Macon, Georgia Motorcyclists Face Constant Danger from…Grass Clippings Lawyer

Motorcyclists Face Constant Danger from…Grass Clippings

Many people are aware of the dangers that motorcyclists face on our roadways, but those dangers are due primarily to the careless or reckless actions of other drivers. But did you know that mere grass clippings could present a danger to motorcyclists? When people mow their grass and blow the clippings on the road, they may be contributing to a dangerous situation for both motorcyclists and cyclists. But many wonder: Is this actually against the law? The answer in most states seems to be both yes and no. In some states, there are laws that prohibit blowing your grass clippings onto the road. But the majority of states allow the cities and counties to determine whether a law has been broken and what the fines are. A fine and possible criminal...

Macon, Georgia Preparing Your Teen for the 100 Deadliest Days Lawyer

Preparing Your Teen for the 100 Deadliest Days

One of the deadliest times for teen drivers is coming up on us – the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day – known by AAA as the 100 Deadliest Days. According to 2016 data, more than 1,050 people died in crashes involving a teen driver between those holidays that year. That is a 10-per-day average, which is a 14% increase compared to the rest of the year, according to data from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. As school is letting out for the summer, AAA has been emphasizing the importance of educating and preparing young, inexperienced drivers for some of the most hazardous driving days of the year. According to the Foundation, the number of deadly crashes involving teen drivers during the summer is a major traffic safety con...

Macon, Georgia A New Bill Shores Up School Bus Safety in Georgia Lawyer

A New Bill Shores Up School Bus Safety in Georgia

As of the end of March 2019, all school bus drivers in Georgia may need to be vetted twice per year by public safety officials. Georgia lawmakers recently passed a bus driver safety bill in the state Senate and House. The Georgia Senate passed the bill unanimously on March 26. The bill would make a new registry of school bus drivers in Georgia, in the Department of Public Safety. The bill, HB 459, would mandate Georgia school districts to turn in the name and driver's license number of each school bus driver before they may drive a school bus. The Department of Public Safety would verify the information on every driver’s license. The agency would then call the local school board if the license was expired, cancelled or suspended. Also und...

Macon, Georgia 25 Years of Workplace Injuries – How Do Today's Workplaces Stack Up? Lawyer

25 Years of Workplace Injuries – How Do Today's Workplaces Stack Up?

For more than 45 years, the Injuries, Illnesses and Fatalities program at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has compiled statistics about injuries, illnesses and fatalities on the job in the U.S. According to a recent survey of the last 25 years of data, U.S. workers are getting injured less and dying less often at work. But, clearly, there is still work to be done to make every workplace in America safe. BLS reports that fatal work injuries have dropped 17% since 1992. From 1992 through 2016, there were approximately 140,000 fatal work injuries in the U.S. In 1992, there were 6,200 fatal injuries; in 2016, there were only 5,190, even though the U.S. population and work force was larger. According to BLS data, there were 14 deaths per da...

Macon, Georgia 5 Ways We Can Make Teens Better Drivers Lawyer

5 Ways We Can Make Teens Better Drivers

The vast majority of new drivers are teens, and until they gain some experience, the first few months of driving can be the most dangerous months of a teen’s life. There’s no way to guarantee without any doubt that a teen driver will stay safe. However, with a few little actions you can contribute to greater safety for yourself and your teen driver. 1. Model Good Driving Habits Even before children become teens, it’s important to be a good role model for them. Whether you like it or not, your children are going to imitate your driving habits. Give them a positive model for what is acceptable and they’ll learn to drive responsibly. This isn’t complicated. If you want your children to follow the rules of the road, make sure you do i...

Macon, Georgia Why Two is Better Than One on Georgia’s Railroads Lawyer

Why Two is Better Than One on Georgia’s Railroads

In the railroad industry today, there are usually two engineers on each freight train. But just as the automobile industry is talking about moving toward driverless technology, railroads are thinking the same. Some believe the next step for railroads could be a one-man crew with a system to monitor the engineer’s performance. But there is a bill being considered by the Georgia legislature that would require two engineers on each train, and railroad companies are not pleased. The idea of having only one engineer on a huge freight train worries some train conductors. One of those concerned is Jake Gohagan, who lives in Savannah. He was one of a group of railroad employees who visited the Capitol recently to lobby for the two-engineer bill, ...

Macon, Georgia Let’s Talk About Drunk Driving for Alcohol Awareness Month Lawyer

Let’s Talk About Drunk Driving for Alcohol Awareness Month

Excessive drinking is a major problem in the United States. Drinking too much leads to personal injuries, car accidents, violence, drowning, liver disease and even some forms of cancer. But the good news is that all of us can take simple steps to avoid the misuse and abuse of alcohol. During Alcohol Awareness Month in April, all of us can help society by spreading the word about how to avoid alcohol abuse. We also can encourage our families, communities and individuals to get involved in this important public health effort. As personal injury attorneys in Georgia who have seen how drinking can lead to terrible car accidents and injuries, The Mann Law Firm strongly supports Alcohol Awareness Month. We hope this month more people are remind...

Macon, Georgia Drug Testing, Hours of Service Could Become Issues In Trucking Industry in 2019 Lawyer

Drug Testing, Hours of Service Could Become Issues In Trucking Industry in 2019

The trucking industry remains concerned with regulations, with matters including the drug testing of applicants, modifying how long truck drivers may drive in 24 hours, and digital monitoring being the top worries of drivers and trucking companies. Other matters the trucking industry is focused on are the patchwork of state laws that regulate how truckers can be paid and trying to figure out two confusing rule changes in California. This information comes from DAT Solutions, a company based in Portland, Oregon, that is charged with matching freight with various carriers. Here is a closer look at the top issues the trucking industry is concerned with today: Automatic On-Board Recording Devices Strict enforcement of electronic logging devices...

Macon, Georgia Three Things Cause 10,000 Road Deaths Every Year Lawyer

Three Things Cause 10,000 Road Deaths Every Year

Bloomberg News reported this month that federal safety officials are targeting the three worst driver habits in the country that are killing at least 10,000 Americans annually: speeding, drunk driving and distracted driving from electronic devices. According to the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board, its list of ‘Most Wanted’ safety improvements on American roads includes a strong focus on three of the 10 behaviors by drivers that are leading to so much carnage. Federal officials say targeting speeding, drunk driving and distracted driving could really make a dent in the 37,000 fatal car accidents that occur in the U.S. each year. The ‘Most Wanted’ list of safety improvements also focuses on such things as fatigued drivers, i...

Macon, Georgia Clearing Up Georgia's Confusing School Bus Passing Law Lawyer

Clearing Up Georgia's Confusing School Bus Passing Law

There is a bill before Georgia’s General Assembly that would clarify the school bus passing laws in the state. Senate Bill 25 was proposed after a law went into effect last year that caused a great deal of confusion. That law stated that drivers were allowed to pass a school bus, depending upon whether they were driving on a four-lane highway that was separated by a lane for turning. State Sen Tyler Harper said earlier this month that the new bill had passed muster in the Senate Public Safety Committee. He noted that he hopes the new Georgia bill will clear up any possible confusion about when it is safe for Georgia drivers to pass school buses. In the new bill, if the driver is on the opposite side of the road from a school bus engaged i...

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How Many Children are Injured by Toppling Furniture?

Every home should always be a hazard-free safe haven for the children who live there. Many parents take time and extra precautions to ensure their children are not in harm's way. They believe their homes are safe because they don't realize the potential danger...