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...

Macon, Georgia How to Make This Holiday Season as Safe Possible for Your Loved Ones Lawyer

How to Make This Holiday Season as Safe Possible for Your Loved Ones

The holidays are usually a time of joy when we give our children toys that they have been waiting all year to receive. But there are some popular toys that we should not even consider giving to our little ones, toys that can actually be dangerous to their health. For example, imagine how excited your two-year-old will be when you hand her what looks like a plastic shiv and a piece of fake fruit with the instruction on the box to ‘get to slicing!’ This toy is called the Cutting Fruit kit from Kid O Toys, and it has been named as one of the 10 Worst Toys thanks to the rather unusual concept of encouraging toddlers to be wielding cutting instruments, however dull they might be. The dangerous toy list that was released last week was by Worl...

Macon, Georgia Why You Should Care About Drowsy Driving Prevention Week Lawyer

Why You Should Care About Drowsy Driving Prevention Week

Drowsy Driving Prevention Week Drowsy Driving Week runs from Nov. 4-11 this year and is a good reminder as the holidays approach of the vital importance of staying alert behind the wheel. The American Sleep Foundation reports that 50% of American adult drivers admit that they regularly drive when they feel tired. Approximately 20% admit to nodding off while driving in the last year. At least 40% said this happened to them at least one time in their driving lives. These alarming figures highlight just how dangerous drowsy driving is. If you fall asleep behind the wheel, not only do you risk serious injury or death for yourself -- you also could injure or kill innocent drivers, passengers and pedestrians. How Drowsiness Affects Our Driving Ma...

Macon, Georgia Georgia Drivers Still Aren’t Getting the Message on Hands-Free Driving Lawyer

Georgia Drivers Still Aren’t Getting the Message on Hands-Free Driving

Drivers in the Peach State seem to be having trouble following Georgia’s new Hands-Free law, according to a recent survey conducted by AAA. Even with the new law that imposes penalties for driving while using a cell phone, it seems that far too many Georgians are addicted to texting and driving. The survey determined that 98% of drivers in the state know about the new law that bans using handheld cell phones while driving. But 30 days after the new law went into effect, Georgia drivers still text and drive. The survey found that 75% of respondents said they saw a driver with a phone in their hand, and 60% said they saw people texting and driving. Georgia Hands Free Law Details All drivers in Georgia should know about the new law that wen...

Macon, Georgia A Closer Look at Georgia's Hands-Free Law Lawyer

A Closer Look at Georgia's Hands-Free Law

If you are one of those Georgians who likes to text, talk and drive while on a cell phone, you will want to know about the new hands-free law that went into effect in the state in May 2018. Signed into law by Governor Nathan Deal, it is now illegal to hold your phone while driving in Georgia. Reading from a phone or using it to record video is also illegal. Drivers caught breaking the new law – even as much as tapping a Play button on a cell phone playlist when the car is in motion – will face a fine of $50. This doubles to $100 for the second offense. According to the governor’s office, the aim of the new hands-free law in Georgia is to reduce the number of driving deaths in the state due to talking, texting, and driving. ‘No one w...

Macon, Georgia Outdoor Workers Should Be Extra Careful This Year Lawyer

Outdoor Workers Should Be Extra Careful This Year

Disease cases due to bites from mosquitos, ticks and flea bites more than tripled from 2004-2016 in the U.S., according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report. Outdoor workers are at higher risk for serious health problems from these insect bites. The CDC stated that cases of serious domestic diseases, such as dengue fever, Zika, Lyme and plague occurred more than 640,000 times in this time period. The CDC notes that state and local health departments, as well as vector control organizations, are the major defense against spread of these diseases. But it noted as well that 84% of these organizations lack vital core competencies to reduce incidence of disease: Regular mosquito surveillance with standard trapping and specie...

Macon, Georgia Legal Options After Being Injured in a Bar Fight Lawyer

Legal Options After Being Injured in a Bar Fight

When bars, restaurants and nightclubs serve alcohol, they must be very careful. First, they must serve enough alcohol to earn a profit for their business. But they also cannot serve so much that they endanger patrons. After all, when people drink too much, they often get aggressive and confrontational. If you are injured in a bar fight, do you have a possible legal claim? In some cases, yes, you do. The Mann Law Firm is experienced in pursuing bar fight lawsuits. Contact us for a free consultation. Bar and Restaurant Duty of Care Bars and restaurants have what is called a duty of care. This means the owner must have a safe environment for guests and workers on the property. This includes not just maintaining the property to prevent accident...

Macon, Georgia Tips for Adapting to Georgia's New Hands-Free Law Lawyer

Tips for Adapting to Georgia's New Hands-Free Law

New Georgia Cell Phone Law 2018 As of July 1, 2018, drivers in Georgia will have to use a hands-free electronic device if they want to use it while behind the wheel. Governor Nathan Deal signed the legislation and made it law on May 1. The new law means it is illegal for drivers to hold a cell phone in their hand while they are driving. Also, drivers may not read or text while they are driving. Further, they cannot record/broadcast videos while they are driving. However, the law does allow drivers to touch the phone to make a call, answer or hang up. It also allows them to use a GSP navigator on a cell phone. HB 673 was passed because distracted driving continues to be a huge problem in Georgia and across the country, according to Harris Bl...

Macon, Georgia Why Motorcycle Safety Month Should Matter to All Drivers Lawyer

Why Motorcycle Safety Month Should Matter to All Drivers

When the weather warms in spring across Georgia and the South, motorcycles are everywhere on our roads.  That is why May is recognized as National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. This month with warm, sunny weather is an appropriate time to remind all drivers to be on the alert for motorcyclists. With so much motorcycle traffic on the roads, serious accidents are more likely. In 2016, 4,976 motorcycle drivers and passengers died in accidents, and 88,000 were injured. For 2009, the most recent data available, there were 140 motorcycle fatalities in Georgia. Fatalities for motorcyclists have risen 3% since 2006, and 8% since 2015. The National Safety Council also reports these concerning statistics about motorcycle accidents: Motorcycl...

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Avoiding Water Accidents Through Water Safety Guidelines

While swimming is always a fun exercise and a good activity for people of all ages, it is also one of the most common causes of accidents in children. According to the World Health Organization, drowning is the third leading cause of