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[...]...

Macon, Georgia A Cautionary Tale for Self-Driving Cars Lawyer

A Cautionary Tale for Self-Driving Cars

If you have read national news in the past few weeks, you probably heard about the fatal self-driving Uber car accident in Tempe, Arizona, that killed a pedestrian. It is thought to be the first fatality caused by a fully autonomous vehicle. As self-driving cars become more common, it will be important for drivers and pedestrians to understand the risks and issues involved with these controversial vehicles. They will likely become more prevalent on Georgia roads in the coming years, and it is possible you could even be involved in an accident with one. What Happened in the Crash? A self-driving Uber Volvo SUV ran over a 49-year-old woman in Tempe as she was walking her bike across a road in mid-March 2018.  Preliminary accident information[...]...

Macon, Georgia Will Sidewalks Make Hollingsworth Road Safer for Pedestrians? Lawyer

Will Sidewalks Make Hollingsworth Road Safer for Pedestrians?

If you are a pedestrian around Macon’s Hollingsworth Road, you know this can be a hazardous spot. Fortunately, new sidewalks are coming to the road to increase public safety. Bibb County, Georgia, commissioners recently approved addition of a sidewalk on the busy road between Log Cabin Drive and Robinson Road. At least one local resident is glad of the coming change. Marcus Thomas stated in a recent newspaper article that he depends on his bike to get around Macon. But Hollingsworth Road has been a problem because there is no sidewalk there currently. Thomas lives off the busy road, and whenever he leaves home, he must ride in the street with traffic. Thomas said the cars are numerous and travel very fast. Another local resident, Christop[...]...

Macon, Georgia When A Bar is Responsible for Bar Fights Lawyer

When A Bar is Responsible for Bar Fights

It is not unusual for the consumption of alcohol to lead to disagreements or fights in a bar or restaurant. These altercations can lead to serious injuries, and even death in rare cases. Premises Liability Law in Georgia A key issue to consider in a bar fight is whether the establishment is liable for negligent security under the premises liability law in Georgia. If the bar had security personnel in adequate numbers, it is possible that the fight could have been broken up before anyone was hurt. Businesses such as bars and restaurants do owe their customers a duty to be on guard against dangerous conditions. In fact, some courts have even found that business owners are liable when they do not provide a reasonable amount of security to pro[...]...

Macon, Georgia Can a TBI Cause Dementia? Lawyer

Can a TBI Cause Dementia?

The brain is a fascinating structure, the complexities of which science continues to explore. “The boss of the body,” it’s the control center for thinking, emotions, perception, learning, language, remembering, and more. Damage to this essential organ can result in an assortment of physical and psychological problems. When a sudden bump, blow, or jolt to the head disrupts the brain’s functions, it is defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a “traumatic brain injury” (TBI). Ranging from mild to severe, TBIs commonly arise from vehicle accidents, slips and falls, assaults, and sports. Symptoms of a TBI are not as evident as broken bones or dislocations. They can involve vague issues such as confusion, headache[...]...

Macon, Georgia 13 Tips For Home Fire Safety Lawyer

13 Tips For Home Fire Safety

Here Are Some Tips for Home Fire Prevention and Safety Have working smoke detectors on every floor of your home. Test monthly. Develop and practice fire escape drills with your family. Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen. Never leave cooking food or a burning candle unattended. Don’t throw water on a grease fire (cover it with a lid instead). Keep combustible objects at least three feet away from space heaters, furnaces, fireplaces, and wood stoves. Use only space heaters that are UL listed and have tip-over protection. Clean out the dryer lint tray after every load. Clean out the dryer vent once a year. Avoid extension cords. Teach children that fire is a tool, not a toy, and keep matches and lighters out of th[...]...

Macon, Georgia Crumb Rubber Artificial Turf: When the Injury Comes From the Field, Not on It Lawyer

Crumb Rubber Artificial Turf: When the Injury Comes From the Field, Not on It

Athletes know that intrinsic in every sport is the risk of getting hurt. Swollen muscles, sprains, strains, dislocations, fractures and concussions happen frequently in sporting contests. Definitely not on the list of common injuries is cancer, but recent headlines have raised concerns that the thousands of artificial turf fields at schools, parks, and stadiums across the country pose an elevated cancer risk. Gaining in popularity since it was used in the 1960s at the Houston Astrodome, artificial turf is made up of synthetic fibers that are easier to maintain and more durable than natural grass. Infill systems were added as cushioning in the 1990s, and consist of a layer of tiny granules of rubber, sand, or other material between the turf [...]...

Macon, Georgia When Gallbladder Removal Goes Wrong Lawyer

When Gallbladder Removal Goes Wrong

Much like your tonsils, appendix and wisdom teeth, your gallbladder is not necessary for survival. This small, hollow organ assists the body in the digestive process by storing bile produced by the liver and pumping it to the small intestine when needed to break down fatty food. Bile flows out of the liver through the left and right hepatic ducts, which come together to form the common hepatic duct. This duct then joins with a duct connected to the gallbladder, called the cystic duct, to form the common bile duct. If there is an imbalance in the chemical substances that make up bile, hard stones can form and can cause great discomfort when they block normal bile flow. The first choice of treatment for surgically removing the gallbladder is[...]...

Macon, Georgia The Perils of Foam (Yes, Really) Lawyer

The Perils of Foam (Yes, Really)

Of all the dangerous places to be, a room full of foam doesn't likely enter your mind. If someone were to say, “Little Tyler's birthday party is at the trampoline/foam pit park,” it's likely no one would RSVP with, “Sorry, Sarah's not allowed in foam pits or on trampolines. Too risky.” But, it looks like Mom's been right all along. It's all fun and games until somebody gets hurt. Made of polyurethane foam blocks, foam pits began in gymnastics to help young athletes make soft landings when learning new gymnastic skills. They have been gaining in popularity and are now used as cushioning at a wide variety of places such as BMX, motorcycle, FMX, skateboard and trampoline parks. Some indoor entertainment centers feature the foam blocks[...]...

Macon, Georgia Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Silicosis Lawyer

Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Silicosis

It’s amazing how something as small as particles of dust can get into our lungs and cause big problems. While many of us have heard about asbestos, the similar phenomenon of silicosis hasn’t gotten quite as much attention. Yet, more than 250 U.S. workers die every year and hundreds more become disabled from silicosis. Silica, often referred to as quartz, is a very common mineral found in many materials, including soil, sand, concrete, masonry, rock and granite. When these materials are cut, ground, crushed, exploded, chipped, drilled or otherwise disturbed, they create dust made up of crystalline silica. These bits can be inhaled into a person’s lungs, which react by developing fibrotic nodules and scarring around the trapped silica [...]...

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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