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. As smartphone use increases, drivers are paying more attention to their phones and less attention to the roads. While this trend is present nationwide, it’s particularly bad here in Georgia. The state led the nation in increases…

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 ahead when using any of the medications mentioned in this post. Types of Medications that Impair Driving A variety of over the counter (OTC) medications are generally known to impair driving ability. Three types in particular can…

What Does High Turnover Mean About the Trucking Industry?

Driver turnover with big trucking companies increased to 95 percent in the third quarter of 2017. This is a significant increase from the 81 percent turnover rate from third quarter 2016. Good commercial drivers are in high demand. According to Bob Costello, chief economist at the American Trucking Association (ATA), the increased turnover rate is “a function of an improving economy, rising demand for freight transportation and fierce competition for drivers.” But these new developments in the trucking industry will have serious effects on the situation all drivers will be facing on America’s roads. With more trucks on the road and stiffer competition among trucking companies for the best drivers, more and more inexperienced commercial drivers are going to be taking to the roads. These…

40 Percent of Drivers Might Be Using Phones Behind the Wheel

The youngest drivers on today’s roads have never known life without cell phones. While the earliest models were intended for conversation, technology now allows users to check email, surf the internet, take pictures, send text messages, check social media, and more. These mobile devices have become so ingrained in our every day that few people can resist their allure no matter the situation – at the dinner table, the movie theatre, behind the wheel. The thing is, using a mobile phone is as cognitively complicated as operating a vehicle. There are limits to what the human brain can handle, and any interference with driving ability can lead to serious, even deadly, consequences. Not only do these two tasks draw on similar mental resources, they also…

How the US is Falling Behind on Road Safety

Since 1990, the U.S. has fallen behind other countries in road safety standards. America is now an outlier in the developed world when it comes to death on the roadways. Traffic deaths have dropped worldwide in the last few decades, and they’ve dropped here as well, as a result of improved vehicle safety features. But other countries have further increased their road safety through tighter regulation, cutting road deaths to an even greater degree. In 2015, the U.S. had a road death rate of 7 deaths per billion vehicle miles traveled. That total is about 40 percent higher than the two most comparable countries, Australia (4.9 deaths per billion miles) and Canada (5.1 deaths). These countries are the most comparable because they have similar levels…

Uptick in Bike-Related Injuries Alarms Cyclists

There are good reasons for the growing popularity of bicycling. It is an affordable mode of transportation; it is a healthy activity; and, in congested communities, it is an easy way to get around. Cyclists, however, are facing dangers on the roadways.  In fact, over the last few years, bicycle-related accidents are increasing. Who is Bicycling Today A report prepared for the Governors Highway Safety Association says that over a third of Americans rode a bicycle in the past year. According to the report, about 75% of cyclists are male, and 39% of all bike trips are made by those under 16 years of age. Millennials between the ages of 21 and 38 have embraced biking. Many in this age group have entirely foregone automobile ownership. Only…

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 requirements for a personal injury claim In order to successfully win a personal injury case, three things have to be present. There must be an injury, someone must be at fault, and you must be…

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Vehicle Software Defects: Are You at Risk?

Today’s cars and trucks rely more than ever on built-in computer systems and software to control everything from emissions to steering. And while most of these technological “enhancements” are designed to improve safety, recent data show that in some cases they can actually wind up impairing safety – and increasing the risks of accidents and severe injuries and deaths. Fiat Chrysler Recall Earlier this year, Fiat Chrysler made headlines when it announced a recall of more than 1.2 million pickup trucks as a result of a software malfunction that appeared to be linked to accidents resulting in one death and two serious injuries. The issue: The software malfunction interferes with airbag deployment and automatic seat belt adjustment intended to occur in rollover accidents. According to Fiat Chrysler,…

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 qualified personal injury attorney.  If you are badly injured or a loved one has died, we are happy to speak with you and investigate the matter at no charge. What does negligence mean? When…

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 issue . . . it’s one right here at home. Film industry tax credits begun nine years ago have attracted a growing number of film and TV projects, making Georgia the world’s top destination for major motion picture filming in 2016, reports the…