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Blog Archive - January, 2021


85 Articles

Hit-and-run Accident on Bexton Road in Atlanta, Georgia (GA)

January 31, 2021

ATLANTA, GA - According to an online news report published on times-herald.com, law enforcement investigators are attempting to ascertain who hit a Bexton Road resident.*  The victim was in the process of repairing a portion of his driveway when the victim was hit by an unknown motor vehicle.  According to the victim's son, his father was kneeling down when he was struck by a vehicle. 

The Investigation into the Gainesville Chicken Plant Tragedy Continues

January 31, 2021

GAINESVILLE, GA - According to an online news story on 11alive.com, a fatal work accident at a poultry plant in Gainesville, Georgia, shed light on the dangers of one of Georgia's largest industries.*  The investigation will examine the Foundation Food Group plant's work conditions to see if negligence contributed to a liquid nitrogen leak that killed several plant workers and injured dozens.

Distracted Driving Accident Injures a Sandy Springs Police Officer

January 31, 2021

SANDY SPRINGS, GA - According to a news story published on fox5atlanta.com, the Sandy Springs Police Department is warning drivers to pay attention to the road after an officer was seriously injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver.*  The accident occurred on Thursday night and could have been a lot worse, according to photos taken of the wrecked cruiser.  

Man Arrested Following Fatal Accident at His Unlicensed Racetrack

January 31, 2021

ATLANTA, GA - According to a news story on timesenterprise.com, John King, the Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner, announced that a 58-year-old man from Cairo was placed under arrested by the Decatur County Sheriff's Office.*  A fatal accident occurred during a race that happened at an unlicensed racetrack that the man operated in Decatur County, Georgia. 

Johnson & Johnson Rejects Imerys Talc America Bankruptcy Plan to Settle Cancer Claims

January 29, 2021

THE UNITED STATES - According to a news report on WSJ.com, Johnson & Johnson is opposed to Imerys Talc America's proposed bankruptcy plan to resolve talc ovarian cancer lawsuits. Imerys Talc America, a former talc supplier of Johnson & Johnson, is ramping up its efforts to escape thousands of talc cancer lawsuits against its U.S. mining operation. However, health-care giant Johnson & Johnson is protesting Imerys Talc America's bankruptcy plan because Johnson and Johnson think their bankruptcy plan will permit people with talc cancer claims to determine their compensatory damages.

Studies Find Driving with a Hangover is as Dangerous as Drunk Driving

January 27, 2021

People who operate a motor vehicle while hungover are just as dangerous to other drivers and pedestrians as drunk drivers, according to a recent study. The study, conducted by Utrecht University researchers and headed up by a university psychopharmacologist, Joris Verster, discovered that "hungover" people with a blood alcohol level (BAC) of 0% presented the same level of driving impairment as drunk drivers.

AAA Study Reports Colorado's Annual Pedestrian Fatalities are up 89%

January 25, 2021

DENVER, CO - According to a study conducted by AAA Colorado and AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, the number of annual pedestrian deaths in the State of Colorado doubled in 2020.  The study reports that Colorado's annual pedestrian fatalities are up 89% in three decades.  Colorado's death toll even surpassed the nation's 55% increase.

Fatal Hit and Run Pedestrian Accident in Chattooga County, Georgia

January 24, 2021

CHATTOOGA COUNTY, GA - According to a news report published on weisradio.com, Northwest Georgia Authorities are investigating a fatal hit-and-run accident in Chattooga County, Georgia.*  The report states that law enforcement authorities have been making progress in their search for the motor vehicle believed to have struck and killed a pedestrian. 

Two Tragically Killed in an Accident in Bartholomew County, Indiana (IN)

January 21, 2021

BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY, IN - According to an accident report on cbs4indy.com, accident investigators stated that two people were tragcially killed in two different motor vehicle accidents in just five hours.*  At approximately 4:35 p.m., police were dispatched to an accident on E. 25th Street, just west of County Road 650 East in artholomew County, Indiana.

Georgia Senator Introduces Bill to Outlaw Illegal Street Racing AKA Laying Drag

January 20, 2021

ATLANTA, GA - According to a news report published on 11alive.com, Senate Bill 10 has been introduced in the Georgia Senate. Senate Bill 10 was created to combat the increase in illegal drag racing or drivers "laying drag" on city streets and highways.  The number of street racing incidents have skyrocketed in the past several months in Atlanta and cities throughout the United States.

Fairfax County Pedestrian Fatalities Remain High, Solutions Are Being Investigated

January 19, 2021

The Virginia Department of Transportation shows the accident fatality numbers for Northern Virginia are lower but are still too high for safety officials.  The Virginia DMV's accident data shows that 2019 was the "deadliest year in the last decade" to be a pedestrian in Northern Virginia.  Despite the number of fatalities dropping in 2020, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and other transportation officials are hoping to find new strategies that will improve bicyclist and pedestrian safety.

Columnist Proposes a Clever Idea to Reduce Accident Rates

January 18, 2021

According to Steve Wallace at the TIMESCOLONIST.COM, one way to significantly reduce traffic accidents is to modify roadways so that they are one-way.  The idea could even be used to reduce parking-lot accidents by reconfiguring parking lots to move traffic in one direction and eliminating the need to "back out" of a parking spot.  The idea could reduce the number of pedestrian-related parking lot accidents and deadly head-on collisions.

Arizona's Distracted Driving Law Are Now Enforced With Fines

January 15, 2021

ARIZONA - Arizona has lifted the "no fine" grace period with regards to the state's 2019 Distracted Driving Law.  The state's distracted driving law makes it illegal for drivers to hold or use a cellphone, write text messages, read text messages, watch videos, record videos, or broadcast video while operating a motor vehicle.  Arizona was one of the last U.S. states to enact a distracted driving law.  After the law was passed in 2019, law enforcement officers were permitted to issue warnings without fines.  However, law enforcement officers are now allowed to write citations for distracted driving. 

Fatal Hit-and-Run Auto Accident in Cartersville, Georgia (GA)

January 14, 2021

CARTERSVILLE, GA - According to a fatal auto accident news story on Coosavalleynews.com, a 42-year-old woman from Euharlee, Georgia, was tragic killed in a hit-and-run accident on Euharlee Road.  The accident happened at approximately 10:15 in the morning.  Georgia State Patrol troopers stated that the suspect has been arrested and jailed for the vehicular death of the victim.  

How the Federal Government Could Make New Vehicles Less Fatal

January 13, 2021

THE UNITED STATES - The United States used to lead the world in motor vehicle safety.  However, the lack of innovation has caused the United States to fall behind other countries in terms of auto safety according to BLOOMBERG.COM.  The popularity of sports utility vehicles and the lack of progress in passing improved Federal safety standards for cars and trucks made the roadways more deadly. 

Study Suggests Newer SUV Models Are More Deadly to Pedestrians Than Sedans

January 13, 2021

THE UNITED STATES - According to a recent pedestrian safety article published on IIHS.ORG, a new study published by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) discovered that new SUV models continue to be more prone to kill pedestrians than cars.  Advances in design and safety technology have been successful in decreasing the number of people killed in a traffic accident in the United States.  However, the number of cyclists and pedestrians that are killed each year has continued to increase.  

Tragic, Fatal Wrong-way Accident Ignites a Truck Carrying Fireworks on I-70 in Indianapolis, Indiana

January 11, 2021

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - According to a fatal, wrong-way accident news report posted on fox59.com, the Indiana State Police reported on a fiery crash that occurred along I-70 that claimed the life of one motorist.*  The crash occurred on I-70 near a residential area off of W. Wyoming Street.  The fatal accident happened at around 1 in the morning. 

Understanding Your Legal Rights After a Slip and Fall Accident in Georgia

January 08, 2021

The Shepherd Rehabilitation Center discovered that falls account for about 30.5% of all spinal cord injuries. In addition to spinal cord injuries, fall victims often endure other injuries. Knee, ankle, wrist, and elbow injuries are common complaints slip and fall accident victims make after a serious fall. These injuries can result in breaks, strains, sprains, torn muscles, ligaments, and tendons. Head injuries like concussions and lacerations are also common. 

Victims of Violence Say Interstate Traffic Cameras Allows Criminals to Go Free By Erasing Evidence

January 05, 2021

The mother of a stray gunfire accident on I-95 is pleading for state and local officials to take action regarding traffic camera evidence.*  Last year, her daughter was tragically killed by a stray bullet, and she feels the criminals responsible could have been caught had government agencies worked together to preserve traffic camera footage.  

The Common Causes of Wrong-way Accidents

January 04, 2021

Wrong-way driving, also known as counterflow driving, occurs when a driver is operating his or her motor vehicle against the direction of traffic.*  Wrong-way driving happens in parking garages, parking lots, and single lane and multiple lane roadways.  

The Reason Why Traffic Fatalities Did Not Fall During the COVID-19 "Stay at Home" Orders

January 04, 2021

Traffic accident data from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has accident experts suggesting that excessive speeding increased the number of accident-related deaths in 2020. Starting in March of 2020, the coronavirus lockdowns shut down businesses and schools, leaving most roadways and highways virtually deserted for several months. However, the traffic accident mortality rate soared, although some states reported traffic volume decreased by up to 50%.  

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