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The Uber Pedestrian Fatality Tells Us That Self-Driving Tech Is Not Ready for Roads

On March 18, 2018, there was an Uber pedestrian fatality. The vehicle, which was going 40 miles per hour in a 35 mile per hour zone, gave no signs of slowing down before hitting and killing the 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg. Herzberg was walking her bike across the street at the time. Uber test driver Rafael Vasquez was behind the wheel of the Uber Volvo XC90 SUV at the time of the accident to monitoring the vehicle as a safeguard, but when the accident occurred the vehicle was in fully autono...

What Would Truck-Only Lanes Mean for Georgia’s Road Safety?

The Georgia Department of Transportation wants to introduce truck-only lanes along a 40-mile stretch of I-75. If the proposal goes through, lanes dedicated exclusively to the use of heavy trucks will be built on the northbound lanes between Macon and McDonough. The $2 billion project would reduce truck traffic in those lanes, which may be extremely important, considering that truck traffic is expected to double by 2040. Although Gov. Nathan Deal says the new highway project is “an important ...

More US Deaths Being Caused by Unintentional Injuries

The year 2016 saw an all-time high in deaths from unintentional injuries—accidental deaths, in other words. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), unintentional injuries rank as the number three cause of death in the United States as of 2016. The NSC is dedicated to reducing the rates of accidental death and has a goal of ultimately reducing unintentional injury deaths to zero. The overall increase in accidental deaths is part of a major spike that occurred between 2014 and 2016, in...

Smyrna Leads Way in Georgia Texting-While-Driving Laws

Will the Rest of the State Follow? A bill recently passed in Smyrna will institute a $150 fine for distracted driving. This is in response to a spike in highway deaths in Georgia over the last few years, in which deaths have risen by a third from 2014 to 2016. Early stats indicate that 1,531 people died on Georgia’s highways in 2017, a slight dip from 1,561 the year before. Distracted driving—particularly in the form of cell phone use—has been blamed for most of the increase in deaths. ...

These Meds Impair Your Driving Ability

Medicines are meant to help you stay healthy when you’re feeling good and get better when you’re feeling bad. But as we all know, meds can have side effects, and one of the most common medical side effects is drowsiness. Drowsiness can reduce your ability to drive effectively, leading to an increased risk of accidents. There are many medications out there that can impair a driver’s ability to operate a vehicle, so we’ve gathered a list of a few of the most common types. Take care to plan a...

Do I Have a Personal Injury Case?

If you’ve been injured, you’re probably wondering if you’ve got any chance at winning a personal injury case. You may want to know what it takes to successfully win a personal injury case and get the compensation or settlement you deserve. With this article, we hope to show you what you’ll need to prepare in order to be ready for your personal injury case. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury, we highly recommend you get in touch with a trusted attorney as soon as possible. Three req...

Your Top Questions, Answered

We have heard countless questions over the years regarding how to decide if you need an attorney or if you even have a case. We strive to answer every question, from every client, and to fight for their rights. Here are answers to a few of the most frequently asked questions. Do I have a case? If you’ve been injured because of someone else’s negligence, you could have a personal injury case. Every situation is different, so there’s no way to know if you have a case without consulting with a...

Film Set Dangers are Not Make Believe

A film set is a workplace.  All workplaces present possible dangers, but when action sequences such as car chases are involved, the on-screen mayhem has a potential to cause injuries to those on the set.  When directors and producers are too focused on getting the action sequence right, and not focused enough on minimizing dangers, people can get hurt.  Given Georgia’s generous tax benefits for the film industry and the increased use of the state for film production, this isn’t a Hollywood is...