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Blog Archive - September, 2020

162 Articles

Study Indicates the Worst States for Child-Traffic Safety

September 29, 2020

USA- writes that a traffic study indicates the ten least safe states for traffic accidents impacting children. Go Safe Labs released its results as a part of Child Passenger Safety Week. The data looked at 300,000 people involved in car crashes and identified the states with the highest number of children injured and killed in wrecks. According to the results, the worst state was Texas, followed by California, Florida, Indiana, Georgia, North Carolina, Alabama, Illinois, Arizona, and finally, Ohio.*

Rollover Crashes Kill Soldiers, Leading Families to Request Changes

September 29, 2020

USA- writes that rollover crashes involving military vehicles are attracting attention to the dangers they create for American troops. These often-deadly crashes are killing soldiers in training exercises with disturbing regularity. Numbers indicate that fifteen service members lost their lives in these crashes in 2019 and that ten died so far in 2020 in military vehicle accidents. Military training accidents, in general, are proving more deadly than combat. On average, over the last fourteen years, the rate of accidental training deaths is outnumbering combat fatalities by about four times.*

Pileup Reported on Interstate 285 in Dunwoody, Georgia (GA)

September 29, 2020

DUNWOODY, GA- writes that a crash occurred on Interstate 285 this week that involved up to nineteen vehicles. The police stated that the crash occurred close to North Peachtree Road. Little information is currently available regarding the crash, but police instructed the public to avoid the area and find alternative routes.*

Injury Reported in Crash on JR Allen Parkway in Columbus, Georgia (GA)

September 29, 2020

COLUMBUS, GA- writes that a crash occurred on JR Allen Parkway in the late morning this week. Initial reports stated that one person died in the wreck, but later reports stated that the victim, while severely injured, is still alive. It is not clear at this time whether any other people sustained injuries in the crash, nor did the reports state how many vehicles were involved.*

Crash Kills Motorcyclist on S. Peoria Street in Aurora, Colorado (CO)

September 29, 2020

AURORA, CO- writes A fatal motorcycle crash that took place in the evening this week on South Peoria Street at its intersection with East Florida Ave. Early investigations suggest that the motorcyclist was heading south and collided with a Toyota Camry that was traveling northbound. The Camry appears to have been attempting to make a left turn off South Peoria Sreet onto E Florida Ave.* 

Bowling Accident Causes Cake Boss Star to Impale Hand In New Jersey

September 27, 2020

NEW JERSEY- writes that a bowling accident caused a start from the show "Cake Boss" to impale his hand. The victim was attempting to repair a bowling pin mechanism when the machine impaled his hand. A bowling pin was reportedly lodged in the cage mechanism, and as he attempted to remove the pin, his hand became trapped.*

Airman Dies in Accident, Safety Protocol Violations Reported

September 27, 2020

FL- writes that an Airman 1st Class died in a 2,000-yard swim during a training event at the Air Force Combat Dive Center this spring. The investigation into the incident determined that the Air Education and Training Command failed to follow adequate safety protocols prior to the accident. The guidelines indicate that in order to protect the trainees, each is meant to be tethered to another swimmer of approximately the same ability. By doing so, no one is at risk of being stranded alone when something goes wrong. The victim was not tethered to another soldier at the time of his tragic death.*

Tragic Crash on Oil Well Road in Collier County, Florida (FL)

September 27, 2020

COLLIER COUNTY, FL- writes that a tragic crash took the life of a Naples man this week in Collier County. The 29-year-old victim was traveling eastbound on Oil Well Road in the early morning when his car veered across the raised median and into westbound traffic. The front of the victim's sedan collided with an SUV that was driving the westbound lanes. The impact occurred nearly head-on.*

Plane Crash Kills Four in Leon County, Texas (TX)

September 27, 2020

LEON COUNTY, TX- writes that a single-engine plane crashed this week into a field in Leon County, Texas. The incident occurred close to the Hilltop Lakes Stables. According to the manager of the stables, the plane did not strike any of the buildings.*

Soldier Dies in Crash While on Key West Naval Base

September 27, 2020

KEY WEST, FL- writes that a 35-year-old seventeen-year veteran of the Army died this week at the naval base in Key West. The Sergeant 1st Class is based out of North Carolina's Fort Bragg but was temporarily on duty at the Special Forces Underwater Operations School at the time of the tragic accident.*

Drunk Driver Causes Tragic Crash on Route 6 in Morris, Illinois

September 27, 2020

MORRIS, IL- writes that a two-vehicle crash killed one person this week in Morris, Illinois. The incident took place in the afternoon this week when an ambulance was heading east on Route 6 with its lights activated. A juvenile driver heading westbound pulled to the right of the road to allow the ambulance to pass. The driver then attempted to make a left turn into a parking lot.*

Unstable Loads Led to Capsize of Golden Ray

September 27, 2020

PORT OF BRUNSWICK, GA- writes that last year, the Golden Ray capsized after leaving from Georgia's Port of Brunswick. An investigation into the incident led to evidence suggesting that the ship may have been loaded improperly, leaving is less stable on the water. A US Coast Guard lieutenant stated in a hearing this week that the Golden Ray was loaded with a top-heavy and unstable load.*

Drunk Driver Injures Couple on Austin Road in Coweta, Georgia (GA)

September 26, 2020

COWETA, GA- The writes that a driver sent a couple from Coweta to the hospital this week after he crashed into their car. The incident occurred on Austin Road when the driver, who police believe was drunk at the time, was heading eastbound at a high rate of speed. The man then failed to navigate the turn and drifted off the roadway.*

Officers in Georgia Undergo Traffic Stop Safety Training

September 25, 2020

ATLANTA, GA- writes that police officers in Georgia are undergoing training to help them safely respond to car crashes. Traffic incidents are often deadly for police officers, and one of the main problems is that when an officer is working at a crash site, other drivers passing by may fail to pay attention or drive too close to the police vehicles and end up causing a crash.* 

The City of Columbus Has a Pedestrian Crash Problem

September 25, 2020

COLUMBUS, GA- Officials in Georgia note that Columbus has earned a reputation as being a dangerous place to walk. Law enforcement states that the need to use caution goes both ways and that drivers and pedestrians in the state both must use extra care when on the road.*

Investigators Find Georgia Car Dealers Selling Defective Vehicles

September 24, 2020

ATLANTA, GA- writes that used cars are making their way back onto the road in Georgia despite some serious defects. The issues are creating safety problems for the drivers of these cars, and everyone on the road with them. In one example, investigators point to a car that went through seven owners in a five-year period. The car also traveled over state lines and made its way into five different states.* 

Grovetown, Georgia, Listed No. 17 for Speeding in United States

September 24, 2020

GROVETOWN, GA. – The city of Grovetown, Georgia, was listed No. 17 in a list ranking the top places for speeding in the United States with 16.9 percent reporting speeding infractions in Grovetown. The rankings were created by a company called Insurify, which looked at data entered by people seeking insurance quotes.*

Pedestrian Fatalities Plague Columbus, Georgia (GA)

September 23, 2020

COLUMBUS, GA- writes that police have noticed a rise in pedestrian death in Columbus, Georgia, this year. Thus far, six pedestrians have died in the city. Data indicates that pedestrian deaths account for a remarkably high percentage of the traffic victims in Columbus. Last year, 42 percent of those killed in crashes were not in cars at the time. Two of those incidents took place on Victory Drive, and another four occurred on the same road in 2020.*

Motorcycle Crash Kills Two in Grove City, Ohio (OH)

September 23, 2020

GROVE CITY, OH- writes that two people died in a crash this week involving a motorcycle. Reports state that the two victims were on a 2013 Harley Davidson motorcycle heading southbound on Norton Road. The victims were identified as a 43-year-old man from Logan and a 40-year-old woman from London.*

Woman Struck, Killed by Vehicle in Macon, Georgia

September 23, 2020

MACON, GA. – According to an online news story published at, a woman was struck and killed by a vehicle in Macon, Georgia. The victim has not yet been identified, and the driver of the vehicle did not stop. Police are still searching for the missing driver.*

Georgia Woman Victim of Florida Head-On Vehicle Collision

September 23, 2020

JACKSON COUNTY, FL. – According to an online news story from, a woman from Georgia was one of the victims of a deadly January 13 head-on vehicle collision in Florida. Authorities have not yet identified the cause of the crash but have released the names of both victims of the crash. 

Canadian Man Files Lawsuit Over Exploding E-Cigarette

September 23, 2020

A man from Vancouver, Canada, has filed a lawsuit over injuries he sustained from an exploding e-cigarette, as reported in a recent online news story from the Vancouver Sun. The device’s battery appears to have malfunctioned, and it exploded in the man’s mouth.*

More Teenagers Injured in Tesla Crash and Resulting Battery Fire

September 23, 2020

More teenagers in the United States have been injured in a Tesla vehicle crashand resulting fire involving the car’s lithium-ion batteries. These vehicles have been associated with several high-profile crashes and vehicle fires, including a deadly accident that claimed two teenagers’ lives in California.*

CDC Conducting Study on Dockless Scooter Use

September 22, 2020

The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is conducting the first epidemiological study into dockless scooter use. The study will analyze data from Austin, Texas, and will partner with Austin Public Health and the Austin Transportation Department to report on the health effects of scooters. 

Sixteen Injuries Reported in Crane Accident in Austin, Texas (TX)

September 21, 2020

AUSTIN, TX- writes that a crane accident injured sixteen people this week in Austin, Texas. The incident occurred in the morning, and according to witnesses, the sounds were enough to cause concern, even given the already noisy nature of a construction site. One witness stated that she thought that the sound was pipes falling. It appears that two cranes struck one another, and the many workers on the site attempted to flee for their own safety.*

Hit-and-Run Driver From Alabama Facing Charges in Injury Causing Pennsylvania Crash

September 21, 2020

CAMBRIA COUNTY, PA- writes that a truck driver in Alabama is facing charges following a hit-and-run crash that occurred in Johnstown this week. The driver, who was operating a truck, was traveling on Roosevelt Boulevard and was switching lanes when he collided with another car. The other vehicle then spun out and crashed into the barrier in the median.* 

Woman’s Home Struck by Car in Jacksonville, Florida

September 21, 2020

JACKSONVILLE, FL- writes that a 79-year-old resident of Jacksonville, Florida, is concerned because her home has been struck numerous times by cars. The location of the house, which is at Clyde Drive, Addison Road, and Lindquist Drive, appears to be in a particularly dangerous location.* 

Driver Tragically Kills Man in Bus Shelter in Cobb County, Georgia (GA)

September 21, 2020

COBB COUNTY, GA- writes that a man died when a driver lost control and struck a bus shelter this week in Cobb County, Georgia. The driver, who was on South Cobb Road, began to spin and collided with a CobbLinc bus stop. The vehicle involved was a Tesla Model 3, and according to reports, the vehicle hydroplaned. The driver, identified as a 37-year-old man from Austell, was injured in the crash and was taken to the WellStar Kennestone Hospital. His injuries are not considered life-threatening.*

Driver Crashes Leading to Police Pursuit on Hillcrest Driver in Hopkins County, Georgia

September 21, 2020

HOPKINS COUNTY, GA- writes that a police officer reported seeing a black F-150 Ford pickup truck that was traveling southbound on Hillcrest Drive' overpass strike a concrete barrier. The impact reportedly led to the truck going momentarily airborne before it crashed onto the ground and caused both of the tires on its passenger side to deflate.*

Truck Crash Causes Traffic Delays on Interstate 20 in Carroll County, Georgia

September 21, 2020

CAROLL COUNTY, GA- writes that a crash involving two trucks on Interstate 20 led to lengthy traffic delays in Carol County, Georgia, this week. The incident involved cars in both directions in the mid-afternoon. Two trucks were involved in the incident, along with three other cars. One of the two trucks collided with a concrete wall and led to both lanes being blocked.*

Truck Crash Act of God Defense Fails in $21 Million Lawsuit

September 21, 2020

GEORGIA- writes that a tragic pedestrian truck crash resulted in a 21 million dollar verdict against a truck company. The truck company's insurers attempted to challenge the massive verdict arguing various potential defenses, including that the collision was an "act of God" for which they should not be held liable.*

Recovering Compensation After an Accident Causing Spinal Cord Injury or Paralysis

September 21, 2020

Individuals who have suffered a serious spinal cord injury or who have been left paralyzed following an accident quickly discover that attending to their needs and continuing to meet their personal and family obligations is challenging if not possible at all. It can be difficult to know how much compensation is needed, much less how much can be reasonably obtained through a potential case. 

Serious Weather Causes Crash Concerns in Columbus, Georgia (GA)

September 21, 2020

COLUMBUS, GA- writes severe weather often leads to car crashes. Police in the state is issuing warnings to drivers about the potential dangers associated with driving in inclement weather. Some people feel frustrated and trapped when they are unable to get out, but it is important to note that leaving in bad weather can cost a person his or her life. While rain is a common weather event, it is also one that often leads to crashes, some of which are fatal.*

The City of Columbia Ranks In Top Ten in Nation for Most Car Accidents

September 18, 2020

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The results of a new study recently released prove that Columbia, South Carolina is one of the most accident-prone municipalities in the U.S. In fact three South Carolina cities: Columbia, Charlotte, and Greenville appear in the top ten according to WISTV.COM. Assuming the data is statistically valid, the study conclusively shows that South Carolina is one of the most hazardous states in which to drive in the country.

Role of Narcotics in Workers’ Compensation Cases

September 18, 2020

GEORGIA – According to an NCCI Holdings Inc. brief published online at GWCA.INFO, narcotics play a significant role in workers’ compensation cases. The drugs are commonly prescribed to patients who have been injured in work-related accidents and can account for almost 20 percent of a claimant's medical costs.*

How to Obtain a Copy of Your Car Accident Report in Georgia

September 18, 2020

If you were involved in a car accident in Georgia, you will want to obtain a copy of your accident report. This is the official report about the accident, as documented by law enforcement officers who responded to the scene. Below is some information about how to receive a copy of this report.

Bradley Crashes Killed Two Fort Hood Soldiers

September 17, 2020

USA- writes that the mother of a soldier killed in a Bradley Fighting Vehicle accident last year has been involved in an investigation into the tragic accident. The incident impacted several military members, all of whom received reprimands and involuntary separations. The commander involved had his rank lowered, and was non-judicially punished for his role in the crash.*

Deadly Bus Crash Tragically Kills One in Seymour, Texas (TX)

September 17, 2020

SEYMOUR, TX- writes that a crash occurred in Texas that left one person dead. Earlier reports indicated that the collision killed two people, but that report appears to have been incorrect. Two people were  transported from the scene via airlift, and twelve were seriously injured.* 

Crash Injures Construction Worker on Interstate 95 in Bryan County, Georgia (GA)

September 17, 2020

BRYAN COUNTY, GA- writes that a construction worker suffered serious injuries in a crash that took place in Bryan County. The incident took place in the late evening on Interstate 95 in the northbound lanes. At the location of the crash, crews are working to construct a new exit for Richmond Hill. The worker was on construction equipment at the time and was trying to cross over the northbound lanes.*

Understanding Complete and Incomplete Spinal Cord Injuries

September 16, 2020

Spinal cord injuries can happen instantaneously and these catastrophic injuries are often devastating. A car or truck crash, a fall down stairs, or a slip and fall at the workplace are all capable of inflicting harm on a person’s spinal cord. The spinal cord is responsible for transmitting signals from the brain to the rest of the body and from the body to the brain. The spinal cord is an essential part of the central nervous system, and so any damage to the spinal cord can temporarily or permanently interfere with your body’s ability to send and receive these important messages. This, in turn, can dramatically impact your ability to return to work, to provide for your family, or even enjoy the sports and activities that make life pleasurable.

Common Potential Defenses to Injury, Spinal and Paralysis Cases

September 16, 2020

A spinal cord injury or other personal injury resulting in complete or partial paralysis can lead to significant costs for the injury victim in the present and future.  Individuals accused of causing such injuries to others or their insurance companies, may deny responsibility or attempt to mitigate the amount of financial damages for which they may be responsible by alleging a number of defenses, examples below.

The Georgia Department of Transportation Working to Update Intersection in Bulloch County

September 15, 2020

BULLOCH COUNTY, GA- An intersection in Bulloch County has become a cause for concern for the locals who frequently drive in the area. The intersection, which is located at State Route 67 and Brooklet-Denmark Road, has recently been handling more traffic, and many feel that it is not designed to accommodate the number of vehicles passing through. State Route 67 also widened, adding to the problem.*

Elderly Man Severely Injured in Crash on GA-3 in Rocky Face, Georgia (GA)

September 15, 2020

ROCKY FACE, GA- writes that a man from Rocky Face was rushed to the hospital following a severe crash that occurred on GA-3 this week. The incident took place when the driver was heading southbound on the highway while a Ford F-150 was traveling north. The victim was trying to make a left turn onto Old Chattanooga Road and collided with the passenger side of the pickup truck.*

Georgia Hands-free Law May Be Responsible for the Drop in Pedestrian Accidents

September 14, 2020

ATLANTA, GA – According to an online news report published on AJC.COM, fatal pedestrian accidents in Georgia fell by 16 percent in the first half of 2019.  This is good news considering the number of fatal pedestrian accidents in the United States has been steadily on the rise.  Although this news is positive, some experts believe the decrease may only be a "blip," and the number of fatal accidents could still be rising in the state of Georgia. According to a report by the Governor’s Highway Safety Association, 116 pedestrians were tragically killed in collisions with motor vehicles in Georgia during the first six months of 2019.  This is down by over 135 for the first six months of 2018.  Nationally, fatal pedestrian accidents increased by about 3 percent or 3,015 deaths during the same period. 

In 2018, there was a sixteen percent increase when compared to data in 2017, per the Georgia Department of Transportation. In 2017, 260 pedestrians were hit and killed in the state of Georgia. 

Georgia Loses Nineteen People in Labor Day Crashes

September 14, 2020

GEORGIA - Labor Day weekend crashes killed nineteen people in Georgia this year. State police reported that over the 78 hour period, police were called to the scene of 331 collisions. Eleven of those wrecks resulted in fatalities, and the Georgia State Patrol reported thirteen fatalities from those crashes. Another 176 people suffered injuries in wrecks. 

Labor Day Leads to Nineteen Dead in Georgia

September 14, 2020

ATLANTA, GA- Crashes led to nineteen deaths this year over the Labor Day weekend in Georgia. In total, there were seventeen deadly crashes that left a total of nineteen dead. The incidents included pedestrian, motorcyclist, and cyclist crashes in addition to vehicle collisions.*

One Killed in Crash on Interstate 75 in Marietta, Georgia (GA)

September 14, 2020

MARIETTA, GA- writes that a crash occurred this week in Atlanta that left one person dead. The incident, which took place on Interstate 75 South in Marietta, involved two vehicles. One of the involved vehicles caught fire following the collision. Police state that the crash happened in the late afternoon on the entrance ramp located at Delk Road. *

Road Fatalities Increased in Georgia Over Labor Day While Decreased in South Carolina

September 10, 2020

GEORGIA- Georgia experienced a tragic increase in car crash fatalities over the Labor Day weekend, according to ONLINEATHENS.COM. There were 32 deaths combined in two states, Georgia and South Carolina, with nineteen fatalities taking place in Georgia, and thirteen in South Carolina. The numbers come from the period from six in the evening on Friday through Monday night.*

Crash Kills Two on Jabez Jones Road in Effingham County, Georgia (GA)

September 09, 2020

EFFINGHAM COUNTY, GA- writes that two people were killed in a three-person crash in Effingham County this week. The incident occurred at Jabez Jones Road and State Route 17 in the evening. The Sheriff stated that one person was killed at the scene while another died later in the hospital. The second victim to die in the wreck was transported via airlift to the hospital, but that person’s injuries proved fatal.*

Cyclist Killed in Tragic Crash on Boy Scout Road in Crawford County, Georgia (GA)

September 09, 2020

CRAWFORD COUNTY, GA- writes that a crash took place this week involving a cyclist and a driver in Crawford County on Boy Scout Road in the evening. The victim, identified as a man from Peach County, was on his bike when a car struck and killed him. Reports indicate that the man died at the crash site. Responders rushed the driver to the Medical Center Navicent Health for treatment. The current condition of the person who struck the cyclist is not known at this time.*

Campaign to Prevent Drunk Driving Aims to Make U.S. Roads Safer

September 08, 2020

FLORIDA- A campaign aimed at getting drivers to stay sober or get pulled over is working to ensure that drivers do not get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol. The national campaign involves high-visibility enforcement of drunk driving laws, and officers will have zero tolerance for motorists who are under the influence.*

Two Missing Following Boat Crash in Ohio (OH)

September 06, 2020

RIPLEY, OH- The writes that a boat crash took place in Ohio this week and that two men are now missing. The incident occurred on the Ohio River and involved a pontoon boat and a speed boat. Two men were on the pontoon boat and were fishing at the time. The speed boat had set out from the Ripley Boat Club with five people on board in the later evening.*

Most Boat Accidents Are Preventable: How to Boat Safely This Labor Day Weekend

September 04, 2020

USA- Boating can lead to dangerous situations when people are not cautious. The importance of boating safely is a paramount concern for Floridians, who are about to enter Labor Day weekend - one of many hot and boat-friendly weekends for the state. Boating is fun, but with the joys of hitting the water, it is important to remember that danger can strike unexpectedly and fast when on a boat.

Officials to Improve Newberry Road Intersection with 98th Street

September 03, 2020

GAINESVILLE, FL- Officials are moving to improve the intersection of Newberry Road and Northwest 98th Street in Gainesville in an effort to improve safety in the area. Several incidents occurred at the crossroads, and many feel that the intersection itself is creating dangers for those who drive the local roads.* 

Driver Facing Charges Following Deadly Motorcycle Crash on Highway 27 in Chattooga County, (GA)

September 02, 2020

CHATTOOGA COUNTY, GA - writes that a woman is now facing charges for her role in a deadly motorcycle crash that took place in Chattooga County. The incident occurred last month on Highway 27 when the woman pulled out of a parking lot and into the path of the victim's motorcycle. The victim struck the driver's side of the Pontiac Montana van, leading to the 41-year-old motorcyclist suffering deadly injuries.*

Injuries Reported on Alabama 24 in East Lawrence, Alabama (AL)

September 01, 2020

EAST LAWRENCE, AL- The writes that a crash took place between two vehicles this week in East Lawrence. The incident occurred in the morning at Alabama 24’s intersection with County Road 322. An eighteen-year-old woman reportedly sustained injuries and was rushed to Decatur General for treatment.*

Plane Crashes Near Weston, Florida (FL)

September 01, 2020

WESTON, FL- writes that a plane crashed in the Everglades this week. The incident occurred close to Interstate 75. The plane reportedly overturned and landed upside down. The area around the crash site could not be reached by land, so responders had to take airboats to get to the plane. 

Car Crashes into Shops on Fourteenth Street in Washington, D.C.

September 01, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC- writes that a crash occurred this week in Logan Circle on 14th Street that led to injuries. The incident took place when a car drove into two retail shops, including a running store and a pet shop. Reports state that the reason the driver struck the buildings is not clear, but that the incident did result in arrests.*

Man Facing Charges After Tragic Crash on U.S. 84 in Thomasville, Georgia (GA)

September 01, 2020

THOMASVILLE, GA- writes that a man is now facing charges related to a crash that took place in Georgia. The incident occurred in the evening on U.S. 84 East close to its intersection with Hallman Road. One of the involved vehicles was a 2016 Chevrolet 1500 truck that was heading eastbound at the time of the crash and struck a moped from behind.*

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