safe intersection for motorists, pedestrians, and bicycle riders alike by reducing speeds and congestion. Accidents that lead to death or severe injury could be reduced by over 80 percent when an intersection is converted into a roundabout. 

Georgia College Student Critically Injured on South Wayne Street in Milledgeville, Georgia (GA)

October 09, 2020

MILLEDGEVILLE, GA- writes that a college student suffered critical injuries in a pedestrian crash this week in Milledgeville. The incident occurred on South Wayne Street in the early morning. Reports state that the victim is a 22-year-old student at Georgia College. Responders transported that individual to a hospital in Macon for treatment.*

Police Targeting Distracted Drivers in Pooler, Georgia (GA)

October 09, 2020

POOLER, GA- writes that police are reminding motorists to stay focused on the road and not on their phones. Across Georgia, law enforcement agencies are working to prevent distracted driving. Most years, distracted driving awareness month is observed in April. Officials chose to move the month to October in response to the coronavirus pandemic.* 

Pandemic Causes Traffic Fatality Rates to Increase

October 09, 2020

USA- Traffic fatality rates increased drastically this year in the midst of the coronavirus epidemic. The pandemic caused traffic levels to decrease considerably this year. Unfortunately, during the second quarter of 2020, traffic fatality rates rose by approximately 30 percent. The numbers are based on data collected by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). 

When is a Company Vicariously Liable for an Employee's Wrongful Actions in Georgia?

October 08, 2020

Businesses frequently try to distance themselves from their employees’ wrongful acts if an injury occurs to a third party. The reason is simple. Georgia-based companies may try to avoid civil liability for damages caused by their employees to save money. Georgia’s vicarious liability law holds that employers may be liable for an employee's wrongful actions to another in specific circumstances.

Tragic Fatal Crash Kills Two in Lander, Wyoming (WY)

October 06, 2020

LANDER, WY- writes that two people died in a deadly collision this week in Lander, Wyoming. The crash took place in the middle of the afternoon on US 287. Reports state that a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee was traveling from Bartholomew Way onto US 287 when a 2006 Buick Lucerne failed to notice the Jeep.*

Driver Strikes Church in Middleton, Wisconsin (WI)

October 06, 2020

MIDDLETOWN, WI- Writes that a driver crashed into a church this week in Middleton, Wisconsin. The impact caused significant damage to the Saint Bernard Catholic Church including, shattered stained glass windows and bricks and other debris being strewn across the structure.*

Traffic Crash Injuries Continue to Increase in Georgia

October 06, 2020

GEORGIA- writes that trauma statistics are declining nationally but not universally throughout the United States. Injuries caused by stab wounds and gunshots do not indicate signs of dropping, but car crash deaths nationally have declined. However, in metro Atlanta, car crash-related injuries are not dropping.*

Filing a Workers’ Compensation Claim in Florida

October 05, 2020

Workers’ compensation programs exist in order to provide protections for individuals who suffer from work-related injuries. The laws related to workers’ compensation vary from state to state. In general, these programs cover the medical costs associated with work-related injuries, and some wage replacement for employees who miss work as a result of their injury or illness. Workers’ compensation benefits do not include some forms of compensation available in personal injury lawsuits, such as payments for pain and suffering. However, unlike a personal injury lawsuit, workers’ compensation benefits are not based on fault. This means that it is possible for an injured employee to collect workers’ compensation even when no one wrongfully or negligently caused the injury, or even if the injured person caused the injury through his or her own carelessness.

AAA Warns Floridians of Distracted Driving Accidents

October 05, 2020

FLORIDA- AAA is warning motorists regarding the dangers of distracted driving, according to NEWS4JAX.COM. The State of Florida, in recent years, recorded a historically high number of annual distracted driving accidents with over 200 distracted driving crashes, which resulted in 231 fatalities. October is the national distracted driving awareness month, and AAA is pointing out that distracted driving includes many behaviors other than using cell phones while behind the wheel. Nationally close to 3,000 people die in distracted driving crashes every year. In total, about 400,000 collisions are caused by distracted drivers annually.

Tragic Two Car Crash Reported on Georgia Highway 68 in Washington County, Georgia, (GA)

October 04, 2020

WASHINGTON COUNTY, GA- writes that a car crash killed one person on Georgia Highway 68 this week in Washington County. Reports indicate the two vehicles were involved in the deadly collision, which took place at the intersection with Kaolin Road. The victim was identified as a 31-year-old man from Tennille. The deceased reportedly died at the scene of the crash. The authorities did not provide additional information regarding the cause of the collision. 

Tragic Crash Reported on Interstate 70 in Cooper County, Missouri (MO)

October 01, 2020

COOPER COUNTY, MO- writes that a crash occurred this week In Cooper County, Missouri, that left one person dead. The afternoon accident took place in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 70. The victim, identified as a 40-year-old man from Brooksville, Florida, rolled his car over After attempting to pass a vehicle ahead of him. Reports state that the victim entered the left lane and then failed in his attempt to correct himself and struck the car, which he had attempted to pass. The victim's car then veered off of the road and collided with cables how long median. That impact caused the car to overturn multiple times. The vehicle also struck several signs and finally came to a rest on its driver side.* 

Motorcyclist Dies in Tragic Crash on South Peoria Street in Aurora, Colorado (CO)

October 01, 2020

AURORA, CO- writes that a car versus motorcycle crash killed one person this week in Aurora, Colorado. The crash occurred in the evening when the motorcycle was traveling southbound, and a Toyota Camry traveling north attempted to make a left turn at the intersection with East Florida Avenue. Reports suggest that the driver in the Camry is at fault for the collision.

California Enacts Law Preventing Unauthorized Photos at Crime and Accident Scenes

October 01, 2020

SACRAMENTO, CA- California entered a new law this week in response to the crash that killed Kobe Bryant earlier this year, stating that first responders will no longer be able to taken unauthorized photos of deceased persons at crime or accident scenes. In January of 2020, Kobe Bryant and eight other individuals died in a tragic helicopter crash. First responders who arrived on the scene took photos of the victims.*

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