Macon, Georgia Georgia Highway Fatalities: An Epidemic? Lawyer

Georgia Highway Fatalities: An Epidemic?

We all do things we know we shouldn’t. Maybe you consume too much sugar or smoke cigarettes or don’t wear sunscreen in the summer. Many dangerous behaviors are tied to the way we drive -- too fast, after having “only a few” beers, while using our phones, without wearing our seatbelt. Chances taken behind the wheel are having a big effect on the Peach State’s population, resulting in a startling increase in fatalities and a new campaign launched by the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT). “DriveAlert ArriveAlive” aims to educate drivers about how a few fundamental changes in their driving behavior can improve safety while reducing both crashes and fatalities. Statistics released by the GDOT this fall show a 25 percent i[...]...

Macon, Georgia 8 Laws Georgia Drivers Should Know Lawyer

8 Laws Georgia Drivers Should Know

While you may never have heard of William Eno, his early-twentieth century innovations affect you every time you get in a car. Eno is known as the “father of traffic safety,” and many of his ideas served as the foundation for today’s traffic codes, including slower traffic keeping right, passing only on the left, stop signs, crosswalks, one-way streets, traffic circles, and pedestrian islands. Today’s laws build on these basics, and the sheer number of them makes it more likely that a motorist will get a traffic ticket or be pulled over at least once in their driving experience. Here are a few Georgia traffic laws: You must yield the left lane.The “Slowpoke Law” went into effect in 2014 and applies to all roads with at least[...]...

Macon, Georgia Hercules Tires Grapples with Recall Hydra Lawyer

Hercules Tires Grapples with Recall Hydra

Since 1966 when the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act was passed, more than 24 million tires have been recalled because of safety defects. Further, it is estimated that defective tires are responsible for nearly 8,000 motor vehicle accidents every year. Tires, like many products, are imprinted with alpha-numeric codes that detail a wealth of information. All tires sold in the U.S. are required to display a code that starts with DOT and is then followed by 10 to 12 characters that can be used to identify the manufacturing location, tire size, manufacturer's specifications, week of manufacture and year of manufacture. Deciphering this code can prove vital to your safety, particularly because tires that appear to be made by one [...]...

Macon, Georgia Fasten Your Belts (If Possible…?) Lawyer

Fasten Your Belts (If Possible…?)

Public service campaigns rely heavily on memorable phrases that are easy to remember and easy to repeat. We’ve all heard “seat belts save lives” and while that overall concept is true, the real sound bite should be “seat belts could save more lives.” Why? Because, like any other car part, seat belts fail, but when they do, lives are at stake. They are arguably the most important part of automotive safety. When you get in your car and buckle up, you expect that your seat belt will stay latched and restrain you in the event of an accident. In fact, that is the main concept behind the push for mandatory seat belt laws – to keep occupants from being ejected in a crash or impacting the car’s interior. Known as the “second collisi[...]...

Macon, Georgia Backseat Passenger Lawyer

Backseat Passenger

Safety was not a primary concern for America’s first automobile designers. Seat belts for adults were not standard equipment in cars until the 1950s. Additionally, the initial intention for car seats was to keep children from moving around inside the vehicle rather than protecting them during collisions. Child restraint systems as we know them today didn’t become widespread until the 1970s. In 2002, a U.S. federal law went into effect, requiring automobile manufacturers to ensure that all cars have standard anchors, tethers and hooks present in passenger vehicles in order to secure baby car seats. Car crashes are the leading cause of unintentional injury-related death among children ages 14 and under, according to the National SAFE KIDS[...]...

Macon, Georgia Beep. Beep. C’mon, Pal. Move it! Lawyer

Beep. Beep. C’mon, Pal. Move it!

Lane courtesy. Sounds quaint, doesn’t it? The practice of yielding to or moving over so that faster moving traffic may pass seems like a fairly innocuous concept, yet it’s a key factor in many accidents. When drivers choose to block the left lane, whether intentionally or not, they are making the roads less safe and efficient for everyone. To bring public awareness to this issue, June has been designated as Lane Courtesy Month. The history behind the left lane reveals that it was developed more than 50 years ago for the express purpose of allowing cars to pass another vehicle and then immediately return to the right lane. Now that there are so many more vehicles on the road, failure to keep right negatively impacts traffic safety, traff[...]...

Macon, Georgia Crumple Zones Lawyer

Crumple Zones

Most of us don’t give much thought to infrastructure – the roads and bridges that we travel over every day. According to the World Economic Forum, the United States, which used to have the best infrastructure in the world, now ranks 16th. Decades of neglect have resulted in crumbling concrete, corroded steel and a massive problem with no real solution in sight. In Georgia alone, there were almost 6.6 million licensed drivers in 2012 – that’s a lot of wear and tear on the transportation system. New Report Raises Concerns About Georgia Roads One group evaluating surface transportation concerns for all 50 states is a Washington, D.C., based private nonprofit research organization known as TRIP. A September 2014 report by TRIP concluded[...]...

Macon, Georgia DOT Reports 10% Of Fatal Crashes Involve 15-20 Year Olds Lawyer

DOT Reports 10% Of Fatal Crashes Involve 15-20 Year Olds

Although there are thousands of accidents in the United States every year, a newly released U.S. Department of Transportation report shows that nearly 10% of all drivers involved in fatal crashes were between the ages of 15 and 20 years old. Inexperience Not The Only Factor Involved The DOT's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently released a new Traffic Safety Facts report that summarizes 2011 national crash data for young drivers between 15 and 20 years old.  The report, compiled by the NHTSA's National Center for Statistics and Analysis, shows that young drivers between those ages were involved in 4,347 fatal crashes. While the inexperience of young drivers may be part of the equation, the report also suggests that many [...]...

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How Often Do Car Accident Cases Go to Court?

Involvement in a vehicle crash can lead to trying days ahead, and you may be asking how often do car accident cases go to court? While the last thing you want to do is drag out the process and delay receipt of payments for medical expenses, replacement of p...