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Blog Archive - July, 2020

115 Articles

Georgia Police Cracking Down on Speeding

July 31, 2020

THOMASVILLE, GA - Georgia police officers are working to prevent drivers from speeding through “Operation Southern Shield,” according to WALB.COM. Law enforcement in the state have said that the campaign has led to a decline in traffic deaths in recent years.*

Interstate 16 in Georgia Backed Up After Two Crashes

July 31, 2020

POOLER, GA- writes that two wrecks took place in less than three hours this week on Interstate 16. The incidents occurred in the evening, the first in the eastbound traffic lanes, and the second in the westbound lanes. The earlier crash happened close to Interstate 95, while the later crash occurred just outside of Bloomingdale.*

Tragic Crash Kills One on Interstate 65 in Louisville, Kentucky, (KY)

July 29, 2020

LOUISVILLE, KY- writes that one individual died and another sustained injuries in a crash on Interstate 65 this week. The incident occurred on the Lincoln Bridge in the evening. The car was traveling on Interstate 64 west when it collided with a concrete wall before striking a pole close to the ramp leading onto Interstate 65 north.*

Trucks Create Risks for Motorists on Busy Interstate 16 in Georgia

July 29, 2020

GEORGIA- writes that Interstate 16 in Georgia is a road in need of many improvements. The interstate that heads to Savannah is known as one of the most hazardous places to drive in the state. The high number of tractor-trailers that frequently use the route are part of the problem. The solution will involve time and money to solve some serious issues with the interstate's infrastructure.* 

No Seatbelts Worn in Ninety Percent of Fatal Crashes in Virginia

July 28, 2020

KENBRIDGE, VA — The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles estimates that seatbelts were not worn in 90% of all traffic fatalities in certain counties in the Commonwealth. The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles examined fatal car crashes in the counties of Buckingham, Charlotte, Prince Edward, Cumberland, and Lunenburg. The Virginia Department of motor vehicles observed that the number of fatal crashes is higher in 2020 compared to 2019 during the time frame between January 1st and July 17th. According to an article appearing in the Kenbridge-Victoria Dispatch, twelve people have lost their lives in auto accidents thus far in 2020 compared to nine through the same benchmark in 2019. 

Trumbull county Motorcycle Crashes on the Rise

July 28, 2020

TRUMBULL COUNTY, OH- writes that with motorcycle crashes on the Rise in Trumbull County, data suggests that these collisions are mostly the fault of other drivers and not the motorcyclists. The Ohio State Highway Patrol is now issuing a safety reminder to motorists to keep an eye out for smaller vehicles.

America’s Safest Cities To Drive

July 27, 2020

USA- There are many factors that lead to a city being more or less dangerous for drivers. With more than 36,000 fatalities on the roads in 2018, there are deadly risks on the road.  Most of these incidents are preventable tragedies that result from irresponsible and dangerous drivers. Drunk driving, distracted motorists, and other common hazardous driving behaviors are to blame for about 94 percent of all collisions.

Tragic Crash Kills One on Bethel Road in Hall County, Georgia (GA)

July 26, 2020

HALL COUNTY, GA- writes that a car crash occurred in Hall County this week that killed one person and injured another. The incident took place in the context of a police chase. A driver was reportedly in a Chevrolet Equinox in the early afternoon, traveling on Bethel Road. A police officer attempted to pull the driver over, but the suspect fled the scene.*

Three Die in Tragic Crashes in Murray County, Georgia (GA)

July 26, 2020

MURRAY COUNTY, GA- writes that three people lost their lives in recent crashes in Murray County. In one incident, a motorcyclist died on Georgia’s Highway 2 while riding on Fort Mountain. The deadly incident was the second fatal motorcycle crash on the mountain in a matter of about two weeks. The victim, a 42-year-old man from Cohutta, was riding a 1990 Harley Davidson Sportster at the time of his tragic death. The victim was reportedly trying to turn left while traveling on a downward incline when he crashed in the evening.*

Georgia Law Enforcement is Cracking Down on Speeding Motorists in "Operation Southern Shield"

July 23, 2020

GEORGIA- writes that Georgia police officers are working to catch motorists who are violating the state's speed limits. The "Operation Southern Shield" comes as drivers have been taking to the road at higher than normal speeds. The COVID-19 pandemic left many roadways with lighter than normal traffic, and some drivers viewed the open roads as an invitation to hit speeds that would not normally be possible. Police are now addressing the problem and working to catch those drivers who are making the roads more dangerous for everyone.*

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

July 23, 2020

CLAYTON COUNTY, GA- According to, a crash in Clayton County killed at least one individual this week. The incident occurred in the afternoon on Highway 85 at Poplar Springs Road. The initial reports suggested that two people were killed, but officers later corrected that statement and indicated that one person died, and two others were injured in the crash.*

Crashes Kill Sixteen in Georgia over Holiday Weekend

July 21, 2020

ATLANTA, GA- Sixteen people lost their lives in Georgia over the 4th of July holiday weekend, according to TIFTONGAZETTE.COM. The period of time analyzed was 54 hours long and ran from Friday evening to Sunday midnight. The State Troopers responded to 241 collisions, which involved 152 injuries. In total, Troopers investigated eleven deadly wrecks and eleven fatalities.*

Teen Killed in Tragic Skydiving Accident in Georgia (GA)

July 20, 2020

GEORGIA- writes that a teen who recently graduated from high school died in a tragic skydiving accident in Georgia this week. The eighteen-year-old was on her first jump when the parachute failed. The girl’s family watched as she fell from the sky, but at the time, they did not know that it was her. The victim was on a tandem jump with an experienced instructor, who also died in in the incident.*

Truck Rolls Over on Swift Street in Perry, Georgia

July 20, 2020

PERRY, GA- writes that a crash occurred in Perry at the intersection of Swift Street and Old Field Lane. A cement truck, which overturned, and a car were involved in the crash. The fire department responded to the incident. Drivers were asked to avoid the intersection while crews worked to clear the scene.*

Michigan Supreme Court Decision on Case

July 20, 2020

MICHIGAN- The Michigan Supreme Court recently held that work performed by subcontractors that is unintentionally defective may be considered an “accident” for the purposes of commercial general liability (CGL) coverage in Michigan. The work can, therefore, lead to valid claims made under subcontractor’s insurance coverage.

Diver Injured in Georgia’s St. Catherine’s Sound

July 19, 2020

TYBEE ISLAND, GA- writes that a 65-year-old SCUBA diver was injured in a diving accident in the St. Catherine’s Sound. The US Coast Guard responded to the scene in the late morning this week. The victim was on a 25-foot vessel, which rescue workers were lowered to from a helicopter.*

Two Injured in Collision on Lyons Street in Jackson, Georgia (GA)

July 19, 2020

JACKSON, GA- writes that a crash took place this week in Jackson that left two people injured. The incident occurred in the early evening on Lyons Street. Reports indicate that a Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder caught fire following the crash and that a man and a woman in the Spyder were both injured. Responders transported both victims to a nearby hospital. The nature of the injuries is not known, but the victims were both conscious at the scene.* 

Atlanta Traffic Lights To Get High Tech Upgrade

July 16, 2020

ATLANTA, GA- The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) is working to implement new advanced technology into the city's infrastructure, according to VALDOSTATODAY.COM. The systems will be capable of helping drivers know whether they have the time to make it through a green light, or if they ought to stop. The systems will also be providing motorists with warnings when they are heading towards a red light, or if there are pedestrians in the roadway ahead.*

Planes Collide Over Lake in Idaho Killing Eight People

July 15, 2020

KOOTENAI COUNTY, Idaho — Federal and local authorities launched an investigation into the cause of a fatal airplane accident in Idaho. The preliminary investigation commenced by the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office in cooperation with the National Transportation and Safety Board (NTSB) along with the Federal Aviation Administration indicated that two small airplanes collided over Coeur d’Alene Lake not far from Powderhorn Bay in Kootenai County. Eight people lost their lives, including a professional golfer and his three children. People Magazine reported the investigation could take longer than a year to determine how the crash occurred. Crews are still working to recover human remains as well as the wreckage of the downed aircraft. *

Witnesses Describe Terrifying Collision Between Airplanes Killing Eight

July 15, 2020

KOOTENAI COUNTY, Idaho — Witnesses who saw two planes collide over Coeur d’Alene Lake in Kootenai County Idaho described a terrifying scene. The witnesses described the incident as if occurring out of nowhere. The witnesses said around 2:20 p.m. on a clear warm Sunday afternoon, the sky erupted in a fireball after a huge concussion. Witnesses then described the planes falling to the Lake surface below, causing another loud crashing sound. Another witness said that he observed one wing from a plane involved in the crash separate from the fuselage before both plummeted into the water. First responders raced to the scene located near Powderhorn Bay on the lake but found no survivors, according to First responders initially believed that eight people perished in the collision. Tragically, there were no survivors. *

Dynamic Speed Monitors Reduce Accident Risks in Express Lane in Virginia

July 14, 2020

RICHMOND, VA — Virginia State Police installed dynamic speed monitors in the E-Z Pass express lanes of Interstates 95 and 495. The dynamic speed monitors dramatically decrease speeds when in use. The dynamic speed signs display the speed of a passing vehicle. These signs serve as a reminder to the motorist to travel at the speed limit as posted. According to a report appearing in the Potomac Local, the speed limit will be posted adjacent to the dynamic speed reading. Officials have been impressed by the results. Virginia State Police troopers assigned to patrol the E-Z Pass lanes where the dynamic signs are used issued fewer citations for speeding and reckless driving in April 2020 as compared to April of 2019. 

Hands-Free Law in Georgia Leads to Nearly 50,000 Tickets

July 12, 2020

GEORGIA- writes that in the first two years of the Georgia hands-free law taking effect, officers in the state have cited almost 50,000 people for violations of the law. In July of 2018, drivers were informed that police would fine those motorists who failed to put their smartphones down when driving their vehicles.*

18-Wheeler Truck Accident Causation Study

July 10, 2020

USA- The Federal Motor Safety Administration online published findings from a study on the causes of deadly large truck crashes throughout the United States. Some contributing aspects include the design of the vehicles, the experience and training of the driver, weather conditions, and the traffic on the relevant roadway. 

Truckers Report Most Dangerous States to Drive a Truck

July 10, 2020

USA- Truck driving is one of the most dangerous jobs in the county, according to BUSINESSINSIDER.COM. Driving in some places is more hazardous than in others, and some roads carry greater risks of collisions. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that 2.4 percent of all roadway deaths are truck drivers. In some parts of the United States, truckers account for a greater percentage of traffic fatalities.

Pedestrian Crash on Byran Street in Savannah, Georgia (GA)

July 09, 2020

SAVANNAH, GA- writes that a crash left a pedestrian in Savannah with severe injuries this week. The mid-afternoon incident occurred on Byran Street when the driver attempted to turn onto Lincoln Street. The motorist's Nissan Maxima left the road and traveled onto the sidewalk where the victim was walking.*

Traffic Accidents in Georgia Are on the Rise

July 09, 2020

GEORGIA- writes that collisions are increasing in Georgia. The state police reported that the number of such incidents rose by about two times this June as compared to the previous month. In May, police investigated 21 collisions. This June, the state patrol responded to 46 collisions in which twelve people suffered injuries, and two people were killed. Drivers were cited 368 times for traffic violations.*

INVEST in America Act Unveiled to Update Roadways and More

July 07, 2020

USA-  The INVEST in America Act has been unveiled, according to WILLITSNEWS.COM. The Act is focused on updating infrastructure throughout the country. One member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee stated that much of the country’s infrastructure had not been updated for over 60 years. Many of the railroads, bridges, and roads are in desperate need of being repaired as a result.*

Top Three Causes of Trucking Accidents Examined

July 07, 2020

(USA) — Statistics indicate that about 44% of all two-vehicle accidents where one of the vehicles is a large truck may be attributed to the driver of the truck. Studies show that there are several principal reasons why catastrophic collisions occur. Driving too fast, experiencing braking problems, and lack of familiarity with the roadway are the most commonly cited reasons for truck drivers causing a collision, according to TRUCKER.COM. 

Driving a Truck One of the Deadliest Jobs in America

July 07, 2020

USA- Truck drivers have one of the most dangerous jobs in the country. Hundreds of drivers tragically lose their lives every year while working as truckers. The number of deadly truck accidents has continued to increase annually. Between 2011 and 2016, the number of deaths rose by 17.3 percent.*

High Numbers of Pedestrians are Dying in the United States

July 06, 2020

USA- Pedestrians are dying in high numbers throughout the United States, according to GPBNEWS.ORG. In 2018, the numbers hit their highest point in about three decades, leading to concerns over the safety of American roadways. Many of these incidents are taking place in the nation’s larger cities. Miami and Houston have seen increases in fatal pedestrian crashes.

Two Killed in Tragic Crash on Lincoln Way in South Bend, Indiana (IN)

July 05, 2020

SOUTH BEND, IN- According to, two people died in a crash in South Bend this week that also left four others injured. The incident occurred in the early morning at Lincoln-Way West’s intersection with Bendix Drive. The collision involved a Chrysler 200 that struck the rear of a Saturn Ion, leading to the Ion then colliding with a Chevrolet Trax. The Trax then struck a Ford Focus, pushing that car into a BMW 750.*

Interstate 10 One of Deadliest Roads in the USA

July 02, 2020

USA - Interstate 10 is one of the nation's deadliest roadways, according to CLICK2HOUSTON.COM. I-10 runs through New Mexico, Texas, and Louisiana. TX-105 also made the list of dangerous roadways, and ranked as the fourth worst road for drunk driving wrecks, and experienced the longest wait times for emergency services.* 

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